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O Mercer s an Pd PORTER Wednesday, December 15, 2004 A3 un If you're feeling drea- ry during the gray days of winter, Island resi- dent Scott Swerland may have just the thing to get you warm and smiling again. Swerland has just opened a 4,500 square foot tanning salon called Seattle Sun Tan in Bellevue, in the lower lev- el of Masins Fumiture on Main Street. "I think we're the largest tanning salon in the Pacific Northwest," said Swerland. "We do have the best, state-of-the-art equip- ment for tanning that I know of." The 26-room facility has a va- riety of tanning beds that tan on on a variety of levels and how long tanners chose to soak in the artifi- cial sunshine of the bed. Swerland also has several UV-free spray-tan- ning booths that coat clients with di- hydroxy acetone, which is made from sugar cane extract and aloe vera, for a tan in 45 seconds from 10 spray nozzles. The booths are computer controlled and futuris- tic, with automatic doors and a computerized voice telling tanners when to close theft eyes and when their session is complete. Swerland said his entrepreneurial skills are genetic; his grandfather owns and operates Jay Jacobs men's clothiers, and his father was pres- ident of that business for many years, until he decided to help his son found a women's clothing store in Bellevue called "Savvy." D E A N N ROSSETTI "I'm a serial entre- preneur;' said Swerland. "I started my first busi- ness on Mercer Island, Scott's Auto and Boat Detail, when I was go- ing to Mercer Island High School in 1989." Swerland sold his home on Mercer Island to help finance his new tanning salon, and the ac- quisition of Aloha Tan, which added a roster of 5,000 clients to his data- base. "Thirty-five million people in the U.S. tan in indoor tanning facilities," said Swerland. "It's better than going outdoors and burning yourself, which is where skin damage oc- curs. If you tan indoors, you get a base tan in a regulated amount of time so you don't bum, and won't burn if you go out into the sun" Swerland also points to the need for vitamin D in sunlight to alle- viate depression and seasonal af- fective disorder (SAD). "Indoor tanning is natural and good for you. Thirty percent of our patrons tan for SAD or because they need the vitamin D that it's hard to get in this area this time of year," he said. "It's really cool for me to be involved in a business in which clients come in feeling sad and leave feeling much happier." The walls of Seattle Sun Tan are covered with stunning works of glass art and acrylic paintings that Swerland acquired through DOWNTOWN & AROUND TOWN on Mercer offers the Authentic Pilates ex~tle~e righf here on Mercer Island. This unique | worko~ wiI strengthen your core, improve your II A q~,~e 0n#increase flexibility i # iS for all ages, all abilities. semi-p,vate sessions on the well as mat classes. Cell us af ~t' visit www.pilotesonmercer.com for | Easy Parking Just North of 1100 BELLEVUE WAYNE. BELLEVUE. 425-455-2126 Bellevue Square with their nerves on fire from an injury or they' re upset about some- thing, this therapy is a good way of getting them centered and quiet, and shortens recovery lime if they've been in an accident." Rogan charges $70 per hour for self-regulation therapy and $65 an hour for massage therapy, but noted that she's willing to work with peo- ple on her fees, Rogan is at the Island Health Clinic 3 to 8 p.m Mondays, 1 to 8 p.m.Thursdays and other times by appointment. She can be reached at 425-503-4278. Seattle Sun Tan owner Scott Swerland reclines in a Vortex 924HP Swerland opened the tanning salon in Bellevue two months ago. Julie Pefia/Mercer Island Reporter high-pressure tanning bed. his wife, who was Dale Chilhuly's a week, at 10708 Main Street in by twitching or jerking," she said. personal assistant for years. A plas- Bellevue. For more information "But if they had a human brain, ma screen TV in the waiting area call 425-454-2700. they'd retain that stress in their shows concert footage of various nervous system, resulting in in- artists. Seattle Sun Tan also car- Self-regulation therapist somnia, depression memory im- ries 30 different types of moistur- pairment or anxiety." izing and sun tanning lotions. Gloria Rogan, a registered coun- If the body is a container, said "People come in here and say selor and licensed massage thera- Rogan, a person who has experi- 'wow' because they dorl't expect it pist has opened a self-regulation enced trauma has a full container. to be this artsy" he said "But I want- therapy practice at Island Health, at "My job is to slowly empty the ed it to be a place where people come 2448 76th Ave. S.E upstairs from Wall Street Clothiers. container so you can handle life" to relax and I wanted to create an she said. "We work not in the event, environment of extreme value." According to Rogan, the self- but with what's in your body, and Seattle Sun Tan is a member- regulation system was developed I guide people through exercises." ship salon, with memberships start- by two Canadian physicians who Though she is a massage ther- watched animals respond to threats apist, Rogan said she may only ing at $24.95 per month for un- in the wild. limited tanning. The salon is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days "They (animals) remove stress touch the head or feet of the trau- ma victim as they work to re-reg- ulate their nervous system. "I do combine my therapies in a subtle way" she said. "If I no- tice a massage patient comes in Special Introductory Package 4 Private Sessions for $180 A Savings of $80 Mercer Island Physical Therapy moves Mercer Island Physical Therapy has moved from its offices at 3236 78th Ave. S.E. to 7900 S.E. 28th St suite 102 in the Washington Mutual Building. "We decided to take over the space when Seattle Escrow moved because we've been growing and we needed more space," said Doug Free, who holds a doctorate in phys- ical therapy and operates MIPT. "It was a better location for us with ground-floor access, and it allowed us to put in a 500 square-foot hard- wood floor for yoga classes." Free said he'd noticed a need for special classes because he had clients who wanted to do yoga, but were injured or had physical prob- lems that prevented them from go- ing to a regular class. A yoga class, taught by physical therapist Sara Shameman, will begin in January. Shameman will be able to adapt yoga moves so those who are injured can still participate. Mercer Island Physical Therapy can be reached at 232-9045. Bob Tutland founded M1PT in 1985, and runs another physical therapy clinic in Bellevue. 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