The licensed massage therapist at Ahimsa Healing pulls out every tool in the musculoskeletal toolbox, calling on everything from the popular gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the energy-based healing techniques of Japanese reiki to defeat chronic pain. Visits begin with an intake form, on which clients or enchanted pencils scribble down notes regarding chronic conditions or injuries so that therapists can design a custom pain-relieving treatment. Nimble hands then manipulate muscles, calling upon deep-tissue kneads to offset injuries and craniosacral therapy to reduce headaches caused by accidentally holding your helmet and wearing your jackhammer.
Part of the point of getting a massage is to relieve pain, but if therapists don't pay attention to their clients, the massage itself can become a source of discomfort. That's why Sunrinity Health's massage therapists encourage dialogue with their clients, a practice that allows them to not only avoid inflicting harm but also to assess the problem and customize an approach. These personalized regimens draw from a wide repertoire of treatments, from the popular gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the gentle nervous-system manipulations of craniosacral therapy.
CA Men's Fine Grooming places each gentleman in a sophisticated environment replete with masculine amenities, such as a pool table, flat-screen televisions, and a private locker room with steam shower to provide a club-like oasis that doesn't require 18 holes of Gobi Desert golf to achieve. The Works gives every charming brute the salon's most comprehensive grooming treatment. Hop into the leather barber-style chair, where a friendly pro will nurture your noggin with a soothing scalp massage, shampoo and condition, and hot-towel treatment, relaxing muscles tensed by stock-ticker tornadoes. That sets the table for the expert haircut, where one skilled hair-slayer will snip away unruly threads while another performs an in-chair hand detail to refine your high-five dispensers. After an attendant puts a beer in your hand and a shine on your finest foot boats, you'll look in the mirror feeling fresh-faced and relaxed, putting an end to follicle follies and restoring faith in a dapper tomorrow.
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.
The beauty experts behind Back2Body turn their clinical and professional training into pampering treatments that revitalize bodies inside and out. Owner Andrea Bartley draws on a nursing background and eight years of experience as she purges pores and removes unwanted fuzz with facials and waxing. She also crafts custom airbrush tans that bless skin with new hues ranging from light bronze glows to deep island bronzes. The studio also offers smooth sculpt treatments, which mitigates problem pudge by stimulating collagen production and removing toxins without invasive methods such as surgery, injections, or oddly in-depth questionnaires.
Imagine Wholeness Massage Therapy's team of eight professional therapists are good at what they do. So good, in fact, that they won the category of Kansas City's "best massage" as chosen by readers of The Pitch. Each muscle-molder is proficient in a range of different massage modalities and is able to customize therapeutic massages to suit each guest’s needs, whether they’re pain-relief or relaxation. The staff also offers specialized massages for pregnant women and those dealing with chronic pain. Thanks to the studio's double-insulated walls, guests enjoy their massages without being distracted by honking cars, a noisy waiting room, or the sound of a middle-school marching band on their first day of practice.