Get to know Hannah M!

We welcomed Licensed Massage Therapist Hannah Mapes to our team last month and within a month, she has already developed a loyal following of athletes and people who love a deep massage AND won our team’s employee of the month for her incredible attitude! She joined us from a spa primarily working with male clients and is happy to offer more diverse treatments and work with different health concerns at East Village Spa. Thank you for getting to know her better!

How long have you been a massage therapist?

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

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.

What is your favorite massage service to give?

I love doing specific injury work so the Athletic Edge Sports Massage, which is also my favorite kind of massage to receive.

What is your favorite retail product?

Rapid Fire is pretty great!

What is your favorite self-care suggestion?

Never underestimate the power of an amazing bath with a cup of tea by your side!

Do you have a fun fact or talent that clients might enjoy knowing about?

I was born in Ghana, West Africa and I lived most of my childhood there until I was 14.

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!

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. Or, call (515) 309-2904 and we’ll get you scheduled! She offers sports and deep tissue massage, EV Signature massage, seasonal specials, hot stone massage, and body scrubs.

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 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. Thank you for helping us to welcome her!

How long have you been in this industry? Where did you go to school?

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 finally was ably to get a professional license in 2017. I went to school at Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in Urbandale, Iowa.

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 need. I think that sparked my interest in massage.

What is your favorite service to give?

Relaxation massage is my favorite for sure. I believe a lot of illnesses in our modern world have their roots in stress. If I can give my clients some minutes of zooming out of their stressful life, that makes me happy and I hope them too. I love their faces after a 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 is your favorite way to reduce stress?

Since I’m a big believer of hydrotherapy I can relax wonderful in a warm bath with salt, a book, nice music and candles. Or a long walk on a lake.

What is your favorite self care suggestion for clients?

Try not to sweat over small things, notice stress and let it go. Be positive and enjoy little things every day.

What is your favorite relaxation quotation?

Do more of what makes you happy. ~ Carmel McConnell

What is an interesting fact about you clients might not know?

I love to travel and have friends and family all over the world. So far I visited all continents beside Asia and Antarctica (too cold!). I enjoy learning about other cultures, customs and if I can, traveling to interesting places.

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

Get to know Brandi, LMT

Brandi Munch, LMT

In February 2017, we welcomed Brandi Munch, Licensed Massage Therapist and soon to be yoga instructor to our team. Thank you for taking the opportunity to get to know her better!

How long have you been in the industry?

I have been a massage therapist for over a year. I graduated from the Aveda Institute in West Des Moines.

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.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

Yoga, meditation, journaling, floating (I recommend Fadeaway Floatation Therapy)

What is your favorite self-care suggestion for clients?

Stretching! Our bodies are meant to move. Find what feels good and do it daily.

Do you have a favorite wellness resource?

Yoga with Adriene on Youtube and the book, “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise L. Hay.

What’s a fun fact that clients would enjoy learning?

I was a social worker for 10 years before starting massage therapy school and I am currently in training to become a yoga instructor.

Why should clients visit you?

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

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.

 

 

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 Julie, Licensed Massage Therapist

julieJulie Accola joined our massage team in 2016.  She has spent much of her career as a Registered Nurse, so massage is a career change for her.  She continues to provide nursing care in-home to children and is assisting our spa guests part time.

Julie has a great sense of humor and is frequently joking about her “big peasant hands” which provide an AWESOME and nurturing massage.  Thank you for taking the opportunity to get to know Julie!

How long have you been in the industry?

I received my massage license in 2014 after graduating from Body Wisdom School. (Julie has been a registered nurse since 1998!)

Why did you go into this field?

To relieve pain for people without a doctor’s order or a possible addiction to pain medications.

What is your favorite massage service to give?

I love doing head and neck massage and including Acupressure (Jin Shin Do) in sessions.

What is your favorite service to receive?

The same!

What is your favorite spa retail product?

The Kneipp sleep and pain relief aids work great without side effects.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress?

Prayer and meditation

What are your favorite suggestions for home care?

Drink plenty of water, rest, ice, and stretch as needed

What is your favorite relaxation or stress relief quotation?

If it no longer serves you, let it go.

What might clients find surprising about you?

