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 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 Molly I, Licensed Massage Therapist

Thank you for helping us welcome Molly Ihde to our team! Molly joined our team in 2016 and has been a great addition to our sports and deep tissue therapists.  In addition to her passion for deep tissue and athletic massages, her Aveda training helped her develop a place in her heart for relaxation and spa therapies like our Gong Fu Chai scrub, which she loves doing!

How long have you been in the industry?

I graduated from the Aveda Institute in 2015 and have been working full time as a massage therapist ever since.

Why did you go into massage therapy?

I became a massage therapist because I have an interest in health and wellness, specifically in sports therapy and preventative care.

What is your favorite service to give?

I enjoy athletic massage and deep tissue work.

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

I love our Gong Fu Chai scrub because the Farmhouse Fresh Clementine oil smells amazing and my skin feels so smooth afterwards.

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Unfortunately, I haven’t tried everything yet, but some of my favorites are the Farmhouse Fresh face masks, Sweet Cream Body Lotion (we use this in the EV Signature Massages), Rhonda Allison Ultra Hydration Lotion and Farmhouse Fresh Plum Chiffon Balm.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

When I’m stressed, I like to go for a run, do crossword puzzles, read, or listen to podcasts.

What is your favorite self-care suggestion for clients?

I’m a huge fan of foam rollers and lacrosse balls for more specific trigger point relief. These tools are probably the closet thing you can get to deep tissue and broad pressure body work at home and a great habit to get into between appointments.

Do you have a favorite relaxation or stress relief quotation?

“Our bodies communicate clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen.” Shakti Gawain

Why should clients visit YOU?

I really work hard and do everything I can to be a positive part of someone’s day. If my client leaves with a smile and even just a little bit better than when they came in, I’m happy.

To schedule a massage with Molly, click here or call (515) 309-2904. If booking online, be sure to select “specific therapist” and choose her name from the drop down menu if you wish to make a request to see Molly.

 

Get to know Heather, LMT

Thank you for helping us to welcome Heather Brown, LMT to our team! Heather joined us in 2016 after our long time therapist Teresa Sage moved to Dubuque. Heather has a similarly nurturing style to Teresa and we are confident she is a great fit for many of Teresa’s regulars and clients looking for a great combination of relaxation and specific work.

How long have you been in the industry?

I graduated from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in 2016 and began my career with East Village Spa right afterward.

Why did you go into this field?

I practiced infant massage on my children and have been told over the years that I would make a great massage therapist because I am a natural. It makes me very happy to be in the wellness profession. I have worked and volunteered with children, animals and geriatrics my whole life. Being of service has been my life calling.

What is your favorite service to give?

I love aromatherapy and pampering you with whatever massage technique is called for in the session. We have so many options to choose from depending on what the you request. If you have a specific issue going on with your body, I will help determine what will give you the most relaxation and relief.

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

Everything we offer at the spa is a favorite. It’s nice to try new services depending on what I need at the time.

What is your favorite retail product?

The Kneipp products are wonderful! Try the arnica gel or cream for aches, pains or bruises. I like to mix a dab in with my cream or massage oil. Arnica gel speeds up the healing process. The Kneipp salts are also helpful to have on hand or give away as gifts.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

During the summer I enjoy swimming outdoors with my sons. Hiking with my Golden Retriever, Shadow, at Brown’s Woods or Walnut Woods is another favorite. Meeting up with friends at Gray’s Lake or the YMCA in the winter to work out and get in the sauna makes me very happy. For quick de-stressors I enjoy epsom salt baths, listening to music, stretching and cooking.

What is your favorite self-care suggestion for clients?

Stay hydrated with water, daily walks, eat a healthy diet, keep your sense of humor, get a good night’s sleep and do your stretches. If you’re having a bad day a nap, a massage or ice cream makes everything better. All three is a trifecta!

Tell us some fun facts about yourself!

I’ve camped at six national parks with my family plus we drove to Alaska and visited with friends there for a month, camping through Canada there and back–Banff and Jasper National Parks included. We also volunteered and lived on several organic farms for about 4 months as part of an education experience.

