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.
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.
In 1976, Margaret Dunlap, who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, began working with riding instructor Debra Powell. Over time, Dunlap realized that horseback riding seemed to ameliorate the effects of the disease. She joined forces with Powell to form a therapeutic horseback-riding program in the community. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center has come a long way since then, expanding from 5 to 250 riders, who participate in hippotherapy and adaptive-riding sessions each week.
Working with horses helps riders with disabilities gain muscle strength, prevent bone weakness, and improve balance and hand-eye coordination. Riding also offers a fun outdoor activity and an opportunity to socialize with other participants. Set on 4.5 acres of rural land, the Little Bit facility houses 19 program horses in a 20-stall barn. Horse and rider meet once a week to navigate nearby trails, providing people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities a chance to exercise and bond with the animals.
The bodywork experts at Edmonds Massage Center pamper clients with a wide range of massage services that aim to soothe the senses and promote improved health. Some of their techniques include relaxation massage, deep-tissue massage, and pregnancy massage, each of which is custom tailored to individual needs. They also set injured backs on the path to wellness with treatments designed counteract auto accidents, carpal tunnel, and soccer foot. For folks looking to get pampered on the regular, Edmonds Massage Center offers a wellness plan that guarantees one, two, or three massages per month at a reduced rate.
Gig Harbor Chiropractic & Massage is helmed by husband-and-wife doctor duo Greg and Keri Messer, two graduates of Western States Chiropractic College who set out together to annihilate pain one spine at a time. One of the doctors or their skilled staff members will begin your exam with a conversation about your back bothers and health habits. Next, you'll receive a complete chiropractic examination that tests your reflexes, flexibility, posture, and more, followed by a computerized spinal assessment to discover if any disks are bulging, shoulders are slumping, or vertebrae have forgotten the state capitals. If a bit of extra dorsal detective work is required, you'll receive up to two x-rays before the doctor reports his or her findings and recommendations for any necessary treatment.