The Napa Valley region of California is known for its picturesque vineyards, rolling hills, and verdant greenery—a place where afternoons are wiled away sipping wine and taking in a majestic sunset. It’s this feeling of tranquility A Touch of Napa Massage & Wellness Clinic’s staff hopes to emulate through its customized massages. During sessions, staffers pull from multiple modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, sports, and reflexology—to help clients release pent-up worries, chronic pains, and deflated stress balls. The staff also diffuses stress with a tea soak, in which feet steep in a warm bowl filled with chamomile tea and essential oils before being pampered with an exfoliating scrub and shea-butter foot massage.
Hairbenders of Joplin does as much good for people’s spirits as it does for their appearances. After the tornado that devastated parts of Joplin in 2011, the Hairbenders team joined forces with other Matrix professional haircare stylists and hosted a cut-a-thon for the victims. The event served as a pick-me-up to the community, making locals feel cared for and resilient.
On a normal day, the staff pampers clients with far more than just haircare—although those seeking TLC for their tresses have numerous cutting, coloring, and texturing services to choose from. Nail treatments incorporate high-end products such as OPI Axxium, and massage therapy and facials round out the service menu.
Named for Civil War general Alfred Pleasonton, Pleasanton is steeped in the history of the War Between the States. The town is located near the border between Kansas and Missouri in an area that witnessed fierce battles and skirmishes both before and during the war. Although Pleasanton's Mine Creek Battlefield is closed between late October and early April, the John Brown Museum in nearby Osawatomie offers year-round tours of the cabin that served as Brown's base of operations. Those whose appetite for nature is piqued by the lodge's grounds can head for the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, a 7,500-acre tract of forest and prairie in Pleasanton. The area around the refuge is home to dozens of species of mammals, including red fox, mink, and mountain lions as well as an enormous array of birds ranging from herons to red-tail hawks.
Although massages are administered from the outside, massage therapist Marcy believes that the benefits should go deeper. Whereas deep-tissue massages plumb the musculature to squeeze out toxins and allow the body to flush them out, reflexology triggers specific points on the foot that correspond with parts of the body in order to help heal a range of ailments. In keeping with treating the inside from the outside, Marcy also draws out toxins from the pores of the feet with footbaths and absorbs oil from the skin with facials.
SassaFrass Salon and Boutique’s stylists and aestheticians skillfully snip locks in a friendly salon that boasts bubblegum-pink and magenta striped walls. Stylists’ hands deftly give dimension to tresses with highlights, add luxurious length with hair extensions, and wax away unwanted moustaches. For those looking to retouch skin rather than hair, the salon’s SunStar tanning beds and organic airbrush tanning give bodies a coppery glow, helping clients look at home at the beach even before they’ve moved into their new three-bedroom sandcastle.