We are thankful

The first time I got a massage, I was 24 and had just gotten injured at work. I booked a 30 minute massage on a whim to try to help. I literally had no clue what to expect, I even kept my tank top on under the sheets. That massage was so incredible that when I was done, I knew that I needed to help people feel that way too. Within a year, I enrolled in massage therapy school.

Our team is so fortunate to do what we do, and Thanksgiving is always a time to take a step back and really reflect on how grateful we are to be in the spa profession. I asked the crew at East Village Spa to share their favorite part of their career and why they are thankful to be in this line of work.

Brandi: My favorite part of being a licensed massage therapist is making space for others in a compassionate way. And, I am thankful for my co-workers!

Jamee: I am thankful for being able to help people move past challenges that are holding them back from leading their best lives. I would normally be begging people to let me treat them, but now I get to make a living doing this!

Kanika: Being a cosmetologist, esthetician, and massage therapist, I am thankful for the gift of human touch. My career cannot be completely taken over by a robot, computer or technology.

Becky: I like that I never stop learning! I love helping educate my clients and myself. I’m thankful that I get paid to hang out with friends at work!

Jennifer: I love building trusting relationships with clients. My favorite part is getting to see them again and again. I am grateful for the community that therapists bring, they share knowledge and information.

Hannah: I really enjoy the process of talking to my client and listening to what is going on, then helping to put all the clues together. It is like doing a puzzle, but you are still “working.”

Molly: I’m thankful for being able to build relationships with co-workers and regular clients. I love getting the chance to educate and help clients with skincare needs. Oh, and I LOVE doing extractions!

Cassandra: I enjoy getting to know my clients. I learn where I need to travel, eat, and other fun stuff! Also, I get to play and have fun. I say play, because I get to use all the nail polish colors at the spa, not just the few I have at home. Plus, we get to mix things like masks in the facial room and get to test out and play with all the new products.

Camdine: I love getting someone back to what they love doing (running, biking swimming, chasing grand kids) following an injury or surgery. I’m thankful for a job where I can help people get back to “normal” life when dealing with an injury like frozen shoulder. One of the best compliments I can get is someone telling me they can do something without pain anymore or they don’t have to take pain meds or muscle relaxers to get through the day.

Lindsay: I love customizing things to meet someone’s needs so I get to do something different almost every treatment or service.

Conny: I get paid to be relaxed!

Kelly: I am thankful to work with like-minded people who happen to all be amazing. I love my team.

Cassie: I’m so thankful I found a career where I can be my true self and I get to see other people reveal their genuine personality too. Every day I work with caring people and witness incredible acts of kindness and compassion. In our stressed-out world, we get to see people at their most relaxed. It is truly a gift.

Visit a wellness provider who lives his or her career, I promise you’ll notice the difference! Click here to book your appointment with any of our incredible licensed massage therapists, estheticians, and nail technicians.

Get to know Jennifer Phipps, LMT

Jennifer Phipps, LMT, joined our team as a full time massage therapist in 2018, but she’s had many years of experience prior to that, including work with several of our massage therapists who were thrilled to welcome her to the East Village Spa crew!

How long have you been in the industry?

I graduated from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in 2006 and have worked as a massage therapist ever since!

What are your specialties?

My specialty is truly a mixed bag, but I love working with specific concerns. For example, if someone has limited mobility, I can really focus in on increasing mobility and tracing the muscle back to the original point of trauma.

Why did you chose this profession?

Honestly, the profession chose me.

Describe your massage style in 3 words:

Warmth, Escape, Exhale

What is your favorite service to give?

Hot stone and deep tissue massages

What is your favorite service to receive?

Same! Hot stone and deep tissue massage

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I’m an aerialist (a beginner), but I love to “fly.”  I recently did the 500 mile Carmino de Santiago walk in Spain. I love anything outdoors!

Why should guests book with you?

I provide a space of trust and my style is relaxing, yet effective.

Book with Jennifer online here! If you wish to request her specifically, be sure to choose “Specific Therapist” from the drop down menu, and then her name.

