Aches Away Therapeutic Massage and Skin Wellness's licensed massage therapist relaxes bodies with one of six massage modalities, tailored to address each client’s individual needs. Swedish massage, the most popular technique, uses gentle pressure and soothing strokes to promote total relaxation, while deep-tissue massage applies firm pressure to taut tissue, uncoiling tightly wound muscles and helping to relieve pain from past unicycle-jousting injuries. Prenatal massage eases lower-back tension associated with human incubation, and the raindrop technique splashes essential oils onto skin to promote tranquility. The relaxing manipulations of lymphatic therapy cause a drowsy lymphatic system to eagerly awaken like a shadow hunter on a sunny day. During a hot-stone massage, heated stones rest atop sore surfaces to melt pain and stress into a collected lava puddle. Along with signature massage services, staff members also provide waxing services, custom facials, and chemical peels.
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.
Long before it became trendy to "go green," Aveda formulated its products with pure botanical ingredients. The company's mission—to care for the world we live in—shines through its products as well as its professionals. At five classrooms and 126 styling stations, Aveda Institute Des Moines mints brand-new environmental leaders. The institute's rigorous seven-phase program immerses students in all aspects of beauty, from the fundamentals of styling hair to the nuances of applying makeup for an editorial photo-shoot. During the final phase of the program, students spend the entire day on the clinic floor. Here, students cut hair, wax brows, and pamper real clients under the supervision of certified professionals and Edward Scissorhands.
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.
There was never much question that Erin was going to become a massage therapist. Not least among the hints about her aspirations are the pictures she has of herself at the age of four massaging her mother’s back. Now, with more than 17 years of experience, she shows this passion in the way she customizes massages for each client. She starts from scratch every time, first listening to the clients’ needs and explaining options. Then she blends aromatherapy oils from herbs such as mint, lavender, and rosemary to target specific ailments, from headaches to tension. All of this occurs against a backdrop of soft music, which clients can either bring in themselves or create by tickling a sleeping barbershop quartet.