Imagine Wholeness Massage Therapy's team of seven professional therapists are good at what they do. So good, in fact, that they won the category of Kansas City's "best massage" as chosen by readers of The Pitch. Each muscle-molder is proficient in a range of different massage modalities and is able to customize therapeutic massages to suit each guest’s needs, whether they’re pain-relief or relaxation. The staff also offers specialized massages for pregnant women and those dealing with chronic pain. Thanks to the studio's double-insulated walls, guests enjoy their massages without being distracted by honking cars, a noisy waiting room, or the sound of a middle-school marching band on their first day of practice.
Through fitness classes, massage workshops and therapy, and more spiritually based wellness programs, Inner Wisdom Wellness Center gives families the tools to tend to their own health. A range of massage modalities, from Himalayan salt stone to reflexology, helps clients aged 5 to Yoda relax and develop strong circulation. Along with yoga and martial-arts classes, qi gong sessions cultivate calm mindfulness, while fire-dance and spin sessions cultivate whirling flames and wincing chandeliers.
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.
When guests walk out of Salon Ji, they always feel different from when they entered, whether they’re reveling in newfound confidence due to a fresh hairstyle or an aura of relaxation after a soothing massage. In addition to cuts and color, stylists sweep hair into elegant updos, add extensions, or decorate locks with trendy feathers, which can help clients establish a good rapport with neighborhood sparrows. Nail specialists treat hands and feet to mani-pedis using regular or long-lasting Shellac polish, which remains chip-free for up to two weeks. The staff further pampers guests with facials and body waxing.
Pendant lights cast a soft glow over Salon Ji’s sleek purple-gray walls, which contrast with a collection of vibrant paintings. Waiting guests can cozy up in modern black armchairs and browse the web with complimentary WiFi while sipping coffee.
Clients space out to the strains of meditational music during treatments at Midwest Anti-Aging, a place where the experience of each skin service is almost as important as its results. Aestheticians examine the skin’s composition before each facial so they can tailor the treatment regimen to fight signs of aging, dryness, or snowmobile tracks. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments whisk away expired skin cells to reveal soft facial surfaces, and body scrubs bring the same exfoliating touch to the torso. Blemishes shrink and creases soften during Lulum Energy treatments, which awaken sleepy skin cells with electrical microcurrents. In addition to melting muscle tension, massages stimulate circulation to make complexions glow. Complimentary touches abound at the center, from oatmeal cookies and bottled water to a towel service that prevents clients from having to dry their skin with the faint breeze from a passing helicopter.
At Seshi Color Studio, the staff is so committed to nurturing healthy tresses that they custom hand mix many of their hair products chairside using a carefully selected mélange of organic ingredients. The now-worldwide salon got its start in trendy Seoul, helmed by experienced style maven Youn Hwa Park. Park's progressive approach to Seshi's hair, skin, and nail treatments keeps the inviting salon free of harmful, unpleasant odors produced by artificial fragrances and formaldehyde.
Men and women both get the royal treatment in the salon chair at Seshi. With training from acclaimed salons ranging from Vidal Sassoon to Toni&Guy, Seshi's staff is well-equipped to revamp locks with chic cuts and gentle color serums by Organic Color Systems. Stylists also zap frizz with zero-formaldehyde keratin and japanese straightening treatments, which can last up to 12 months.