An idea in the making for 13 years, Valo Wellness Spa was established by nature lover and wellness enthusiast Kelly Davis in August 2022 with the intent of offering an all-encompassing approach to health and wellness in the Omaha community. Located in Regency Court Shopping Center, Valo offers traditional spa treatments, as well as an accessible wellness playground providing innovative wellness modalities suitable for all types of clients.
Prior to her recent entrepreneurship endeavor, Davis traveled the country managing a team of high performance show jumping horses, working with some of the top athletes in the U.S.
It was during this experience that she connected with an equine physical therapist, who was also human certified and used many non-invasive modalities. Because of this, Davis acquired a love for light therapies, as this type of treatment does not damage the muscle or body. For more than a decade, she had dreams of one day opening her own spa where she could combine modern therapies and natural products.
“About three years ago, I finally took the leap and started to really solidify the idea,” Davis said.
Inspired by the Scandinavian value of Hygge, often described as a feeling of contentment and well-being, Davis compiled a list of possible business names in Norwegian, Sweden and Finnish before finally landing on “Valo” — which means “light” in Finnish.
“It was a simple, easy word and it represented what I wanted to do, which was bring the light to Omaha, and be a light in wellness,” she said.
Growing up on a 150-acre farm outside of town, Davis fondly recalled that some of her best memories were playing outside in nature.
She has always felt strongly about nature’s healing powers. For this reason, Davis was determined to not only connect clients with nature as much as possible, but also focus on sustainability through the business’ design, brands and operational standards. For example, every trash bag used by Valo is compostable and for each uniform purchased there is a tree planted.
“We really want to help people, while also helping the planet,” Davis said. “Nature is where we come from, and what we also need to remain loyal to.”
Davis said there are many layers to Valo Wellness Spa that make it a resource for the community. First and foremost, it serves as a day spa in which all treatments and products are carefully curated with science in mind and only non-invasive modalities are used. It also allows guests to experience an accessible wellness playground where 15 to 30 minute low touch modalities can be explored.
“We have the latest technology coming out in the wellness industry,” Davis said. “It’s a great way for guests to try different things that can improve their lifestyle. That is our main mission — to help people find what works best for them because no one is exactly the same.”
Educating on wellness is also important, which is why the business hosts a series of workshops and events featuring a roster of holistic health practitioners. In addition to spa services, clients can be seen by these experts when they stop in, as Valo rents space to a variety of practitioners who specialize in subjects like reiki, sound bowl healing and dietary habits.
After years of anticipation and planning for the business, it is watching her entire team come together to deliver a positive experience for clients that has proven to be the most rewarding piece for Davis.
“I also love seeing people come out of their treatments with a new, refreshed look on their face,” Davis said.
As winter quickly approaches, Davis said the team is gearing up by curating gift packages that will be available for purchase throughout the holiday season. Additionally, the business has experienced an uptick in more people seeking treatments that will help protect their skin from the cold and dry months ahead. Another trend in the wellness industry right now is biohacking meditation, which Davis said can significantly improve meditation practices.
As the new year approaches, Davis has plans to continue to expand by bringing a few more holistic health practitioners on board, while solidifying upcoming workshops. For the time being, she is soaking in the feedback she’s received since opening.
“It is so nice to hear clients say Omaha needed something like this,” Davis said. “It’s been very fun so far and I know it will continue to be fun with lots of learning experiences.”