When David Obando was 16 years old, he weighed 240 pounds and had a body fat percentage of 28%. Something had to give. With the help of a new workout routine and a change in diet, he was able to lose and keep off more than 60 pounds. Today, David is a certified personal trainer and massage therapist, as well as a master Pilates instructor and corrective exercise specialist. In the comfort of his private studio, clients can solicit David for weight loss advice and athletic performance enhancement, or request a therapeutic massage with flowing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue pressure.
As a licensed massage therapist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, Jennifer Buys uses her varied skill set to alleviate patients? aches and pains, from sore backs to allergies to carpal tunnel syndrome. On any given day, she eases ailments with hair-thin acupuncture needles and mixes Chinese herbs. Her massage techniques range from deep-tissue kneading that unknots tense muscles to reflexology treatments that focus solely on the soles.
At Andrea Banks, LMT, licensed massage therapist Andrea Banks kneads tense musculature, drawing upon four varied massage modalities to soothe individual aches and pains. Before the treatment, clients relax in the waiting area and chase away thoughts of upcoming meetings or bare-knuckle boxing matches with warm cups of complimentary tea or cider. Then Andrea ushers bodies into a private treatment room, where she alleviates chronic pain with the direct pressure and targeted strokes of the deep-tissue or trigger-point technique. The Swedish technique lulls patrons into a blissful trance with gentle gliding strokes, and the lymph drainage technique stimulates the immune system and eliminates metabolic waste. Throughout the session, Andrea employs an array of organic and local oils and lotions to soothe skin and leave bodies as soft as a teddy bear's afro.
It’s 2008 and Tobie Theis is thinking about her next move. For 15 years she’s been sharpening her hair- and nail-styling skills while working in a number of different salons. But, she wants the autonomy to fulfill her potential and make her vision for a salon real. Together with her husband Joe, the two set off to finally achieve a mutual lifelong dream: owning their own salon.
Since that bold step, Tobie has overseen the blossoming of Eden's Apple Salon & Day Spa into a full-service beauty oasis that offers everything from haircuts and extensions to massages and tanning. Within three months, Tobie and Joe had completely renovated the interior of the salon, filling it out with arched thresholds, shelves full of salon products, and a wall-sized mural of a beautiful woman. In time, her team also grew, now including eight hairstylists, two aestheticians, a licensed massage therapist, a nail technician, and the woman in the mural—whose large eyes can spot any aesthetic imperfections.
Innerhealth’s staff of physicians and licensed acupuncturists treats medical and psychological conditions while stressing the beneficial effects of holistic treatments and organic products. Guiding the practice is Dr. Angela Pfaffenberger, a PhD in psychology who has 20 years of experience in the Oriental medicine field. Also a teacher at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, she has twice presented her research at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention and regularly has her academic work published in peer-reviewed journals and coloring books. Dr. Pfaffenberger and staff help clients feel better through microcurrent facial rejuvenation, acupuncture, psychotherapy, and weight-loss management based around each individual’s unique needs.
Signature Service: Massage and Detoxifying Steam Bath
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
Draped with exotic textiles, 20-foot ceilings, and an exposed brick wall, my clinic has an Old World charm that is also uncluttered and clean.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
My products are all handmade and organic. Putting my extensive herbal knowledge to use, I formulate each oil, steam, and powder to meet my clients' specific needs.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I began my career as a clinical herbalist. I wanted to offer my services to a wider audience, so I became a licensed massage therapist (#20414). My knowledge of Chinese medicine deepens what I am able to achieve through massage.