Advice: Go to the Spa!

Experts weigh in on the importance of caring for your mind, body, and spirit during this busy time.

0712-advise-from-zhangZ Zhang

Owner, Yuan Spa

It was primarily Bellevue’s well-reputed school district that brought Z Zhang to the Eastside from her native China eight years ago, but she also guessed that our cold and rainy environment would be an ideal location in which to set up the type of spa she had known in her home country. She spent more than two years developing Yuan, her third spa in the Northwest.


Q| Hydrotherapy is a key treatment element at your spa. What should engaged couples know about its benefits?
Our hot soaking tubs help relax muscles and calm the body and mind while softening skin. The eucalyptus in the steam room is antibacterial and antiviral, so in combination with the cedar steam room it helps clear out the respiratory system. Diets filled with excess animal-protein fats, caffeine, alcohol, and chemicals hinder proper functioning of cells and tissues, but the process of sweating out toxins in the steam and sauna rooms can help revitalize and restore optimum functioning. Heat also dilates your arteries and veins, lowering blood pressure and allowing for better sleep. Hydrotherapy is complete with a dip in the cool saltwater pool; cool water is credited with increasing circulation by bringing blood to the capillaries, strengthening the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, eliminating toxins, and strengthening membranes that help resist fever, allergies, colds, and coughs. Inside to outside you will look and feel better.


Heat dilates your arteries and veins, lowering blood pressure and allowing for better sleep.


Q| A body scrub is also one of your signatures. Why are scrubs important?
In China we go for weekly body scrubs, especially when we are feeling run-down. These are family, even communal events. Our Chinese body scrub opens clogged pores and removes excess oils and dead cells while invigorating the skin, which is the body’s largest organ. The epidermis really benefits from this renewel process, and traditional Asian scrub mitts leave your entire body feeling clean, soft, and smooth.

Q| Engaged couples have plenty of responsibilities and appointments to keep up with before the wedding. Why should they make spa treatments a priority?
Visiting a spa before the wedding can be very symbolic in that couples can refresh and cleanse before starting this new and exciting chapter. Spa treatments allow couples to ground themselves and clear their minds so they can be truly present on one of the most memorable days of their lives.


Courtesy Yuan Spa

When choosing a spa Find one that approaches health in a holistic manner rather than a “get them in and out” attitude.

Favorite facial Our 60-minute Ultimate Facial Face Lift uses state-of-the-art microcurrent technology to tone, lift, firm, and reeducate tired muscles.

Words to remember Allow yourself to decompress before the big day; this brings you back to what is really important.