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Be Well - Inside & out: Hand and Stone

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Kevin Byrne knows what it’s like to need some relaxation. With a life in banking and financing, Byrne took to monthly massages for health reasons. Finding a passion for the art, when the time came to switch careers, he opened a Hand and Stone massage franchise in Kent nearly four years ago. Last July, Byrne opened a second location in University Place at 3904 Bridgeport Way W.
Now U.P. residents have Hand and Stone’s various services right in their back yard. Customers are encouraged to create a custom session with services that run the gamut from massages, to facials, to hair removal.
A signature aspect of Hand and Stone is the hot stone service. Various hot stones are used throughout a massage to heat up muscle tissue in the customer.
“The purpose of that is that warmth will break up individual muscle tissue, so you get a deeper service and have those individual muscles relax much better because that heat takes away that individual tension,” Byrne said.
Contrasted with that is Hand and Stone’s unique cold-stone face massage. The service begins with a hot towel on the customers face to open up pores. Then stones cooled in an ice bucket are applied. The service is intended to help those who suffer from migraines, and to help relieve that sinus process.
Hand and Stone also offers a hair removal procedure. While other businesses offer waxes, Byrne and his team use a soy-based product to make the experience more pleasant.
“The purpose of the soy is that in a wax you put it on the strip and as its cooling, it’s pulling the moisture out of the skin and then you peel that off and the skin’s dry and you wind up with little red bumps. Soy doesn’t dry so it doesn’t pull moisture out of skin, and you avoid those bumps,” Byrne said.
Of course, all of these services are just a small part of what Hand and Stone provides, and are overseen by top-quality employees who have the knowledge to make guests feel comfortable and get them what they need.
“The quality of the service and the quality of the message therapist is why you should come to us,” Byrne said. “The quality and the knowledge. “
Anyone is welcome to schedule an appointment at Hand and Stone, but the business also provides a month-to-month membership that provides a substantial discount to individual services.
Hand and Stone is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the University Place location, call (253) 444-6995. The Kent location, found at Kent Station, can be reached at (253) 813-8011. For online information, visit

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