In 2004, Rhonda Larkins underwent a lumbar laminectomy to fix a herniated disc, an injury she obtained while working as a package handler. Even after the surgery, she was left with pain and a lingering numbness in her left leg. Though physical therapy helped, she noticed that she felt particularly good after getting a massage. This observation led her to study Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy?a type of massage in which the practitioner uses bare feet to deliver flowing, effleurage strokes?under the practice?s founder, Ruthie Piper Hardee. Rhonda is currently on the mastery level of this modality.
At Prolong Symmetry, Rhonda and her team of licensed massage therapists specialize in more than 10 types of massage. Services range from more traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages to Hawaiian lomi-lomi, an ancient healing practice during which therapists stimulate the body?s pressure points with their thumbs, elbows, and thoughts on early Dada filmmaking.
As a personal trainer, qi gong and yoga instructor, and physical-therapist assistant, Ken has developed a broad and intuitive understanding of the human body. He brings all this knowledge?plus more than 15 years of massage experience?to bear during soothing sessions at STL Massage and Health. There, Ken and his team of qualified massage therapists tackle muscular knots with a wide variety of modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
For the stylists at Salon Bella, staying ahead of fashion and technology is of utmost importance. That is why they undergo continual training in emerging hair, nail, and skin techniques and use only high-quality products to beautify clients. They lavish tresses with Aveda haircare products and polish faces with PCA peels.
A cornucopia of beautifying services await clients at The Face Company, where their visages and the bodies they're attached to undergo overhauls in the form of a number of procedures including Photofacials, Laser Hair Removal, Botox, Juv?derm, Skin Rejuvenation, Cellulite Reduction, and Teeth Whitening. The staff infuse youthfulness into clients with nonsurgical procedures, including spa services such as Airbrush Makeup and waxing services.
Owner Tiffany Strauser oversees a team of fellow bodywork experts at Too Good To Be True Massages, an oasis of hands-on pampering and relaxation. These licensed therapists offer traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages; prenatal massages for expectant mothers; and couples massages for partners in love?or partners in crime. Indian head massages focus on the nerve endings above the neck, and reiki sessions help restore depleted energy stores.