The holiday head-to-toe treatment soothes and revivifies the weary with a 75-minute parade of indulgences, using Dermalogica skincare products. You get your choice of a one-hour body massage tailored to tender torsos or tough ones, or a thorough, nuanced facial featuring zone-by-zone skin analysis. Massage therapists follow either option with a suite of sumptuous treatments, including an aromatherapy scalp massage and relaxing hydrotherapy on the coddled client's face, neck, and feet. Foot reflexology triggers an array of body-wide responses, including transformation into a duck, and a sugar and salt scrub on feet and lower legs leaves skin smooth. Those choosing the facial will finish their session with LED light therapy, used to influence new tissue growth and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The rich, spicy aroma of complimentary chai tea accompanies visitors throughout their journey into sartorial luxury, and bottled water and Epsom salts accompany them on their way out. Walk-ins are welcome at a new beginning.
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.
Zara Beauty and Spa's clients don't need to hop in an airplane to get Eastern-inspired beauty treatments. Instead, they can walk into Zara's soothing confines, where the staff has mastered a wide range of intricate services, many involving natural herbs and ingredients. Staff members can decorate hands with traditional henna tattoos, pluck stray eyebrows with threading services, and incorporate gold-infused products in Ayurvedic-style facials. The spa also offers more contemporary services such as skin peels or microdermabrasions, as opposed to manicures set to techno music.
"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 or at a location of the customer's choice, 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.
Massage therapist Sandy Claflin's commitment to healing goes well beyond the walls of her studio. She volunteers regularly at local fundraising events, administering Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot stone massage to those in attendance. At Red Cedar, she also practices cupping therapy, a 5,000-year old treatment that uses suction from glass cups to remove toxins and apple juice trapped in tight muscles.
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.