The best places in Seattle to soak up some heat!

Well fall has definitely arrived and winter is on its way! The good news is that the heat is definitely on in my massage room and my Deep Lomi Massage is slower and more relaxing then ever!  However, I thought I would point out some of the other great hot spots (saunas and spas) around the Seattle area as wel….

The Benefits of Heat
Let me start by saying that the most noticeable benefit to keeping my massage room very warm is the relaxation response that my clients experience. Even when they first enter the room, they often take in that cleansing breath and comment on how nice the room feels. At some point after the massage begins, the majority of my clients give in to the warm, or even sometimes hot environment and their bodies surrender to the work that is being done. Many times it is a distinct and very noticeable moment and the results are also just as distinct and noticeable. Their breathing slows down and gets much deeper, their muscles loosen up and the tension that they are holding in many areas simply melts away, they let me move their arms and legs without trying to maintain control over them…and so many other things that just let me know that the heat is a very important component of the massage experience that I want to provide.

Other benefits of different heat therapies and immersion include: Increased blood flow; Detoxification of the cells, muscles and organs; Increased cardiovascular activity; Improved function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries; Heat also has an analgesic, or pain relieving, effect.

Hot Spots Around Seattle

Here are some places that you can go to heat yourself up and relax in the greater Seattle area; many of them have wonderful massage therapists and services as well. I included a link to their web page as well as to their Yelp reviews. I am always looking for other great massage therapists to recommend or try myself, so if you do try one of these places out, or get a great massage from someone, please let me know all about it!

Coed Facilities (Men and Women)

Banya 5 by Seattle Center is one of the most known and best equipped hydrotherapy facilities in the area. They have a 200 degree authentic Russian sauna, a Turkish steam room and complete hydrotherapy circuit. They also have a great spa with a complete line of services.  They have an Early Bird Special on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Also, if you get a massage there, you get a 40% discount on the day use fee and I “just happen” to be working to be working at Banya 5 on Wednesday afternoons from noon to 4:00 PM in case you want to come see me there some time.   www.banya5.com | Yelp Page

The Gated Sanctuary near Snohomish is a full service spa, sanctuary and retreat located on 6.5 very private acres. They have my favorite steam room in the area due to the fact that you have a little personal control over the heat and a wonderful overhead shower. They also have a complete outdoor hydrotherapy circuit, walking paths and many other amenities. I won’t even talk about the wonders of authentic Japanese Bidets (you need to experience this first hand). The sanctuary is clothing optional, so check your modesty at the door and experience something new….I get massage from the owner, Frederick, he has over 25 years of experience as massage practitioner and gives a truly wonderful massage.  www.thegatedsanctuary.com | Yelp Page

Bella Luna Spa & Sauna is a Korean spa that is rich with tradition and diverse experiences. They have female and male only areas as well as a coed area. They have several different therapy/relaxation rooms (rock salt room, clay room, charcoal room, jade room and more). Saunas and hot soaks as well.  www.bellalunaspa.com | Yelp Page

Downtown Banya (Everett) is not affiliated with Banya 5 in any way and does not have near the reputation of excellence that Banya 5 enjoys. I have not been there, so I can not give you any personal insight. I am just including it here for informational purposes. If any of you have any experience with Downtown Banya, please let me know. http://www.downtownbanya.com |  Yelp Page

Yuan Spa in Bellevue, I have not been here yet but it is my next stop because I have heard great things about the spa. I believe the hydrotherapy circuit is $39 and includes access to a Cedar Sauna Room, Eucalpytus Steam Room, Salt Scrub Bar, Hot Bathing Pool, Cool Sea Salt Bathing Pool, Heated Loungers, Relaxation Lounge and Aromatic Shower Facilities. There are also Private Soaking Tubs available and full spa services. www.yuanspa.com  |  Yuan Spa Yelp Reviews

Ladies Only

Yes the ladies seem to have a definite advantage in selection when it comes to places to soak and relax! Obviously I do not have a lot of first-hand experience to share with you on these, you can look at their Yelp reviews to get a better idea about them if you are interested.

Olympus Spa in Lynnwood (and Tacoma). My wife loves this place and nearly every woman that I know that has gone there loves this place. I used to have a severe case of bathroom envy when I was a member at the Columbia Tower Club (If you know, you know…) but that has given way to a much more serious case of spa envy these days.  www.olympusspa.com  |  Olympus SpaYelp Reviews

Hothouse Spa and Sauna in Capitol Hill is a clothing optional spa, sauna, hot tub and massage refuge for women only that is very affordable at only $15 a visit. www.hothousespa.com  | Hothouse Yelp Reviews

Ladywell Spa in Greenwood where $36 (or $25 before 2:00 PM on some days) will get you complete access to Stainless steel whirlpools (hot and tepid), Cold plunge and waterfall, Dry Cedar Sauna, Herbal Steam Room, Pink Himalayan Salt Sauna and a Relaxation and stretching lounge. Again, no personal experience, but that is not from a lack of trying! www.ladywellspa.com  |  Ladywell Spa Yelp Reviews

If I missed any good places, please let me know and I will update my list. Also, Yelp well and often so we can all get a better idea of the best experiences in the area! You can always leave me a review if you have not done so already 🙂 My Yelp Reviews