Roca Salon & Spa’s roots draw upon more than 35 years of styling history, adventure, and love. It began with Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist Rod Cavner running a small Main Street salon named Blondie’s, where he was joined by his soon-to-be wife, and fellow Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist, Rhonda. After marrying and moving to Hawaii for four years, the duo returned with innovative new services, design concepts, and island-themed nicknames for friends. The result was Rhonda's three-year makeover of the space, which now includes eco-friendly, energy-efficient lighting and appliances as well as eye-catching decor.
The couple's time spent island hopping is evident in the pedicure room, where bamboo reaches up toward a sparkling chandelier that shines upon backlit purple-and-pink glass basins, in which toes bask in hot stones and Hawaiian mud. Stacey Soble of Salon Today interviewed Rhonda when the salon was named the third runner-up in the magazine's Salon of the Year design competition. Cavner said, "The bonus wow factor is the entire styling area floor has embedded phosphorescent chips which cause the floor to glow in the dark when the lights suddenly go off!”
But the decor isn't the only thing that earned the company recognition as one of KC Magazine’s best Kansas City salons in 2012. The talented team includes hair colorists who have trained in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills, as well as skilled aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. The color experts work their magic in an elegant, modern area with see-through chairs, potted white orchids, and long strings of crystal beads that divide the space and give visiting Spider-Men an easy way to reach the ceiling.
Doctor of Chiropractic Matt Berman?s abilities have made him somewhat of a celebrity, if his clientele is any indication. In addition to the clients at his private practice?Berman Chiropractic & Wellness?Dr. Berman has performed chiropractic therapies for celebrities including musicians, athletes, and dancers. And despite his precise expertise, his office doesn?t have a clinical feel. A stone wall and relaxed ambiance reminds visitors more of a spa than a doctor?s office.
But Dr. Berman does know a thing or two about clinical settings; he began his medical career working in a hospital, where he observed that patients sustained themselves with long-term medication, too-frequent surgeries, or sugarcoated multivitamins. By contrast, when he began working in a chiropractic office, he recalls that ?people were getting better without the use of drugs or surgery.? Inspired by his initial brush with chiropractic, he now combines holistic health services such as spinal-decompression therapies and weight-loss programs with an eight-person massage team that offers 14 different modalities. Dr. Berman, along with Dr. Craig Connor, are members of Professional Sports Care, a chiropractic sports medicine organization that provides services to PGA tour players and professional golf programs.
Jamie Fleetwood liked working as an esthetician at Art Salon & Spa so much that she bought the beautifying business in 2010. Along with her staff of fellow estheticians, stylists, makeup artists, and massage therapists, Fleetwood pampers her clients inside the newly renovated, sun-drenched space. Her aesthetic touch might only be matched by that space’s decor: it’s accented with sleek hardwood floors, verdant plants, and earth tones as warm as a made-for-TV movie about dogs that adopt other dogs. Among these scenic fixtures, the team renders a slate of services in the form of facials, Shellac manicures, therapeutic massages, and highlights.
Although some may think the eyes, the hands, or the kneecaps are the most important parts of the body, Arnica Muscle & Fitness believes muscles are actually the most vital. With the motto “muscles move us,” the business tends to muscles through therapeutic massage, personal training, and fitness classes. Circuit training and yogilates—a hybrid yoga-Pilates class—put muscles through the ringer before a licensed massage therapist quells soreness and tension with targeted pressure, soothing strokes, and heated stones.
Sunny Daze Tanning and Salon's lineup of spray-tan technology and UV-tanning equipment—including beds, standup booths, and leg tanners—keeps skin beaming with a summery, straight-off-the-beach appearance. With tanning packages available by the session, month, or year, the facility helps clients maintain bronzed tones no matter the season. To sustain the health of epidermal surfaces, customers can stop spoon-feeding pureed carrots to each pore and instead load up on an arsenal of brand-name lotions, tonics, and bronzers available for purchase. Tanning aside, the salon's aestheticians sap stress during manicures, facials, and a variety of massages, including soft-tissue treatments and magnet therapy.
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.