When licensed massage therapist Karen Garry first opened Sand Dollar Spa & Massage, it only made sense that her husband, Matt, join the team. After all, she?s not the only massage therapist in the family. With his expertise in sports therapy and her skill at creating relaxing spa treatments, the duo managed to transform a humble practice into a booming success, even garnering a nomination from King 5 as one of the best massages in western Washington.
Though the staff aim to create an environment of healing and ease, choosing which treatment to enjoy can be rather difficult. They offer nine massage modalities, including Swedish, volcanic stone, and a four-handed treatment, during which two massage therapists work on a single client. Spa treatments, such as sugar or sea-salt scrubs and seaweed body wraps, rejuvenate bodies from the inside out with skin-softening formulas. Across the spa, in-office teeth-whitening sessions can enhance smiles by up to eight shades in 20 minutes, or 1/200,000 of the shelf life of a Twinkie. Committed to supporting their community, Karen and Matt donate both their time and gift certificates to local organizations, such as Evergreen Primary School, University Place Volunteer Center, and Charles Wright Academy.
You wouldn?t know it standing outside, but within The Spa at Pacific Wellness lies a variety of health-imbuing services designed to help clients work toward their best selves inside and out. Within the upscale facility, the staff?s approach to overall wellness requires looking at health from multiple directions, a system it has found more effective than giving clients a genie so they can wish for a brand-new body. Different parts chiropractic office, spa, and fitness center, Pacific Wellness affords clients many wellness options under one roof. That flexibility allows the staff to recommend treatments that tackle problems in tandem: a chiropractic adjustment may be paired with therapeutic massage, body wraps can follow a session with a personal trainer, or a facial after a chiropractic adjustment can help put the entire body at ease.
Wellness goes hand-in-hand with relaxation, and at Bodywise Massage & UP Learning, the staff strives to boost both. Everything from Swedish and deep-tissue massages to spa treatments such as body wraps and foot baths soothe the senses while the creature comforts of candlelight, crackling firewood, and soft blankets surround gests throughout. But these health mavens also aim to get their wards up and moving. Classes strengthen bodies and minds alike by focusing on yoga, qigong, and mankind's favorite way to think about a society run by kittens: meditation.
To promote healing, the bodywork experts at Bodhi Wellness bring an understanding of holistic health and how the body’s muscles relate to one another at each massage session. Whether they are managing a client's stress with a signature massage or improving a patient's range of motion with a more intensive deep therapeutic massage, their techniques work to promote balance and relaxation. They call upon aromatherapeutic essential oils to further soothe the senses, and can further loosen tension with hot stones, a treatment method first discovered by iguanas.
The licensed massage therapists at Marnee's Therapeutic Massage believe that massage is not a luxury, but a necessity for less stressful living. At this soothing massage center in University Place, clients can choose from deep-tissue, hot-stone, Swedish, and sports massages. To complement massages, they may also receive body-nourishing treatments, such as shea-butter or herbal wraps.