H3 Therapy's specialized hyperbaric treatment may be based on a complex scientific principle, but its main ingredient is simple: oxygen. First, the inflating chamber is infused with filtered air that pressurizes the immediate atmosphere. As the pressure increases, oxygen gently pushes its way into the client's bloodstream. According to the system's technicians, this oxygen boost helps the body heal and may even ease symptoms associated with autism, multiple sclerosis, and sports injuries. The chamber can be depressurized and opened from within, and it features a buzzer that occupants can push for help at any time. With these two exceptions, hyperbaric therapy is completely hands-free, so clients can spend the session winding down with a book or trying to connect with their spirit animal.
Signature Service: Therapeutic/Deep-Tissue Massage
Brands Used: Organic oils and lotions locally crafted by herbalists
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Hydration is key 24 hours before and after your massage!
Happy to suggest exercises for after-care!
After graduating from massage therapy school and learning Swedish and pregnancy massage, Sarah Merickel continued her education and studied more advanced forms such as neuromuscular massage, orthopedic cupping, and myofascial release. On top of that, she took concentrated classes that focused on individual areas of the body: the low back and hip, neck, and upper back regions, to name a few. Now, she parlays all of her studies into customized massages at Olympic Avenue Massage. Sarah uses oils and lotions during her treatments, homing in on problem areas so that every client’s massage is tailored to relieve their own set of pains and discomforts.
At The Sugar Shack, aestheticians neatly trim nails, wax limbs, pamper faces, and massage backs to help clients unwind from the stresses of daily life. To soothe skin that is inflamed, red, and itchy because of harsh weather or afternoon naps on a beehive, the beauty specialists slather it in a gentle cleanser and calming mask in the Environmental Control facial. Aromatherapy massages rely on essential oils to soothe aching muscles, and gooey paraffin hydrates hands and feet during mani-pedis. The spa exclusively uses Dermalogica elixirs—a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that can cause breakouts.
When Frida Emalange opened her first salon in 2001, she recognized the need for a salon in the area that would cater to clients with all types of hair. Now, with her dream salons, Zorganics Health & Beauty, she continues this mission, along with using and selling a line of natural, organic products. Drawing inspiration from Zora—the name of Frida’s daughter, as well as a word meaning “dawn” or “rising sun”—the stylists work to make each client’s hair and skin look and feel as lovely as the sunrise. Along with hair care that includes couture haircuts, Keratin treatments, cornrows, and full weaves, the staff members pamper nails and skin with organic spa treatments. They also bundle their services into pampering packages that may include candle lit massage, which is what George Washington called it when he cleaned his musket.
Massage therapist Annie is passionate about healthy living; otherwise her skills might stop at the usual Swedish and sports massages. While she excels at these and other conventional modalities, she also practices Ayurvedic massage. Through the Ayurvedic system, she believes that massages should not only help relax muscles, but also balance the constitution of the body to help stave off future health issues.