Our Owner: Cassie Sampson, LMT

Cassie Sampson has a background in recreation therapy (UNI grad, 2001) and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2005. She founded East Village Spa in 2008. In addition to providing skilled massage therapy, skin care, and safe nail care services, the spa also provides employment to a "family" of 25 awesome service providers and support staff. Cassie believes her employees should earn a fair wage and benefits they need to stay healthy. In addition, she allows opportunities for them to give back to their community and organizations they care about. East Village Spa understands that if employees are happy, it will show in the quality of services and genuine care they offer to their guests at the spa.

Cassie cares deeply for the massage therapy profession and has served on the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy since 2016, and is currently serving as chair. She advocates for safe, ethical massage therapy and has been a massage business and ethics instructor for over a decade. While Cassie no longer takes scheduled appointments, she enjoys helping in a pinch and still does volunteer chair massage for organizations she's passionate about.

Our Location

We are proud to be a part of the vibrant East Village neighborhood since 2008. Our location is at 601 East Locust Street #202 (second floor) above Gigi's Pilates and Capital Chiropractic with free parking in the lot behind the building.  We are next door to the Iowa State Bank and across the street from the State Historic Building. Take a 360 degree tour of our space below!

What We Do

East Village Spa has been a part of the growth of the East Village neighborhood since 2008 offering a variety of safe, effective services and an assortment of quality products like Rhonda Allison, Farmhouse Fresh, Thistle Farms (products crafted by and benefiting women who have survived human trafficking and violence), Rapid Fire (a locally produced pain relieving oil), and locally crafted jewelry in our gift shop.  Some of our most popular services include:

  • Facials that help with acne, rosacea, and aging skin
  • Facial peels and Hydrafacial
  • Massage therapy including Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Couple's Massage
  • Safe Manicures and Pedicures
  • Safe, professional face and body waxing including female Brazilian waxing.

About East Village Spa

Learn More about East Village Spa and see why we've been voted Des Moines' Best every year since 2011

East Village Spa Hours: 10 -7 M,   9 -8 T-Th,   10-6 F,   10-5 Sat  Call or TEXT +1.5153092904

East Village Spa Reviews and Awards:

We have won numerous awards including:

  • Cityview Readers' Choice winner for Des Moines' Best Spa every year since 2011
  • International Spa Association innovation award for our work with employees with disabilities
  • The Des Moines East South Chamber's presented us twice with a nomination for Business of the Year and awarded us an entrepreneurial spirit award
  • DSM Magazine Reader's Poll top spa
  • USA Today Des Moines' Best Spa Award 2016

What is most important though, is that we've won many praises and repeat visits from our guests because of our incredibly caring and dedicated employees.  Check out what people are saying on Yelp: