At Studio 1211, Barbara George taps into ancient Eastern and Egyptian techniques to soothe and beautify patrons. Inside a private treatment room, she aims to relieve pain and improve the nervous system with reflexology and shiatsu that applies focused pressure to mapped-out areas along the feet, scalp, and neck. The aromatherapy educator boasts 20 years of anti-aging product experience; during the spa's signature Egyptian facial, a milk-and-honey mask makes visages gleam back to life, wrinkles collapse into whispers, and cows and bees look on in bewilderment.
Healing Arts Massage KC specializes in traditional Chinese massage. Therapists offer acupressure and shiatsu treatments that boast many benefits, such as reducing stress and balancing the body's energy and psychic checkbooks, as well as undoing knots and loosening tension's grip on the back and joints. Massages take place in private treatment rooms with earth-toned walls and abstract art, where a hushed silence aids in letting go of one's worries in surrender to the bodywork.
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.
Treasa Cailleach, the founder and owner of Atira Massage and Bodywork, soothes guests with seven massage modalities, including three special styles: shiatsu, Thai, and sei tai. By training as an expert in so many modalities, Treasa built an arsenal of techniques that can tackle any amount of stress or pain caused by muscle stiffness, lymphatic blockage, or riding a tiny motorcycle to work each day. Her treatments cover the full range of massage therapy, from purely relaxing sessions to extreme deep-tissue work and therapeutic massages targeting specific injuries and ailments. In addition to massage therapy, Treasa offers reiki and energy healing, as well as sugar and salt scrubs to slough off dead skin cells.
Salon 708's team of professionals promotes beauty, health, and relaxation with a menu of salon and spa services. To transform or maintain the hairdo, a stylist cuts, colors, and textures coifs into the individual's desired look. For relaxation, a massage therapist eases muscles with the soothing strokes of sundry modalities, such as Swedish, shiatsu, and hot stone. The salon's waxing specialist, meanwhile, applies Nufree Nudesse, a soy-based, all-natural product, to erase unwanted hairs without irritating sensitive skin. Salon 708’s interior houses sleek hardwood floors, cool blue and light brown walls with a hint of exposed brick, and yellow lights that hang down from the ceiling like Spider-Man or Man-Whose-Feet-Got-Tied-to-the-Rafters.