Even down to its decor, Sacred Stone Massage and Bodywork exudes comfort. The space’s airy feel and soothing color palette take guests in with slate-gray walls, soft lighting, and plush blankets and pillows that adorn the furniture. The spa’s licensed massage therapists embrace and complement the mellow ambiance with a host of massage services. They stretch and soothe aching muscles during relaxing Swedish and deep-tissue sessions and give expectant mothers a break from the tension that comes with carrying an infant and constantly fighting off flocks of storks with prenatal treatments. Hot stones and paraffin wax augment some sessions, whereas others include peppermint- and lavender-infused scrubs.
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.
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.
"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.
The doctors at Skin Body Soul are constantly upgrading their cosmetic technology, improving the tools and serums they use to help clients look and feel their most stunning. At locations in Des Moines, Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle, treatments help whiten teeth, make complexions brighter, and glue stylish hats permanently onto heads. When it comes to rejuvenating bodies from the neck down, the spa has you covered with machines, saunas, and even medical devices designed to shrink fat cells. With a little guidance during pre-treatment consultations, clients boost their own self-confidence with services physicians hand-pick and customize to suit individual goals.