by Dayna J Reid - 12 Reviews - 3 List
We all experience an accumulation of stress from time to time due to life's demands, pressure to go, be and do. Sometimes we just need a little down-time. So here are some ways to release that unwanted tension from your body, mind and spirit.
Updated: April 06, 2010
For an ongoing relaxation fix, try Massage Envy for only $39 on the first visit. Then once you are blissed out, sign up for a membership! For only $59 per month (includes a one hour massage session) plus any additional massages are only $39 each, do this on a regular basis! The Capitol Hill location has 10 rooms and a large staff of licensed therapists. They are open 7 days a week - so you don't have to worry about booking appointments days (or weeks) ahead of time.
Do you want to go beyond the simple relaxation of your typical massage? Natasha Cottingham LMP (Call for an Appointment, 206-930-6012), provides a massage technique called SOMA (a body/mind therapy which transforms people physically and psychologically) which assists in recovery from mental and emotional as well as physical injuries in a safe, nurturing, and therapeutic environment. Now, not only can you de-stress your body, but with the use of the SOMA method of bodywork, you can make the mental and emotional changes you want to make in your life!
Feel the tension melt away as you drift from room to room in this oasis of relaxation. For your entry fee of $35 enjoy the use of all the spa facilities such as herbal hydrotherapy pools, earth energy rooms, steam, sauna, and etc for a whole day. All other services, Body Scrubs, Massage, etc are an additional fee.
Sweat away your anxiety with this 90 minute hot yoga alternative ($18 for a drop-in session). By virtue of focus on each Yoga posture, a kind of automatic meditation is achieved. This is a workout, but is also incredibly relaxing for the body and mind.
Become a child again! Pick up some art supplies at one of the biggest and best art supply stores in Seattle and get creative. Do some finger painting to bring back that feeling of carefree `play? that you experienced when you were younger.
Laugh! Great big belly laughter is a wonderful way to release the pressure and strain that can build up in our day to day lives. Check out one of the many Comedy performances at the Seattle location (they also have one in Tacoma, but the Seattle location seems to attract better talent). Some of the best comedians in the country travel through here.
The Local Vine is a place where you can hang out the way you would in a coffee shop while just enjoying wine. Lingering is encouraged, no urgency to finish up and leave, just relax near a fireplace while sipping wine by the glass (the list consists of over 100 wines by the glass, from around the world, ranging from $5-485 per glass).
Escape overnight in the heart of downtown Seattle to the artistic boutique Hotel Max. In this setting there are more than 350 original art selections found throughout the hotel in the lobby, guest rooms and corridors. Once arriving at your room, climb into a luxurious bath with the complementary Aveda bath amenities, then slip into the plush robe provided, order the perfect pillow from their `Pillow Menu?, and curl up with a book in the comfy pillow-top bed, or order one of the reading selections from their ?Spiritual Menu?. Ah?I feel relaxed just thinking about it?(Rates vary depending on timeframe and room type but are very reasonably priced for a downtown location with so much to offer).
Yes, massage is still one of the best ways to decompress and at Beijing you will get much more than a foot rub. Once seated in a large velvet chair, fully clothed in a room with other people, thus begins an herbal (your choice of herbal remedy) foot soak/massage. But the experience doesn't end there. Included in the amazingly low $25 fee is not only the foot soak/rub, but a massage of almost your entire body including scalp, head, neck, hands, back and legs! You may want take a taxi home after this experience..you may just be too relaxed to drive!