Why should guests visit YOU?

Guests should visit me because I am genuinely interested in helping each guest get back to feeling better through either relaxation massage, alleviating specific troubled spots or both.  

If you would like to schedule a massage with Heather, click here to book online or give us a call at (515) 309-2904!

Massage Updates

We want to let you know some exciting massage therapy updates for our team!

Teresa, a massage therapist at East Village Spa, provides a craniosacral massage to Kelly.Our long time LMT, Teresa, is moving to Dubuque. Before she could finish her last month with us, she broke her foot and has to bid farewell to the spa sooner than any of us had hoped.

We expect she’ll be back for frequent visits and if any of you are ever in Dubuque, you can book an appointment with her at Body and Soul Spa where she’ll be providing her healing massages to the lucky people there!  She wants to thank her clients for 4 wonderful years.

heathereastvillagespamassageHeather Brown is a soon-to-be graduate of Body Wisdom School with a natural gift. Heather brings many of the same characteristics, both as a therapist and a person, to our team that we loved about Teresa and after receiving a massage from Heather, Teresa said she would be very confident referring her clients to her.  Heather will join us in Mid-December, but we promise she is worth the wait, when I received a massage from her this week, I almost shrieked with happiness because her firm pressure, divine neck work, kind spirit, and total concern for my comfort and experience were the EXACT qualities what we hoped to find in a therapist to help continue care for Teresa’s clients and new spa guests.

TwoFeetDeepMassageEastVillageSpa1To help accommodate more guests while we wait for Heather to join our team, our dear friend and former East Village Spa Massage Therapist Allison Peterson will be helping out.  She’ll be at the spa weekday hours starting next week through early December.  This is a special treat for her clients who have been missing her!  She’s a great fit for athletes, people in need of pampering, or people who love Two Feet Deep barefoot massage.

 

eastvillagespa-kellyjo_smMany of our guests don’t realize this, but both Kelly Parker (pictured), our manager, and I are licensed massage therapists.  Kelly initially got her massage license in 2009 and I received mine in 2005.  Because of our “running-the-spa duties,” we no longer accept pre-booked appointments but we both are excited to jump in and help out in a pinch, so you might see us donning our massage aprons more often in the next month or two.

Stay tuned for more updates as we add a new therapist to our team before Thanksgiving. To book your appointment, call (515) 309-2904 or visit our website!

Get to know Cori

Cori HuginsCori Hugins, licensed cosmetologist, joined our team in July 2016 to provide safe and relaxing manicures and pedicures.  We’re excited for you to get to know her and are confident you’ll enjoy her as much as we do!  As a fun bonus, Cori has also attended massage school so the hand and foot massages she gives in her nail sessions are amazing!

Why did you go into this field?

To heal people and make others feel like their better selves. It’s a very rewarding career when you are able to have fun and help people at work!

What is your favorite service to give?

I enjoy pedicures and making your toes look beautiful!

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

I absolutely love facials! They’re relaxing, yet I know my face is being cleaned, and cleaned right!

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

Yoga! I feel at least 10-15 minutes of yoga a day can reduce stress and tension in your back, shoulders, and wherever else you may be feeling uncomfortable. Breathing is a big one for me.  Take the time to just stop, relax, and breathe.

Do you have a favorite relaxation quotation?

“Smile and the world will smile back.” Whenever I”m feeling down or stressed, I think of this and live by it.  It makes me feel better knowing I may be impacting someone’s day, no matter how small, in a positive way.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I’m a HUGE astrology nerd!

Why should clients visit YOU?

I’m caring, a great listener, and will give you an excellent service.  I will make sure to give you the nail service that is exactly what you are looking for.

To schedule a relaxing manicure or pedicure with Cori, click here to book online!

