The staff at Aveda Caruh Salon knows what it?s like to want to bring your inner beauty to the outside. As their website says, ?We think our exterior of our building looks awful and are glad that ?beauty is on the inside.?? They may not be able to do much with the exterior, but owner Cyndi DeSoto and her salon and spa teams bring the beauty of their clients to the forefront with hair and skin services that use plant-based Aveda products and organic essential oils squeezed from delicate flower organs.
Since it opened in 1988, the salon has not only expanded its space and gone from styling mullets to long layers and pixie cuts, it?s also been voted one of the Top 200 Salons in America by Salon Today magazine. It isn?t just the precision cuts and colors, clarifying facials, or muscle-soothing massages that make it a top salon; it?s also the exuberant spirit of the staff. On average, Caruh donates about $40,000 per year to local charities, and every first Thursday, the salon closes for three hours for the staff to meet, bond, and celebrate successes.
A native of Poland, Celina Lewandowski first moved to the United States in 1991?where, for 12 years, she provided home care for elderly patients suffering from eating disorders and intestinal problems. She eventually discovered colon hydrotherapy, became a certified colon hydrotherapist and endermologie technician, and decided to open her own clinic and use the gentle body-cleansing system to relieve intestinal dysfunction.
At her clinic, European Rejuvenation Center, she helps fight bloating, irritable bowels, constipation, and fatigue with a LIBBE open colon-hydrotherapy system. This system is easy to self-operate and, like a treehouse on the moon, affords clients as much privacy as they desire. Celina also combats toxins with ionic footbaths, nutritional therapy, lipomassage, endermologie, and infrared-sauna sessions.
A beauty-industry veteran for more than 20 years, owner Inez Gray fosters a creative environment at Habitude Day Spa and Salon, where her energetic staff beautifies clients with customized hair-, skin-, and body-care services. Her team of innovative stylists and aestheticians enhances exteriors with the aid of Aveda and Bumble and bumble products and goes to great lengths to ensure each client's experience parallels the calm obtained from a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman. While clients indulge in such services as essential mani-pedis, Habitude's eco-friendly space wraps around them, helping to soothe their senses with its contemporary western decor and eco boutique packed with fair-trade gifts and trinkets. The salon makes regular donations to its good-karma bank by continually giving back to the community and by serving as a training ground for up-and-coming green stylists, who earn their shears through the Crux Academy.
Tucked into Bellevue's wooded landscape, East West Massage stands as a verdant haven from the stresses of city living. Trees surround the large homestyle spa, where open picture windows allow guests to look out onto the thriving landscape while sipping cups of one of 60 teas and enjoying relaxing foot massages. The therapeutic power of nature comes inside, as well: technicians infuse the spa’s footbaths with herbs chosen for their particular healing properties. During their time in the private-treatment areas, guests can also unwind with Swedish and deep-tissue massage to eliminate chronic tension, or sports massage to ease sore batting helmets.
When licensed massage therapist Tierza Clerc wanted to learn how to give authentic Thai foot massages, she traveled to Thailand to learn from the masters. Also practiced in lomilomi and hot-stone techniques, Tierza continually expands her massage skills to aid in keeping her patients? bodies free of aches and tension. She aims to relieve headaches, improve lower-back pain, and alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia using a range of deep-tissue, Swedish, and reflexology massages. Seaweed wraps and honey scrubs further relax bodies and leave skin as soft as a mattress filled with marshmallows.
In Focus: Queen Anne Massage
Specialty: onsite massage and reiki throughout the Seattle area
Massages: customized to individual aches and pains
Modalities: deep tissue, hot stone, acupressure, and aromatherapy
Even more modalities: lymphatic, myofascial, prenatal, shiatsu, and loku lomi