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.
Chiropractic experts at The Vital Energy Center use the Myovision SEMG to detect vertebral subluxations by measuring the amount of electrical activity that muscles release when they're tense. Then they use their hands to give really good massages. Choose from three different hour-long, muscle-melting massages from Vital Energy's expert therapists (graduates of the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration and the Wellspring School for Healing Arts). Vital Energy is the only place in Seattle where you can get an AMMA massage: an atypical, Eastern medicinal rub that includes nutritional advice, herbal therapies, and other health suggestions like "pecans may or may not give you eternal life" or "you should work out in my garage when I'm not home."
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.
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.