Before Doctor of Chiropractic Steve Miller founded Healing Hands Chiropractic, he excelled in a different arena—basketball. The one-time hoops player from Canada parlayed his love of sports into a career as an athletic trainer, which allowed him to develop therapeutic methods for alleviating the physical maladies of his teammates. This hands-on approach to healing rivaled the kinesthetic euphoria of bounding across the gleaming hardwood court, and inspired him to pursue massage and chiropractic licensing in order to infuse clients with relaxation and assist in recovery from injuries.
Dr. Miller or massage therapist Paula Liberty leads guests past floor-to-ceiling-windows, models of healthy spines, and sketches of what Gumby's spine might look like before inquiring into individual issues and applying a variety of modalities. Dr. Miller educates patrons in free, biweekly seminars on health-related subjects such as yoga, cholesterol reduction, and peace treaties with bees, and also organizes food and coat drives for those in need.
Rhonda Durham LMT knows a few things about healing. Coming from seven generations of healers herself, she literally grew up honing her intuitive touch. Her earliest professional training began in earnest in 1988 when she gained expertise in reflexology, chakra, and quantum mechanics—a scientific field. This early exposure to the complexities of quantum physics and energy healing formed a solid basis for her continuing development. Today, Rhonda helps her clients bring their minds and bodies into harmony with more than 20 holistic wellness techniques. These include soothing massage, micro-current point stimulation, neuromyofascial pain management, to advanced energy practices.
Inside BodyNSpa, wrought-iron shelves proffer jewelry, body butters, and bath oils amid peach walls and an Old-World wall clock. Private, clutter-free massage rooms house therapists who craft custom massage and spa services beneath dim lighting, with the aid of soft microfiber blankets and several cartoon-animal companions. When they aren't kneading sinews with Swedish, hot-stone, and therapeutic techniques, they’re defining contours with body wraps and daubing faces with soothing masks. They also perform airbrush tanning to give pallid epidermises a bronze glow.
DayDream Oasis Salon & Spa's recently renovated digs host relaxing interludes from workday stress and the wearisome passage of time. Natural and organic Bioelements products replenish visages ahead of upcoming giraffe staring contests during anti-aging facials.
Aromatherapy massages employ high-quality essential oils to evoke relaxation. On the salon side, savvy stylists update coifs with a full array of haircuts, coloring, and permanent curls and straightening.
Dim lights and candles illuminate the earth-toned walls and other Tuscan flourishes that complement Serendipity Boutique and Day Spa’s relaxing salon and spa services. The all-inclusive oasis houses a staff of stylists and aestheticians who work tirelessly to soften skin, soothe aching muscles, and enhance the appearance of hair and nails. Clients awaiting treatment can sip on steamy beverages from an in-house espresso bar or peruse the spa’s very own boutique, which enhances newly treated areas with jewelry, handbags, footwear and apparel.
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. Here, clouds of gentle music and the scent of essential oils greet her guests, who slip into robes and sip wine as they unwind. And Vee’s Hawaiian roots remain readily apparent, inspiring the spa’s potted palms, bamboo massages, piña-colada scrubs, and wall-sized pictures that bring Pacific beaches to Kansas.
Vee’s healing services go beyond relaxation, though. Her team of massage therapists kneads aching muscles with Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue modalities, deepening their knot-fighting effect with volcanic stones and essential oils. After a body wrap with Dead Sea salts or a glycolic peel, guests can visit the two-tiered sauna or extend their rejuvenation with an energy-balancing reiki session. The spa also delves into treatments that rely on electronic frequencies, such as a tri-phasic resonator, which fights cellulite, or quantum electro-ionization, which aims to diminish blemishes rather than cover them up with white-out. Before heading home, clients can pick up body and facial products from Vee’s eponymous line, such as Island Essence hair products, complete with tropical scents.