 

 

Get to know Kanika, LMT, Cosmetologist, Esthetician

We welcomed Kanika Mayes to our team in May 2018. She’s licensed in every service we offer at East Village Spa and comes from a long line of cosmetologists, including her grandmother and mother. A passion for the beauty industry is in her DNA!

What are licenses do you hold and where did you attend school?

I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist since 2002, a licensed esthetician since 2014, and a licensed massage therapist since 2018. I attended the Iowa School of Beauty in Urbandale for my cosmetology and esthetics training, the Iowa School of Beauty in Ankeny for my massage therapy training, and Aveda institute for my instructor’s license.

What are your specialties?

As an esthetician: Facials, facial waxing (I LOVE brow shaping!), chemical peels, and Hydrafacial. As a licensed massage therapist: Relaxation oriented massages. As a cosmetologist I also provide relaxing manicures and pedicures at East Village Spa.

Why did you choose this career?

I truly believe it is a blessing and a privilege to have a career that helps clients build their confidence through skin and nail care, and relieves their aches and pains through massage therapy. Overall helping people look their best on the outside helps them to feel their best on the inside.

Describe your treatment style in a few words:

“Look good, feel better.”

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to give?

Our seasonal massages, because I enjoy the aromas we work with specific to the season.

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to receive?

The custom spa pedicure

What is your favorite product we carry?

This summer, it is the Farmhouse Fresh “Fresh Melon” scented lotion, but it is always changing.

How do you spend your free time?

I throw AMAZING parties, teach Sunday school, love reading faith-based or inspirational books, and am a huge Denver Broncos fan!

Why should clients book with YOU?

I’m a knowledgeable, patient, and caring professional who is in-tune with my clients’ needs.

Book with Kanika online or call (515) 309-2904 to schedule!

 

Get to know the Administrative Team!

Our front desk crew has years of experience and works together to ensure guests have the best visit possible and that our service providers have what they need to perform treatments that exceed expectations.

Cassie Sampson, BA, LMT, Spa Director, Community Relations, Misplacer of things

Cassie opened East Village Spa in 2008.  With the spa’s growth through the years (from 3 to 10 treatment rooms!) she primarily oversees the general day-to-day operations of the spa including social media and marketing. She occasionally fills in for our massage therapists as needed and does an annual charity “massage-a-thon” in February. In her free time you’ll find her running, biking, swimming and snuggling her old hound dogs. Cassie also designs jewelry to raise money for animal charities (check it out at the spa!) She’s a member of the Des Moines AM Rotary Club and serves on the South Suburban YMCA board and chair of the Iowa Massage Therapy Board. Cassie is passionate about elevating the massage therapy profession and educating the public about the benefits of licensed, skilled massage therapy. You’ll usually find her at our front desk as she loves getting to know everyone’s clients (and because that’s where we keep the chocolate!)

Cassie’s the best person to contact if you are looking for speakers for your organization.

Kelly Parker, LMT, Spa Director, Boss Lady, Knows where everything is

Kelly originally joined our team in 2009 as our managing massage therapist.  Kelly’s travels took her to a position with the Four Seasons where she further fine-tuned her massage and customer service skills and became an expert in the Farmhouse Fresh product line.  Kelly returned to Iowa to rejoin our team in 2014 as our front desk manager (and Cassie’s “Life Manager.”)   In 2018 she was promoted to Spa Director, since she’s truly the glue that keeps everything together. Kelly loves live music and is an active member of the Historic East Village board. She’s often out and about in the neighborhood working on fundraising projects and supporting local shops and restaurants. While Kelly doesn’t accept massage bookings, she will happily help out in a pinch so sometimes you’ll see her in the treatment room!

Kelly’s the best person to contact with inquiries about group bookings, non-profit donations, and general spa inquiries, or troubleshooting your online account or order concerns.

