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.
Tan World Des Moines offers a range of bronzing options designed to get customers' glows noticed year-round. Defy winter's dullness with treatments designed to deliver natural-looking even tans. Customers preparing to dog-sit sun spots or soothe solar flares can opt for the 15-minute escape tanning session, sure to build a base solid enough for prolonged contact with the sun's beams. The premiere tanning session offers a 12-minute soak in the artificial rays, and the elite bed gets busy sun-seekers in and out in 12–16 minutes. For fans of waterfall mist, humidifiers, and the light kiss of hairspray, a one-minute spray tan creates a beautiful glow for any body.
A visit to Massage Heights is a holiday from the workaday worries of overbearing supervisors, unhelpful Pilates partners, and distant, indifferent babies. Abandon yourself in a 60-minute or 90-minute massage (up to a $119.98 value). A skilled massage therapist will use hot stones to expertly remove knots from your muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands. The heated stones warm muscles and encourage circulation, coaxing tension out from under its desk to frolic outside during your body's relaxing recess. Pick your pressure preference with Swedish or Deep Tissue massage variations. In addition to this stress reliever, you'll receive the benefits of lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus aromatherapy, which massages the nasal passages with a mix of specially blended oils that transforms the dull, boring atmosphere into a cloud of inhalable bliss.
Fitness World West has been trimming Iowa's waistlines since 1986. Its three modern, fully equipped facilities hold more than 75 weekly fitness classes, an aquatic program accredited by the Arthritis Foundation, and advanced strength equipment from Hammer, Cybex, and Paramount. During the diverse lineup of fitness classes, the gym's trainers pump up their students' motivation with rigorous, varying workouts that include Zumba, yoga, cross training, and Greco-Roman spelling bees. For one-on-one instruction, personal trainers work with clients to design fitness plans that optimize results, taking advantage of the center’s cushioned track and the cardio theater's elliptical machines, cross trainers, bikes, and treadmills. When working out solo, clients can set brainwaves to one of 80 channels broadcasting from the cardio machines' personal flat-screen TVs, jogging or biking along to motivational music videos, athletic competitions, or home-shopping auctions. The gym’s selection of Olympic free weights stands ready to fatigue muscles before the whirlpool, sauna, or steam room relieves and relaxes deep-rooted aches.
In addition to increasing clients’ physical prowess, Fitness World West's knowledgeable staff help overhaul the unhealthy habits of their clients through computerized fitness assessments and personalized nutrition consultations. And, during workouts, they welcome parents to entrust their children to the kids' gym and nursery, where an eagle-eyed staff member watches over little ones as they romp around or lead troops of G.I. Joe figurines in taxing pushup regimens.
Soothing Bioelements serums and medical-grade SkinBorn products are always within an arm's reach of Skin Spa's aesthetician Jinah, who pampers face and body with indulgent spa services. The team swathes clients from head to toe in detoxifying body wraps and sloughs off dead skin cells with Mandarin scrubs. They cleanse skin and unclog pores with one-hour facials, complemented by light chemical peels that gently buff away imperfections such as fine lines, acne, and wayward sock lint. Aestheticians also dispense swift waxing treatments, stripping away stubble from underarms, legs, and bikini areas.