I come from a very large family, the 9th of 12 kids raised on a dairy farm.  I’m a karaoke queen waiting for NASCAR to call…lol (Did we mention that Julie is hilarious?)

Why should clients visit YOU?

I have excellent assessment skills. I work with medium to firm pressure and can target your specific areas of concern.

To schedule your massage online with Julie, click here! You can also book at www.EVDaySpa.com

 

You’re not cheating!

Imagine this:  You are about to leave for a weekend road trip with your friends and wake up with a crick in your neck.  You call the spa hoping to squeeze in a bit of pain relief with your therapist but he or she has the day off.  The receptionist suggests another great therapist, but you decline because you think you’ll hurt your therapist’s feelings.

When you return, you book with your regular massage therapist, tell them you were miserable on your trip, and they are shocked at how tense your neck and shoulders are from that painful road trip.  You need to book 3 weeks in a row just to feel normal again before you can get back on your monthly schedule.  Your therapist tells you they wish you’d have seen one of their colleagues for some relief before you left. After all, they trust them with their own massage therapy sessions and think they are great!

painWith summer so near, it is a good time to remind clients that our employees encourage you to see their colleagues for services to keep up with your progress.  We know your schedule gets crazier in the summer and our employees are also planning upcoming travel, races, and family events.  If they aren’t available when you need in, they want you to see one of their co-workers that they trust immensely with your care (and their own!)  Here’s why:

  • Our spa is a “team treatment” spa and the majority of our clients see multiple providers for more booking options and treatment styles to choose from.
  • We have been open almost 8 years and our experienced employees are fortunate that they don’t have to compete for bookings, they are always comfortably busy!
  • Our employees can rest easier when they plan a vacation or have an unexpected illness knowing that their regulars can keep on their treatment schedule with one of their co-workers.  Believe me, it stresses them out when planning a trip knowing someone they’ve been treating will skip a session (or complain that their therapist is leaving) rather than see a trusted colleague.
  • Our employees know that because they are all so busy, it is hard for clients to get in to see them as often as they need to.  We’d all rather have you see 2-3 people and get in on the schedule that is recommended than wait too long between services and not get the results you could.
  • You might find it beneficial to experience different styles of work or different opinions from other providers!  I personally have two therapists I book with at the spa when I need relaxation or want a hot stone massage, one therapist I book with for shoulder pain, and another I book with for general deep tissue.
  • Last but not least, our services providers care about you and hate to think you are in pain when they know someone who can help you!
No need for disguises! Most of our clients see multiple providers, we won't be upset!

No need for disguises! Most of our clients see multiple providers, we won’t be upset!

Next time you can’t get in with your regular provider, let the front desk know specifically what you like about that person and we can pair you up with someone who has a similar approach instead of waiting longer than you or your body wants to between services. You might also ask your regular provider who he or she would recommend if you ever need to get in when they aren’t available. Click here to learn about our skilled treatment team and click here to book your next appointment!

P.S. Our team had a good laugh at this picture, because it sometimes feels pretty accurate!

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Get to Know Tiffany Jackson, LMT

Our photo of Tiffany's first day of massage school, in 2011. We were so proud of her!

Our photo of Tiffany posing outside of the “old spa” before her first day of massage school, in 2011.

Tiffany Jackson has been our longest-serving spa employee, starting as our front desk manager in February 2009 right after we opened, eventually attending massage school to become one of our popular Licensed Massage Therapists!  While our spa guests missed seeing Tiffany at the desk, they quickly determined that she was meant to be in the healing arts profession and fortunately, she can still fill in for occasional desk shifts.

How long have you been in the industry?

6 years total, 2.5 as a licensed massage therapist.

What are your licenses?

Massage Therapy and Reiki Master.  I’m currently studying Unlimited Body modality too.

Why did you go into this field?

I wanted to help people feel better and I’m fascinated by the mind/body connection.

What are your favorite spa services to give?

Prenatal massage and the Gong Fu Chai Scrub

What are your favorite spa services to receive?

Massage and Facials

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Kneipp bath salts, especially the arnica joint and muscle salt

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Epsom salt bath with bergamot, vanilla, and tangerine essential oils

What are your favorite wellness resources?

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup and You Can Heal Your Body by Louise Hay

Why should clients visit YOU?

I can help them reach a deeper state of relaxation.

To schedule your massage with Tiffany, click here!