In a busy and hectic world, licensed massage therapist Michelle Peterson invites her clients to lie down, exhale deeply, and escape from their day for 60 minutes. A student of Swedish, deep-tissue, and Thai massage styles, Michelle collaborates with clients to identify the type of massage that best meets their needs. High-quality oils and lotions soothe the body and soften the muscles as Michelle realigns connective tissue, teases out tension, and reduces joint tension. Bellevue Best Massage also offers prenatal massage to ease pains associated with pregnancy as well as hot-stone massage, or LaStone therapy, which is French for “the stones they made my body good feel.”
When Frida Emalange opened her first salon in 2001, she recognized the need for a salon in the area that would cater to clients with all types of hair. Now, with her dream salons, Zorganics Health & Beauty, she continues this mission, along with using and selling a line of natural, organic products. Drawing inspiration from Zora—the name of Frida’s daughter, as well as a word meaning “dawn” or “rising sun”—the stylists work to make each client’s hair and skin look and feel as lovely as the sunrise. Along with hair care that includes couture haircuts, Keratin treatments, cornrows, and full weaves, the staff members pamper nails and skin with organic spa treatments. They also bundle their services into pampering packages that may include candle lit massage, which is what George Washington called it when he cleaned his musket.
As an NCAA Division 1 athlete at the University of Michigan, Dr. Pauline Haugen discovered chiropractic care after a spate of frustrating injuries. Her personal experience with pain had driven her to identify its root cause rather than simply treating surface symptoms. Along with the all-female team at Higher Health Chiropractic, Dr. Haugen combines this search for answers with a varied roster of treatments, Chiropractic care, Pilates rehabilitation, and massage therapy. Dr. Haugen also administers spinal decompression therapy used for disc injuries and chronic low back and neck pain, as well as cold laser therapy to reduce inflammation and pain.
Signature Massage Services' licensed and certified technicians shepherd clients toward wellness with therapeutic massages and acupuncture services. Nestled inside the relaxing confines of Chen's Acupuncture and Wellness Center, this spa offers services that range from invigorating Turkish body scrubs to hot-stone massages as warm and soothing as hugs from a hot ham deliveryman. Peishan Chen, an expert on traditional Chinese medicine and one of Seattle Metropolitan's top acupuncturists of 2014, concocts herbal remedies and performs cupping treatments, in which glass jars filled with warm air create suction to help release blocked energy.
Jonathan Arguelles was a successful wine and liquor distributor when tragedy struck: two people very close to him were diagnosed with cancer. Their courage inspired him to find ways to make a difference, and that search led him to change his career to massage. Today Jonathan is a licensed massage therapist, tempering the aches of not just the sick but also athletes, executives, and the actors who play them on TV. In the comfort of his private studio, clients can customize a massage with flowing Swedish strokes or alleviate lower-layer aches with therapeutic deep-tissue techniques. And in keeping with Jonathan's career-changing pledge, he's also founded El Spa, a nonprofit catering to those in cancer treatment as well as their caregivers.
The aestheticans at Angel Tree Beauty and Wellness Center tend to every aspect of outer and inner beauty. When it comes to a client's exterior, services such as eyelash extensions, facials, and waxing create a lasting visual impact. But when inner peace is the ultimate goal, relaxation, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and other massage modalities do the job.