7 years, 7 fun facts (and some throwback photos)

I always get a bit sappy on the spa’s birthday.  I’m not a parent of human children, but I consider the spa to be my baby.  Today the spa is 7 years old and I’ve spent my morning going through old photos and smiling about all the people I’ve gotten to work with over the years.  I don’t have any photos of the spa in progress when we were building out the old location, which is a shame because the transformation was incredible.

That being said, some of the things we found when remodeling the first location were so horrifying I think it is best that I don’t have lasting images.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

I wanted to share 7 fun things about the spa for 7 years to mark the milestone.

  1. We signed our lease in September 2008, the day before the market tanked! We laugh that when you start at the bottom, there really is only one way you can go!
  2. Our team grew from 4 of us in 2008 to 18 of us in 2015spagrowth
  3. In 2009, our first full year, we did 2649 services.  In 2014, our most recent full year, we did 10,234 services (we’ve already topped that number by a lot this year!) in 7 years, we have performed 51, 617 massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxes
  4. We have been voted Des Moines’ Best Spa every year since 2010!  This is a photo of our group in 2011.cityviewbestof2012
  5. Our employees stay with us a LONG time, but sometimes switch roles.  Our front desk manager Kelly used to be one of our amazing massage therapists.  Our amazing massage therapist Tiffany, was our first front desk manager!kellytiffany
  6. The old spa’s location was too small, had weird restrooms, and no parking, but it did have the prettiest storefront, especially at the holidays.EVSpa-59
  7. I hit my 10 year anniversary as a licensed massage therapist this year.  While I’m mostly handing out chocolate at the front desk (trying to dodge my REAL projects) these days, you’ll still find me filling in for a shift here or there!
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    Me (age 27, seems forever ago!) in my private practice prior to opening the spa.

    Thank you to all of our clients and employees throughout the years who have made this a fun journey full of such wonderful memories.  Here’s to many more years!

What is your favorite muscle to massage and why?

I took a little survey of our massage therapists to find out what muscle or muscle group they love working on and why.  The answers may surprise you!

Teresa Sage: Neck/cranial base release because it is such a nurturing area and because the tension ebbs and flows from the neck to the upper shoulders, almost always laden and heavy with tension on most people, especially females in my experience.

Teresa Sage demonstrates Craniosacral Massage techniques

Teresa Sage demonstrates Craniosacral Massage techniques

Allison Peterson: Erectors because of how they run the entire length of the spine and when they relax, we notice that surrounding larger muscle groups will open up with more ease.

Tiffany Jackson: The neck muscles because I think that is when people relax the most.

Jamee Koopman: The Psoas!  For more information about psoas massage, click here.

Many muscles in the abdominal area contribute to pain and tension, including the psoas and diaphragm.

Many muscles in the abdominal area contribute to pain and tension, including the psoas and diaphragm.

Clair McClintock: The Diaphragm!  It is often a place that gets left out of treatment for many different ailments.  For example: radiating pain across the ribs, breathing issues, trauma from an accident, and more.  It is not the most relaxing massage but I’ve had so much instant improvement in people’s back pain or some people that have come in with pain they’ve been dealing with for years.  It can be a huge emotional release spot for people.

Cassie Sampson: The Piriformis.  People who have severe pain from sciatic nerve issues can often find relief with massage to the piriformis and surrounding glut and hip muscles.  It wasn’t until I had injured myself and experienced the horrible pain caused by a sciatic nerve issues that I knew just how limiting and painful sciatic nerve issues could be and I liked knowing ways to help.

The piriformis and gluteal muscles can be accessed directly on the skin with proper draping, through sheets or clothing. Gluteal and piriformis massage is extremely beneficial.

The piriformis and gluteal muscles can be treated directly on the skin with proper draping, through sheets or clothing or via stretching. Gluteal and piriformis massage is extremely beneficial.

Justin Behanish: The quadratus lumborum (QL) muscle because it it is the cause (or partial cause) of pain in at least 1/4 of the people who have back-pain.  I think it is too often neglected by massage therapists.

The QL is a small muscle in the lower back that is the root of many peoples' back pain.

The QL is a small muscle in the lower back that is the root of many peoples’ back pain.

