Massage therapist Johnny has been de-stressing clients for 10 years. He specializes in deep-muscle therapy, which alleviates muscle tension and pain due to repetitive-motion injuries using pressure ranging from firm to deep. He also customizes each of his massages to fit each client’s particular injuries and ideal amount of pressure. To further relax clients, Johnny incorporates aromatherapy, plays soft music, and assures them that tax season is months away. And when not kneading clients, he teaches other massage therapists the tricks of his trade.
Just past the glittering lights of Portland's Harbor Bridge lies Heaven's Touch Massage Therapy, whose owner wields dexterous digits and more than 15 years of experience in manipulating and mollifying sore, tense musculature. The quiet space welcomes guests through early evening on some weeknights and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, enabling clients to partake in relaxation without having to leave work early or cancel lunch meetings with plates of mashed potatoes.
Lihua Yang began her study of traditional Chinese medicine during her formative years in China, before moving to America and deepening her knowledge of hands-on therapy by learning Western massage. Li now specializes in reflexology, applying precision pressure to various points on the body, such as the feet, hands, and head, that correspond to organs such as the heart and liver. The process aims to bolster health and help patients overcome a vast array of illness. While Li administers her soothing treatments, padded beds, lounge chairs, or hollowed-out tree trunks cradle her patients, and sage-green and white hues surround them, helping them relax.
Licensed massage therapist Donna Murphy employs 20 years of experience, including stints with marathon elite runners and members of the Houston Ballet Company, to relax muscles with a variety of techniques including Swedish, deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and sports modalities. She can soothe the senses during kneading sessions with optional aromatherapy, which features FDA–approved Young Living Difference essential oils, specially formulated candles, and whale-song imitations. Donna also promotes youthful countenances with anti-aging facials and skin treatments.