Glow's resident naturopath, Dr. Rachel Erickson, is a licensed primary doctor who focuses on the health of the whole person, treating not just the symptoms but the root causes of interconnected physical and emotional ailments. Depending on your needs and her diagnosis, she might recommend nutritional changes, herbal supplementation, or 50 push-ups "right here, right now." The good doctor is particularly adept at treating digestive and skin complaints, endocrine disorders, and chronic disease. She also has a passion for women's health—mitigating the discomforts of PMS, menopause, cervical dysplasia, and bad romances.
Janine spent 16 years working as an executive assistant on Wall Street before abandoning the Charging Bull to study massage at the Swedish Institute in Manhattan. Now a licensed massage therapist, Janine combines her will to please and her newfound skills in therapeutic sessions that combine myofascial-release, deep-tissue, and lomi lomi techniques. While she works, she moves slowly, safely stretching limbs and joints without sudden movements and bringing harmony to the body's internal energies. In addition to her signature trio, her modalities also include hot-stone, shiatsu, Thai, and pregnancy massage.
Tucked away inside a nondescript building in Seattle’s always-colorful International District, Imperial Foot Massage offers what some clients have come to believe is the city’s best massage experience. The dim, low-slung storefront doesn’t spend much time on décor or frills, opting instead to focus on the work at hand – literally. Guests can expect expert rub-downs from the comfort of several malleable red sofa chairs, which can be turned and tweaked, depending on the desired service. Basic foot rubs are what the cliental expects, and customers keep coming back for the relaxing 60, 90 and 120 –minute foot sessions, perfect for relieving aching bones after a hard week of walking.
Tucked into Bellevue's wooded landscape, East West Massage stands as a verdant haven from the stresses of city living. Trees surround the large homestyle spa, where open picture windows allow guests to look out onto the thriving landscape while sipping cups of one of 60 teas and enjoying relaxing foot massages. The therapeutic power of nature comes inside, as well: technicians infuse the spa’s footbaths with herbs chosen for their particular healing properties. During their time in the private-treatment areas, guests can also unwind with Swedish and deep-tissue massage to eliminate chronic tension, or sports massage to ease sore batting helmets.
At Evergreen Chiropractic, Doctors of Chiropractic Wayne Cissell and Russell Kun are joined by two full-time massage therapists in order to soothe not only spines but also tense musculature. Licensed massage practitioners Matthew Gaylord and Anthony Michaels customize sessions depending on their clients’ individual needs, blending Swedish, myofascial, and trigger-point therapies while the clients relax on soft treatment tables. Evergreen Chiropractic’s overarching goal is to strengthen bodies’ natural healing abilities, consequently reducing patients’ dependence upon prescription meds, surgeries, and diets limited to juiced oranges and grilled band-aids.
Massage is a therapeutic process tied to ancient times, not just as a method of relaxation but as a means of actual healing. Embracing the notion that soothing touches can lead to actual body betterment, the Massage Sanctuary happily provides a range of massage styles to its clients. There are hot stone options, simpler chair treatments and an array of table work that can be done for ailing customers, all from inside their well-groomed Capitol Hill space. Truly a sanctuary, as the name implies, this classy and demure space just off Broadway provides calming energy and soothing tones to all that enter, and manages to keep prices relatively low in the process. Appointments are always suggested, though smiling, knowledgeable therapists will always do their best to accommodate.