Located in upper Fremont, Uma Clinic is a soothing holistic wellness and massage therapy center where the main focus is the prevention and treatment of chronic pain. The licensed massage therapists and wellness professionals believe that the body should be treated as a whole, knowing that a person who is healthy and free of pain is at their best and more likely to be picked first for kickball. They aim to help their patients through compassionate and skilled touch therapy, and specialize in lymph drainage therapy, geriatric, prenatal, and deep tissue massage. Clients can come to be treated for anything from migraines and injuries to depression and chronic pain with a variety of massage styles, all informed by a motto to work “with” patients rather than simply work “on” them.
Although the licensed therapist at Seattle Maternity Massage specializes in numerous modalities, mothers-to-be are her main focus. Combining hydrotherapy, stretching techniques, and a customized approach that considers the specific needs of each client, she uses prenatal massage to help ease the physical and emotional stress that comes along with pregnancy. Post-natal massage, on the other hand, aids the recovery process by addressing posture, muscle tension, and scar tissue.
Since 1950, the skilled staff at Ballard Health Center and Wellness Spa has been helping clients who “limp in” to “leap out” after nursing their ailments. The family-run operation offers a wide range of services in a warm, nurturing environment, and stands out for its extensive approaches to massage therapy. You’ll find everything from soothing Swedish massages, sports massages and reflexology to hot stone, acupressure and more. Special care is given to those recovering from injury, and the Center is practiced in working with insurance companies to make sure your sessions are covered. To further ease the bumps and bruises of busy lifestyles, the center offers the option of a pre-massage soak in a whirlpool tub. Yoga and Feldenkrais Method classes are also available inside the clean, cheery space.
At Kinetic Massage Therapy, the experienced massage therapists can tailor sessions to help heal any medical or sports injuries. Along with a massage, the therapists show clients self-massage and stretching techniques to help foster healing and prevent future injuries.
A licensed massage therapist for more than two decades, Audra Sanderhoff purges stress and anxiety from the body during even the most stressful times—including childbirth. As owner of Something Sacred Massage, Audra invites clients—male or female—to stop in for a soothing chair or table massage, during which she incorporates any 1 of her 15 massage techniques with anti-inflammatory lotions. However, Audra’s true gift lies with expectant mothers. Trained as a doula, Audra provides moms-to-be with emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after childbirth. She offers three doula packages, complete with birth-planning meetings, prenatal massages, breast-feeding fundamentals, and labor support. Clients can also visit Audra for à la carte services, including prenatal yoga classes designed to prepare the body for childbirth and postnatal follow-ups if the child turns out to be an alien.
Founded by two students of the Brenneke School of Massage, Essential Life Therapy pampers its clients with the devoted attention of a cupboard genie. A team of trained practitioners relax tight muscles and clear corpuses of long-standing political tension using a variety of different massage services (all $70; $65 for reiki). Clients can relax under the classic Swedish, push out persistent pains and imbedded javelins with a deep-tissue massage, or try something new with a reflexology or Reiki—a Japanese form that employs gentle touches to heal the body physically, emotionally, and spiritually. All massages begin with a foot-calming bath that doesn’t count as a single minute in your full hour of manual bliss.