Halcyon Spa, Salon and B&B Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Halcyon Spa, Salon and B&B is celebrating 20 years in business this August.  The team would like to say “thank you” to all its clients past, present and future for making them a successful and thriving small business since 2001. 

Halcyon will hold an open house on Sunday, Aug. 1 from 1-4 p.m. “We invite you to celebrate this milestone with us. We’ll have tea samples and door prizes,” says spa owner Kathy Kessler.  Halcyon also will host a 90-minute slow flow yoga practice at Noboleis Vineyard on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9:30 a.m., continuing the Barefoot in the Vineyard Yoga tradition.   

Halcyon is located in the renovated historic mill, circa 1924, in downtown Augusta, MO. Halcyon offers health and wellness products as well as spa services including massage, bodywork, facials, body wraps and sugar scrubs. The spa team consists of five massage therapists, Amanda Brinker, Kara Marvel, Nicole Harvey, Melissa Hess and Jennifer Webb, and esthetician Aubree Kitchell. 

A salon on the second level offers hair and nail services with Stylists Stacy Keiser and Jill Forbes; and nails by Pam Fleer. The lowest level features a 400+ sq. ft. B&B guest room.   

Owner Kathy Kessler and yoga teacher Mellisa Scaccia provide daily virtual yoga practices on Zoom.  In addition, Kessler has created a YouTube Channel called Barefoot in America with simple, free 20-minute practices.  The name was chosen as a spin-off from the Barefoot in the Vineyard series, which Kessler launched with Noboleis Vineyards and other local wineries six years ago.   

Kessler was a full-time practicing physical therapist when she started Halcyon Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork in her home in 2001 after completing Massage Therapy training. Brinker joined the team in 2004, and Marvel in 2005, along with a couple other therapists.  The clientele grew and so did the team.  By October 2010, Halcyon moved to its current location at 211 Jackson Street.   

Kessler took her first Myofascial Release (MFR) seminar in 1997 and fell in love with the bodywork healing modality of MFR. As a child, Kessler watched her father struggle with many ailments, and Western medicine alone provided limited benefit to his health. She discovered that MFR helped heal some of her own old hurts.  

In 2019, Kessler moved to Sedona, Arizona to take a full-time physical therapy position at the Western Myofascial Release Treatment Center, which is run by John F. Barnes, the founder of MFR.  “I knew my soul was being called to explore and dive into more training, but Augusta is where my heart lives,” Kessler says when asked about the move.  In Sedona, she primarily sees patients through an Intensive Program where clients receive 15 1/2 hours of MFR per week for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Kessler says, “It is profound to witness healing in the Intensive Program and work side-by-side with expert-level MFR therapists with a team approach.”   

Kessler continues to live in Sedona and manage the business from afar, regularly connecting with the Halcyon Spa team.  She will be in Augusta 3 1/2 weeks this summer to celebrate 20 years of Halcyon Spa in her hometown.   

Kessler said the heart and soul of her professional career has been being the spa owner, a massage therapist and yoga instructor, along with practicing Myofascial Release therapy. “I am elated to be back in Augusta seeing friends, family and clients for a short stay.  I look forward to the future of Halcyon Spa, and I am ever grateful for the spa team for sharing in the vision of health, wellness and service of our clients,” she said.   

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