At Health & Healing Therapeutic Massage—the U.S. Commerce Association's 2011 Best of Wichita in the massage therapy category—studious therapists dedicated hundreds of hours to the study and practice of massage before treating clients in their serene space. These graduates of Heritage College's School of Massage and members of the ABMP and AMTA completed 720 training hours and 120 internship hours to deeply understand several types of massage, including trigger-point therapy, reflexology, and lymphatic. They tailor all services to address individual needs, even for training athletes and expectant moms. The therapists also deliver onsite chair massages to relax office employees or lure customers to garage sales.
The aura of warmth that envelops clients at Agape Therapeutic Massage is not merely a product of their imaginations. Heated tables wrapped in flannel linens aid the spa’s massage therapists, loosening muscles and thus making them more susceptible to a range of Swedish, deep-tissue, and therapeutic strokes. Though these techniques apply varying degrees of pressure, all of them can be enhanced with a hot-towel treatment that causes stress to melt faster than a snowman’s face after a shredding guitar solo. Dry-brush exfoliation treatments, sugar scrubs, and body wraps hydrate skin and flush out toxins, and seaweed or rose-mud wraps soften skin with nature’s most soothing ointments. :m]]
Patrick Lomantini, who holds a World Record in endurance haircutting and traveled the nation to perform 50 haircuts in 50 states in 50 days on a fundraising tour, oversees a team of professional stylists and colorists at Lomantini the Salon. Together, the team specializes in revamping styles with haircuts, colors, and updo services using professional products such as Fudge and Unite. Deep-conditioning treatments can add an extra oomph to follicles, and eyebrow waxes truncate jungle-like brow lines or remove mistletoe taped to foreheads.
Owner and aesthetician Katrina Barringer opened Skin Essentials Laser and Medical Spa in 1999, and has since recruited an elite team of eight that includes a physician and a licensed acupuncturist. Each of the women on staff boasts a specialty such as bamboo-fusion massage, eyelash extensions, or aromatherapy that smells like colors. Barringer's interests are of an academic complexion, as she penned an award-winning paper and is one of 67 laser technicians without an M.D. degree to be accepted into the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
At Massalogy Spa, a trio of massage therapists works with clients to craft personalized relaxation plans. Eight different massage modalities, including bamboo and hot stone, expunge soreness from muscles, while relaxing add-ons such as sugar scrubs or aromatherapy shoo away stress and forgotten reminder notes. In addition to relaxing massages, the spa beautifies physiques with body wraps.
The massage therapists at Smart for Life - Health, Wellness, and Esthetics, a member of the nationwide weight-loss and wellness company, knead away tendon tightness with a choice of stress-subduing, custom Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massages. Before tackling taught musculature, therapists consult with relaxers to determine which treatment is best for their health needs and how often they limbo. Nimble digits coat torsos with oil before long, flowing strokes alleviate tension in Swedish massages. During deep-tissue massages, therapists tackle more subterranean muscles with intensified fervor. A sports massage targets a specific area, making it ideal for athletes or people strained from waving foam fingers.