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, 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 qigong and mankind's favorite way to think about a society run by kittens: meditation.
Eco Chic Salon and Spa's aestheticians target, treat, and transform facial imperfections with paraben-free Image Skincare facial peels. Image-enhancing sessions begin with an in-depth consultation as the aesthetician examines skin tone, texture, and trouble spots to devise the ideal treatment regimen. An application of the pelt-polishing concoction ousts expired skin cells and enhances rundown facial neighborhoods with firming collagen and tiny lawn flamingos. Lines are lightened, sun spots are subdued, and acne scars are allayed with each peel; the series of three forges a toned and tightened visage that flaunts a youthful glow.
Savvy Nail and Spa feels less like a sterile nail spa and more like a friend?s house. Cozy couches, lace curtains, and patterned area rugs make it feel just like you're sitting in someone's living room?assuming that person also had a thing for crystal chandeliers and top-grade nail tool sterilization equipment. The homey vibe just helps clients relax even more as a technician lavishes attention on their hands and feet, adding indulgent extras such as cool mint Dead Sea salt soaks, exfoliating scrubs, and skin-softening paraffin wax. Meanwhile, inside private rooms, aestheticians unclog pores during facials and wax unwanted hair from all over the body. Rounding out the beautifying menu is a suite of hairstyling services, which includes cuts for men, women, and children, as well as color, conditioning treatments, and up-do styling for special occasions such as proms or grocery store grand openings.