When Elle: A Clinical Day Spa first opened in 1997, its therapists specialized exclusively in massage. But soon, they saw that what the average guest needed most was not a standalone massage appointment, but an immersive, multifaceted experience that could undo the stress that bombards them on a daily basis. Owners Leigh Shaw and Polly Tabares, who have experience in the spa industry and the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, rethought their approach and expanded their services into both traditional spa therapies and med-spa treatments.
Today, Leigh and Polly oversee everything from body wraps and facials to Botox injections and prescription skincare. They also maintain a stash of products for at-home care, stocking lines such as Dermalogica and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. For frequent guests, they coordinate VIP memberships that offer perks such as service discounts and massages that harness the rejuvenating power of phoenix tears.
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.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Cynthia L. Cote, the staff at MD Cote Medical, Laser & Spa harness the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
Based on the belief that life energies exist and a state of unwellness results when they are blocked or imbalanced, Resonant Healing’s polarity therapy combines the healing practices of Chinese and Indian medicine with Western chiropractic and osteopathic therapies. During your session, you'll work with an experienced therapist to determine your healing goals, be they “stop my hair from crying” or “grow back my monkey tail.” Then, using relaxing hands-on treatment and slow, gentle rocking movements, your therapist will unblock the subtle energies of your soul-sack—increasing your awareness of your body while snaking the spirit's hair-clogged drains. You'll want to arrive for the 55-minute treatment in soft, loose-fitting clothing.
It may seem strange for an aesthetician to lead seminars that teach attendees how to properly wax their legs or give a soothing massage, but Edie McCue of E.M. Aesthetics makes them a central part of her practice. She believes everyone should have access to spa treatments and relaxation, even at home. As an aesthetician for more than 20 years, though, McCue still lends an expert hand for clients who want to leave the treatments to a professional. She quenches dry skin with shea-butter wraps, exfoliates dull facial cells with microdermabrasion, fights muscular tension with therapeutic massages, and performs head-to-toe hair-removal sessions.