Named for Civil War general Alfred Pleasonton, Pleasanton is steeped in the history of the War Between the States. The town is located near the border between Kansas and Missouri in an area that witnessed fierce battles and skirmishes both before and during the war. Although Pleasanton's Mine Creek Battlefield is closed between late October and early April, the John Brown Museum in nearby Osawatomie offers year-round tours of the cabin that served as Brown's base of operations. Those whose appetite for nature is piqued by the lodge's grounds can head for the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, a 7,500-acre tract of forest and prairie in Pleasanton. The area around the refuge is home to dozens of species of mammals, including red fox, mink, and mountain lions as well as an enormous array of birds ranging from herons to red-tail hawks.
Surrounded by curling filigree, a wrought-iron-esque Welcome sign greets Reflective Image's visitors. The sign echoes the warm, elegant vibe that runs throughout the salon. Tall, white columns further bolster the classical feel that clients have come to expect, whether easing onto the luxurious massage table or cozying up to a plush pedicure throne. Those seeking a new look can relax in a salon chair as a stylist sculpts an inspired design based on their specifications. And at the product counter, clients can select the brand-name serums that will help maintain their freshly minted style.
Although massages are administered from the outside, massage therapist Marcy believes that the benefits should go deeper. Whereas deep-tissue massages plumb the musculature to squeeze out toxins and allow the body to flush them out, reflexology triggers specific points on the foot that correspond with parts of the body in order to help heal a range of ailments. In keeping with treating the inside from the outside, Marcy also draws out toxins from the pores of the feet with footbaths and absorbs oil from the skin with facials.