Massages and pampering skin treatments make up the menu at Serenity Mind Body Spa, winner of Best Massage in Wichita Family Magazine's 2011 Reader's Choice Awards. The therapists and aestheticians customize each service to the individual, whether it's an overworked athlete, an achy mother-to-be, or an acne-prone teen. Nail technicians in the pedicure suite soak feet in sparkling Lenox crystal basins, while hair-removal experts whisk away unwanted strands with Nufree's waxless formula. The spa's packages combine services for extended relaxation sessions that loosen tightly wound bodies and set tense minds adrift as if in a sea of chamomile tea.
After injuring himself during a high-school soccer game, Shawn Pomeroy couldn't shake an aching head and neck. He eventually saw a chiropractor to treat the pain, and found that it subsided after regular adjustments. Now a chiropractor himself, Dr. Pomeroy hasn’t lacked for loyalty: he still sees the same doctor for his weekly appointment. His nearly 15 years of experience have only strengthened his belief in the power of spinal science, which he practices at two welcoming offices.
Pomeroy Chiropractic Wellness approaches back, neck, and head ailments from both preventive and rehabilitative angles. The staff scout for subluxations—misaligned bones putting pressure on nerves—with exams and x-rays, soothe muscular tension with massage, and educate patients on proper spinal care by demonstrating how to floss between vertebral disks. As for adjustments, Dr. Pomeroy can utilize his hands or a chiropractic instrument to try to correct backbone imbalances. His focus on family care means that both parents and children can benefit from his personalized, gentle treatments.
Dr. Boyle specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the eye, and also performs general family optometry and administers emergency care. Leather sofas and green plants add a homey touch to the office, where patients try on frames by Vera Wang and Eddie Bauer. Once they've selected the frame or shoulder-perched monkey who will hold their lenses in place, customers peruse panes by Varilux, Hoya, and Kodak, available in a wide variety of materials and styles.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Growing up in Benton, Kansas, fourth-grade pals Monte Ysidro and Jason Bell were probably more focused on seeing the chalkboard clearly than opening a collection of high-end optical boutiques. And yet, beginning in 2002, that's just what they did, starting out humbly in a 10'x10' kiosk at a local mall. Today, friendly staffers at each Specs location point guests in the direction of designer frames and prescription sunglasses by brands such as Gucci and Versace. The crew also employs advanced technology to create lenses with high-performance coatings, custom-fit curves, and high definition, which allow wearers to make out the moon's facial expression.
When it comes to massage, the therapists at Body Wellness Massage Clinic leave no stone—or glass cup, in some cases—unturned. They take continuing education courses that help them master therapies from all over the world, and the result is a massage experience like no other. A recent addition to their repertoire is massage with cupping, which creates suction on the surface of the skin with glass cups. This suction can help pull toxins toward the surface, where they're absorbed by the lymphatic system and drained from the body. If you're after a more traditionally Western treatment, the therapists can accommodate your needs with a custom massage that combines only the treatments and techniques that you see fit.
At Brackeen Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Paul Brackeen works to empower patients. After performing in-office services such as chiropractic adjustments, the practice's medical workers teach patients how to complete corrective exercises on their own. Along with nutritional-counseling sessions, they hope to help patrons lose weight and improve their health by tapping into their own strength. In treatment rooms, FDA-approved Zerona machines purr across bodies, harnessing the power of lasers like a mad scientist trying to impress a date.