Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.
It took Misty Hansen some time to discover her calling?she spent a number of years working various customer-service jobs?but in 2007 she discovered how to make the most of her innate abilities. During that year, she completed massage school, became a licensed massage therapist, and opened Massages By Misty, named the Best Day Spa, Best Massage Therapist, and Best Business in Norwalk by the Indianola Record Herald in 2012 and 2013. Since day one, she's been happily busy treating an array of clients, some of them referred by chiropractors. As a survivor of multiple car accidents throughout her life, she knows massage therapy's effectiveness in relieving people of pain and helping them recover from stress and injury.
Massages By Misty's treatment room features a heated massage table draped with luxurious sheets where guests enjoy treatments ranging from ancient Asian ashiatsu massages to rejuvenating body wraps. Misty asks clients to fill out a questionnaire so she can customize each session to focus on problem regions and avoid jacket pockets full of loose change.
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.
When Tamara Satren earned her massage-therapy license from La' James International College in 2006, she knew she'd be using her skills to make people feel better. But, she didn't know just how much better some of her clients would feel—or how much joy she'd derive from helping them. Chronic pain and general tension are two common complaints of new patients at Natural Therapies Massage & Bodywork; Tamara addresses them with custom-tailored massages, and some patients have achieved complete relief. Others return to the practice to alleviate their headaches, high blood pressure, or depression through Tamara's expertly performed massages.
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.