After graduating from massage therapy school and learning Swedish and pregnancy massage, Sarah Merickel continued her education and studied more advanced forms such as neuromuscular massage, orthopedic cupping, and myofascial release. On top of that, she took concentrated classes that focused on individual areas of the body: the low back and hip, neck, and upper back regions, to name a few. Now, she parlays all of her studies into customized massages at Olympic Avenue Massage. Sarah uses oils and lotions during her treatments, homing in on problem areas so that every client’s massage is tailored to relieve their own set of pains and discomforts.
The doctors at Mercer Island Chiropractic work to relieve minor aches and soreness, but they specialize in tough cases: chronic pain and injuries sustained in accidents are their specialties. At three locations, they restore bodies to health with techniques such as manual adjustments that realign vertebrae and traction-table sessions that coax muscles into blissful relaxation. Patients can also rest easy beneath the hands of massage therapists, who employ techniques such as cupping, reflexology, and sternly ordering tension to exit the body.
Brittani, the licensed massage therapist behind Pain Away Massage, tailors her treatments to her individual clients' needs. Deep-tissue massages soothe chronic pain, sports massages keep muscles healthy and limber, and gentle Swedish-style strokes induce physical and mental relaxation. Add-ons such as aromatic oils and warm stones complete the pampering experience.
Salon Michelle's legion of experienced stylists clips new cuts and shades them to materialize each client's envisioned look. Amid the salon's chicly austere, wood-floored confines, haircuts commence with a soothing shampoo enacted with opulent I.C.O.N. and Keune products. Next, a fluent hair whisperer tames tangles into desired shapes such as a sleek bob, staggered layers, or an icosidodecahedron. Each strand-centric service caps with a blow-dry and style to impart finishing polish on locks.
The exuberant exfoliators at Royale European Skin Care wipe out no-good skin cells with thorough multistep treatments that leave epidermises enlivened. The go-to spa facial polishes peeper chrome with a basic cleansing, a pH balancing, and a moisturizing mask finish ($84), and the intense glow advanced facial targets dry, sensitive, or oily skin types with an aromatherapy-based remedy ($94). The warm algae wrap treats trunks by blanketing bodies in vitamin-rich seaweed smoothies for 25 minutes to detoxify and hydrate hides ($99). Guests sip tea in the sitting room between services, relaxing before rooting out unwanted follicle flowers with full face ($40) or Brazilian bikini ($55) waxing services. Stop being mistaken for squiggly-mouthed emoticons with the hydrating lip treatment, which rinses out wrinkles and reshapes kisser contours ($15).
Posh Salon and Spa doesn't just pamper clients with its services: the staff enhances relaxation by offering every guest over 21 a complimentary glass of wine. A team of expert stylists transform hair with custom cuts and styling, full coloring, and tinting. Meanwhile, in private candle-lit rooms, licensed massage therapists soothe aching muscles with hot-stone and couples massages. Aestheticians perform full-body waxing and sugaring, leaving their clients with smooth skin and the ability to body-surf directly out the door afterward. Posh's interior is also designed to help clients relax: warm earth-toned walls are hung with eclectic art, and a small fireplace set in one wall crackles with orange flame.