At Natural Solutions Massage Therapy, clients sink into heated massage tables, relinquishing pain and tension into their therapist's outstretched hands as soft music wafts through the air. Here, licensed massage therapists Mary Stucker and Gwendolyn Townsend customize sessions that last anywhere from 30- to 90-minutes, often incorporating luxurious extras such as organic massage oils, heated stones, or soft candlelight. The two are experts in classic modalities like Swedish and deep-tissue massage, but can also perform oncology massage, prenatal massage, and bamboo massage?the preferred massage type of most pandas.
Dim lights and candles illuminate the earth-toned walls and other Tuscan flourishes that complement Serendipity Boutique and Day Spa’s relaxing salon and spa services. The all-inclusive oasis houses a staff of stylists and aestheticians who work tirelessly to soften skin, soothe aching muscles, and enhance the appearance of hair and nails. Clients awaiting treatment can sip on steamy beverages from an in-house espresso bar or peruse the spa’s very own boutique, which enhances newly treated areas with jewelry, handbags, footwear and apparel.
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.
The holistic therapists at Imperial Foot Care alleviate stress throughout the body by combining massaging strokes with the pinpointed prods of reflexology. Working on the premise that certain areas of the hands, feet, and ears correlate with areas of the body, reflexology practitioners apply focused pressure to the extremities to help balance energy pathways and reduce pain, diminishing the need for chemical compounds or high-risk body-switching procedures. Ensconced in a private treatment room, therapists' trained hands glide over muscles and bodily meridians in their effort to increase circulation and minimize the pain associated with stress, tension headaches, arthritis, and back problems.
At Studio 1211, Barbara George taps into ancient Eastern and Egyptian techniques to soothe and beautify patrons. Inside a private treatment room, she aims to relieve pain and improve the nervous system with reflexology and shiatsu that applies focused pressure to mapped-out areas along the feet, scalp, and neck. The aromatherapy educator boasts 20 years of anti-aging product experience; during the spa's signature Egyptian facial, a milk-and-honey mask makes visages gleam back to life, wrinkles collapse into whispers, and cows and bees look on in bewilderment.