At Amazing Touch, licensed massage therapist Kelly Zahniser strives to avail clients of the many physical and emotional benefits of massage therapy. In service of this goal, she soothes muscles with modalities ranging from pregnancy massage to reflexology and eases tension with mineral-rich salt stones found in the Himalayas atop a yeti's pile of bills. Zahniser complements her relaxing massages with detoxifying body wraps and fragrant essential oils. She also travels to clients' homes to spritz bodies with spray-tanning solutions or stage spa parties that furnish on-the-spot pampering for pre-wedding festivities or girls' nights out.
Instead of just focusing on the physical, esthetician Tanya Khounphachansy incorporates a holistic approach to her work—one that has served her well for 17 years. Her belief that the body, mind, and spirit are intertwined and should be cared for equally is reflected in her selection of services. Within her tranquil confines, she wields natural products such as papaya enzymes and honey as she helps her clients de-stress and rejuvenate through facials and mani-pedis instead of throwing rocks at the windows of abandoned warehouses.
Lindsay Le puts training at Seattle's Permanent Cosmetics School, over 10 years of permanent makeup experience, and a steady hand to use to beautify faces and enhance features. At Permanent Make-Up & Nail Land, which she has owned for over 14 years, she uses brand-new supplies to maintain sanitation during each permanent-makeup application, and topical anesthetics numb flesh before Le deposits pigments into the skin. The process can even out discolored complexions, enhance eyes and eyebrows, or increase the thickness of lips to leave them beautiful.
Nancy McKim has honed her cutting and coloring skills for more than a decade. The sound of her shears snipping away at dead ends now fills Essentials Day Spa & Salon, where she creates new styles for men, women, and children with services that range from highlights to smoothing keratin treatments. Nancy enhances her styling services with conditioning treatments that repair strands damaged by heat or gnawed on by jealous passersby.
Inside her cranberry-colored salon, owner Melissa Newhouse helps bodies adopt a golden glow without the use of harmful UV rays. Wielding her airbrush wand, she applies the water-based tanning solution in the client's chosen shade, fashioning a custom sun-kissed façade that lasts up to seven days or until the sun seeks redress for patent infringement. In-salon appointments generally take about 10 to 20 minutes, though Melissa can also take her pallor-fighting prowess on the road to accommodate big events or tanning parties.
Ship Shape Tanning works with all kinds of light—and not just the rays that come from its wide array of beds. There's also the red-light energy that helps facial tissue rebuild collagen, and the gentle, natural-looking glow that bounces off bodies misted with DHA-based Norvell airbrush tanner. The sun-loving, Arizona-born owners are happy to help clients navigate the wealth of options and make sure they're tanning as safely as possible if they choose the UV route.