Even as a 4-year-old growing up in Honolulu, Vee Osborne was drawn to Hawaiian shamanism and the Huna philosophy, which stresses the balance of the mind, body, and spirit through one?s actions. Her early passion for healing others led her down the path to becoming a hypnotherapist, reiki master, and ordained minister before she funneled her devotion to creating harmony and guiding others toward wellness into Plaza West Massage & Day Spa. Here, clouds of gentle music and the scent of essential oils greet her guests, who slip into robes and sip wine as they unwind. And Vee?s Hawaiian roots remain readily apparent, inspiring the spa?s potted palms, bamboo massages, pi?a-colada scrubs, and wall-sized pictures that bring Pacific beaches to Kansas.
Vee?s healing services go beyond relaxation, though. Her team of massage therapists kneads aching muscles with Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue modalities, deepening their knot-fighting effect with volcanic stones and essential oils. After a body wrap with Dead Sea salts or a glycolic peel, guests can visit the two-tiered sauna or extend their rejuvenation with an energy-balancing reiki session. The spa also delves into treatments that rely on electronic frequencies, such as a tri-phasic resonator, which fights cellulite, or quantum electro-ionization, which aims to diminish blemishes rather than cover them up with white-out. Before heading home, clients can pick up body and facial products from Vee?s eponymous line, such as Island Essence hair products, complete with tropical scents.
Glamm Studio & Spa's staff bolsters their salon bona fides by participating in ongoing training to stay abreast of hairstyling trends. They beautify clients with hair and spa services for men and women. Along with facials, waxing, and nailcare services, they also pierce ears—the best way to get a hole in your ear without making your ear the plot of Bio-Dome. The salon has been at it since 1982, and it animates a dedication to the community by contributing to several causes, including Hats Off 4 Cancer and the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
As a personal trainer, qi gong and yoga instructor, and physical-therapist assistant, Ken has developed a broad and intuitive understanding of the human body. He brings all this knowledge—plus more than 15 years of massage experience—to bear during soothing sessions at STL Massage and Health. There, Ken and his team of qualified massage therapists tackle muscular knots with a wide variety of modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
For more than 26 years, Hands on Therapies has been helping sore backs find reprieve under the skilled hands of therapists well versed in a variety of massage techniques. Clients can stop in for a soothing Swedish massage, spasm-conquering trigger-point therapy, or tension-melting hot-stone massage seven days a week, or book a couples massage to enjoy stress-abatement side by side with a friend, spouse, or hard-working stunt double. Beyond the therapeutic kneads, Hands on Therapies also brings balance to bodies with life-force regulating energy work, and offers hypnotherapy to help guests quit bad habits, overcome fears, and build confidence.
From his earliest days watching his father work at his dental practice, Dr. Kyle Schmitz has been interested in helping people improve their health and well-being. Now, the father-and-son duo work practically side by side with offices in the same building. Dr. Schmitz the younger brings a holistic approach to his ministrations, pairing spinal realignment with ache-reducing massage to release endorphins and promote circulation, and doling out nutrition advice to stave off diet-related maladies. As a Titleist Performance Institute–certified golf-fitness instructor, he also helps patients fine-tune their golf swing, maintain proper club handling, and adjust their golf bag’s spine.
While tanning might be implied in the name, at Jamaica Me Hot Salon, clients can do more than just achieve bronze glows. In addition to a full spectrum of tanning services, the salon also offers massages, nail care, and body wraps. Weight-loss treatments and detox foot baths are also available.