Inside the two-story brick building that houses Rivaage Salon & Medi-Spa, stylists and aestheticians traverse the sun-soaked floors to snip strands into sleek designs or improve complexions with soothing facials. Here, patrons can relax amidst minimalist designs as they partake of a wealth of salon services, including permanent waves and keratin treatments. The salon also performs microdermabrasions and waxing treatments, which, contrary to popular belief, do not turn patrons into celebrity wax statues.
Kasia Merchel’s beauty career began in her native Poland, where she ran a small nail salon. Her salon expanded over the years to include skincare and makeup services, skills she enhanced with further training. Now, at From Europe With Love Skin Care, Kasia stocks the shelves with nourishing serums from Dr. Spiller and Vera Botania skincare products along with Jane Iredale’s line of mineral cosmetics. With these products in hand, she’s able to rejuvenate clients from head to toe with cleansing facials and body wraps.
The massage therapists behind Body Therapy Group practice varied modalities based on their areas of expertise. Timarie Hansen has spent the past 15 years helping clients after vehicular and on-the-job accidents, whereas Karla Miller pulls double duty as she doles out therapeutic massages and heals clients’ energies and spirits as a reiki master. The final member of the team is aesthetician Jayme Williams, who is known for her Brazilian waxes.
At Facelogic Spa, botanical-based creams and clinical cosmeceutical blends work hand in hand to stall the aging process, defeat dryness, and erase blemishes. Éminence organic products take it easy on delicate visages by tucking them under blankets of vitamin C and rose-hip oils, and the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare line delivers smoother texture and tone by paving over skin with alpha and beta hydroxy acids. Citrus and shea butter hydrate and plump up kiss factories during the three-step lip treatment, and an eye mask tackles the puffiness and dark circles that result from staying up all night figuring out how to set an alarm clock.
Lake Washington Massage Therapy has cultivated a roster of therapists who all have backgrounds in rehabilitation. These therapists can each render at least one of the center's reparative modalities, such as medical massage and sports conditioning. The latter works to resolve chronic muscular problems, such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome. The earth-toned lobby echoes the relaxing nature of the massage treatments, encouraging ease and calm right away.
Most Popular Service: Deep Therapeutic Relaxation Aromatherapy
Brands Used: DoTERRA-certified pure therapeutic-grade essential oils
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Pro Tip: It is helpful to visit the website to print out intake forms to fill out prior to the initial appointment.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
Come and experience a truly relaxing and invitingly deep massage. I strive to make my bodywork as relaxing as it is therapeutic. I blend several different styles such as, Swedish relaxation, deep-therapeutic relaxation, myofascial release, neuromuscular treatment, and aromatherapy into my massage to provide you with a profoundly relaxing and effective massage experience.
Because of the intensity and uniqueness of my work, I usually see no more than three or four clients a day to make sure that I can give you the best massage experience possible. I also leave you plenty of time after your massage to relax on the table and dress in a leisurely manner.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
DoTERRA CPTG-certified pure therapeutic-grade essential oils are 100% pure, natural, aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants. They do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities, and they are free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
From a 90-years-young female client receiving her first massage as a gift from her daughter, "If heaven is anything like this, I am ready to go."
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
A fair portion of MassageBeneficial's mission is to empower my clients with tools for safe, effective self-care between visits. Most people cannot afford a massage everyday or even every time they feel the need. For those wishing to learn more about natural approaches to wellness and self-care, I offer private consultations and education around which essential oils or blends may be the most effective in supporting a client's individual emotional or physical concerns.