Enamored with holistic healing from a young age, Inner Wisdom's owner Billie Tobin, along with a dedicated team of trained staffers, customizes wellness services aiming to detoxify any harmful impurities while balancing clients' minds, bodies, and spirits. During the one-hour massage, psyches can drift off into a peaceful place as a trained massage guru employs modalities from one of four techniques, including prenatal or lymphatic muscle-kneads. The Swedish massage pampers sinews with long, soothing strokes, and the deep-tissue treatment zeroes in on specific points of concerns with firm pressure, relieving knotted backs and unwinding sore shoulder blades tightly corseted together.
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).
Treasa Cailleach, the founder and owner of Atira Massage and Bodywork, soothes guests with seven massage modalities, including three special styles: shiatsu, Thai, and sei tai. By training as an expert in so many modalities, Treasa built an arsenal of techniques that can tackle any amount of stress or pain caused by muscle stiffness, lymphatic blockage, or riding a tiny motorcycle to work each day. Her treatments cover the full range of massage therapy, from purely relaxing sessions to extreme deep-tissue work and therapeutic massages targeting specific injuries and ailments. In addition to massage therapy, Treasa offers reiki and energy healing, as well as sugar and salt scrubs to slough off dead skin cells.
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.
Floor-to-ceiling alabaster columns span Serenity Day Spa, an idyllic oasis staffed with certified aestheticians and massage therapists adept at drawing out inborn beauty encumbered by age and pent-up stress. Pastoral murals splash their soft hues against the walls of the spa’s private rooms, where pampering professionals cocoon clients in customizable body wraps and alleviate deep aches with a wide array of massages, from traditional Swedish bodywork to holistic reiki. Personalized skin analyses prelude facials and peels designed to combat the natural effects of aging or getting a bear hug from Father Time, and a comprehensive menu of waxing services ensures that fur-ridden guests can shed superfluous strands from toes to top hats.
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.
At Jessica Mills Hairstylist & Makeup Artist, the name says it all. Expert aesthetician Jessica Mills, formerly of Vintage Image in Lenexa, Kansas, has been working with hair as a professional since 2005. Her specialties include coloring, styling, and cutting hair, shaping brows, applying makeup, and filling out coifs with extensions. When she’s not creating brand-new ‘dos for her clients, she can be found working hair and makeup for weddings, runway events, and films.