A trip to Kelly Ard’s studio, located inside Fortier Chiropractic, reveals a lone massage table in the center of a private room decorated with Asian-inspired artwork. An upward glance reveals Kelly’s secret weapons: four parallel bars suspended from the ceiling. This unconventional setup allows Kelly to put her hands and feet to work during deeply relaxing massages. The bars help her balance as she uses her feet and heels to apply extra-deep pressure during ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai massage. In addition to specialty modalities, she also performs traditional styles such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage.
Fully licensed and certified (LMT #12074), Kelly received more than 500 hours of classroom instruction in the areas of anatomy, physiology, and pathology as a massage-therapy student at Lane Community College and has personally performed more than 2,500 hours of massage. Though clients may enjoy the serenity and seclusion of her studio, Kelly also travels to perform chair massages at local business, organizations, and furniture warehouses that sell stressed-out chairs.
Certified massage therapist Tressa Glaser, an Oregonian since 1999, mastered her craft at Lane Community College in Eugene. Now, she shares her skills with clients at Level 3 Salon & Spa. She brings massage recipients to a state of physical and mental relaxation with soothing strokes, gentle kneading, and warm stones. Add-ons such as skin-softening paraffin treatments complete the spa experience.
Licensed massage therapists and technicians at The Gentle Dragon shepherd clients toward holistic health with knot-defying massage and an on-site apothecary stocked with botanical products. During the integrated holistic massage, therapists address individual muscle aches with a combination of flowing effleurage strokes, deep-tissue techniques, and stress eviction notices tapped in Morse code. Strong hands glide over tense areas on a wave of aromatic essential oils, stimulating circulation and kneading toxins from their muscular hideouts. Then therapists wind an herbal poultice around clients’ necks before picking out reflex points on the hands, feet, and ears with gentle squeezes and a swinging searchlight. Each reflex point corresponds to a specific organ function or muscle, triggering full-body relaxation and greater overall health.
As a child, Aimee Murphy began her career massaging her dad's feet for a quarter a piece. Understandably, the price has increased since then, but so has her passion for healing touch. Aimee contends that there are few things more powerful than touch, often using Reiki during sessions at her private Medicina Massage & Bodywork studio.
Whether it's for preventative medicine or in conjunction with more conventional forms of healthcare, Aimee works closely with clients to ensure deep-tissue and ashiatsu techniques are tailored to the individual. By using the ashiatsu foot-pressure techniques, Aimee can reach lower-layer muscles and weigh herself on the scales that are often tattooed on clients' backs.
Her massages take place on a table equipped with a FAR-infrared bio mat that further soothes muscles, detoxifies the body, and boosts circulation, and she employs therapeutic-grade essential oils, as well. For those who want to learn more about the oils, Aimee teaches complimentary classes on using them for health purposes, cleansing, and calming the senses.
Throughout his career, licensed massage therapist Kevin McLellan has been blending eastern and western techniques. While he was mastering western bodywork traditions, he also practiced acupressure, qi gong, and Judo?in fact, he's now a black belt.
At his massage studio, however, Kevin concentrates on just two modalities: Swedish and shiatsu massage. The treatments might vary in pressure and philosophy, but they share many similar benefits, including alleviated stress, reduced pain, and a better understanding of what it's like to be bread dough.
Although Andrea McCullough is a relative newcomer to the profession of massage therapy, she has been leading a life focused on mind-body connection since childhood. Formal dance lessons and dance meditation have taught her the importance of being present in your own body, which she relates to creating comfort and relaxation during massage therapy.