Imagine Wholeness Massage Therapy's team of ten 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.
Dr. Tony Rostberg stands by his chiropractic care and acupuncture so strongly that he and his family frequently are his office's patients. His son Zack received his first chiropractic adjustment at a mere four days old to alleviate his spine of residual stress from birth—Zack eventually earned his doctoral dissertation at five days old. Rostberg himself undergoes treatments with acupuncture when facing illness, trusting his coworkers at Rostberg Chiropractic & Acupuncture to care for his body as he cares for others’ bodies.
Dr. Rostberg tells his patients, “It’s always easier to stay well than get well.” To help them stay in shape, he prescribes regular exercise and proper nutrition in combination with his treatments. He also readily adapts his methods to address and mitigate the specific health challenges of many an individual, whether they suffer from a pre-existing injury or an internal organ-related disease. Outside of actively treating health conditions, the doctor also hosts health talks and workshops to help his patients avoid complicating their issues through common pitfalls, such as eating medical encyclopedias to better understand their afflictions.
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.
Not one to rest on his hard-earned academic laurels, Optimal Health Center's presiding chiropractor Dr. Stephen Gradwohl continues to bolster his Doctor of Chiropractic degree with advanced studies in orthopedics and sports chiropractic. This commitment to unceasing education pays off for Dr. Gradwohl’s patients, who benefit from a combination of traditional chiropractic spinal adjustments, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle advice. The doctor and his staff focus on treatments that complement one another and heal the body holistically, accounting for psychological needs with personal consultations and dramatic reenactments of classic feel-good movies.
One member of that staff, licensed massage therapist Jessica Williams, works to knead tension and discomfort from muscles with a range of treatments. Depending on the needs of the patient, she might put to use warm river stones, aromatherapy products, or the long strokes of Swedish massage. She also has experience working with athletes and expectant mothers.
Inspired by the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, Acupuncture Center’s David and Kim Yoo strive to create balance and harmony in the body through non-Western medical techniques. Their hair-thin acupuncture needles unblock energy flow along the body's 71 meridians, and cupping sessions draw stagnant qi out from its nap on the soul’s couch. The doctors Yoo also employ moxibustion, a 3,000-year old practice of applying a stick of burning mugwort over an acupuncture point to stimulate and strengthen the blood and life energy. Acupuncture Center works in conjunction with primary-care physicians, often receiving referrals from MDs and augmenting traditional treatments of maladies such as lower back pain, arthritis, migraines, and sleep disorders.
Dr. Kirk Johnson says no to drugs. Inside his holistic practice, he only uses natural therapies to remove pain and discomfort. Through chiropractic, nutrition, and acupuncture, he treats all manner of disease and even helps overcome infertility. Meanwhile, massage therapy manipulates the body’s soft tissue structures to improve circulation and range of motion while releasing toxins. The office also houses a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which creates higher atmospheric pressures to help increase the brain’s oxygen supplies and heal athletic injuries, such as tearing a muscle while trying to hit a home run using only your forearms.