Long before Tammy McGill became a licensed massage therapist, she kept herself busy kneading her parents' and family friends' knotted muscles. That innate talent led her to massage school, and she now relieves muscle tension on a daily basis.
Esquire named Hair M the best barber in Portland in 2010, and CitySearch followed suit two years later. The barbershop has also been featured in the New York Times, Men's Health magazine, and the nightmares of unibrows everywhere. The evidence is plain—a man can get a mean haircut at Hair M. But the business offers so much more.
An environment of rugged wood paneling punctuated with HDTVs tuned to sports channels makes the most style-phobic fellow feel welcome, and the bar serving Widmer beers and fine wines doesn't hurt either. Besides regal grooming services, Hair M performs upscale face and body treatments, and keeps a massage therapist on staff at both locations.
Many people realize their lives' passions during college. Rachel Joyce discovered hers in a car accident. Rachel studied public relations and advertising in school, but after graduating, she was unable to find a job that she felt comfortable in. It wasn’t until she received her first professional massage to treat pains related to a car accident that she enrolled in the Oregon School of Massage to get licensed and start her own practice. As the owner of TouchWorks Massage, Rachel, along with her team, tends to aches, pains, and injuries through massage therapies that include deep kneads, soothing strokes, and Morse-code lullabies.
Clients at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa receive a completely customized service, down to the lighting and sound levels that transform treatment rooms into relaxing oases. As they tuck into the clean linens that bedeck heated tables, they divulge their chronic aches to massage therapists or their skin concerns to aestheticians. With each visit, the staff updates a client’s regimen so that a treatment remains effective in soothing aches or clean pores that are terrified of extractions.
At Yora Massage, the massage therapists work to relieve joint and muscle issues with two steps: they massage the soft tissue and manipulate the joint itself. Based on Dr. James Cyriax's practice of transverse friction massage, the staff's techniques are designed to break down fiber adhesions and restore the muscle's proper shape, so clients don't have to seek out muscle-shaped Jell-O molds. The therapists work on the surface layer of muscles as well as into their deeper strata while oscillating the joints. In doing so, they can recover a muscle's functionality, rather than just relieving its pain.
Founder Jane finds it imperative to treat both body and spirit, and works to holistically usher each person toward wellness through more than one channel. She and her fellow massage therapists call upon a variety of tools while they work, using the vibrational and ionic properties of stones, Himalayan salt, and essential oils to help simultaneously heal and release stress. The goal at Lavender Stone Massage, LLC is for clients to leave healthier, detoxified, pain-free, and unburdened with voodoo curses.