Before Doctor of Chiropractic Steve Miller founded Healing Hands Chiropractic, he excelled in a different arena—basketball. The one-time hoops player from Canada parlayed his love of sports into a career as an athletic trainer, which allowed him to develop therapeutic methods for alleviating the physical maladies of his teammates. This hands-on approach to healing rivaled the kinesthetic euphoria of bounding across the gleaming hardwood court, and inspired him to pursue massage and chiropractic licensing in order to infuse clients with relaxation and assist in recovery from injuries.
Dr. Miller or massage therapist Paula Liberty leads guests past floor-to-ceiling-windows, models of healthy spines, and sketches of what Gumby's spine might look like before inquiring into individual issues and applying a variety of modalities. Dr. Miller educates patrons in free, biweekly seminars on health-related subjects such as yoga, cholesterol reduction, and peace treaties with bees, and also organizes food and coat drives for those in need.
Inside BodyNSpa, wrought-iron shelves proffer jewelry, body butters, and bath oils amid peach walls and an Old-World wall clock. Private, clutter-free massage rooms house therapists who craft custom massage and spa services beneath dim lighting, with the aid of soft microfiber blankets and several cartoon-animal companions. When they aren't kneading sinews with Swedish, hot-stone, and therapeutic techniques, they’re defining contours with body wraps and daubing faces with soothing masks. They also perform airbrush tanning to give pallid epidermises a bronze glow.
DayDream Oasis Salon & Spa's recently renovated digs host relaxing interludes from workday stress and the wearisome passage of time. Natural and organic Bioelements products replenish visages ahead of upcoming giraffe staring contests during anti-aging facials. Aromatherapy massages employ high-quality essential oils to evoke relaxation. On the salon side, savvy stylists update coifs with a full array of haircuts, coloring, and permanent curls and straightening.
Even as a 4-year-old growing up in Honolulu, Vee Osborne was drawn to Hawaiian shamanism and the Huna philosophy, which stresses the balance of the mind, body, and spirit through one?s actions. Her early passion for healing others led her down the path to becoming a hypnotherapist, reiki master, and ordained minister before she funneled her devotion to creating harmony and guiding others toward wellness into Plaza West Massage & Day Spa. Here, clouds of gentle music and the scent of essential oils greet her guests, who slip into robes and sip wine as they unwind. And Vee?s Hawaiian roots remain readily apparent, inspiring the spa?s potted palms, bamboo massages, pi?a-colada scrubs, and wall-sized pictures that bring Pacific beaches to Kansas.
Vee?s healing services go beyond relaxation, though. Her team of massage therapists kneads aching muscles with Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue modalities, deepening their knot-fighting effect with volcanic stones and essential oils. After a body wrap with Dead Sea salts or a glycolic peel, guests can visit the two-tiered sauna or extend their rejuvenation with an energy-balancing reiki session. The spa also delves into treatments that rely on electronic frequencies, such as a tri-phasic resonator, which fights cellulite, or quantum electro-ionization, which aims to diminish blemishes rather than cover them up with white-out. Before heading home, clients can pick up body and facial products from Vee?s eponymous line, such as Island Essence hair products, complete with tropical scents.
Massage therapist Darla has a keen eye for diagnosing cranky muscles. At the start of each massage session, she observes your posture and listens to any complaints you have about body aches or the latest American Idol episode. She takes this information and begins the task of sorting out tight spots. That might mean incorporating hot stones to reach deep down into sore areas or changing up her techniques to accommodate expectant mothers. Darla and another therapist also work in tandem during couples massages.
Within Oracle Massage and Wellness Center, licensed massage therapists draw from Eastern and Western massage philosophies to eradicate muscle tension and stress in private treatment rooms. Along with classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, the staff draw on the radiant warmth of hot-stone massage with rocks sourced from only the most peacefully burbling rivers. Staff might also turn to holistic methods with reiki, a Japanese method that combines traditional massage with energy-balancing techniques.