Beauty Sleep
Treatment Plan
Nidra Sleep Treatment. After determining your dosha, or Ayurvedic body type, Vida Spa massage therapists trained in the Indian healing practice target your head, neck, and torso, using aromatherapy oils and low-pressure rhythmic strokes to put you in touch with your inner snoozer. Feel-Good Factor Massage pro Cassandra Strunk is also a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, but that gentle, soothing voice and calm ability to convey ancient wisdom seem innate. Lucky for you, she makes house calls. A key benefit to relaxing at the South Lake Union spa, however: the steam-free, direct radiant energy of the infrared sauna. $130 for 60 minutes (in-room or at-home services are extra) at Vida Spa, 2200 Westlake Ave, South Lake Union, 206-972-2663; 206-223-2073; www.vidawellness.com


Wrappers Delight
Treatment Plan
Rejuvenating Mud Wrap. Practically weightless Australian clay clings to your skin under hot towels tucked tightly into all the right places. As a Penterra massage therapist eases the silky earth away from your skin, its natural toxin-absorbing properties take impurities with it. Feel-Good Factor Equal parts earthly healing ritual and heavenly rest, this aromatic cocooning combines essential oils (mixed with clay) to soothe your spirit and a head and scalp massage—the gentle hair-tugging is exquisite—to ease your stressed-out psyche. $140 for 60 minutes at Penterra at the Heathman Hotel, 220 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, 425-284-5855; www.heathmankirkland.com


Yes, Honey
Treatment Plan
Salt scrub and scalp massage at Banya 5. A rubdown with honey, sea salts, essential oils, and cocoa butter sloughs away sapped skin and moisturizes what’s underneath. The cranium rub—naked fingers on a nearly naked head; no honey, no salt—calms what’s really underneath. Feel-Good Factor Yes, it’s actually honey. You can eat it. You’ll want to. If you’re a furry it’ll tug at you at first, but soon enough the potent treatment smooths out all the rough edges. Insider Tip Go early for several rounds of the breathtaking dry-sauna-cold-water-plunge experience: You’ll feel wondrously awake yet never more at peace. $75 for 50 minutes at Banya 5, 217 Ninth Ave N, South Lake Union, 206-262-1234; www.banya5.com


Face Time
Treatment Plan
Urban Signature Facial at the brand new Urban Yoga Spa. In the soothing inner sanctum of this slick, white-on-white downtown space, aestheticians apply warm mud to your back to remove built-up toxins, then pamper eyes with an injection-free collagen treatment before applying a customized facial mask. Feel-Good Factor It’s like a one-stop wellness shop: Begin your experience with an invigorating vinyasa or hatha yoga class in a heated studio, move on to an om-my-God delicious raw lunch—eggplant lasagna, coconut “noodle” pad thai—(food must be ordered ahead, see Web site for details), and finish up with this restorative face saver. $125 for 90 minutes at Urban Yoga Spa, 1900 Fourth Ave, Downtown, 206-420-0222; www.urbanyogaspa.com

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The Elaia Spa pool at Hyatt at Olive 8.

Clean Green
Treatment Plan
Market Fresh Scrub at Elaia Spa in the brand-new, soon-to-be LEED-certified Hyatt at Olive 8. Body experts scrub away the grime of the daily grind with locally sourced lavender and mint crushed into sea salts; an herbal moisturizing treatment follows. Feel-Good Factor Inside Elaia’s tiled wet room, therapists simulate Seattle rain with a handheld water-saving showerhead that washes away the salt of the earth while you remain in repose. The alternative is getting off the massage table and into the shower, and that’s no serious strain, but Elaia’s option allows for maximum relaxation. Insider Tips Start with a dip in the chemical-free saline pool; later, override the spa cliché of waterfall soundtracks by selecting classical, jazz, or another channel from the in-room music system. $120 for 60 minutes at Elaia Spa at Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 Eighth Ave, Downtown, 206-676-4500; www.elaiaspa.com


East Meets Rest
Treatment Plan
Thai Herbal Ball Massage at The Spa at Willows Lodge. Thai masseuse Nancy Sleeth presses two heated Thai “herbal balls”—ginger, turmeric, and sweet sage stuffed into cloth and bound tightly—into your acupressure zones with steady, rocking motions. Then, she stretches the just-massaged muscles and finishes with a whole-body rubdown. Feel-Good Factor Seductive aromas from the steamed sachets and the fireside setting loll you into a dreamy state, allowing Sleeth to get in deep where the discomfort lives. $140 for 90 minutes at Willows Lodge, 14580 NE 145th St, Woodinville, 425-424-2900; www.willowslodge.com


High tea at the Spa at Pro Sports Club.

