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Is it Time for a Hot Stone Massage?

As the winter is drawing nearer, what would be better than a Hot Stone Massage. This amazing experience is even better than it sounds. It is no wonder Hot Stone Massages are a top seller in most spas, especially ones in cold places like ski resorts.

What should you expect from a Hot Stone Massage?

First, your massage practitioner will apply massage oil allowing the stones to smoothly glide over your skin. Then the therapist will take hot water heated stones and place them on your skin. They will check the temperature with their hands to make sure the stones are not too hot. You must be quite clear about communicating your heat preferences. This is for muscle relaxation not skin burning.

As the stones sit on your skin the heat will sink into your muscles down to your very bones. The massage therapist may even take one of the stones and work your muscles with light or deep tissue massage depending on your preference. The stones will liquify your muscles allowing the therapist to go deeper to work out all of those stubborn knots that have been bothering you for a long time. Stones might even be placed in your hands or on the soles of your feet if you wish. Some massage therapists place stones on points that are thought to be energy centers of the body to rebalance the body and mind.

 What kind of stones and equipment are used?

The hot stones used in this form of massage are usually river rocks that are smooth for gliding nicely and made of basalt so that they retain heat. The stones are placed in water that is heated by an electic device kind of like a big crock pot. The stone warmer is preheated to just the right temperature before you even walk in the room.

~~If any of this sounds tempting to you, I suggest you book an appointment to receive a Hot Stone Massage immediately. I provide them in the Seattle area. If you do a Google search in your area, I am sure you find someone who can give you an amazing Hot Stone Massage. Thanks for reading, PJ Harris, LMP http://www.pjharris.com/

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Melt Away Your Worries

Last weeks post about relaxation has inspired me to continue in the same vein. Especially during the cold winter months, a nice soak at my local spa is one of my favorite ways to unwind and thaw. In the Greater Seattle area I have a few personal spa favorites I’d like to share with you. These spas all have something in common that I especially appreciate: Hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms. Here are my top three (two are women only, one is co-ed):

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Hot House Women’s Spa
This little gem is located on Captitol Hill. As the name states, it is a women only spa. Hot House offers great amenities like steam room, sauna, cold plunge, showers, relaxation area, heated floors, and filtered water. The current price is hard to beat at just $12 for use of the whole facility. If you have extra cash, you can even book yourself a massage.

Olympus Spa
If you ever speak to a woman who has been to this spa, you will hear comments like: “You have to go there,'”It is so amazing” and “I love that place.” This spa is a traditional Korean spa. They have  therapeutic whirlpools, radiant energy rooms, a mugwort steam sauna and herbal dry sauna. The restaurant has great Korean food. Not included in the entrance fee is their legendary skin scrubs. I highly recommend you have one of these!  There are 2 locations: Lynnwood and Tacoma.

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Banya 5 
Sorry dudes, this is the only co-ed spa on my list. This is a Russian spa with amenities that will knock your socks off. Actually it will knock everything off but a bathing suit. Banya 5 is the only spa on the list that requires you wear a suit. They have a banya (200-220 degree sauna), hot tub, warm pool, cold plunge pool and a steam room. My husband and I love to go here on date night. Located in downtown Seattle.

Now you have heard some of my favorite spa spots. Write a comment and let’s here what you think of these places, if you have been there, or better yet lets here about some places not listed. Thanks for reading, PJ Harris, LMP http://www.pjharris.com/