Before Doctor of Chiropractic Steve Miller founded Healing Hands Chiropractic, he excelled in a different arena—basketball. The one-time hoops player from Canada parlayed his love of sports into a career as an athletic trainer, which allowed him to develop therapeutic methods for alleviating the physical maladies of his teammates. This hands-on approach to healing rivaled the kinesthetic euphoria of bounding across the gleaming hardwood court, and inspired him to pursue massage and chiropractic licensing in order to infuse clients with relaxation and assist in recovery from injuries.
Dr. Miller or massage therapist Paula Liberty leads guests past floor-to-ceiling-windows, models of healthy spines, and sketches of what Gumby's spine might look like before inquiring into individual issues and applying a variety of modalities. Dr. Miller educates patrons in free, biweekly seminars on health-related subjects such as yoga, cholesterol reduction, and peace treaties with bees, and also organizes food and coat drives for those in need.
Priding themselves on their dedication to continued education, the staff of Kailonie's Salon and Spa stays up-to-date on the latest trends in beauty services ranging from hairstyles to tanning and fitness. Out on the floor, hairstylists perform custom color treatments, and nail technicians render mint-scented manicures to ward off nail-biter breath. Meanwhile, tucked away in private rooms, aestheticians complete a host of facials that clarify and hydrate skin, or use wax to oust unwanted hairs. Tthe fitness center located inside the salon is free to cancer survivors.
Inside BodyNSpa, wrought-iron shelves proffer jewelry, body butters, and bath oils amid peach walls and an Old-World wall clock. Private, clutter-free massage rooms house therapists who craft custom massage and spa services beneath dim lighting, with the aid of soft microfiber blankets and several cartoon-animal companions. When they aren't kneading sinews with Swedish, hot-stone, and therapeutic techniques, they’re defining contours with body wraps and daubing faces with soothing masks. They also perform airbrush tanning to give pallid epidermises a bronze glow.
Voted Kansas City's Best Barber in 2008 and 2009 by CityVoter, The Men's Locker Room provides guy-focused haircare and spa services in a comfortable, masculine atmosphere. Heads opting for the First Down haircut are first ensconced in the classic, black-leather barber chairs, reposing in regal fashion while the professional barbers shape and style hair into conservative buzzes or grandiose pompadours, perfect for taking the wind out of an Elvis-impersonating cousin's sails at an upcoming family reunion. Lip-adorning mustaches are trimmed and groomed as well, eliminating loose hairs and long-forgotten pie crumbs from a handlebar's shag. Cuts finish up in old-school style with a brush of powder around the neck, a choice of oil sheen or styling gel, and a splash of Clubman Special Reserve aftershave cologne.
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.
Clients at Healing Hands Massage Therapy, LLC are in the balm-like palms of Paula Liberty, LMT. Dedicated to helping her clients feel their best, the massage therapist creates custom massages from a blend of several modalities, including Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massage. These tailored sessions address a client's particular issues, such as headaches or a sports-related injury—perhaps falling down after a chess-loss tantrum. The sessions also tackle other issues in the form of stress, high blood pressure, and limited range of motion.