Visiting six bars in a single day usually results in a haggard appearance. But at The Body Bar, you can stop by six bars in anticipation of heading downtown for a seventh. That's because the staff specializes in beauty as its prime intoxicant, administering hair, nail, and other spa services at their respective stations. The Nail Bar gussies up fingers and toes with Minx adhesives or Gelish polish, both of which resist wear and tear for two weeks without the protection of fiberglass thimbles. At the Wellness Bar, massages soothe aches and the heat from an infrared sauna helps induce detoxifying sweat. Seasoned technicians strip away unwanted hair at the BeBare Bare, whereas the Blowout Bar’s stylists work with the hair you have, crafting quick new 'dos with washing and blow-drying. You can finish primping for a night on the town with a custom airbrush tan at the Bronze Bar, or head to the Beauty Bar for a makeup application, teeth-whitening treatment, or eyebrow and lash tint.
Lisa Adams got her start in the health and wellness industry as a registered nurse specializing in surgical and pediatric care. After spending more than 15 years in the health-care field, she realized that her patients were spending too much time and money on treating their symptoms and not enough on prevention. So, in 2008, after earning a national certification in therapeutic massage and bodywork, she left nursing to open Spirit of Namaste' Massage And Body Work.
In her practice, Lisa specializes in two therapies designed to bring the body back into balance. The first, Maya abdominal massage, helps relieve digestive disorders by guiding abdominal organs back into their optimal positions and then telling them to stay by using a treat. Flowtrition, on the other hand, uses gentle touches along the spinal cord to relieve tension and pain at the neurological level, typically in just 15–30 minutes. Lisa can perform these therapies on adults and children as well as dogs and horses.
Sarah Matthews brings many things to her practice, Healing Touch Massage. Aside from being a nationally certified massage therapist, she also studied anatomy and physiology, and has worked with everyone from pregnant women to professional athletes. Her service menu testifies to the versatility of her massage skills. For instance, she offers Swedish massages for clients wishing for a relaxing escape, and deep-tissue massage experiencing pain or tension. And, to make each session even more relaxing, she can also add hot stones or aromatherapy, or add a body wrap, which uses a botanical formula to tighten and tone skin.
When Jen Hibbard opened Sant? Massage in 2011, she saw it almost as a wellness studio?a place where clients could come to improve their overall health, not just as a place where massage was a luxury. The therapist, who often blogs about improving her own health, reduces chronic pain and tension with everything from deep-tissue and therapeutic massages to hot-stone and prenatal massages.
Jen learned her techniques at Heritage College, where she obtained an associate's degree in therapeutic massage and occupational studies. Jen emerged from the 1,200-hour state-accredited program with knowledge in a number of fields, including anatomy and physiology, Chinese medicine, and school-mascot massages.
Tasha Smith, the owner of Suite T Aesthetics, supplements her local client base with local celebrities, polishing the complexions of stars in independent films, the award-winning web series Unreal Housewives of Kansas City, and Orion's belt. When she's not on set, Smith works out of Suite T Aesthetics, a spa that specializes in waxes, custom facials, eyelash extensions, and makeup applications.
Sean Bennington uses his own experience with pain and recovery to help others stop hurting and regain control of their lives. Since no two patients are exactly alike, Bennington uses a variety of treatments to restore healing and function. He employs joint injections, for example, to reduce joint friction and inflammation and promote stability with stronger muscle tension. Other treatments can break up scar tissue and help stabilize joint structure. In addition, the Cornerstone staff makes sure clients can perform as much care as possible afterward in their own homes.