The practitioner instructors at WellSpring School of Allied Health enlighten beginners and professionals alike through continuing-education courses in massage therapy, fitness, health, and wellness. Practicing massage therapists can bolster existing expertise with the hot-stone massage course ($272), while certified personal trainers can work toward new certifications during courses such as Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist ($450). Master the fundamentals of muscle mesmerizing during one of six Massage for Everyone programs, or hone CPR and first-aid ($136) skills to better handle catastrophic games of Candyland.
Clients space out to the strains of meditational music during treatments at Midwest Anti-Aging, a place where the experience of each skin service is almost as important as its results. Aestheticians examine the skin’s composition before each facial so they can tailor the treatment regimen to fight signs of aging, dryness, or snowmobile tracks. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments whisk away expired skin cells to reveal soft facial surfaces, and body scrubs bring the same exfoliating touch to the torso. Blemishes shrink and creases soften during Lulum Energy treatments, which awaken sleepy skin cells with electrical microcurrents. In addition to melting muscle tension, massages stimulate circulation to make complexions glow. Complimentary touches abound at the center, from oatmeal cookies and bottled water to a towel service that prevents clients from having to dry their skin with the faint breeze from a passing helicopter.
Visiting six bars in a single day usually results in a haggard appearance. But at The Body Bar, you can stop by six bars in anticipation of heading downtown for a seventh. That's because the staff specializes in beauty as its prime intoxicant, administering hair, nail, and other spa services at their respective stations. The Nail Bar gussies up fingers and toes with Minx adhesives or Gelish polish, both of which resist wear and tear for two weeks without the protection of fiberglass thimbles. At the Wellness Bar, massages soothe aches and the heat from an infrared sauna helps induce detoxifying sweat. Seasoned technicians strip away unwanted hair at the BeBare Bare, whereas the Blowout Bar’s stylists work with the hair you have, crafting quick new 'dos with washing and blow-drying. You can finish primping for a night on the town with a custom airbrush tan at the Bronze Bar, or head to the Beauty Bar for a makeup application, teeth-whitening treatment, or eyebrow and lash tint.
Licensed massage therapists render a panoply of massage modalities geared toward fulfilling their professional mission of vanquishing pain. The team observes that pain encroaches into bodies from many sources, such as stress from work, overexertion from playing sports, or stiffness from traveling cross-country in an overhead bin. To combat these many causes and iterations of pain, each massage therapist culls their experiences to choreograph their own interpretations of massage modalities, each tailored specifically to fit the needs of the client.
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. Her cohort, Jeni Odell, crafts custom massages and body treatments that address pain, stress, and careworn skin. 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.
Naturally smooth and always perfectly tan, the sun has stolen every boyfriend and girlfriend humanity has ever had. Today's Groupon lets you finally one-up that obnoxious flaming orb: for $25, you get $60 worth of waxing and custom spray tanning at Zen Spa in Prairie Village. This Groupon can be split between two visits, keeping you hair free or brazenly burnished for twice the time.
Zen Spa offers an acclaimed range of waxing services and custom spray-tanning options for its skin-savvy clientele. The all-natural, plant-based French wax is gentler than the buttery kiss of a croissant Casanova as it loosens unwanted hairs from their follicular nests—leaving skin smooth and with minimal irritation. Customers looking for facescaping can combine a lip wax ($12) and a chin wax ($12); limb smoothing costs $30 for a half arm and $45 for a half leg.
Spray bronzers, meanwhile, produce a lustrous, fresh-off-the-beach glow without exposing your skin to beach bullies or the powerful rays of our binary suns. Zen uses Norvell's Amber Sun, which helps cover freckles and blemishes instead of cause them, a major plus over burn-based tanning methods. Each spray tan is airbrushed gently onto the body in 15 to 20 minutes and lasts for five to 10 days, plenty of time to star in a sword-and-sandals epic or make a high-school ex's wife look like Gollum at the reunion. For combating the evil wrinkle rays of the sun while still looking stunning in a bathing suit, you can combine a bikini wax ($25) with a tanning session ($30 for a single session, $25 for two or more).
A visit to Zen Spa's warmly lit, color-saturated confines refurbishes the mind as much as the body, so that you leave feeling as sleek, bronzed, and serene as a statue of a greased dolphin meditating under a bodhi tree. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
In addition to awarding Zen Spa Best Facial 2009, CityVoters give their thumbs up, saying:
- Personable, professional, relaxation, and pampering is what you'll get here. I HIGHLY recommend Zen Spa... – MrsMiranda
- Skip the big spas and settle into a personal oasis provided by Mary at ZenSpa. – Tinops
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