Sometimes a trip to the spa is an excuse to spend some relaxing time by yourself, but it can also be a great excuse to bond with friends and loved ones. Top Nails West Des Moines knows that?it's why the spa recently expanded to accommodate 20 manicure stations and a whopping 27 pedicure stations in order to welcome groups of all sizes. While customers chit-chat, nail technicians massage hands with a cooling gel and paint tips with regular or chip-resistant gel polish. At the pedicure thrones, they drop refreshing lemon slices into foot baths and slough off dry skin with sugar scrubs; for an extra indulgent treatment, they can add a hot stone massage to soothe feet tired from walking all day and tap dancing all night. Meanwhile, in a more private area of the salon, waxing specialists remove unwanted hair from the face and body, while massage therapists knead tension that has built up during the week.
"In this industry, I believe there is always something fun and new to learn," says Heather Kasper on Revive Spa's website. Since 2006, she's earned massage, aesthetics, and nail-tech licenses, and regularly attends continuing-education classes through the International Dermal Institute to stay abreast of the latest industry developments. She brings every bit of knowledge back to enhance her tapestry of relaxing services, which includes waxing, makeup application, deep-tissue massage, and skin treatments such as intensive exfoliation. An Asian-inspired attitude of comfortable simplicity fills the spa, its treatment rooms, and the storage closet where the staff keeps the extra good vibes. Cushy, earth-toned coverings cloak massage tables, and plush towels sit neatly folded in geometric shelves along the walls.
There is no desk or computer inside Beth Christensen?s office. Instead, she works alongside a comfortable treatment table in a softly lit room.?It's an effective environment if the goal is relieving stress, and that does tend to be a rather high priority at Urban Style.?
During full-body massages, the licensed therapist soothes away aches and straightens out knotted muscles, focusing on the areas that hurt the most. For reflexology treatments, she turns her attention to points along the feet to help assuage ailments ranging from digestive issues to headaches. Beth doubles as a skin pro, offering facials that erase acne, fine lines, and semi-permanent face paint.
Named after the Sanskrit word for "life breath," the staff at Prana Spa breathes life back into the bodies of their tired clients with a two-pronged approach to wellness. The first avenue encompasses their myriad natural skincare treatments, including full-body hair removal with all-natural wax, organic facials and foot treatments, and natural facial peels. Their other route to better wellbeing is reiki. During this holistic approach to healing and stress-relief, the practitioner uses light tough to help bring the body's energy levels back into balance and remove any cinder blocks stacked on the person's shoulders.
June Lee endured 600 hours of massage training while studying her craft at an Aveda Institute and went on to polish her practice inside a spa and a chiropractic office. Now, this member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals mends muscles with four different techniques. Swedish massage employs lighter pressure to tame stress, the deep-tissue modality cranks up the pressure to target ailing areas, and trigger-point therapy releases curmudgeonly knots. June also offers prenatal therapy, which gives expectant mothers a break from waiting for the baby-delivery truck.
Licensed massage therapist Melanie Lahart believes that “movement is the foundation of health, healing, and well-being,” according to her website. It’s a philosophy she fostered at the Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School. Under the tutelage of expert instructors, she fine-tuned healing techniques such as Thai acupressure, lymphatic bodywork, and clinical sports massage. Now Melanie combines her therapeutic touch with soothing oils and aromatherapy at her own Integrated Massage Arts studio.