11 Ways to De-Stress and Relax Around Seattle

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

Relaxation 101

Massage Envy

401 Broadway East, Suite 204, Seattle, WA 98102

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.

Center for Whole Body Wellness

4500 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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!

Olympus Spa

3815 196th St SW # 160, Lynnwood, WA 98036

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.

El Gaucho

2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Ah?comfort food and soft music to fade the worries of the day. In this dimly lit, plush atmosphere, savor some mouth-watering gourmet Gaucho Mac and Coastal Cheddar Cheese ($12) while listening to soothing live Piano music.

Bikram Yoga

520 128th St SW, Everett, WA 98204

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.

St Edward State Park

14445 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

Take a walk down the Grotto trail to the secluded Saint Edward Grotto garden once used by priests at the seminary. Sit in the garden's tranquil beauty and take in the surroundings to clear your mind.

Daniel Smith Art Supplies

4150 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

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.

Comedy Underground

109 S. Washington St., Seattle, WA 98104

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

1410 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

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).

Hotel Max Seattle Hotels

620 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101

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).

Beijing Herbal Foot Massage

316 Parkplace Ctr, Kirkland, WA 98033

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!