Molly Kinsey, Licensed Esthetician, Guest Services Manager

Molly will help you plan your spa day, make sure you remember your appointments, and become your best friend in the process. She’s a licensed esthetician and sees guests by appointment on Tuesday afternoons and fills in occasionally to help in an emergency.  She LOVES all esthetics services but especially waxing. She’s happy to make skincare recommendations at the front desk and knows our Rhonda Allison line in and out.

Molly’s a great contact for scheduling and changing appointments, troubleshooting your online orders, gift cards, and other general spa service inquiries. She’s also the best person at the desk for skin care retail suggestions.

Cori Hugins, Licensed Cosmetologist, Guest Services Assistant

Cori is a licensed cosmetologist who has also graduated from massage therapy school.  She has been providing excellent nail care for our team since 2016 and in June 2017 transitioned to a full time position as guest services assistant because of her excellent customer service skills and calming nature. Cori still sees nail care clients on a limited basis, you can book with her on Thursday afternoons and she fills in as needed to assist guests with safe, skilled manicures and pedicures.

Cori is a great person to suggest products for body, hand, and foot care and answer your questions about manicures and pedicures. She’s often the person who will help you schedule appointments and pick up gift cards.

You can reach our front desk team by:

E-mail us at EVSpaDesk@gmail.com. We check our e-mail frequently during business hours and will respond ASAP.

Phone: (515) 309-2904

You can also create an account and book online at www.EVDaySpa.com Let us know if you have questions or would like assistance with your account!

Get to know Karina Levy, Licensed Massage Therapist

Karina Levy joined the East Village Spa team in March, 2018 when we recruited her to fill an open position, knowing she was the perfect fit for our guests. Karina ‘s experience as a professional ballet dancer and founder of a non-profit that provides massage therapy to individuals who have ALS are two things that create her uniquely relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork.

Where and when did you receive your professional training?

I received massage therapy training at the Iowa College of Natural Health (Iowa School of Beauty) in 2012 in Ankeny. I have a BA from Iowa State in history and religious studies and I’m working on my master’s in history. I’ve taken several advanced trainings including Myofascial Release by John Barnes, Orthopedic and Sports Massage by James Waslawski, and cupping.

What are your specialties?

Orthopedic massage, working with people who have serious illnesses like ALS, prenatal massages. I love to give relaxing services like body scrubs and hot stone massages as well.

Why did you choose this field?

I was a professional ballet dancer for 12 years, massage therapy helped me with injury and maintaining healthy muscles through my career.

Describe your massage style in 3 words:

Therapeutic, Deliberate, Quiet

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to give?

Either the EV Signature or Athletic Edge Massage

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to receive?

Same! Depending on the day, either the EV Signature or Athletic Edge Massage

What is your favorite retail item?

I LOVE bath salts so I’d say the Kneipp salts or Rapid fire for injuries.

What are some fun facts about you?

I’ve lived, taught, and performed ballet in Denmark, New York City, Chicago and many other places. I love to read and I’m a history nerd. I love wine, cheese, and strong coffee.

Why should guests book with YOU?

I respect your life story and health needs, whatever they are that day. I do my best to listen to your body and cater to your needs every session.

What are guests saying about Karina?

“From the instant my massage started, I knew I was literally in good hands. Karina used a nice, firm pressure throughout the massage but her technique was so slow that it didn’t cause pain and was super relaxing. She let me rest quietly and my mind drifted away. Before my session I was stiff and achy from swimming, but I left the spa with greater range of motion and a much better attitude!”

To book a session with Karina, click here. Please select “Specific therapist” from the drop down menu, then select her name to see her availability. This will register your booking as a request for Karina.

Get to know Becky, LMT!

Becky White, Full Time Licensed Massage Therapist at East Village Spa

Becky White is a full time licensed massage therapist at East Village Spa. She comes from a lifelong background in dance including dance instruction, so she can empathize with people who are hard on their bodies, and she can choreograph very flowing massages.

Where and when did you get your professional training?

I graduated from the Aveda Institute and got my massage therapy license in 2017. I have a BA in graphic design and minor in psychology from Grandview.

Which techniques or treatment styles do you feel most comfortable with?

