From the street, Spa Sass? is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.
Aesthetician Emi Horvath shares a close connection with her craft. During facial treatments at her spa, the staff exclusively uses organic skincare products by Ilike, a company based in Emi's native country, Hungary. The products are infused with fruit pulp and herbs to help nourish skin naturally. The paprika facial treatment, for instance, uses a paprika-infused gel to trigger blood flow, detoxify pores, and leave skin with a radiant glow.
The spa also offers waxing services, including eyebrow and bikini waxes. For those clients seeking full-body indulgence, the spa staff performs a variety of relaxing body treatments. The salt glow treatment sloughs off dead skin and seals in moisture with natural rose-petal lotion. Alternatively, the hot-stone back facial exfoliates pores and soothes sore muscles with the help of heated stones and retired pet rocks.
At Moon Dance Wellness, Sefana Wilde works with clients from the inside out to help them forge a path toward total-body health. As a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she trained in more than 100 dietary theories before crafting a unique dietary approach based on bio-individuality and balanced food intake. Her wellness-counseling practice also helps her clients become more aware of the attention they bring to exterior factors such as relationships, career, and spiritual awareness. To help the body further mend, therapeutic swedish, thai, and ayurvedic massages are available, as well as private healing movement therapy sessions.
A massage table, a chair, the floor?thanks to her mastery of shiatsu, Laughing Swan Massage's Jill Pex can perform a soothing massage nearly anywhere. And shiatsu is only one of the modalities in Jill's wheelhouse, which includes myofascial release, a therapy that focuses on improving muscle mobility, pain, and blood flow that she studied under its developer, John Barnes. Licensed since 1994, the Oregon School of Massage graduate's meticulous kneading bolsters energy, reduces soreness, and increases alertness. She even restores emotional balance with reiki, unburdening patrons of intense stresses.
Timothy Nelson, the licensed acupuncturist behind Ancient Fern Medicine, blends Eastern and Western healing techniques to treat issues that range from back pain to trouble getting out of bed in the morning. He and his team of specialists place delicate acupuncture needles at key points on the body to redirect the flow of energy, restoring health. Shiatsu massage, herbal medicine, and craniosacral bodywork are a few of their other specialties.
When you get a massage from Kathrine Gutierrez, owner of Healing Touch PDX, it isn’t just her Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques that relax you; every element of the experience seems designed to create a peaceful experience. Inside her private massage room, clients lay on a massage table covered in white linens and a red microfiber blanket. While Kathrine kneads away knots, candles flicker in the corner and a stone fountain trickles next to a Japanese rice-paper screen.