When the staffers at Desert Sun Tanning Salons say they can fix your problems with a cocktail, they’re not talking about libations. Instead, they’re referring to a method that combines two types of bronzing styles. After lying in a traditional sunbed, patrons pop into an automatic spray-tanning booth. The idea is that the UV rays in the bed trigger melanin production and open the pores so that the spray tan goes on darker and lasts longer. Of course, customers can indulge in either of these options separately, choosing from a fleet of machinery that includes Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless tanning booths and silver-, gold-, and platinum-level sunbeds.
They can also undergo a session that doesn’t change the skin’s tone, but, rather, tones it. Red-light therapy drenches the skin in fluorescent light that boosts collagen production in order to firm skin, tighten muscles, and transform sagging bloomers into boxer briefs. Regular salon visitors can consider purchasing a membership, which entitles them to tanning-bed upgrades and discounts on skincare products.
Whether it’s your hair or skin that needs rejuvenation, you can rest assured that the staff at Asami Day Spa & Salon will have you covered—sometimes literally. The spa’s skincare treatments include five types of facials designed to exfoliate and regenerate various types of skin. For issues that go deeper than the skin, there are six massage styles to choose from, including a signature spa modality enhanced by the calming scents of botanicals. True to the latter half of its name, Asami also houses a salon in which stylists skillfully remove knots, tangles, and the eggs of nesting birds.
Licensed massage therapist Sang Ko believes that there's an intrinsic link between the state of the mind and its manifestation in the body. Drawing this idea, Sang customizes bodywork to the particular needs of each individual. Clients may solicit Sang for light-to-medium Swedish strokes or request firmer deep-tissue or trigger-point techniques to alleviate lower-layer aches. Sports massages are also available to improve range of motion and athletic performance.
Northwest Skin Center & Medical Aesthetics beautifies skin with a suite of high-tech treatments delivered by a friendly, professional staff. During the Brazilian bikini laser hair-removal treatment, which normally takes 30 minutes or less, a Sciton Profile laser zaps hair with bursts of light, disabling fur-growing glands for confident swimsuit-wearing both at the beach and at the office. Though many patients report a mild stinging during treatment, the cooled hand piece helps alleviate discomfort as it defoliates epidermises. Most areas require three to six treatments to achieve completely fuzz-free skin, and this treatment may not be effective on dark skin types.
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.