Lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, camphor, and lime—massage therapist Michele Mecum and her staff use this quintet of soothing scents during Thai herbal massages, pairing them with rhythmic strokes to send patrons into a deeply relaxed state: Vermont. Relaxation is the driving purpose behind Michele’s massages, which she has honed over 14 years in the field. Soothing Swedish massages employ sweeping, gentle strokes to boost blood flow and flexibility. They also perform deep-tissue massages, which mute chronically achy muscles by breaking up knots in lower-layer musculature.
Licensed massage therapist Aaron Kent is dedicated to helping his clients feel better in their bodies. Offering deep tissue and relaxation massages in his boutique studio, he soothes tight muscles and eases chronic aches and pains in the neck, back, and shoulders?resulting in increased circulation and faster healing time for those in his hands. Clients can come in for the deep, firm pressure of deep tissue massage, or have a gentler, yet effective, relaxation massage, which releases tension from overworked stress balls and superficial muscles and fascia in the body.
When licensed massage therapist Tierza Clerc wanted to learn how to give authentic Thai foot massages, she traveled to Thailand to learn from the masters. Also practiced in lomilomi and hot-stone techniques, Tierza continually expands her massage skills to aid in keeping her patients? bodies free of aches and tension. She aims to relieve headaches, improve lower-back pain, and alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia using a range of deep-tissue, Swedish, and reflexology massages. Seaweed wraps and honey scrubs further relax bodies and leave skin as soft as a mattress filled with marshmallows.
A collaboration between a fine-art photography studio and a pinup-style salon, Seattle Boudoir Photography creates a fun and professional environment for their sultry photo shoots. In preparation for the sessions, a team member guides clients through wardrobe selection and a variety of creative themes. Available packages include "The Shades", inspired by the hit erotic fiction trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, which centers around a 45-minute shoot that begins in a light-flooded loft space or on a private rooftop deck, then ends on the studio’s private Red Room set. Regardless of which package they choose, customers are pampered by the onsite salon staff that helps customers channel these different looks and personalities with professional makeup applications, along with a stylist that stands by for consultation on poses and how to use hair mousse to make chocolate mousse.
Inside Soma Vista Massage & Bodywork, clients recline on heated massage tables as licensed massage therapist Brandi Higbee skillfully senses their needs and the techniques needed to unravel their muscles' knots. She customizes the level of pressure applied in each of her massage techniques, such as lomi lomi, which mimics the rhythm of waves in the ocean, and hot stone, which mimics the motion of boulders falling into a volcano. Brandi also incorporates aromatherapy into her massages, using products free of parabens, and performs complimentary posture assessments.
Located near the heart of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, the Seattle Athletic Club is a world-class sports and fitness center that caters to locals, as well as downtown professionals. In addition to state -of-the art equipment and high-end amenities, the club also offers members a sense of security and stability in their choice of gym, given that the space has been open for more than three decades. Members enjoy a large pool; quality cardio and strength and fitness equipment, including an indoor cycling studio; dedicated Pilates and yoga spaces; and international-style squash courts. Recognized for its top-notch instructors and friendly ambience, the SAC also offers massages, pedicures and manicures from Pediworx, plus validated parking rates and a childcare area for parents looking to sneak in a touch of exercise.