Spa of Hard Knocks
Treatment Plan
Ancient Oceans hydrotherapy soak and shiatsu massage at The Spa at Pro Sports Club. Replenish in a tub of freeze-dried saltwater minerals and then let hardcore shiatsu devotee Dereck Olsen move your stagnant energy around and jostle your stiff muscles into action. Feel-Good Factor A submissive bliss-out this is not. Even the soak is lively; imagine Jacuzzi jets in an already bubbling, rollicking natural hot spring. And that Olsen. He compares his motions to a sewing machine, but bad cases of commuter’s neck and unemployment nerves don’t respond to kid gloves. Insider Tip Membership has its benefits, sure, but even on a day pass you can arrive early and experience the soaking tubs, medical staff, car detailing, and florist shop. And with 48 hours’ notice, you can stay late and indulge in high tea. Just bring your personal GPS if you’re visiting the original Bellevue location; this Old World ecosystem of beauty, health, and wellness treatments is immense (more specifically: It’s the world’s largest health club). $160 nonmember fee for 75 minutes at the Spa at Pro Sports Club, 4455 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-895-6565 and 501 Eastlake Ave E, Eastlake, 206-332-1873; www.proclub.com


Body and Sole
Treatment Plan
Reflexology Massage. At Spa Scotta, the feet are a map to the body. By applying pressure to the sole’s reflex points—each one corresponds to an organ or muscle—reflexologists make toxins and tension take a hike. Feel-Good Factor Massage therapist Theresa Hudson knows, by gauging the tenderness of a single reflex point, if you’ve been logging too many laptop hours and not getting enough REM sleep. Theoretically, you need not even speak your aches’ and anxieties’ names. Just sit back and relax, and they’re gone. Insider Tip Hudson only needs your feet to treat your lower back, so you won’t even need to disrobe. Do skip the skinny jeans, however, or anything too tight to roll up past your ankles. $55 for 30 minutes at Spa Scotta, 4915 25th Ave NE, Ste 103W, University District, 206-522-5800; www.spascotta.com

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Relaxation reigns at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel.

Two-Timing
Treatment Plan
Pacific Duet at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel. In simplest terms: couples massage. Choose deep tissue, Swedish, or aromatherapy. Feel-Good Factor No forcing “togetherness” here. You and your date/mate float, in the buff, from steam room to heated rubdown tables where murmuring massage masters teach your parallel bods glorious lessons about body work, and bodies, and work. Insider Tip Pack your suits, arrive early, and slip into the infinity pool on the IMAX-ready fourth-floor deck. Four seasons, indeed; the fire pit and seductive Elliott Bay view make this a yearlong love-connection zone. $200 for 50 minutes at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Union St, Downtown, 206-749-7000; www.fourseasons.com/seattle

Razor Rehab
Treatment Plan
Men’s Fitness Facial at Paule Attar. An in-your-face steam hydrates pores and prepares them for pineapple-papaya extract, a balm for roughed-up, razor-burnt skin. A second steam, with a towel wrap, aids in the absorption of a liposome-rich peel. Looking for something a little more macho? Zit-lancing and blackhead-extractions separate the boys from the men. Feel-Good Factor Skin guru and able body-kneader Leana Johns knows that in this economy, you need tension-free shoulders and untroubled temples when you’re putting your best face forward. $68 for 60 minutes at Paule Attar, 10223 NE 10th St, Bellevue, 425-453-3288; www.pauleattar.com


Jill Bucy Skincare

Electric Lady Land
Treatment Plan
Advanced French Facial. They don’t slough away layers of skin at Jill Bucy Skincare. Au contraire, the salon’s nonsurgical “face-lift” uses mild electrical current to build up skin and work in plant-based serums, toners, and moisturizers (from France, naturellement ), all accompanied by soothing classical music in rooms lit with chandeliers that might have come from Marie Antoinette’s estate sale. Feel-Good Factor Jill Bucy discovered the secrets of French skin care on a trip to Europe after graduating from a Kirkland high school. Clients once guarded Bucy’s name as closely as a Parisian beauty secret, but her salon in the Marqueen Hotel makes the tingly galvanic machine facial—and glowing, youthful skin—available to the rest of us. $390 for 90-minute machine facial plus three machine-only follow-ups at Jill Bucy Skincare at the Marqueen Hotel, 600 Queen Anne Ave N, Lower Queen Anne, 206-283-9295; www.jillbucy.com


