The state-licensed therapists at Allure Sense Datum Massage & Esthetics specialize in transmitting data using electrical signals, but they don’t need computers to do it. Rather, they transmit sense data—bundles of information that trigger a sensation or feeling in the brain—specifically those that deal with touch. The spa’s owner and head therapist, Kim Tripses, personally mentors each member of the team, offering her expert advice on everything from new massage techniques to the best hand positions for creating lifelike shadow puppets. Private treatment rooms drenched in vivid, tropical colors accommodate deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massages, and sessions range from 30 to 120 minutes to accommodate all schedules.
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Conveniently located near the Kansas City medical center, A Sacred Place for Healing acts as an oasis for those in need of pain relief and relaxation. Helmed by Angela Reed, an experienced massage therapist who enjoys working one-on-one with clients, guests can treat themselves to a range of massage modalities. Angela dishes out Swedish treatments to pamper her patients and also administers energy-based reiki sessions. In order to treat chronic pain or soreness caused by sitting through a public reading of the entire dictionary, Angela uses deep-tissue techniques that dig down into musculature to tackle lingering back pain.
Within Sixsixty Salon, trained massage therapist Kimberly Joy Carey aims to relax clients and encourage holistic wellbeing with massage therapy. To do this, she customizes each session using Swedish techniques, stones cooled or heated in water, and trigger-point modalities. Each technique is designed to increase blood circulation, ease tension, and soothe achy muscles after sleepwalking into a staircase warehouse. Kimberly is also trained in the advanced technique of raindrop therapy, which brings harmony to the body by incorporating essential oil aromatherapy with a combination of Swedish massage and traditional Tibetan and Native American techniques.
Hot-rod magazines and rockabilly tunes punctuate Chop Tops' retro atmosphere, where vintage video is just as likely to grace the TV as a live sporting event, and complimentary beverages are de rigueur. This youthful atmosphere often translates into a youthful-looking head and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Add pep to your step with a new cut and shampoo ($15 for men, $31+ for women), or defy nature's palette with highlights or lowlights ($67+ for partial, $87+ for full). Once you get your new 'do, refresh your visage with Chop Tops' 60-minute European facial ($50) followed by a neat eyebrow wax ($15) that frames your best features and makes your eyes pop in the way that doesn't give people nightmares. The gentle yet efficient gurus at Chop Tops can also de-fuzz your half leg ($30) or give you an expert Brazilian wax ($50+). To better show off your newly hairless legs, throw in an airbrush tan customized to complement your natural skin tone ($20).
You may not be able to change the past, but you can change the way you feel about it. That is one of the mantras of Linda King, the certified medical hypnotherapist behind Naturally Yours. Since 2001, she has used a technique dubbed the “Transformational Healing Method,” which helps her clients confront and alter physical and emotional aspects of their lives with the power of their subconscious minds. Linda is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and has helped many smokers kick the nicotine habit and many a shy person come out of their shell.
There's no receptionist at Take A Break Massage Therapy Spa. Instead, each of the six licensed therapists greets their clients and stays with them throughout their entire visits. This focus on service typifies everything the therapists do, starting with their massage times—a 60-minute appointment means 60 minutes of massage, not 45 or 50 minutes with the remainder sacrificed to filling out paperwork.
Pre-session stints in the full-body massage chair or on the hydro-massage table warm up muscles to help guests get the most out of their appointments. Therapists treat their primary modalities as starting points during each massage, bringing in additional techniques whenever they feel it benefits clients. They may recommend additional therapies, from detoxifying body wraps and exfoliating scrubs to sauna sessions and ionic footbaths. Therapists conclude each visit with a consult, stressing to guests the importance of drinking water and sleeping in a pitch-black room or cave.