Sarah Matthews brings many things to her practice, Healing Touch Massage. Aside from being a nationally certified massage therapist, she also studied anatomy and physiology, and has worked with everyone from pregnant women to professional athletes. Her service menu testifies to the versatility of her massage skills. For instance, she offers Swedish massages for clients wishing for a relaxing escape, and deep-tissue massage experiencing pain or tension. And, to make each session even more relaxing, she can also add hot stones or aromatherapy, or add a body wrap, which uses a botanical formula to tighten and tone skin.
Treasa Cailleach, the founder and owner of Atira Massage and Bodywork, soothes guests with seven massage modalities, including three special styles: shiatsu, Thai, and sei tai. By training as an expert in so many modalities, Treasa built an arsenal of techniques that can tackle any amount of stress or pain caused by muscle stiffness, lymphatic blockage, or riding a tiny motorcycle to work each day. Her treatments cover the full range of massage therapy, from purely relaxing sessions to extreme deep-tissue work and therapeutic massages targeting specific injuries and ailments. In addition to massage therapy, Treasa offers reiki and energy healing, as well as sugar and salt scrubs to slough off dead skin cells.
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.
Drs. Maria Kunstadter and Michael Sigler take unusual measures in their quest to quell dental anxiety. Beyond employing the typical nerve-calming bedside manner of any good dentist, the duo has incorporated soothing spa treatments into their standard dental routines. Massage therapists are on hand to lull patients into stress-free states with full body massages and aromatherapy oils inundate patients' senses with calming scents as they recline in dental chairs for an x-ray, Invisalign appointment, or routine hygiene visit.
Lisa Adams got her start in the health and wellness industry as a registered nurse specializing in surgical and pediatric care. After spending more than 15 years in the health-care field, she realized that her patients were spending too much time and money on treating their symptoms and not enough on prevention. So, in 2008, after earning a national certification in therapeutic massage and bodywork, she left nursing to open Spirit of Namaste' Massage And Body Work.
In her practice, Lisa specializes in two therapies designed to bring the body back into balance. The first, Maya abdominal massage, helps relieve digestive disorders by guiding abdominal organs back into their optimal positions and then telling them to stay by using a treat. Flowtrition, on the other hand, uses gentle touches along the spinal cord to relieve tension and pain at the neurological level, typically in just 15–30 minutes. Lisa can perform these therapies on adults and children as well as dogs and horses.