Focus work, general relaxation massage, stretching

Why did you choose this field?

I like being able to connect with others on a deeper, unconditionally loving and healing level. I like to be able to give of myself in a way not many other jobs allow you to.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Revitalizing, Rhythmic, and Relaxing

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to give?

The 80 minute Heavenly Hot Stone Massage

What is your favorite East Village Spa service to receive?

The 80 minute EV Signature Massage

What is your favorite retail product that we carry?

The EuroSpa Shower Mist

What are some hobbies or fun facts about you?

Dancing, tumbling, fishing, traveling (especially in Europe!), and cycling.

Why should guests book with you?

My intuitive nature helps me connect with guests easily and really understand what they want to get out of a session. My intent and touch is unique and I can help individuals reach a higher level of well-being.

What are guests saying about Becky?

“Becky was completely attentive and professional. She knew when to ask for my preference and how to recommend what was best for my skin and muscles.”

“She was extremely detailed during the massage (massaging my ankle bones with the stones and the little spot between your thumb and pointer finger). I loved her hand and foot massage. My favorite thing ever was her scalp and facial massage.”

To schedule a massage with Becky, call (515) 309-2904 or check her availability and book online here. If you wish to indicate a specific request for Becky as your massage therapist, please select “Specific Therapist” and her name from the drop down menu.

 

 

Get to know Hannah Mapes, Licensed Massage Therapist

Licensed Massage Therapist Hannah Mapes joined our team in 2017, and has a loyal following of athletes and people who love a deep massage. Right after school, Hannah worked at a salon spa primarily with male clients and is happy to offer more diverse treatments for men and women at East Village Spa.

Where and when did you receive your training?

I received my license in early 2017 after graduating from Body Wisdom School and started working full time immediately.

What are your specialties?

Two Feet Deep Barefoot Bars Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue

Why did you choose to be a massage therapist?

I had chronic back pain growing up. I had been in a few car accidents and had fallen on my back. I started receiving massage therapy when I was a teenager. I was amazed by what it can do for pain. I had always wanted to help other people, and going into massage was the right fit for me to do that.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words?

Slow, Effective, Deep

What is your favorite massage service to give?

I love doing specific work to help people figure out how to relieve pain and injuries so the Athletic Edge Sports Massage. I also really enjoy providing the Two Feet Deep barefoot massage because I can do deep work with my feet.

What is your favorite massage to receive?

I love when my therapist completely customizes a massage with focus work where I need it.

What is your favorite retail product?

The Kneipp Arnica Pine gel for pain and inflammation.

What is a fun fact about you?

I was born in Ghana, West Africa and I lived most of my childhood there until I was 14. I had a monkey growing up and have always had lots of animals.

Why should clients visit YOU?

My passion and goal in massage is to help you with chronic pain relief and injury management. I genuinely care about your pain and I want to help!

What are guests saying about Hannah?

“Hands down the best massage ever! Knowledgeable and able to pinpoint areas of injury and fix the root problem. She’s super sweet and makes me feel very relaxed and comfortable with the perfect mix of quiet and talking.”

“Hannah listens intently, offers helpful suggestions, is results-oriented and genuinely cares.”

Hannah Two Feet Deep Massage

Want to book with Hannah? Click here and choose “Specific Therapist” from the drop down menu, then click Hannah’s name to register your booking as a request.

How do massage therapists manage their own pain?

One of the most frequently asked questions I heard when I was practicing massage was “how often do YOU get a massage?” As massage therapists, we learn to get a good read on our bodies and learn what works well to prevent or manage our own pain.  Some of the LMTs on our team shared what works best for them, and their favorite referrals.

Camdine: I use a Lacrosse ball on my hips, back, and neck to massage painful spots. Camdine also uses locally produced Rapid Fire to reduce pain.

Julie: Daily stretches, epsom salt and Kneipp arnica bath soaks 3x week, a glass of warm Pure Inventions Tranquility tea (with magnesium) before bed, Rapid Fire to control small areas of pain, regular massages and chiropractic care as needed.

