2015 Highlights

The 2015 spa year wraps up in 3 hours and like always, I’m a sap for reminiscing.  The year has seen more growth, which means more people in Central Iowa are experiencing some much-needed stress relief!  It is always good to have a year with far more ups than downs (I’m sparing you photos of the ceiling collapse and floor drain explosions of 2015). I thought I’d share 10 memories from the year that make me smile.

  1. Early in 2015, I had the honor of presenting my friend (and super cool human) Dr. Chris Lorang with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the East and South Des Moines Chamber.


I also got to enjoy a fun evening with some of our team at the chamber’s annual dinner.


2. I love teaching and I had the privilege  of teaching TWO amazing classes of students at Body Wisdom School this year.  So many great massage therapists entered the profession in 2015.image16


3. Our team celebrated many “Best of Des Moines” wins again in 2015.  We truly appreciate your vote and we aim to live up to our “Best Spa” designation every day.


4. Maybe the coolest thing we did in 2015 was provide free facials and skin care products to 12 women from the Beacon of Life Shelter during the spring and summer.  One of these awesome women chose to share her story with Channel 13 news.  I’m forever moved by the power of human touch and the confidence boost of proper skincare.image10

5. We got to enjoy Allison dancing with EVERY SINGLE MASCOT at the SW 9th Open Street Event that the spa volunteered for.

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6. Kelly and I had a great educational experience at ISPA conference and returned invigorated and full of ideas.

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7. Adding Rhonda Allison Skincare to our spa services and retail was the best decision we made in 2015.  Our skin looks and feels amazing and our clients are thrilled.  rhonda-allison-2

The Rhonda Allison line also allowed us to incorporate more corrective peels to our menu and I personally loved the results from mine!  Check out my blog post on it here.

Rhonda Allison Vitamin A Peel Before and After

8. We raised almost $2500 for Fluffy Butts Animal Rescue at our annual Spalloween fundraiser and had a record turnout!  The funds helped to cover several surgeries for the dogs in the rescue, like my new buddy Linus (pictured) who found a brand new “fur”ever home shortly after the event.

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9. We celebrated our 7th birthday!  I spent the day choking up because I get emotional at the spa’s birthday.  I just lost it when my dear friends at Ephemera posted this sign in their window.  It reminded me of over 7 years ago when we just had 2 itty bitty baby businesses across the street from each other.  We used to post cheery signs in the windows to say hello.  My how we’ve grown!

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10. We closed out the busiest year yet with this delightful little view of the capitol from our nail care suite last week.

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Thanks for everything, 2015.

Get to Know Justin Behanish!

JustinBehanish Justin has been a Full Time therapist at East Village Spa since 2013 and has been voted Des Moines’ Best Massage Therapist in 2014 AND 2015!  Not only is he a great therapist with years of experience, his enthusiasm for knowledge and learning about new treatments and massage techniques to help his clients inspires all of us!  While he sees many clients for sports and deep tissue massage, people are often surprised to find out what an awesome relaxation massage he can give!

How long have you been in the industry and what are your licenses?

I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006

Why did you go into the field you are in?

I fell into it on an impulsive(ish) decision and it worked out!  I really enjoy being able to help people.

What is your favorite service to give?

The Athletic Edge Sports Massage

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

Any massage I can get!

What is your favorite spa retail product?

If I had to choose just one, I would have to go with my old favorite Tiger Balm.  However, the arnica-based bath salts are not far behind.

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Exercise is a big one.  Playing with my dog and cooking are also great stress relievers for me.

What are your favorite home care tips for clients?

One of my favorite suggestions for people who have foot pain is to keep a 1 liter bottle of water in the freezer.  When your feet hurt, sit down and roll the bottom of your foot over the bottle.  This will help reduce pain and swelling.  You can also do the same thing with a golf ball.  The texture provides a nice foot massage.

What are your favorite wellness resources?

I go wherever Google takes me!

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

I love playing hockey and I train in Capoeira and Brazilian JiuJitsu.  I enjoy a good game of chess.

Why should clients visit YOU?

Of course, Justin was too modest to answer this so I asked our manager Kelly to answer for him. “Justin was voted the best Massage Therapist in Des Moines for the second year in a row.  He is awesome at working with men and women of all ages and fitness levels who have injuries.  Just today he saw someone in so much pain she couldn’t go to work, but she left feeling amazing…after only 30 minutes of massage! ”

Want to schedule a massage and find out why Justin was voted the best?  Click here to book online!