Like a cake, Napolitano Day Spa Salon is made up of layers, each as tempting as the last. At first glance, the Spa Salon appears to be a boutique. In its orange-walled entrance room, wooden tables and racks showcase clothing, accessories, and beauty products to a soundtrack of modern music. As clients journey past one of the center's two burbling fountains, they enter the salon space, where a team of stylists customizes hair with fashionable cuts and flattering colors. Farther back still, past the bustling stylist stations, is a haven of peace embodied by private spa-treatment rooms, soothing music, and a relaxation room filled with complimentary tea and flattering whispers.
Awarded Seattle Met's Best Facial of 2008, the spa refines visages with nine options that harness Dermalogica and Jan Marini products. Each one comes with a personalized routine for home care, an herbal foot soak with lavender and rosemary, and their signature recipe of non-invasive clinical therapies. Meanwhile, French seaweed, algae, and personalized aromatherapy lend body wraps and massages a touch of nourishment and help clients to prepare for dates with handsome lake monsters.
With an master of arts in counseling psychology, Laura Meehan uses her interpersonal skills to help clients overcome obstacles in their personal lives. Her counseling and life-coaching sessions target everything from anger management to relationship issues. Sessions work on finding meaning and individual growth, giving patients an opportunity to share their feelings in a safe space.
New Seattle Massage is a curious name for a massage-therapy center that has been in business for more than three decades. It makes sense, however, as a reference to the center’s innovative business model. More than 25 licensed therapists own and run the cooperative space, giving them the freedom to practice their specialties as they see fit. These specialties span the body as well as the globe. Deep-tissue and sports massages draw on Western principles to heal injured muscles with targeted pressures. This contrasts with Eastern modalities such as japanese shiatsu and chinese acupressure, which shift the focus away from specific muscle groups to balance the flow of energy throughout the body.
New Seattle Massage’s cooperative business structure also affords access to amenities that few therapists could offer individually. The center’s sauna and steam room help flush away any toxins that remain after soothing massages, and complimentary showers give clients chances to loosen their throat muscles with booming operatic solos.
Graceful wedding and bridesmaids’ gowns in stylish silhouettes adorn the windows of I Do Bridal, on the edge of the Wallingford and University District neighborhoods. Open by appointment only to ensure undivided personal attention from the professional staff, the salon specializes in helping brides find “their perfect dress.” Gowns are ordered throughout the year and arrive regularly, so there is always a wide selection of current and diverse styles to choose from and try on for both brides-to-be and their attendants. Sample sizes available in the store range from six to 22 and may be ordered in sizes from two to at least 28. Prospective brides are advised to start shopping for their dress eight to twelve months before their wedding date, and six months before for their bridesmaids. While the shop does not offer gown alternations, they can recommend expert help.
Medical Director Dr. Marilyn Tompkins, ARNP, busies Radiant MedSpa's staff with an array of services that refine skin surfaces. Injectables such as Botox and Sculptra free faces of wrinkles or circles around the eyes that reveal age. IPL photofacials and fractional skin-resurfacing treatments leave skin as brilliant as an Einstein wrapped in reflective tape; the spa's laser systems can also halt hair production in follicles or zap away spider veins. Glycolic or lactic acids reveal youthful skin and fight blemishes during chemical peels, and HCG weight-loss programs bolster weight loss with a combination of booster shots, protein shakes, and vitamins.
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.