Throughout his career, licensed massage therapist Kevin McLellan has been blending eastern and western techniques. While he was mastering western bodywork traditions, he also practiced acupressure, qi gong, and Judo?in fact, he's now a black belt.
At his massage studio, however, Kevin concentrates on just two modalities: Swedish and shiatsu massage. The treatments might vary in pressure and philosophy, but they share many similar benefits, including alleviated stress, reduced pain, and a better understanding of what it's like to be bread dough.
As a licensed massage therapist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, Jennifer Buys uses her varied skill set to alleviate patients? aches and pains, from sore backs to allergies to carpal tunnel syndrome. On any given day, she eases ailments with hair-thin acupuncture needles and mixes Chinese herbs. Her massage techniques range from deep-tissue kneading that unknots tense muscles to reflexology treatments that focus solely on the soles.
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.
Exposed brick walls pair with wispy sheer curtains to bring a rustic elegance to Level 3 Salon and Spa. Classic haircuts, highlights, and mani-pedis join more modern treatments such as infrared-sauna sessions and permanent makeup for a complete slate of services. Elegant chandeliers illuminate private treatment rooms, where patrons relax during massages, facials, and waxing for the face and pancreas.
Certified massage therapist Tressa Glaser, an Oregonian since 1999, mastered her craft at Lane Community College in Eugene. Now, she shares her skills with clients at Level 3 Salon & Spa. She brings massage recipients to a state of physical and mental relaxation with soothing strokes, gentle kneading, and warm stones. Add-ons such as skin-softening paraffin treatments complete the spa experience.
Licensed massage therapist Janet Shelton has been giving massages “since before I can remember,” she says. At first, these were mostly casual sessions for her twin sister, who “was born asking for a massage.” But as Shelton grew up, she came to take her hobby more seriously. Coming from a family of nurses, she “always want[ed] to do something to help people,” and with its positive impacts on injury recovery, therapeutic massage seemed to fit the bill.
Since then, Shelton has supplemented her massage-therapy license with work experience in chiropractic offices and spas. Depending on a client’s needs, she can perform an active clinical massage with stretching and feedback or gently knead for a soothing, quiet experience. No matter the modality, clients can bring in their own music on an iPod and breathe in the scents of botanical oils Shelton blends by hand.