Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happiest Endings

Work out the holiday tension at Seattle's top 5 body boutiques


Not burning the 20-lb turkeyPlanning the perfect holiday vacation. Somehow managing to stay in shape for snowboarding season.

Yup, it's stress holiday season.

Which is why we've put together this essential guide to the best massages in Seattle. Get rubbed down and emerge relaxed and full of holiday spirit.

5. Dreamclinic
If you think all massage therapists are created equal, you haven't been to Dreamclinic. The bench here is deep, with techniques to suit all needs. After an extensive consultation, you'll be matched with a masseuse that will get right to the core of your soreness and extract it from your body pronto.
916 NE 65th St, Roosevelt (206-267-0863). $79/hr.

4. Banya 5
Warm up in a traditional Russian-style sauna (and take a dip in ice-cold water for contrast) before getting a long deep-tissue massage that's designed for maximum relaxation. One cool policy the place has is "no scents," so you won't be unwittingly huffing cheap cologne from some other patron while you're getting your rubdown.
217 9th Ave N, Belltown (206-262-1234). $125.

3. Helix
Unlike the other big operations on this list, Helix is just two women: Danielle and Melissa. But massage mavens in Seattle know these two possess four of the most gifted hands in Seattle, able to work out any problem, no matter how tricky, and leave you feeling boneless at the end of your session.
419 Queen Anne Ave N #106, Queen Anne (206-399-8568). Starting at $85.

2. Ananya Spa
This high-end Belltown favorite excels at a wide variety of services, from traditional Swedish massages to targeted rubdowns that can alleviate your neck's Snapchat strain and that awful Tinder thumb. Everything they do is top of the line. Ananya also offers couples massages if you want to, you know, meet up offline.
2810 Elliott Ave, Belltown (206-217-1744). Starting at $60.

1. The Massage Sanctuary
You won't find any trendy New Age holistic junk here. This Cap Hill institution's no-frills menu focuses on deep, balanced full-body massages from an exceptional group of therapists. If you're looking for a regular spot to work out office frustrations, this is the real deal. They even take walk-ins if you don't have time to make an appointment.
705 Broadway E, Capitol Hill (206-322-5549). Starting at $50.

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