Although Andrea McCullough is a relative newcomer to the profession of massage therapy, she has been leading a life focused on mind-body connection since childhood. Formal dance lessons and dance meditation have taught her the importance of being present in your own body, which she relates to creating comfort and relaxation during massage therapy.
Signature Service: Massage and Detoxifying Steam Bath
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
Draped with exotic textiles, 20-foot ceilings, and an exposed brick wall, my clinic has an Old World charm that is also uncluttered and clean.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
My products are all handmade and organic. Putting my extensive herbal knowledge to use, I formulate each oil, steam, and powder to meet my clients' specific needs.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I began my career as a clinical herbalist. I wanted to offer my services to a wider audience, so I became a licensed massage therapist (#20414). My knowledge of Chinese medicine deepens what I am able to achieve through massage.
As a teenager, Brad Hogle suffered from many health problems—from pounding headaches and chronic vertigo to weak ligaments, he was rarely comfortable. After visiting numerous doctors' offices and seeing little improvement, his lifelong interest in martial arts led him to research Eastern therapies. With this knowledge, he developed a set of daily stretches and exercises that helped him overcome his ailments. A new believer in the potency of alternative healing practices, Brad then went on to become a licensed massage therapist and open Vibe Shiatsu in 2011.
All of his treatments begin with an assessment that involves closely examining each client. By noticing the way a person breathes, as well as their arm, leg and spine movements, Hogle is able to predict the best way to release large amounts of tension. Alternatively, an assessment may also show him where to direct his focus, so that he may help heal an overlooked area. To complement Hogle's massage therapy, Vibe Shiatsu's decor exudes a professional-yet-peaceful aura, where sleek off-white walls bear photography by one of Brad's friends and finger paintings by big-name CEOs.
The seasoned muscle and spine specialists at Eugene Wellness Center champion whole-body wellness with a bevy of stress-relieving and ailment-assuaging services. During the one-hour raindrop therapy massage, customers can unwind amid soft lighting and invigorating aromas while muscle menders rub essential oils into their feet, back, shoulders, neck, and dorsal fins, chasing away tension and banishing aches.
Licensed massage therapist Karen McAlpine specializes in a unique form of barefoot massage known as ashiatsu. With the aid of oil and two support bars above the treatment table, she applies deep pressure to the dense muscles of the back and shoulders using the balls of her feet, heels, and toes. She also offers traditional Swedish massage, hot-stone massage, and other luxurious spa treatments.
The body has the capacity to heal itself. If Kelli Scott could teach her clients at Starfire Family Clinic one thing, it would be that. Whether placing acupuncture needles along their meridians, explaining the benefits of Chinese herbs, or easing stress from their muscles with shiatsu massage, she keeps that principle in mind. But she also tries to make it stick in her clients. Throughout each of her treatments, Kelli teaches people to listen to their bodies, to note signs of disharmony, and to try to heal themselves before those imbalances grow into major problems. And yet, inspired by the holistic healing properties of ancient Chinese medicine, Kelli draws on her extensive medical-school training and time spent volunteering in Nepal as an acupuncturist to deliver thoughtful care to each of her patients.