Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

“Be Well” - Begin 2013 with the ultimate wellness weekly retreat

// Classes begin Jan. 16

Continuing to enjoy a brisk business that started 18 years ago, Elizabeth’s Holistic Health Day Spa and Wellness Center has earned a solid reputation for excellence. In 2008, it was voted “Best Spa” by Tacoma Weekly readers and in 2009 it won “Best in Business” from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Clients of the spa give it rave reviews, and owner Elizabeth Johnson is aiming to show even more people all that she and the spa have to offer by providing the perfect way to start 2013: a series of classes beginning Jan. 16 called Be Well: The Ultimate Wellness Weekly Retreat. Held twice a year, in January and September, Be Well: The Ultimate Wellness Weekly Retreat is an eight-week wellness program for men and women who want to learn how to live better and be healthier. Each week a new topic is explored, from holistic nutrition (which includes a trip to the grocery store where Elizabeth helps decipher nutritional labels on foods) to goal setting, mindsets, healthy eating and more. The person who makes the biggest changes wins a total makeover. “The average weight loss is around 25 pounds in eight weeks,” Elizabeth said. “It’s truly a ‘get healthy’ program because when you are healthy, you will weigh what you should weigh.” Best of all, the program is a fun way to bring community together in an atmosphere of friendship and the desire to live well. Each class starts with positive healing affirmations and time for participants to talk about their week. Elizabeth invites local zumba or pilates instructors to come in and teach a class, chefs give cooking demonstrations and guest speakers talk about ways to get, and stay, healthy. Classes are kept small, to an average of 10 participants. “Everyone gets personal attention from me, so I try and keep it to a number where I can give people that individual attention,” Elizabeth explained.

The same holds true for everything offered at Elizabeth’s Holistic Health Day Spa and Wellness Center. A certified massage therapist, aromatherapist, esthetician and yoga instructor, Elizabeth gives clients one-on-one service unparalleled in the South Sound. She is also a preferred provider for major medical insurance companies including Regence Blue Shield, Premera Blue Cross, Uniform Medical Plan, Labor and Industries (L&I) and personal injury claims (auto). At the spa and wellness center, clients benefit from a variety of massages: aroma therapeutic, hot stone and medical massage; as well as pregnancy massage and massage for a happy, healthy child. PLU students can receive a discounted therapeutic massage and seniors 65 and older can get a massage specially designed for arthritis, dry skin and needs of a healthy touch. Spa services include natural honey waxing, contour body wraps, body scrubs, Montreuil clay facials, non-surgical facelift, glycolic acid facial peel and the oh-so-indulgent chocolate face and body mask. With her dedication to community and her customers, Elizabeth succeeds not only in making her business a bedrock in the Garfield business district, she effectively reaches out to the broader population as well as president of the Garfield Street Business Community, organizer of the Garfield Street Fair for the past nine years and board member on the South County Chamber of Commerce. “I truly enjoy what I do. Being able to change peoples’ lives around is so rewarding,” she said. “And when we all work together we can get so much more done. It just makes sense to do that.”

Learn more about Elizabeth’s Holistic Health Day Spa and Wellness Center at: or call (253) 537-2377.