Avenue Hair Styling and Day Spa's seasoned aestheticians beautify bodies with a range of noninvasive prettifying techniques from haircuts to body wraps. An expansive ocean mural presides over the scene as massages unfurl muscles, and clenched fists release their tension during a pampering manicure and a paraffin treatment that reduces lines, like a speedy ticket redeemer at an amusement park. As stylists snip locks in the wood-paneled salon, guests can bid adieu to leg fuzzies before an aerodynamics-promoting waxing. Avenue Hair Styling and Day Spa proudly throws its hair in the ring of the Locks of Love program, a nonprofit dedicated to matching donated tresses to disadvantaged children.
Miranda Dillon knows how to help people live free of tension and pain. With hundreds of hours of training from the Kansas Massage Institute and more than nine years of professional experience as a therapist, Miranda is able to naturally treat her clients' conditions using specialized massage modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue pressure, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy can all have therapeutic benefits. In addition to increasing circulation, jump-starting the body's immune system, and helping heal soft-tissue injuries, these massages can promote a sense of holistic well-being without resorting to prescription medications or invasive medical procedures.
Licensed massage therapist Rachel Mercer, the hands behind Revitalizing Touch Massage, has experience working with a diverse list of clients ranging from children and the elderly to athletes at the University of Kansas. Her nimble digits seek out stress with a wide range of massage modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, sports, hot-stone, and chair massage. Rachel uses these techniques to facilitate a variety of benefits, ranging from increased joint flexibility to decreased depression, less anxiety, and reduction of spasms and cramping.
With an eye towards holistic health, Kathy Harrington, a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, took on 720 hours of massage training at the Pinnacle Career Institute. Now she uses a range of techniques?including Swedish, trigger-point, reflexology, and hot-stone therapy?to boost circulation and improve overall wellbeing. Kathy caters to expectant mothers with pregnancy massage, and she can tend to dermal concerns with organic facials and body wraps. She also offers spa packages that include body wraps and aromatherapy treatments.
After seeing three different doctors and having her thyroid removed in an effort to deal with chronic back and arm pain, Ronni Church turned to massage and found it worked wonders. She decided to help pass on benefits of massage herself as a licensed practitioner, amassing more than 760 hours of training in the process. Ronni specializes in tuning-fork therapy, a technique that uses sound, vibration, and high-school physics experiments to help dilate blood vessels, but is also experienced in Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massage.
At Enchanted Wilderness Massage Therapy, Eva Schuette works to give her clients blissful breaks from their day-to-day lives. Her Swedish massages mix flowing, stretching, and kneading strokes to bring about stress relief, and foot scrubs also help to ease away tension. Eva also targets chronic pain with three levels of deep-tissue massage, which can help speed up recovery from injury and prevent the body from reverting to secondary form, the human pretzel.