Julie’s favorite nighttime  drink is the Pure Inventions Tranquility which contains chamomile, passion flower, and magnesium.

Jamee: I use acupressure as a cure for everything but death, and I haven’t died yet. I see my personal massage therapist (co-worker Tiffany) regularly. I also purchased a Yoga trapeze that is a miracle for low back pain.

Heather: Massage 2-3x a month, regular visits with chiropractor Dr. Pulley (East Village Chiropractic)

Our employees massage each other and also see therapists outside the spa when their co-workers are booked. We all know the importance of “practicing what we preach!”

Hannah M: Staying active after a hard day reduces tension for me.

Jamee (cont’d): …On second thought, I should get a med alert bracelet made up that says in an emergency, call my massage therapist (Tiffany.)

Brandi: Yoga and using a foam roller, a 30 minute daily walk, get adjusted at Shine Chiropractic weekly, Fadeaway Flotation monthly.

Tisha: Rapid fire for aches, pains, and headaches, cupping therapy, foam roller, yoga, and a monthly massage (more often when needed!)

Most of our employees swear by Rapid Fire for muscle aches and tension headaches.

Conny: I’m not in pain often, but if it happens, I either overworked something or an emotional issue came up. For physical pain, I use rapid fire and a soak in a hot bath with epsom salts, receive massage twice a month. A good book, a glass of wine, and a friend for heartache.

 

Conny is especially partial to Kneipp bath salts because like her, they are from Germany.

Cassie: The older I get the more my joints act up, especially after running, biking, and swimming. In addition to regular massage, I see Dr. Pulley for chiropractic care when I overdo it or something feels “off.” I have done regular pilates at Gigi’s Pilates for about 6 years. Sometimes stretching isn’t the answer (or isn’t the only answer). The strengthening techniques in Pilates really help my low back and knees from screaming after longer runs.

If I miss to many pilates sessions, my body rebels and I get low back spasms that make it hard to run. I have learned the importance of strength training to keep everything working like it should!

Want to try massage therapy or one of our favorite pain relieving products for your own aches and pains? Stop into East Village Spa at 601 East Locust or book online!

Get to know Lindsay Crowe!

Lindsay Crowe joined our team in 2017 to provide nail, skincare, and waxing services as a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician. Her clients and co-workers absolutely love her kindness, empathy, and random dance moves.

When and where did you receive your training?

I graduated with certificates in cosmetology  in 2016 and  esthetics  in 2017 from PCI. Prior to working in this industry, I worked in healthcare, first getting my CNA training in 2003 from DMACC.

What are your specialties?

Facials and waxing, especially brows and Brazilians.

Why did you go into this field?

I wanted to be fulfilled in my career and help others feel better about themselves.  When I lost most of my hair in my 30’s due to my childhood auto-immune disorder, Alopecia Areata, I wanted to know more and help others like myself feel and look better.

What is your favorite service to give?

Hydrafacial

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

Facials and Massage

What is your favorite retail product?

I love them ALL! Rapid Fire for pain relief and the Rhonda Allison Skincare line-something for every skin type.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I am a crazy Girl Scout Leader for my daughter’s troop and mom to a boy who believes he is Batman.I volunteer for “Look Good, Feel Better” and the Children’s Alopecia Project. Time with my family is important to me.

Why should clients visit YOU?

I will go above and beyond to give you exceptional service. My goal is to make everyone feel the best they possible can. My guests compliment me on  being caring and skilled.

What are guests saying about Lindsay?

“Lindsay does an amazing job of making me feel comfortable and she’s extremely personable!”

“Lindsay is so good at making customers feel at home. She always has advice for any skin condition and is quick to recommend treatments at the spa and at home. She is truly dedicated to making sure all customers have their best skin and spa experience.”

“Lindsay has a real talent at connecting with people and making sure you get a top notch experience.”

If you’d like to book with Lindsay, click here for our website. When you go to book online, choose “Specific Therapist” and then choose her name from the drop down menu to mark your service as are request.

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!