Ladywell’s Vitality Spa & Sauna is moving into the space next door to Mud Bay in Greenwood’s Piper Village development, at 8538 1st Ave. NW. Ladywell’s hopes to open in June.
Owner Crystal Carlson and her husband, Bob, formerly owned Great Harvest Bread Co. in Ballard for 12 years, until about two years ago.
Clients will pay a fixed-price admission for use of the hot and cold pools, a cedar sauna, pink salt sauna and steam room. Ladywell’s also will offer body scrubs and massages. The spa will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. six days a week; no reservations required. Ladywell’s is for women only.
Carlson emailed us information about why she believes a spa is important to health:
Most cultures have ancient history of gathering in public steam houses as part of their routine health regimen and Hydrotherapy has a rich and picturesque history. Although U.S. day spas began to develop in the 1980s, spas are much older than that.
The term SPA comes from the Latin “Salus Per Aquam” meaning “health from water”. It is also the name of a small village in Belgium where the ancient Romans discovered hot mineral springs that relieved soldiers’ aches and pains after long marches and battles. The Finns prefer the dry hot saunas, while Turks use steam baths and the Japanese take advantage of their natural geothermal hot springs and all enjoy the quick body cooling of a cold plunge.