For Dr. Philip Kogler, chronic back pain has been transformative. Not only did it transform his spine—his malady became so severe that doctors had to fuse two of his vertebrae—it also transformed his career. Originally a dentist, he became a chiropractor to help others effectively manage their back pain.
Nowadays, Dr. Kogler’s Gonstead-style adjustments alleviate ailments such as back pain and headaches. To complement his chiropractic treatments, he prescribes corrective exercises that his clients can perform at home, as well as nutrition and lifestyle advice, such as never to drink and eat in the same millisecond. His associate, massage therapist David Studer, kneads clients’ backs in order to improve circulation and minimizing swelling.
George Teramoto’s father, a carpenter, would often come home from work with aches and pains. As a kid, George would walk on his father’s back to relieve the tension; as an adult, he explored back rubs and other techniques. What began as a father-son bonding ritual eventually transformed into a career. Now a licensed massage practitioner with more than 13 years of experience, George heads his own studio, Southcenter Massage, which employs both male and female massage therapists.
With a two-pronged focus on healing and relaxation, he kneads physiques with a choice of six styles. He can relax his clients with soothing Swedish strokes or address chronic pains at their root with the more intense pressure of deep-tissue massage. During shiatsu massages, he uses his hands and elbows to balance clients’ energy flow. His foot reflexology sessions, meanwhile, use foot manipulation to resolve diverse problems, from achy backs to ugly shoes.
Within Shador Spa, Nails Of Essence's friendly nail technicians groom natural fingernails and toenails using sanitized equipment and soften skin with paraffin or exfoliating scrubs. At the start of visits, patrons fill out client cards to ensure that they get exactly the looks they want. Guests can also peruse the salon's inventory of Carlise Spring cosmetics.
Nominated in multiple categories in CityVoter's 2011 Best of Western Washington competition, and a great option for Valentine's Day, CD Danza Salon & Spa earns local laud with custom hair, skincare, and nail services for both men and women. During the gentleman's facial, staff pull guy-friendly products from Aveda to cleanse manly mugs of dirt, oil, and Cheetos dust, and reveal the finely chiseled complexion hiding underneath. A quick wax refines unruly brows, before a designer haircut tames collar-crossing strands to create a more dapper 'do.
Bianco & Co.'s exposed brick walls and ductwork stand in stark contrast to its stylish, modern décor—delivering an industrial, yet upscale feel. There, a professional staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail techs busily tend to clients' every beauty need. While seated in front of framed mirrors, guests relax as stylists update their locks with products from Kevin Murphy and Davines. Makeup artists are also on hand to cover up blemishes or detachable moles with loose powders from Bare Minerals. Spa treatments take place in private rooms, where guests luxuriate with mud wraps and Dermalogica facials.
The team at Access Wellness Center beautifies patients with an arsenal of noninvasive medical procedures, cosmetic treatments, and holistic healing. They firm up sagging stomachs with Cellu M6 Lipomassage treatments, and perform noninvasive facelifts to invigorate drooping cheeks without the use of surgery or a troupe of stand-up comedians. They also assuage aches with multiple massage modalities, and bring chakras into balance with holistic healing methods that incorporate energy awareness and meditation.
Inside Soma Vista Massage & Bodywork, clients recline on heated massage tables as licensed massage therapist Brandi Higbee skillfully senses their needs and the techniques needed to unravel their muscles' knots. She customizes the level of pressure applied in each of her massage techniques, such as lomi lomi, which mimics the rhythm of waves in the ocean, and hot stone, which mimics the motion of boulders falling into a volcano. Brandi also incorporates aromatherapy into her massages, using products free of parabens, and performs complimentary posture assessments.
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