Owner and aesthetician Cortney Moody draws on more than a decade of experience to share her passion for skincare through custom treatments performed with natural botanical products and essential oils. A blend of products determined by a thorough skin analysis swathes faces to fight aging, reduce acne, or ward off dead skin cells. Her collection of facials fight specific skin concerns and add-on treatments employ ingredients such as baobab oil to reduce fine lines or vitamin C to revive ho-hum skin. The extreme lip treatment softens chapped pouts, and a collagen eye treatment unpuffs puffy eyes and sends dark circles to the space between Saturn's rings.
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.
Diane Garris of Healing Energy Massage calls the body a "complex bio-machine," and believes it functions interdependently with the mind and spirit. She seeks to bridge the gap between Western medicine and other healing traditions, believing that they can work in tandem with one another for a greater effect. As such, her massages are not just meant to relax and de-stress, but to help restore and heal. She also performs energy work to help draw together the mind, body, and spirit, and her aromatherapy treatments work on a sensory level to foster overall wellness.
"Shanngri La" is a play on owner Shannon Harper's name and the term Shangri-la, which means "a place of complete bliss and delight." Within Shanngri La's relaxing confines, Shannon performs Swedish and deep-tissue bodywork paired with tranquil music, aromatherapy, and skin-nourishing oils. Shannon also has ample experience remedying more substantial problems, such as locked-up joints or that James Taylor riff that's stuck in your head.
In the eyes of Trieva’s beauticians, spa treatments should not only address cosmetic concerns but also inspire confidence and bolster the spirits of their recipients. The 12-member staff, which includes a full complement of aestheticians and massage therapists, undertakes projects that help rejuvenate clients both physically and mentally. The team’s facials rely on a number of techniques and products to spruce up countenances, such as Clarisonic oscillating brushes, aloe vera moisturizers, and medical-grade chemical peels. Known to whisk clients away on clouds of relaxation, Trieva’s massage therapists can combine flowing Hawaiian lomilomi techniques and French aromatherapy to de-stress frazzled minds and achy musculature. Rounding out the menu of services, GiGi wax gently evicts hairs no matter how long their leases run, leaving faces and bodies stubble-free for as long as eight weeks.
At Skin Fitness Pro, aesthetician Toni Knickerbocker schedules only noninvasive beauty treatments. But that doesn't mean she's unaware of cosmetic surgery's popularity. On the contrary, she doles out information to patients who are considering surgery and supplies pre- and post-operative care for patients who have already scheduled an appointment or those who have just had theirs. In addition to highlighting the risks, Knickerbocker suggests noninvasive alternatives, including chemical peels and her specialty European facial and body treatments, which are even better paired with custom aromatherapy.