Everyday stressors dissipate at the hands of Leigh Williams, a licensed massage therapist who practices her craft within the purple-tinted confines of Spa Couture's private relaxation rooms. Having grown up with a family member who suffered from fibromyalgia, Leigh draws upon her personal experiences to better understand and sympathize with her clients’ diverse ailments. Massage techniques culled from a wide range of modalities—from the long, flowing strokes of Swedish to the focused pressures of deep tissue—allow Leigh to cultivate massages that treat patients as individuals. Her mollifying treatments may enhance flexibility, increase blood flow, and hasten the recovery of muscles injured while playing sports or punting lawn gnomes.
Valley Massage Clinic’s four licensed-and-certified therapists call upon an arsenal of gliding strokes and firm pressures to ease clients’ unique ailments. The therapists practice their craft within the tranquil confines of five private treatment rooms, each of which hosts a plush massage table. Having rehabilitated sore backs and shoulders for 14 years, the team draws on a wealth of experience and knowledge to customize massages. Each session may incorporate a combination of deep-tissue pressure, craniosacral therapy, and relaxation techniques designed to alleviate the stress of traffic jams and heal injuries incurred while hurling other cars off the freeway.
Before hopping onto a plush massage table, clients dig their toes into the earth-toned carpet's soft fibers. Water gently glides onto the smoothed rocks of the in-wall waterfall, creating a refreshing soundtrack that fills the warmly lit treatment room. Licensed massage therapist Tamala Reed uses her years of experience and continuing education to carefully pamper clients with massages that can instill relaxation as well as ease chronic aches and pains. Absolut Harmony Massage also offers spa treatments specially designed to beautify clients' faces, hands, and feet.
The 15-strong staff at Lather Salon and Spa includes nail technicians, stylists, and aestheticians. They cater to the aesthetic needs of their clients by touching up established 'dos or creating new ones by adding extensions or weaving strands of licorice into avant-garde styles. Within a one-on-one setting, nail technicians dip fingertips into paraffin, apply hearty, steadfast coats of shellac, or buff and polish nails. Aestheticians perform facials and waxing services to rejuvenate the outer layers, and massage therapists get rid of knots and tensions from internal muscles.
Iain Finnigan has two notable talents on display at his Healing Arts Integrated Massage. First, he reduces chronic pain and tension as his nimble fingers knead into muscles and glide over the skin. Secondly, he calms the mind and delivers peace with serene paintings that depict calm figures in cool color palettes. Finnigan also uses his talents to benefit charity with Massage for the Cause, a nonprofit branch of Healing Arts that donates onsite chair massage to help raise money for local causes at fundraisers, events, and thumb-war tournaments.
The staff at Vida Salon and Spa strives to create an atmosphere that rejuvenates body and mind. Their focus on relaxation and a wide variety of services has earned them nominations for Best Day Spa and Best Hair Salon in CityVoter's Best of Spokane 2010 awards and a win for Best Hair Company - Women by Inland Business Catalyst Magazine. Patrons can listen to the gentle trickling of an elegant stone fountain while stylists transform hair with products such as L'Oréal Professionnel's ammonia-free INOA color. Skincare experts use the Dermalogica line for a variety of anti-aging facials, and massage therapists ease muscle tension with heated stones.
Nail technicians beautify toes in the pedicure area, which is decorated in cheerful pink and orange tones. Stone tiled floors and stately pillars create an Old World European ambiance reminiscent of the Florentine spa where staffers cleared bits of marble and paint from Michelangelo's fingertips.