Get to know Camdine Cox, LMT

Camdine (Pronounced “Cam-den,” she also goes by “Cami”) joined our team in February 2016, but her massage career started long before we were fortunate enough to cross paths! She’s one of our most requested sports therapists but also provides relaxation therapies. Her style is ideal for people seeking a solution for injuries for problem areas. She has many long-time “regulars” with standing appointments for up to a year out, so her guests know that to get on Camdine’s schedule it is best to book in advance.

 

How long have you been in the industry?

I graduated from the Iowa College of Natural Health and received my massage therapy license in 2009

What are your specialties?

Sports massage, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, cupping (silicone cups), prenatal massage, and foot reflexology.

Why did you go into massage therapy?

I have always loved helping people feel better. It is important for me to help my clients get back to doing the things that they love if they’ve experienced an injury or setback.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Stretching, relaxing, results

What is your favorite service to give?

Sports Massage

What is your favorite spa service to receive?

Hot Stones or Two Feet Deep Barefoot Bars Massage

What is your favorite retail product?

Kneipp’s Juniper muscle relief bath salts

What hare your hobbies or interests?

I speak Spanish and French, love reading and listening to music.

 

Why should clients visit YOU?

I focus on relieving the cause of pain and stress through sports, prenatal, and hot stone massage. I can incorporate stretching, improve range of motion, and can incorporate deeper work for people who like very firm pressure.

What are clients saying?

“Camdine has a gentle presence, which translates through her work. Competent and calming – what I consider the two great qualities of a massage therapist.”

“She listens to you and gives great advice on how to feel better and take care of your body!”

 

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

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 Dawn Knutson, LMT!

Dawn Knutson has been a part of the East Village Spa team since 2011, filling in for us as needed while she raises three very busy (and awesome) boys and crochets beautiful pieces for her business “Yarn over Matter.” We’re fortunate to have an experienced massage therapist like Dawn to fill in when employees need time off for travel or maternity leave, or to help us accommodate a group bookings and special events..

How long have you been working in this field?

I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2000.

Why did you go into this line of work?

My dad has always had headaches as long as I can remember, and always had me massage his neck while growing up.  After traveling for a while and not knowing my next step, my Dad checked out some massage schools, without me knowing, and he told me I had an interview with a massage school.  The next day I went to the interview and my gut told me to go with it.  I hadn’t even had a massage before starting school!

What is your favorite service to give?

Massages for relaxation including hot stone, body scrubs, our signature massages, and foot massages and pregnancy massage. I LOVE doing massage therapy during special spa events like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day!

What is your favorite service to receive?

Two Feet Deep massage and facials

What is your favorite spa retail product?

Our bath salts and Zoya nail polish.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words?

Nurturing, Supportive, Comforting

What do you do when you are not at work?

My family enjoys traveling, I’m active in my son’s activities, and I crochet for my business “Yarn over Matter.” I love hoop dancing!

 

Why should clients visit YOU?

I feel that I give my clients my entire attention. I listen to your needs and like to tailor my massage to fit with what you are seeking for your end result from your session. I like connecting with people and feel that I can help make a difference in helping others to relax.

What are guests saying about Dawn?

“Dawn was wonderful! She put me at ease and her kindness and professionalism helped make my massage experience so relaxing.”

Note Dawn’s schedule varies. She works primarily on call for events and substituting for therapists who need time off. If you love Dawn’s style, we’d be happy to suggest a similar style therapist if you need in when she’s not scheduled. Just give us a call at (515) 309-2904 of e-mail EVSpaDesk@gmail.com

 

Get to know Kristiana Moore, LMT

Kristiana Moore is the managing massage therapist at East Village Spa and has been a member of our team since 2013. Her clients love that she’s quiet and lets them rest peacefully during their sessions. She’s a true professional and has been an industry role model for over a decade.

When did you become a massage therapist?

I graduated from La James in 2007 and became a licensed massage therapist in 2008. I’ve been working as a massage therapist ever since.

What are your specialties?

I specialize in relaxation, hot stone, reflexology, and prenatal massages. I have advanced training in myofascial release and craiosacral therapy, which I can incorporate into my sessions.

Why did you choose a career as a massage therapist?

I became interested in massage therapy when my sister was in a car accident and part of her recovery was receiving massage. She would come home from a massage and tell me how awesome the session was. I was always jealous I didn’t get to go as well!  I thought that having a job that you spend every day making people feel better would be such a rewarding career and I have not been disappointed by my choice.

Describe your massage style in 3 words

Calming, professional, and quiet.

What is your favorite treatment to give?

I LOVE giving hot stone massages. The heat of the stones is so comforting and calming. I can also work deep with the stones without using heavy pressure.

What is your favorite treatment to receive?

I love our EV Signature Facial. I fall asleep every time and my skin always looks and feels great afterward.

What are your favorite spa products?

I love using the Kneipp Juniper bath salts when I’m sore from a hard workout.

What do you do in your free time?

I love traveling with my family! We have traveled all over the United States and hav hiked in France as well. I love exploring our National Parks, we always find beautiful hikes whil we’re there. When we aren’t traveling, we find hikes and walks around the are to do with our baby. I also love baking and am always looking for new recipes. I’ll read anything I can get my hands on!

Why should clients book with YOU?

My massage is calming and nurturing. I listen carefully to your concerns and do my best to customize each session to your needs that day. You can truly relax and let your mind go with me.

What do clients say about Kristiana?

“Kristiana is the ONLY massage therapist I will use. My wife and I fell in love with her and we both love her professionalism and how she helps create a wonderful relaxing environment!”

“Kristiana provides a great massage. She is gentle, yet firm and her quiet manner is incredibly relaxing.”

“Kristiana has a quiet presence that welcomes you as you are in that moment. She lights up the room with her smile, and begins to calm your nerves long before she shares her healing touch. Receiving a massage from Kristiana is like enjoying a trip to a heavenly cloud of peace. ”

 

To schedule a session with Kristiana, click here and if you wish to indicate this is a specific request, choose “Specific Therapist” at the top of the page and select her name from the drop down menu of therapists!