When Elle · A Clinical Day Spa first opened in 1997, its therapists specialized exclusively in massage. But soon, they saw that what the average guest needed most was not a standalone massage appointment, but an immersive, multifaceted experience that could undo the stress that bombards them on a daily basis. Owners Leigh Shaw and Polly Tabares, who have experience in the spa industry and the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, rethought their approach and expanded their services into both traditional spa therapies and med-spa treatments.
Today, Leigh and Polly oversee everything from body wraps and facials to Botox injections and prescription skincare. They also maintain a stash of products for at-home care, stocking lines such as Dermalogica and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. For frequent guests, they coordinate VIP memberships that offer perks such as service discounts and massages that harness the rejuvenating power of phoenix tears.
Alexandria Kiema, the licensed massage therapist behind Kiema Massage, honed her healing skills at the Cortiva Institute of Seattle before opening her own practice. Now, she draws on a keen understanding of musculature to soothe the aches and pains of humans and much larger animals—horses. She can travel to perform equine and human massages onsite, and she treats clients in her Kent studio. Patrons can also opt for foot massages, which Kiema pairs with a soothing exfoliating scrub.
After working professionally as a chemical engineer for eight years, Shelley Banoo decided to direct her deep understanding of molecules and compounds toward improving human chemistry. First acquiring a license as an aesthetician and then as a massage therapist, she blends an intricate understanding of chemical minutiae and a genuine passion for anti-aging skincare science to compile a roster of products that produce real results. Layered technologies are used in customized facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, micro-current, oxygen infusion, and LED light to produce the best results for the client's needs. Having now practiced spa work for 10 years, Banoo has grown accustomed to seeing all types of skin and can sometimes recommend an appropriate regimen of treatment on sight, eschewing tests and intrusive hugs other practitioners often rely on.
Falcon Physical Therapy provides rehabilitation, wellness and fitness services to help you function at your optimal level. Jason Falcon has a Doctorate in Manual Therapy, a Master’s in Physical Therapy, is a CSCS certified personal trainer, a certified triathlon coach with Ironman experience, and a BikeFit Pro Level I.
Siobhan Robinson is a personal trainer, a licensed massage practitioner, and a certified Level II fascial stretch therapist. Her diverse skills culminate at Athletic Stretch Therapy, where Siobhan offers stretch therapy, which provides the benefits of yoga and massage by stretching the muscles and the fascia, a network of soft connective tissue that clings to the body’s muscles. Occupational stress, age, poor health, and fitness habits can thicken the fascia, leading to stiff joints, poor posture and circulation, and inability to hide in a carry-on suitcase. Siobhan reverses these effects and fosters relaxation by taking her clients through a series of therapeutic stretches that help restore range of motion.
Elements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.