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Amassage might seem like a special treat, but what would happen if a special treat came along with the massage?
Elle Feldman, an esthetician at Zen 3 Spa & Bodyworks, offers one of her delectable handmade truffles to every massage recipient. Feldman says she started making truffles when she worked in New York City as a flight attendant. “I was on standby, which means I just sat at home waiting for them to call,” she says. “I had just gotten married, so I bought some cookbooks and decided to learn how to cook.”
Feldman’s most successful cooking venture, truffles, began appearing in her friends’ and family’s Christmas stockings and birthday gifts. “I just love the idea of giving someone something that I made myself,” Feldman says.
Feldman, who has been an esthetician for five years, began giving truffles to her clients last winter. “It started out that I had leftover truffles, what I call the ‘scratch and dent’ ones,” she says. “Those are what I gave out.”
The truffles—not scratched or dented—are now a successful side business for Feldman, who markets them under the brand Elle’s Patisserie. Holidays and weddings have become big sellers for Feldman, and she recently made soccer ball truffles for a birthday party and monogrammed truffles in candy purses for a woman who collected purses as a hobby.
Although there are many possibilities, Feldman’s signature truffle is a salted caramel truffle with French sea salt. “That sweet and salty combination is addictive,” Feldman says. “People just crave that truffle.”
More Spa Perks
Although not every spa in 417-land offers homemade truffles, several have some great perks. Here are a few of our favorites.
Zen 3 Spa & Bodyworks
619 S. Pickwick Ave, Springfield. 417-866-9363, zen3massage.com
Massage, facial, waxing, body treatments, bamboo massage.
A decadently drizzled truffle with every massage. Try the salted caramel.
415 State Highway 265, Branson. 417-243-1700, chateauonthelake.com
Massage, facial, body treatments, barber spa, mani/pedi.
All-day access to relaxation lounges, which include light snacks, tea and infused water, along with whirlpools and an eucalyptus steam room.
Clip Joint Salton & Day Spa
3310 S. National Ave., Springfield. 417-887-2855, clipjointsalonandspa.com.
Mani/pedi, facial, massage, men’s services, waxing, facial muscle toning, airbrush tanning.
Fresh-cut fruit in spring water.
Esthetiques Skincare Spa
1332 E. Republic Road, Springfield. 417-886-7800, springfielddayspa.com.
Massage, facial, mani/pedi, waxing, body treatments.
Tea, coffee and water. Skincare and waxing product samples.
1522 E. Sunshine St., Springfield. 417-881-8887, grovespa.com.
Massage, aromatherapy, body treatments, facial, waxing, mani/pedi.
Coffee, tea, water, soda and wine. Free makeup consultation after facials
Club R & R
1319 E. Republic Road, Springfield. 417-890-7378,. clubrr.net.
Relaxation Room, which includes a bottle of water, neck wrap, chilled cloth for the face and private locker.