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.
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.
While clients relax under hot towels or aromatherapy oils, licensed massage therapist Karyl is hard at work tracking down muscle knots and tension. She devotes full concentration to each of her 16 types of massages because she realizes that no two bodies are identical and that tension can occur in unassuming places. As a result, she provides custom trigger-point, lymph-drainage, and myofascial-release therapies during 60- or 90-minute sessions.
Located between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, and housed within the Medallion Hotel, The Smokey Point Spa & Wellness Center is an apt place for escape based on its location alone. But location doesn't give massages. The staff at The Smokey Point Spa channels their environment into uplifting spa treatments like hot stone massages, sugar scrubs, and warm foot baths. And then there are the body-slimming wraps, which use marine algae, seaweed, and sea salt to help the body detox and perhaps fit back into a favorite parasail harness. Skincare experts, meanwhile, administer facials that draw out natural complexions and pare down blemishes, and the salon staff does its part with hair design, makeup, and mani-pedis.
Signature Service: 80-minute therapeutic massage session
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 13
Pro Tip: Arrive early to get settled in the studio, so you receive your full session time
"[I like] helping clients feel better, so they can enjoy life with a few less aches and pains," says David Brown, owner of Elements Massage Alderwood. To that end, he often recommends clients sign up for an 80-minute session with one of the seven massage therapists in his employ. The sizeable chunk of time allows them to focus on particularly troubling areas of tension or pain, while still making sure to work on the rest of the body, as well. To David, the best compliment he or his therapists can receive come from clients noticing the benefits of their work: increased range of motion, reduced pain, and a diminished fear of how much hands look like spiders.
Treat Yourself Day Spa is the place to go when major relaxation is needed. Here, licensed massage therapist and owner Shannon and her staff of wellness professionals offer several different modalities of massage, from prenatal and deep tissue to injury and hot stone, as well as rejuvenating spa treatments. Facials, waxing, and chemical peels are all on the service menu?clients can even have eyelash extensions or eyebrows tinted.