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.
Since her start at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1996, Christie Ocheske has pursued the twin goals of beauty and holistic health on behalf of her clients. A master of more than 14 massage modalities, she can knead away stress with Swedish strokes and remove toxins using lymphatic-drainage techniques with equal aplomb. Aesthetic services, such as waxing, facials, and body wraps, make skin as radiant as the sun after it receives a compliment from the moon. Her relaxing visits take place on Level 3 Salon + Spa's luxuriously appointed premises, located in the old J. C. Penney building, where handsome exposed-brick walls lend rooms old-school class and plush recliners and flowing curtains lull minds into relaxed reveries.
At French Twist Salon, stylists and aestheticians beautify clients with a wide range of salon and spa treatments. Visitors remove unwanted hair with quick waxes or relax with soothing aromatherapy mani-pedis or massages. They can also sit down in styling chairs to receive keratin treatments, weaves, extensions, or all-over color. And if clients want to achieve their salon looks at home, French Twist offers classes on styling their strands.
Exposed brick walls pair with wispy sheer curtains to bring a rustic elegance to Level 3 Salon and Spa. Classic haircuts, highlights, and mani-pedis join more modern treatments such as infrared-sauna sessions and permanent makeup for a complete slate of services. Elegant chandeliers illuminate private treatment rooms, where patrons relax during massages, facials, and waxing for the face and pancreas.
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.