Kristiana Moore: The muscles in the feet because many of us stand all day and people find it the most relaxing.  When I get to the foot massage at the end of the session, so many people tend to fall asleep!

If any of our therapist’s responses are tempting you to book a massage to relax your sorest muscles, click here to schedule online!

Get to Know Cammie!

Cammie Tran joined our team in the summer of 2014 as a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician. Her clients love her patience and thorough answers to their questions about their skin and nail care concerns.

When and where did you receive your training?

I graduated from the Aveda Institute cosmetology program in 2014 and esthetics program in 2015.

Why did you seek a career in this industry?

I have a creative interest and I like promoting wellness. I started being interested in the industry as a teenager, and a decade later I was intrigued so I went to school. I started in Cosmetology where I learned my true passion was esthetics.

What is your favorite service to give?

Waxing and the Minus 10 facial

What is your favorite service to receive?

Deep tissue massage

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Patient, compassionate, thorough

What is your favorite spa retail product?

I love the Rhonda Allison Derma Peel and the Chrono Peptide for anti aging.

 

Do you have a unique hobby or interest people might not know about?

I bake, I start a lot of projects, I love finding a good deal thrifting and I’m a busy mom to two boys so most of my time is spent on their interests.

Why should clients visit you?

I am sincere in caring about my clients. I’m very patient and will take the time to answer all of your questions! If you’re nervous about your first visit, I will help you feel at ease.

What are guests saying about Cammie?

“She is so sweet and nice and listens. Cammie always takes the time to explain and show, I just enjoy talking with her. Sometimes I just want to sit and relax and she’s good with that too.”

“She checks in during the service to make sure you are satisfied.”

“During pedicures, Cammie is patient with me and the issues I have with one of my feet.”

If you wish to book with Cammie, click here. Select her “Specific therapist” from the drop down menu, then select her name to check her availability. This is the only way to register your booking as a specific request for Cammie.

Get to know Camille!

Camille Arbegast has been a valuable member of our team since she joined us as to provide nail and skin care services in February 2012.  Camille is one of the most dedicated professionals I’ve met, and since 2014, she’s been our managing technician, mentoring our new team members and ensuring that all of our services providers have the tools and training that  they need to do great work!

 

What licenses do you have and how long have you been in the industry?

I graduated from PCI in Ames with a cosmetology degree in 2010 and esthetics degree in 2011.

What are your specialties?

I specialize in relaxing, yet corrective facials (including Hydrafacial), general Rhonda Allison product and ingredient knowledge, and waxing. I’m especially known for great female Brazilian waxing.

Why did you choose this field?

My first job was as a receptionist at a hair salon, which sparked an interest in taking care of and helping people. That initial interest grew into my passion.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Professional, gentle, and calming

What is your favorite service to give?

Brazilian waxes and corrective facials. I love helping my clients figure out the puzzle of what works and what doesn’t work for them.

What is your favorite service to receive?

Massage therapy-my body needs it!

What is your favorite spa retail product?

I love the Rhonda Allison Ultra Hydration Creme.

What do you do in your free time?

I love motorcycle riding with my husband, cuddling my dogs, and traveling to tropical islands.

Why should clients visit YOU?

I genuinely care about every client that visits me. I always take time to educate and help clients with all of their concerns, questions, and skin care goals.

What are clients saying about Camille?

“Camille is amazing! She does great work, is so professional, and very friendly. I’ve been seeing her for over a year now and I look forward to seeing her and chatting.”

“Camille is a waxing wizard. She does an amazing job, she makes you feel 100% comfortable and is incredibly fast.”

“Camille is always friendly and makes you feel welcome. There is a calmness about her that makes you feel right at home. She takes the time to truly look at your skin and makes every effort to help your specific areas, without being pushy. And her massage techniques during facials are amazing!! I always feel great after receiving a service from her.”

Want to schedule a facial, wax, manicure or pedicure with Camille?  Click here to book online! If you wish to make a specific request to see Camille, please select “Specific Therapist” and her name from the drop down menu.