Well-Oiled Machine
Treatment Plan
Abhyanga massage at Gene Juarez Salons and Spas. Translation: ancient Indian all-over massage therapy tune-up inside Seattle’s chic megamarts of beauty and restoration. Feel-Good Factor In the Information Overload Age, absolute oblivion is the ultimate bliss. Lily Melby pushes your chill-out buttons—in Ayurveda they’re called marma points—while essential oils rubbed in deep stimulate energy flow and allow your soul to slide toward nirvana. By the time you hit the multijet shower—or rather, it hits you—you’ll begin regaining consciousness. $125 for 60 minutes at Gene Juarez Salons and Spas, visit www.genejuarez.com for locations

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Gary Manuel Aveda Institute’s renewing facial

De-dirt Cheap
Treatment Plan
Self-Renewal Facial. After determining your skin type and trouble areas, a Gary Manuel Aveda Institute aspiring aesthetician and “learning leader” (instructor) warm up with a hand, arm, foot, and scalp massage, and steam treatment. Personalized masks and/or moisture treatments follow. Feel-Good Factor Trade quietude and pampering for the Cap Hill hip factor, swap whispering Zen clinicians for the educational banter of inspired apprentices, and, hey, we challenge you to beat the price. $50 for 90 minutes at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, 1514 10th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-302-1044; www.gmaveda.com


Lip Service
Treatment Plan
Angel Lips at Helle; sugar exfoliation, a cucumber-gel hydrating mask, and lots of vitamins A, C, and E smooth and plump your frown, then turn it upside down. Feel-Good Factor At this New Orleans–styled girls’ club in the old Forsyth Hotel in Georgetown, nirvana is an indie rock soundtrack and posters of pinup girls far outnumber Buddha statues and water features. $15 accompanying any treatment; $20 á la carte at Helle, 5701C Airport Way S, Georgetown, 206-767-0803; www.helleseattle.com


Manlicure
Treatment Plan
Executive Hand Detail. Flint Men’s Grooming stylists soak and then trim your cracked cuticles, and trim, file, and buff your gnarled nails. Because you’ve probably been shaking a lot of hands and spending too much time on a touch screen these days, Flint groomers also knead the knots out of your roughed-up paws and forearms with a soothing lotion rubdown. Feel-Good Factor Yes, “hand detail” is butch for “manicure,” but downtown Bellevue’s brand new Flint is a decidedly manly subterranean den for guys only (no nattering Prada she-devils allowed). And there’s something empowering about being waited on hand and (for $60 more) foot, while cracking a complimentary beer and watching Steve McQueen in Le Mans on a nearby flat-screen TV. $45 for 30 minutes at Flint Men’s Grooming, 10235 Main St, Bellevue, 425-453-1445; www.flintmensgrooming.com


Social Networking
Treatment Plan
Girlfriend’s Glycolic Manicure and Pedicure at Julep. Like a facial for hands and feet, the peel gently pulls away years with a gentle exfoliant and allows baby-soft skin to soak up a soothing mask of chamomile and aloe vera. Feel-Good Factor For founder (and former Starbucks exec) Jane Park, beauty treatments aren’t self-centered indulgences, they’re special—and fun—occasions to be shared. As innovation manager Lisa Hahn says, her job is “like going to a fourth-grade sleepover every single day.” So gather your posse at one of Julep’s clean, green salons for Chick Flick night or catch up with a dear friend under perfectly applied layers of Julep’s formaldehyde-free polish. $138 for 100 minutes at four locations, including a just-opened Bellevue salon; visit www.myjulep.com for addresses and phone numbers


Group Therapy
Treatment Plan
Mobile Mod Beauty Squad aestheticians Anne Pennington and Lisabet de Vos pamper your sales team or pink-slip support group with a portable, go-anywhere collection of spa-quality exfoliating cleansers, healing peels, and waxing strips—and a collapsible spray-bronze booth. Feel-Good Factor The Squadsters are fond of saying that time is the new money. They bring skin fitness and finesse to your conference room and take care of the crew so the crew can get back to taking care of business. Prices start at $8 and vary depending on treatment and quantity at the Mod Beauty Squad, 206-972-2663; www.modbeautysquad.com


Highbrow Hiatus
Treatment Plan
Express Brow Shaping at Spaahh at Hotel 1000. Efficient aestheticians armed with barely warmed wax and a stopwatch tame your unruly arches. Feel-Good Factor Get ready to meet the new you; in terms of bang for buck, few services yield the results of reshaped brows, and midday face time with dim lights and cozy cream linens is a clock-watcher’s curative. Insider Tip Order ahead from BOKA Kitchen and Bar’s in-spa menu and actually enjoy lunch during your lunch hour. $22 at Spaahh at Hotel 1000, 1000 First Ave, Downtown, 206-357-9490; www.hotel1000seattle.com

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