Get to know Conny, LMT

Conny Beard joined our massage team in 2017 and as a native German, brings a unique perspective of massage and wellness to her clients and colleagues. In addition to providing massage therapy at the spa, Conny creates Glen Echo line of body care products including her signature herbal salves. These products are available in our retail shop.

When and where did you receive your training?

My interest in massage started over 20 years ago in Germany. I’m certified in Foot Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage in Germany along with Shiatsu and Infant Massage. After moving to Iowa I attended Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School and received my license to practice here in 2017. In Germany received my Masters of Material Science in 1992 and worked as an environmental engineer

What are your specialties?

Foot reflexology, “Crazy good neck work,” relaxation and hot stone massages..

Why did you go into the massage therapy field?

My mom was a pediatrician all her life and exposed me to a lot of gently healing methods. One of it was gentle touch and just being present for someone in need. I think that sparked my interest in massage.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Relaxing, Flowing, Detail Oriented

What is your favorite service to give?

Hot stone massage; it is very relaxing and the heat of the stones lets muscles melt like butter.

What is your favorite service to receive?

The 80 minute EV Signature Massage and a 30 minute foot massage.

What is your favorite retail product?

Since I’m a native German I love the Kneipp products, especially the salt. As child I suffered from severe asthma and attended a 6 weeks cure in a salt mine. It was hard to be away from home for so long as a 6 year old but it healed me completely!


What do you enjoy when you are not at work?

I love traveling all over the world, art, cooking, and hiking.

Why should clients book with YOU?

I’m a good listener and try to customize my massage as much as possible.

What are clients saying about Conny?

“Conny has been very caring and takes time to understand what my concerns are. I was also getting a massage one day and Conny was acknowledged for taking extra massages for a co-worker who was sick. I saw that Conny really cared about her career and others. She is wonderful!”

“Conny is amazing at what she does. Her knowledge of how the muscles work, how to ease them, and essential oils is vast.”

“Conny is a great listener, asking all the right questions to know how to treat her clients during a service. She helped me with back issues by asking the questions to get at what was causing my pain.”

If you’d like to schedule a massage with Conny, click here and choose “Specific Therapist” and her name from the drop down menu!

So you think you want a Brazilian wax?

Thank you to our guest contributor (who shall remain nameless) for a “Real woman’s” account of her first Brazilian wax.

Have you ever thought such things as:

“A lot of people I know get Brazilian waxes, there must be something to it!?”

“I hate shaving my bikini area. A lot.”

“I have waxed my eyebrows a million times, a Brazilian wax can’t be THAT bad, right?”

“I haven’t shaved in so long, I might never shave again…”

Dramatization of tropical vacation to protect the author’s identity. Actual events included lots of empty cocktail glasses.

These thoughts are what eventually talked me into getting my first Brazilian wax. I had returned from a fantastic tropical vacation, which forced me to keep things trimmed up “down there”, because that’s what we ladies like to do when we are in swimwear. And each morning I went to tackle this issue, I grumbled and complained to myself about how much I absolutely despised shaving this area! The angles, the tiny razor nicks, the razor BURN! Why on earth WOULDN’T I try waxing!

When I returned home, the temperatures topped out at 30 degrees for a couple weeks, I became lazy and had no need to shave. I can’t be the only one right? A little over 4 weeks from when I returned from the beautiful tropics, I decided I was going to take the plunge. I scheduled my first ever Brazilian wax at the spa one morning while I was at work. I didn’t even flinch. I had 3 days to prepare my nerves, which were oddly nonexistent. I talked worriedly to probably every esthetician we have on staff about my concerns, and always received the typical “It’s really not that bad” response. So for the last 2 days leading up to the procedure, I was ready. It can’t be that bad. It just can’t be. I’m sure it seems to last 5 minutes, and you’re done, and everything is smooth and great and the world’s a better place!

Fast forward to brave little me, lying in the treatment room, awaiting the first “pull”. When that first pull happened I realized, I wasn’t ready. Nothing could have prepared me for this! How on earth is this classified as “not that bad”!? I now completely understand the “AHH KELLY CLARKSON” situation in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Holy smokes.

