One would expect Paul Morrison to be a little winded by now, if not too weary to consume his favorite, energizing treat from Starbucks. This is because the spry co-owner of the Tacoma City Marathon has been running for the past 31 years and cheering on peers through his company's eight endurance events since 2007. His affinity for the sport was fully developed by age 12, when he had a bout of early onset entrepreneurship that caused a fever dream of owning a running store. The dream came to fruition when he opened Fleet Feet Sports in Bonney Lake, but his appetite for adrenaline and sweat-bonded companionship remained, unsatisfied by regular sprints through the woods with fellow ultramarathoners and chats with customers about their pronation.
The missing piece was Tony Phillipi, the founder of the world's largest running club, Marathon Maniacs. The company's name accurately reflects Phillipi's zeal for running, which was ignited on a high-school track when the burning rubber footing accidentally set his soul on fire. When the two sportsmen crossed paths, they immediately commiserated over the lack of distance races in Tacoma and set out to fill the void with the sound of steady, strong footfalls.
Serenity Spa and Natural Health Clinic's eco-friendly sanctuary wraps well-worn bodies in relaxing energy with an array of holistic healing treatments. The 60- to 90-minute acupuncture treatment strives to release tension and stress wedged, like squatting trolls, along the body's factory lines of energy. Designed to create a spacious tunnel for the chi (energy) to flow, fine needles are delicately inserted into critical pressure points along the physique, potentially helping to relieve allergies or treat autoimmune diseases and pulmonary disorders. Further bolstering relaxation, the 15- to 20-minute aromatherapy foot and head massage works to invigorate the senses with scented oils, soothing strokes, and an absence of heavy-metal music.
At Abundant Health, your full-body tune-up consists of a 15–20 minute consultation followed by 20 to 30 minutes of treatment. One of the friendly, experienced acupuncturists will start with a casual consultation to determine your main pains and the goals of the treatment. By performing a tongue assessment, feeling your pulse, and checking for irregularities in your abdomen, your acupuncturist will be able to determine what treatment methods will be best for alleviating your malfunctioning microchip. Acupuncture treatment consists of inserting small, thin needles into specific points on your body called meridians. These points are situated along channels where energy, or Qi (like "cheese," without the tasty "se" finish), flows throughout the body. Many people find acupuncture a relaxing and restorative treatment that can effectively alleviate many conditions, such as pain, stress, asthma, allergies, headaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, infertility, and more.