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.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
As a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, KCFitnessLink regularly mints new instructors. The fitness company advances students through 200- or 500-hour programs that yield certifications in various styles including Hatha and Vinyasa. In addition to transforming students into teachers, KCFitnessLink empowers people to become healthier and happier. Corporate wellness programs bring relief to stressed-out employees by integrating massage, yoga, and retreats to naturally occurring water coolers. Alternatively, personal-training sessions tackle individual goals such as weight management and sports conditioning. Replete with drop-in yoga and boot-camp sessions, KCFitnessLink's class schedule caters to athletes of all abilities. Massage therapy, available in several modalities, keeps muscles limber and free of knots.
The YWCA is the largest women's multicultural organization in existence, encompassing some 125 million members in over 100 countries. The membership represents a diversity of culture and lifestyle that assembles in 300 local associations, including the YWCA of Topeka. The Topeka chapter, first instituted in 1887, lives out the YWCA mission of empowering women with locally focused programs and outreach initiatives ranging from fitness and wellness to youth services such as Girls on the Run of Topeka. A local council of Girls on the Run International, the Topeka organization often partners with the YWCA, using running to encourage girls in grades 3-8 to live lives of confidence, health, and togetherness.
Motivated by a desire to provide a safe alternative to the damaging rays of tanning beds, the mother-daughter duo behind HealthiTan became certified spray-tan techs and began sheathing physiques with custom formulas that both darken and nourish the skin. As clients stand inside tent-like booths, the pair mists bodies with antioxidant-rich South Seas tanning solutions. The paraben-free elixirs come in seven shades, from a fair tint that suggests an occasional stroll in the sun to a dark hue that hints at a recent vacation to Venus. Techs spray bodies in a custom shade, accenting curves with the Star Quality Spa Treatment organic solution that is used in Hollywood and can last 7-10 days as long as clients don't fall into vats at the Wite-Out factory. Though the duo goes to lengths to provide a high level of service to all of their clients, VIP umbrella and heated-tent services are available for the client's convenience, and wedding parties or other groups are welcome. HealthiTan backs its convictions by regularly contributing to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
After graduating from Heritage College, licensed massage therapist Chelsi Reed worked with two chiropractors in two different states. This environment taught her about body mechanics, how to assess ailments, and how to complement a chiropractic treatment plan with massage techniques. In addition to clinical practice, she also soothed exhausted musicians backstage at the Wakarusa Music Festival. Now as the licensed massage therapist behind Mass Relaxation, she brings her expertise to the House Building—a structure that has attained historic status for surviving the Quantrill’s Raid during the American Civil War.