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.
At Spa Vita Bella, the relaxing experience begins immediately, as guests are welcome to hot tea or cold beverages before heading to one of the private rooms. There, licensed massage therapists perform a range of therapeutic treatments, ranging from traditional deep-tissue massage to detoxifying foot and body treatments to the luxurious Bliss packages, where dry-brush exfoliation preps the pores for cocoa-butter moisturizer, followed by a full Swedish massage. Prenatal massages help moms-to-be relieve aches and pains, while athletes can relax with Knead to Stretch pre- or post-workout sessions.
Other services include body wraps, waxing, sugar waxing, facials, pedicures, and eyelash extensions, to name a few. Aestheticians use ?minence Organic Skin Care and Image Skincare products to smooth away signs of aging or correcting skin issues such as acne, fine lines, and dryness, or cocoon clients in slimming body wraps. Clients can also head over to the spa's hypoallergenic infrared sauna for a relaxing treatment that heats the body from within to promote detoxification and slimming.
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.
As payback for every ?No Girls Allowed? sign that ever hung outside of a men?s restroom, Total Woman Health Studio and Spa caters strictly to the ladies in its 6,000-square-foot facility. Supplying the space and equipment for members to work out in peace, Total Woman Health Studio and Spa initiates these members with a general health and fitness assessment to measure body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, and aerobic capacity. From there, a cast of certified personal trainers and yoga and group fitness instructors help women of all ages and abilities reach their goals through one-on-one training, group Zumba and yoga classes, and sound nutritional guidance. Clients can fly solo and pick up a set of free weights or climb aboard a cardio machine, all while their children?if they have any?quietly grow centimeters taller inside the onsite nursery.
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.