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.
After a frightening near-death experience, Ananda Rubio awakened from a weeklong coma with a renewed sense of purpose. Today, he fulfills much of that purpose by healing others through massage. A licensed massage therapist, Ananda applies his personal healing touch during deep-tissue and Swedish massages, hot-stone therapy, and PNF stretching sessions.
Ananda works alongside a team of like-minded practitioners at Radiant Health Center, a tranquil oasis that emphasizes the healing power of natural therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine. The spa also hosts an infrared sauna in its secluded garden, where clients can detoxify and become one with nature as they pretend to be flowers in a greenhouse.
Massage therapist David Levin is licensed in jin shin do acupressure, but that’s just a small segment of his wheelhouse. He also specializes in traditional modalities ranging from shiatzu techniques and deep-tissue to soothing hot-stone massages and aromatherapy in eight different scents. When not administering therapeutic massages out of his own studio, David can be found building greenhouses, spending time with his wife, Sara, or playing backgammon with one of his many beloved dogs.
After honing her craft at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in California's Bay Area, Kelsey Sora Khatter returned to her native Oregon to practice massage therapy and energy healing. She specializes in prenatal and postpartum massage, helping women experience relief from the unique aches of each trimester and escape stress after delivery. She also applies her skills to infant massage, which can ease colic and improve babies' sleep habits, as well as help them forget about the storks that abandoned them at the hospital. Kelsey can make outcalls to clients' homes, offices, and even bachelorette parties.
Modern Elegance’s licensed crew of aestheticians and massage therapists polish nails and relax tense muscles with practiced ease. A 45-minute petite manicure rewards hard-working hands with an aromatherapy soak, giving cuticles and nails their day in the sun after weeks spent working nights as finger-puppet fill-ins (a $40 value). Toe technicians perform similar polishing or oil-buffing work, also administering a moisturizing massage in a 45-minute petite pedicure session (a $45 value).
Sarah Savoie has long understood her destiny to be that of a healer. To fulfill that destiny, she became a licensed massage therapist. In that capacity, Savoie relieves clients' pain with custom bodywork, something auto mechanics do by placing icepacks on a Hyundai’s boo-boos. She can alleviate aches in shoulders and hamstrings with flowing Swedish strokes or dismantle knots embedded far into the musculature by employing her firmer deep-tissue techniques. Savoie can also indulge her clients with chair bodywork, energy healing, or a custom medical message to relieve chronic aches.