At Basic Essentials, a team of certified professionals offers a gamut of forward-thinking salon and massage services. An experienced electrologist permanently stunts hair growth during electrolysis, and wax specialists temporarily evict encroaching hairs and misplaced birthday candles with face and body waxing. The clinic's master teacher of reiki—who is certified in the practice's highest level—optimizes intra-body energy flow during reiki sessions.
Not one to rest on his hard-earned academic laurels, Optimal Health Center's presiding chiropractor Dr. Stephen Gradwohl continues to bolster his Doctor of Chiropractic degree with advanced studies in orthopedics and sports chiropractic. Fellow Doctor of Chiropractic Dr. Amy Bates takes a holistic approach to patient care and specializes in women's health.
This commitment to unceasing education pays off for their patients, who benefit from a combination of traditional chiropractic spinal adjustments, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle advice. The doctor and his staff focus on treatments that complement one another and heal the body holistically, accounting for psychological needs with personal consultations and dramatic reenactments of classic feel-good movies.
One member of that staff, licensed massage therapist Jessica Williams, works to knead tension and discomfort from muscles with a range of treatments. Depending on the needs of the patient, she might put to use warm river stones, aromatherapy products, or the long strokes of Swedish massage. She also has experience working with athletes and expectant mothers.
Licensed aesthetician Erica Munoz, owner of Spa Catalina, helms a staff of beauty maestros, who conduct a symphony of skin-sprucing treatments. Erica has studied under Dr. Doris Day, a board-certified doctor and frequent guest on Good Morning America. And Spa Catalina's laser technicians each achieved national certification in laser technology before they began setting to work removing unwanted hair or etching their initials in the moon. Laser hair-removal treatments toast follicular pigment with intense light energy, shutting down strand-production factories without harming the surrounding tissue. When they aren't zapping epidermises, Spa Catalina's experts mollycoddle visages with facials, ease the appearance of aging through microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, and swaddle corpuses in relaxing body wraps.
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.
The Tan Company is celebrating its 18th year in business, and its owners know the secret formula to their success: high-quality, consistent services throughout their numerous salons. The tanning facility stocks its private tanning rooms with name-brand UV equipment from Sundash, with its tanning rays enhanced by the salon’s selection of Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin accelerating lotions. On the UV-free end of services, the salon also stocks automated Mystic Tan tanning booths and custom Sun FX airbrushing treatments, each of which coat skin in a flawless sheen that lasts up to seven days or until you get hugged by a loofah store’s mascot.