Kansas City R&R: 10 Great Spas in the City of Fountains
After a day of Kansas City barbecue, Kansas City jazz, and Kansas City gambling in Argosy Casino the only place left to head is a Kansas City spa. Indeed, the city makes everything it touches uniquely its own, and rejuvenating facials, massages, and body scrubs are no exception. Although the city's brand of relaxation generally focuses on sustainability and indulgence, there are many spas in Kansas City that bring their own flavor into the mix. So here's our list of some of the area's greenest and greatest to get you started.
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Reclaim, renew, and rebalance may describe Sonrisa Salon’s services better than reduce, reuse, and recycle, but that doesn’t make the Aveda Concept Salon and Spa any less eco-friendly. As one of only 92 members of the international Green Spa Network and the only member of the Green Spa Network in Kansas City, Sonrisa offers all-natural hair, skin, and body treatments that range from organic facials to Swedish massages.
The minute Salon Oasis & Day Spa's doors open, it’s clear a spa sanctuary waits inside. The interior, which is reminiscent of a Roman bathhouse, includes a vichy shower, a Hydrotone hydrotherapy tub, and other modern spa essentials. The luxurious services this setting affords range from river-rock massages to HydraFacials and the ultra-indulgent caviar-pearl facial with a refreshing rhassoul-mud spa treatment.
Nature is all around clients at Naturally Salon and Spa—but it isn't the only source of stress relief here. While the services use botanically based Aveda products at their core, another essential element to each is the healing power of touch. In everything from chakra-balancing massages to rosemary-mint body wraps, the spa’s staff draws upon their expertise to reestablish equilibrium, capping off treatments with Aveda tea and soothing shoulder and scalp massages.
Terry Binns Spa was founded in 1984 on a singular service: Terry’s European facial. Many things have changed in the years since, but the aesthetician and his team still redefine complexions with this classic treatment. Today, though, clients can also complement their facial with a tranquil Swedish massage, spa mani-pedi, reflexology session, and new hairdo.
The Spa at Briarcliff’s service menu is exhaustive, and with good reason. Here, the staff uses their spa workshop to retool the mind, body, and spirit together. What that means is facial, massage, and laser therapies complement European Bath Rituals and sensory-deprivation floating experiences. These holistic services, along with the spa’s opulent interior, earned it the 2013 Critics' Choice Award for Best Alternative Spa Experience from The Pitch.
Even as a 4-year-old growing up in Honolulu, Vee Osborne was drawn to Hawaiian shamanism and the Huna philosophy, which stresses the balance of the mind, body, and spirit through one’s actions. Her early passion for healing others led her down the path to becoming a hypnotherapist, reiki master, and ordained minister before she funneled her devotion to creating harmony and guiding others toward wellness into Plaza West Massage & Day Spa.
Rod and Rhonda Cavner may have met at a salon, but they’ve shared many adventures since. It’s no surprise then that the couple’s joint endeavor, Roca Salon & Spa, reflects the four years they lived in Hawaii. Lomilomi massages and the spa’s signature Royal Hawaiian Fire & Ice facial complement a pedicure room full of bamboo and backlit purple-and-pink glass basins full of hot stones and Hawaiian mud.
8. Oleander Aesthetics
At Oleander Aesthetics, Emma Powis is focused on one thing: to provide guests with beautiful skin. To achieve this, the owner and licensed aesthetician draws upon a list of moisturizing eye treatments, exfoliating chemical peels, and facials that feature natural ingredients custom blended for skin types ranging from oily to dehydrated. But she doesn't just focus on the face; her seaweed body wraps and deep-cleansing back facials ensure skin is soft from head to toe.
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Tranquil, low-lit earth tones convince visitors to relinquish their stress the moment they step into Elements Spa Salon at Great Wolf Lodge. From there, the experience only gets more relaxing. Services incorporate naturally derived products such as soothing Aveda aromatherapy oils and Éminence Organic Skin Care products—an all-natural line made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs. When you're finished, head over the water park to treat your newly rejuvenated self to childish fun.
10. Spa on Penn
Located in a 7,500-square-foot facility in the heart of the city, Spa on Penn is hard to miss. This large space means guests have plenty of room to relax. Quiet treatment areas house advanced skincare treatments, detoxifying body wraps, and restorative massages, as well as astrology sessions and wellness services such as light and sound therapy.