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.
Assisted by the FDA-approved CoolGuide laser, the experienced staff at Samaritan Cosmetic Services guides patients carefully through hair-reduction treatments, answering questions and addressing concerns along the way. The CoolGuide supplies each of its long, high-energy beams with fake security clearances to get past the epidermis and access hair roots. Unsuspecting follicles then absorb the laser light, converting it to heat that eliminates them but leaves surrounding cells unharmed. The CoolGuide's pulses affect only hair early in its growing cycle, but six sessions should be enough to deliver hair-free results. Like most shampoos, the CoolGuide is unable to treat blond or white hair.
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.
Andrea Nasholm’s dream as a 5-year-old to one day work in the beauty industry came to fruition when she graduated from A’Art College of Beauty in 2000. Now an experienced nail technician, Andrea files digits and covers them in regular, glitter, and Shellac polishes. Her passion is creating the perfect pedicure, which includes a mask, scrub, and two rounds of "This Little Piggy."
Aaron Meiggs grew up on a farm outside Independence, Oregon, where he had ample opportunity to work with his hands, an opportunity he loved. Then one day, a severe car accident left his lifestyle in ruin. On good days, Aaron was uncomfortable; the bad days were excruciating. It was only through a therapeutic process called Rolfing structural integration that Aaron's functionality was restored. Rolfing mitigates trauma in connective tissues to help align the body and ease chronic tension. Now Aaron has found a new use for his hands, healing others out of his own Rolfing studio.
Doctor of Chiropractic Patrick Owen counts eight chiropractic techniques among his services, including the Diversified and activator method. He employs them at Healthy Back Chiropractic for patients who suffer from aches or are scared their skeletons will be rusty for next Halloween. Massage therapist Jamie Reinertson can dole out deep-tissue, Swedish, and oncological massage kneads.