Bianco & Co.'s exposed brick walls and ductwork stand in stark contrast to its stylish, modern décor—delivering an industrial, yet upscale feel. There, a professional staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail techs busily tend to clients' every beauty need. While seated in front of framed mirrors, guests relax as stylists update their locks with products from Kevin Murphy and Davines. Makeup artists are also on hand to cover up blemishes or detachable moles with loose powders from Bare Minerals. Spa treatments take place in private rooms, where guests luxuriate with mud wraps and Dermalogica facials.
Nominated in multiple categories in CityVoter's 2011 Best of Western Washington competition, and a great option for Valentine's Day, CD Danza Salon & Spa earns local laud with custom hair, skincare, and nail services for both men and women. During the gentleman's facial, staff pull guy-friendly products from Aveda to cleanse manly mugs of dirt, oil, and Cheetos dust, and reveal the finely chiseled complexion hiding underneath. A quick wax refines unruly brows, before a designer haircut tames collar-crossing strands to create a more dapper 'do.
Before becoming an expert in the practice of meditation, Ajayan Borys spent years studying under holy men and the living saint Mata Amritanandamayi of India. Since his return from traveling the globe, Borys has become a registered hypnotherapist, a reiki master, and a certified enneagram instructor. He has also written numerous articles and books—including his new book, Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease—and hosts the Mind Matters radio show.
Borys doesn’t just use his knowledge to stay relaxed while pursuing such a busy schedule. He also treats clients at Himalayan Retreats International, where he helps dispel stress through meditation classes and restores feelings of well-being through reiki treatments. He performs heat-centered hypnotherapy to free clients from their inner judgments, anxieties, and tendency to transform into a BattleBot at times of stress. Borys also can use the ancient enneagram symbol to help clients understand their patterns of thinking and habits of emotion.
At Zilpa, founder and licensed aesthetician Viola strives to make skin stronger and smoother via modern procedures and eco-conscious products made from 100% essential oils. Hydrafacials combine cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction as in traditional microdermabrasion, with the added benefits of a dose of hydration and antioxidant protection. The noninvasive, moisturizing procedure addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and the lingering effects of bobbing for apples in a vat of Nutella. The soothing procedure takes 30 minutes and requires no downtime.
Xinli "Cindy" Du used to sit at a computer all day, unaware of its effects on her body. It wasn't until she sat on a therapeutic ergonomics ball that she realized the damage she'd done. This experience rekindled her desire to practice Chinese medicine and answer her body's cries for improvement. Today, Cindy is an East Asian–medicine practitioner as well as a licensed acupuncturist. In the comfort of her cozy studio, all can seek her therapeutic services, which range from shiatsu and acupressure bodywork to herbal medicine and acupuncture.
As an advanced registered nurse practitioner and functional and Ayurvedic medical practitioner, Keesha Ewers of Fern Life Center draws on ample experience with holistic healing treatments to balance mind, body, and spirit. Colon-hydrotherapy sessions help to restore stomach plumbing to a state of cleanliness by gently expunging impacted waste, built-up toxins, and the bubble gum of decades past. Taking up to 45 minutes, the treatment utilizes the Aquanet EC2000's triple-filtered water system and a disposable speculum to reduce constipation, improve digestion, and boost the body's overall well-being. Coupled with chakra balancing, the treatment leaves physiques' inner energies revitalized and minds as charged up as Ben Franklin's key-ring collection.
Venus Salon and Spa's staff addresses nearly any beauty or relaxation need with their full menu of treatments. Stylists in the salon work within the chocolaty yet inedible frames of full-length mirrors to alter strands' length, shape, and color. Down the hall, aestheticians extract grime with the help of Dermalogica products, while airbrush artists harvest bronzy glows with organic spray tanning formulas. At the nail stations, technicians pluck feet freshly exfoliated with a sea-salt scrub from gilded pedicure bowls before brushing on OPI or Shellac polish.