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.
Alexandria Kiema, the licensed massage therapist behind Kiema Massage, honed her healing skills at the Cortiva Institute of Seattle before opening her own practice. Now, she draws on a keen understanding of musculature to soothe the aches and pains of humans and much larger animals?horses. She can travel to perform equine and human massages onsite, and she treats clients in her Kent studio. Patrons can also opt for foot massages, which Kiema pairs with a soothing exfoliating scrub.
Before he was an acupuncturist, Dr. Kay Kim was a soldier in the US Army. While he was serving, he underwent back surgery and experienced a speedy and complete recovery that he attributes to acupuncture. The experience piqued his interest in the craft, and when he left the military, he studied acupuncture at LA's Dong Guk University. Nowadays, at Northwest Wellness and Covington Family Wellness, he specializes in acupuncture without needles as well as classic physical acupuncture with hair-thin needles.
Advanced Holistic Health aims to give its clients the tools they need to repair their bodies. To that end, they offer massage therapy, exercise coaching, and nutritional therapy, as well as private and semi-private yoga classes that can help students of all levels push through fitness plateaus. Classes such as Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, and restorative yoga are designed to encourage freedom of movement, expression, and mental and physical practice. In the past, clients have commented on the clean, open feeling of Advanced Holistic Health's building, as well as their friendly and welcoming staff.
Stress settles deep into the muscles; it becomes back pain, headaches, and eventually full-on spasms. That’s why licensed massage therapist Jennifer offers massages with varying degrees of pressure, ranging from relaxing Swedish strokes to firm, deep-tissue kneading. Jennifer also welcomes clients to peruse her line of handcrafted children’s blankets, soaps, and candles, ideal to decorate a home or World War III panic room.
Medical Massage E-Z-4-U’s licensed massage therapist, Michael Daniel, helps his patients overcome chronic and acute pain with a range of massage therapies. His repertoire includes Swedish, deep-tissue, lymphatic-drainage, and structural-integration massage techniques.