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!


Tips to get the most benefit from each massage

There is nothing better than waking up on the day you have a massage scheduled and knowing you are about to get a big dose of much needed relaxation and TLC.  I talked to long time massage therapist, Justin Behanish, for his tips on how to get the most benefit out of your massage before, during, and after your treatment.


  • Finish work or get any home projects or stressful tasks out of the way
  • Get in your workout
  • Drink plenty of water and eat a light meal, it is hard to relax with a full (or empty) stomach and your muscles will respond better to the work if they aren’t dehydrated.
  • Find a way to make things easy for after your treatment so the rest of your day can run on “cruise control.”  For example, set up a healthy meal in the crock pot in the morning so you can get home after your massage and dinner is ready!


  • Speak up!  No massage therapist is a mind reader and our favorite clients are the ones who will honestly give us feedback when we ask if the pressure or temperature need adjusted.
  • Take some slow deep breaths and try to think of nothing but how your body is feeling.  Take time to just enjoy how good the massage feels!



  • Do things to help continue to relax your muscles and mind like light stretches, reading a book, or relaxing with a cozy blanket.
  • Relax in a hot bath with aromatherapy or bath salts from Kneipp, or try tiger balm on any areas your therapist worked deep before you go to bed to keep muscles loose and reduce the likelihood of soreness the next day.
A soak in a warm tub to keep muscles warm and loose is perfect to extend the benefits of your massage.

A soak in a warm tub to keep muscles warm and loose is perfect to extend the benefits of your massage.