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.
Signature Service: Pregnancy, stone, deep tissue, Swedish
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10 min before your appointment time so we have time to go over your forms and Q&As.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
All massages have complimentary aromatherapy added, if desired, customized to [the client]. All massages are 60 minutes of actual bodywork (assuming client is about 5?10 minutes early), [and] have a neck and scalp massage included. Organic oils or cr?mes are used. [The] use of an eye pillow for all clients (either a scented or unscented) during the supine massage position is offered to soothe the eyes.
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
Deep tissue, because it is focused on an area of the body where the client is experiencing tight muscles or pain. Hot-stone massage, because it brings the client to a more grounded and deeper level while relaxing them holistically. Pregnancy and postnatal massage, as it's vital to the mother's wellbeing both during and after pregnancy.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I used to massage my mother as a little girl because I enjoyed it. She used to say that I should go into massage therapy when I grow up because I just seemed to 'know' where to focus my massage application. Ten years ago, I had that ah-ha moment when I gave her a massage again, realizing that my path was always right in front of me.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Massage at Renton Massage Studio is all based on intentional touch. I massage the areas that show me, with palpation, where there is a stopped flow, or a knot; then I work on that area to release it. I always set an intention with each new client before each treatment, so that I am, in a sense, connected to a higher source, which assists me in giving every person, the most custom and beneficial massage.
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.
Shari Courtier and Scott Carpenter run Three Tree Wellness Center, a place that is part spa, part classroom, and part bodywork-supplies store. The staff nurtures mind, body, and spirit with spa services such as massages, which can incorporate reiki energy work, and mud wraps, which draw toxins from the skin while equipping it to someday sprout an apple tree. Art-therapy classes put students in touch with their inner power animal, and continuing-education classes keep massage therapists abreast of body mechanics and best practices. The retail portion of the center, SNL Supplies, hawks wares such as essential oils, shower gels, and candles.
Paradise Salon's staff expertly renders the services necessary to bolster their clients' looks. Hair treatments such as Brazilian blowouts and deep conditioning keep strands smooth and strong enough to twirl around fingers or flip over shoulders. Nail services groom hands and feet—vixen reds light up fingers like glow sticks light up a rave in a cave. The technicians can also use a Japanese solution to keep lashes curled to the ideal level, enabling flirtatious winks for up to six weeks.
Signature Service: Massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: We are one block west of Marine View Drive at 220th
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I meet a wide variety of wonderful people who come in looking forward to their treatment and who leave with relief on their faces. There is no better occupation in the world than bringing peace and relaxation to those who seek it.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We have a small store with all kinds of fun, eclectic items that are hand-picked for the only reason that they suit our fancy at the moment. We also provide lotions, oils, soaps, and items related to massage for purchase.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Many people work at their computer desks all day and forget to get up and stretch. I would estimate that most of the people who come in have very hunched up shoulders and necks because of the non-ergonomic positions they maintain at a desk during the workday. Remember to get up every 45 minutes to hour and stretch. Have a drink of water, and walk around if you can. It only takes 3 minutes and will help unscrunch you.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer many wellness therapies and we encourage our valued clients to try something new. Come in and relax, enjoy your time with us, and learn about other healing therapies besides massage, such as Reiki. It could open a whole other window of wellness for you.