I spent a bit of time trying to figure out how I had made such an extreme mistake on my expectation of the pain vs. the actual pain. I realized the reason I initially thought it was so incredibly terrible was because I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever. I had no clue it would hurt on that level, because in my mind I thought, “how bad can pulling a few hairs out really be? My eyebrows aren’t terrible…” In reality, it is pulling hundreds of hairs out at once, so of course it’s going to hurt! A lot.

However, within about 10 seconds the discomfort is completely gone. With each pull, it became more and more bearable. I was in and out of the treatment room in under 30 minutes! We do book the treatment for 40 minutes here at the spa, but sometimes it can take much less or a little more time. It just depends on the person, the hair growth, etc. Brazilian waxes can only be done with at least ¼ inch of hair growth. If you arrive for your appointment and your hair is not long enough, the therapist will let you know. Typically this is about 4 weeks of hair growth, but can definitely vary depending on the person. It has been 2 weeks since my wax and I have almost no regrowth at all. I could literally attend a last minute pool party comfortably. (Granted, it’s still March… in Iowa… so a last-minute pool party is not likely.)

I had no discomfort after the treatment, aside from one tiny ingrown hair that lasted about a day. There was no rash, no “razor burn”, really no discomfort at all afterwards. These are the reasons I am now a forever Brazilian wax receiver. Any amount of discomfort felt during the treatment could never outweigh the amazing outcome of receiving it.

If our guest writer has you convinced that a Brazilian wax is really “not so bad” you can click here to book yours online! Have more questions! Click here for another post on waxing.

Top 3 reasons to wash your face twice a day

Cassandra Lacina-Griffin has been a licensed esthetician for over a decade and recently I asked her to share with me one piece of advice she wished our guests knew. Without missing a beat, she said “I wish people understood how important it is to wash their face twice a day.”

According to Cassandra, there are three main reasons you should wash your face both in the morning AND before you go to bed. If you exercise or sweat in the middle of the day, you might have to add another cleanse to remove sweat and bacteria.

1: Cleansing prevents excess oil. Sometimes people with dry skin hesitate to cleanse twice daily because they feel that it can be more drying. On the flip side, sometimes people who have oily skin use too harsh of a cleanser which can dry the skin out and cause it to produce MORE oil!  In those cases, Cassandra recommends that you check with a professional to make sure you are using the right cleanser for your skin type.

2: Cleansing removes dead skin cells that build up overnight. Even though YOU are sleeping, your skin is hard at work turning over skin cells.

3: Cleansing in the morning removes the night time serums and chemical exfoliators. Serums and exfoliators do their best work at night when you are resting and not sweating or wearing make-up, but they need to be removed before you start your day, especially before sun exposure or applying make-up.

If you have more questions or would like to get recommendations from a professional esthetician, schedule a facial with Cassandra or any of our great licensed skin care providers here.

Get to know Brandi, LMT

Brandi Munch, Licensed Massage Therapist, yoga instructor, and reiki practitioner joined our team in February, 2017. Brandi has a loyal following of clients seeking a peaceful, quiet relaxation service. She spent 10 years as a social worker prior to seeking a calmer field where she could truly make a difference in the lives of her clients.

How long have you been in the industry?

I completed my massage therapy education at Aveda in 2016 and have been working full time in the field ever since. I became a certified yoga instructor in 2017.

What are your specialties?

Relaxation-focused massage sessions and reiki. I also offer prenatal and hot stone massage.

Why did you go into the Massage Therapy field?

I’ve always been a helper and discovered my passion for health and wellness after pursuing my own journey to healing.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Nurturing, restorative, peaceful

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to give?

I love the indulgent foot massages we offer because we incorporate yummy scented products!

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to receive?

I love all of them!

What is your favorite retail product?

Rapid Fire locally produced pain relief spray

What do you do in your free time?

I spend time with my old grumpy puggle, Sophie. We love to be outside exploring trails and parks.

Why should guests visit YOU?

I know how stress impacts our physical bodies and would love to help you relax so you can be your best self.

What are guests saying about Brandi?

“Brandi takes such good care of me. This is my regular “me time” spot! I feel so much better after going to her services.”

“She is an excellent massage therapist. She knows the muscles and how to relieve stress and pain. She is nice and responsive.”

“Friendly, professional and simply amazing. Explains everything she does so I understand the massage and the good it does for my mind and body.”

If you would like to schedule a massage with Brandi, click here to book online and select the “specific therapist” option from the drop down menu before selecting her name.