Licensed massage therapist Phoenix Alexander understands that massages are about more than pampering. With more than 20 years of experience giving clinical massages to help clients overcome injuries, even her luxurious spa massages help unwind muscle knots, release tension, and remove stuck-on stethoscopes. Her specialty modalities include reflexology and craniosacral therapy—two styles that help reinvigorate the body’s natural healing abilities. But massage isn’t all that Phoenix offers; she also enhances outer well-being with noninvasive massage face-lifts, herbal body wraps, and glacial-marine-mud masks.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan–certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
The staff at Desert Sun Tanning work to tone the face and body, detoxify, and increase metabolism through red-light-therapy sessions and infrared body wraps. Some Desert Sun Tanning locations employ the far-infrared-heat body wrap in 50-minute treatments, during which heat-activated silicone treatment pads latch onto thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms. At other locations, patrons lie inside the Fit Bodywrap's sleeping-bag-like device for 60 minutes, gossiping and stifling giggles as the infrared rays sink in. Both wraps yield the same results, aiming to purge the body of toxins, increase metabolism, and burn calories lurking in the shadows of love handles. Fifteen-minute red-light-therapy sessions bathe the entire body in red-light waves measuring 633 nanometers, designed to attract nanoscopic surfers who trigger collagen production and reduce wrinkles with their laid-back lingo.
For almost 10 years, the specialists at Healthy-Aging Skin, A Clinical Day Spa have harnessed advanced technology to combat skincare woes. The staff specializes in treating acne and waving away the signs of aging, and combines the latest in medical equipment with experience and skills gained over the last decade. This technology includes an intense pulse light laser, DiamondTome microdermabrasion system, and cryogenic therapy for those who want smaller pores and to know exactly what Han Solo felt like while frozen. While many of their offerings live in the realm of medspa treatments, clients in need of a bit of relaxation can enjoy one of their completely organic facials.
The staffers at Good For You Massage & Day Spa invite clients to unwind inside their colorful, private treatment rooms with a lineup of facials, body services, and rejuvenating massages. Massage therapists demonstrate the spa’s personal approach by consulting with clients before administering any of their signature massages, such as Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone massage. While their skilled hands mend tense and sore muscles, therapists maintain constant communication with the client to make sure that the pressure feels comfortable. The list of facials wards off environmental hazards with a variety of ingredients, including organic ground coffee to exfoliate rough skin and wake up clients who fall asleep during their pampering sessions.
More than 20 years after opening as a two-room massage clinic, Massage For Health and Day Spa has blossomed into a full-service aesthetic center whose custom treatments still revolve around therapeutic modalities. Each member of the 10-person staff masters a specific soothing discipline, from licensed massage practitioners to professional manicurists to one aesthetician whose voice sounds like the beach. Massage therapists blend essential oils to please noses and achieve specific health goals during the signature aromatherapy massage. Treatments draw from Western and Eastern philosophies to bolster therapies with enhancements such as collagen masks or Thai herbal massage balls.
Believing that "well-groomed nails are the classic indication of healthy hands and feet," Blush A Nail Boutique's skilled technicians aim to spread the doctrine of digital health and wellness along with the values of body beautification. They renounce the use of acrylics or harsh chemical treatments, favoring spa services that include natural elements such as silk wraps that promote stronger, healthier nails and help heal cracks or tears caused by hand-modeling shoots that incorporate ticklish chalkboards. They choose from an array of services—waxing, facials, and airbrush tanning—to pamper the whole body from within an immaculate, chic boutique.