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.
From the bottoms of your feet to the top of your head, Symmetry Salon shines a beautifying spotlight on every feature. Haircuts and coloring yield fresh new hairdos, while mani-pedis include beverages for clients to sip on as their digits are buffed, exfoliated, massaged, and polished. Aestheticians even complexions with European facials and massage therapists use peri-natal, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages to loosen gridlocked muscles.
When Jen Hibbard opened Sant? Massage in 2011, she saw it almost as a wellness studio?a place where clients could come to improve their overall health, not just as a place where massage was a luxury. The therapist, who often blogs about improving her own health, reduces chronic pain and tension with everything from deep-tissue and therapeutic massages to hot-stone and prenatal massages.
Jen learned her techniques at Heritage College, where she obtained an associate's degree in therapeutic massage and occupational studies. Jen emerged from the 1,200-hour state-accredited program with knowledge in a number of fields, including anatomy and physiology, Chinese medicine, and school-mascot massages.
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.