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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.

1505 Westport Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

Embrace Nature LLC's massage therapist, Pamela Summer, is certified in everything from prenatal to geriatric massage. With the aid of 100% natural products—such as herbal balms, salt lamps, and vegetable oil candles—she sets a tranquil scene for clients to lay back, relax, and watch their stress float away like a balloon animal freed from its cage. The massage menu runs the gamut from therapeutic bodywork to relaxing, spa-like massages, including hot stone, neuromuscular, and craniosacral therapy. Embrace Nature also offers doula services that provide physical, emotional, and informational support to future parents during the childbirth process.

5312 Northeast 56th Place
Kansas City,
MO
US

At Island Tan?s three locations, clients can achieve an all-over bronze through the sunless medium of their choice. The staffers at all three spaces aid customers in choosing one of five levels of UV-tanning beds?including high-pressure and standup beds?and the accompanying lotions best suited to their skin types. Some locations boast UV-free tanning options in Mystic Tan booths or airbrush spray-tanning stations that darken hides with Norvell solutions. They also book red-light therapy sessions, which are designed to fade stretch marks and reduce fine lines formed from trying to win staring contests with the sun.

7688 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City,
MO
US

At Island Tan?s three locations, clients can achieve an all-over bronze through the sunless medium of their choice. The staffers at all three spaces aid customers in choosing one of five levels of UV-tanning beds?including high-pressure and standup beds?and the accompanying lotions best suited to their skin types. Some locations boast UV-free tanning options in Mystic Tan booths or airbrush spray-tanning stations that darken hides with Norvell solutions. They also book red-light therapy sessions, which are designed to fade stretch marks and reduce fine lines formed from trying to win staring contests with the sun.

7692 North Oak Trafficway
Gladstone,
MO
US

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.

905 Northeast Woods Chapel Road
Lee'S Summit,
MO
US

Priding themselves on their dedication to continued education, the staff of Kailonie's Salon and Spa stays up-to-date on the latest trends in beauty services ranging from hairstyles to tanning and fitness. Out on the floor, hairstylists perform custom color treatments, and nail technicians render mint-scented manicures to ward off nail-biter breath. Meanwhile, tucked away in private rooms, aestheticians complete a host of facials that clarify and hydrate skin, or use wax to oust unwanted hairs. Tthe fitness center located inside the salon is free to cancer survivors.

1506 N State Route 7
Pleasant Hill,
MO
US