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 & UP Learning, 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 yoga, qigong, and mankind's favorite way to think about a society run by kittens: meditation.
Spa Vita Bella resides inside a charming building with a sunny outdoor patio and cozy treatment rooms. The soft lighting and highly trained therapeutic technicians create a soothing atmosphere for nail restoration. The classic pedicure is an expedient treatment that cares for cuticles through proper grooming, nail shaping, and callus buffing. A glowing polish in the color of your choosing is applied before a gentle massage blissfully brings the re-footing to a close.