Voted Kansas City's Best Barber in 2008 and 2009 by CityVoter, The Men's Locker Room provides guy-focused haircare and spa services in a comfortable, masculine atmosphere. Heads opting for the First Down haircut are first ensconced in the classic, black-leather barber chairs, reposing in regal fashion while the professional barbers shape and style hair into conservative buzzes or grandiose pompadours, perfect for taking the wind out of an Elvis-impersonating cousin's sails at an upcoming family reunion. Lip-adorning mustaches are trimmed and groomed as well, eliminating loose hairs and long-forgotten pie crumbs from a handlebar's shag. Cuts finish up in old-school style with a brush of powder around the neck, a choice of oil sheen or styling gel, and a splash of Clubman Special Reserve aftershave cologne.
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.
Crossroads Chiropractic & Massage Associates provides therapeutic massage treatments tailored to each client's specific needs to gently coax tenseness from bodies. Registered massage therapist and local lumbar hero Reiss Rankin escorts clients into clean, comfortable treatment rooms for 30- or 60-minute therapeutic muscle-kneading sessions. The Crossroads approach to massage aims to relieve musculoskeletal pain and promote soothing circulation by tailoring each session to address the client's unique sources of tension, be they chronic pain, injury, or stress. Each session can incorporate an array of common therapeutic massage techniques and styles, including deep-tissue massage, sports massage, and the sweet relief of funnel-cake massage.
Monica Miller is passionate about the subtle systems at work in the body and committed to restoring her clients’ inner energy⎯so much so that she is not only a licensed massage therapist, but also a practitioner of reiki and attunement (a form of energy medicine) and has studied the body's meridian systems. At HeartSong Bodywork, Monica showcases this in-depth knowledge of alternative medicine by easing her clients' aches and pains with energy work and therapeutic massages enhanced with essential oils and hot-towel treatments. As a proponent of reflexology, Monica also reenergizes specific areas of the body, such as the organs and glands, by targeting points along the hands and feet, including the space between the toes and the Restart button on the outer ankle.
While getting her Master's Degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Donna Tatum developed her own attitude and approach to skincare, herbal medicine, and essential oils. From her experience, she's seen that skin and health are often a reflection of one's diet, stress levels, negative emotions, and proximity to a volcano. As a result, she uses a holistic approach when administering her treatments. In addition to traditional and cosmetic acupuncture, she also provides all-natural facials that use local and organic ingredients in addition to antioxidant herbs. During the course of every visit, she also dispenses advice to her clients about natural ways in which they can eat better, care for their bodies, and promote self-healing in their to day-to-day lives.
Angie Mathews knows that to look good, you need to feel good, and vice versa. She caters the menu of services at Mind-Body Nutrition Day Spa to strike such a balance between said mind, body, and the elusive spirit. Angie's signature treatment, the microcurrent face-lift, sends mild electrical currents through the skin to stimulate rejuvenation at the cellular level. With Cirepil wax from Perron Rigot, she deftly lifts away unwanted hair and stubborn glitter, leaving skin smoother than a freshly baked jellybean. Body wraps, massages, facials, body sculpting, and chemical peels round out her list of offerings, allowing her to promote relaxation and tend to sensitive skin.
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