Health Plus Image’s specialty is transdermal ultrasound lipolysis treatments: the breaking up of patches of fat cells using sound waves. The team of aestheticians performs these noninvasive treatments under the guidance of medical director David B. Clark, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and chiropractic who has more than 30 years of experience. Other noninvasive treatments include honey massages, ionic foot cleanses, and body-vibration therapy.
At the full-service Salon Serenity, stylist Amanda Smith offers a slate of pampering hair and beauty treatments. She deftly cuts the over-long hair of women, men, and children, styling new looks with blow dryers and deep-conditioning treatments. She also offers full and partial highlights and full-color treatments, as well as facial waxing and tweezing.
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.
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.