In her quest to relieve clients' chronic pain, Dr. Shawnda Gross of Natural Body Works LLC embraces the intersection of Western chiropractic care and Eastern medical philosophy. A board-certified chiropractor and chiropractic acupuncturist, Dr. Gross believes in the importance of using minimally invasive procedures to address pain while also targeting underlying structural and energetic imbalances. With the help of manual and instrument-based chiropractic techniques, she bolsters neurological function by restoring alignment along the spinal column. Her acupuncture treatments, meanwhile, jump-start the body's natural healing processes with thin needles or laser heat trained on key energy meridians, easing the pain caused by anything from sciatica to constrictive bubble-wrap clothing. Similarly, the center's massage therapists help ease skeletal, muscular, and neurological aches with specialized modalities that locate and treat trouble spots.
Makeup artist and aesthetician Mandi O’Dell devises Bella Vita Studio & Spa's repertoire of luxurious spa services, which seek to boost the skin's natural radiance and leave bodies soft and smooth. For faces and lifelike marble busts, she cleanses pores and sloughs away dead cells with facials, chemical peels, and manual microdermabrasion treatments. Waxing services for women and men mingle with herb- and sugar-infused body treatments to cut down on wind resistance when catching a speeding pedicab, and winks find alluring magnification with luxurious eyelash extensions and lash and eyebrow tints.
The old saying goes something like this—if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime. It’s that line of thinking that drives the spa technicians at Jubils Salon & Day Spa. As they perform aesthetic services that range from haircuts to facials and massage, they strive to enlighten their clients with tips on how to better care for their skin, hair, and nails. Armed with these techniques, clients can then improve their at-home skincare regimens, which previously consisted of sleeping in tubs of oatmeal and never leaving the house.
Roca Salon & Spa’s roots draw upon more than 35 years of styling history, adventure, and love. It began with Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist Rod Cavner running a small Main Street salon named Blondie’s, where he was joined by his soon-to-be wife, and fellow Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist, Rhonda. After marrying and moving to Hawaii for four years, the duo returned with innovative new services, design concepts, and island-themed nicknames for friends. The result was Rhonda's three-year makeover of the space, which now includes eco-friendly, energy-efficient lighting and appliances as well as eye-catching decor.
The couple's time spent island hopping is evident in the pedicure room, where bamboo reaches up toward a sparkling chandelier that shines upon backlit purple-and-pink glass basins, in which toes bask in hot stones and Hawaiian mud. Stacey Soble of Salon Today interviewed Rhonda when the salon was named the third runner-up in the magazine's Salon of the Year design competition. Cavner said, "The bonus wow factor is the entire styling area floor has embedded phosphorescent chips which cause the floor to glow in the dark when the lights suddenly go off!”
But the decor isn't the only thing that earned the company recognition as one of KC Magazine’s best Kansas City salons in 2012. The talented team includes hair colorists who have trained in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills, as well as skilled aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. The color experts work their magic in an elegant, modern area with see-through chairs, potted white orchids, and long strings of crystal beads that divide the space and give visiting Spider-Men an easy way to reach the ceiling.
Annette Jones's grin on the glossy cover of KC Business magazine is a constant reminder that Zafar's guiding concept is "do what you love." It's a motto Jones obviously took to heart, since her shop’s utterly appealing trio of services—Zafar is one-third spa, one-third salon, and one-third boutique—still stirs her passions today.
Within the hybrid shop, shoppers duck into changing rooms, where they step into the sequined leggings, feed sugar cubes to the animal print coats, and strike poses in the mini-dresses that comprise Zafar's wardrobe. At 10 hair care stations, technicians cut, style, and color, or select from a menu of natural hair services that ensure successful 'dos for almost every strand type. Facials, waxing, and massage keep skin smooth and muscles supple, and nail treatments even include a manicure option for men.
More than a decade ago, Tovah Kincaid realized the power of massage therapy after a chiropractor relieved a source of pain that had troubled her for some time. After graduating from Anthem College as a licensed massage therapist, Tovah went on to gain valuable experience working as a massage therapist in a spa and for hospice care before she founded Tovah's Therapeutic Bodywork.
In private treatment rooms, Tovah relieves sources of tension such as an overworked muscle or an upcoming airplane-pulling competition, drawing on Swedish modalities or reflexology techniques. Tovah also pampers guests with paraffin hand treatments, sugar scrubs for the feet, and mini-facials during spa party packages and offers clients in-home massages.