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.
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.
Smooth, heated river rocks and fragrant aromatherapy oils augment therapeutic strokes at QuickSilver Massage Service. Inside her private treatment room, the therapist sprinkles these relaxation tools over a menu of Swedish, deep-tissue, and lomi-lomi massages, tailoring each session in accordance with the client's needs. As a result, each massage is as unique as a snowflake's fingerprint?as are the Eastern energy techniques such as Reiki that she's mastered during her 14 years of experience.
Malee Meador makes her clients' skin look luminous at Utopia Salon. In addition to refurbishing faces with custom facials and crystal-free diamond microdermabrasions that slough off dead skin cells, she polishes and massages backs with aromatherapy back facials using natural essential oils. Moroccan smoothing body wraps restore all-over glows to clients' figures with the help of a full-body salt scrub, warm mud, and a soothing moisturizer.
Sarah Hicks, owner of The Owl Massage & Spa LLC, helms a staff of skilled therapists who uncoil tense sinews with massages that incorporate techniques from around the world. When they aren’t alleviating stress or mending injuries with Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages, Sarah and her fellow specialists tend to bodies with the ashiatsu method, a Japanese technique remarkable for its reliance on bare feet rather than hands. When employing this technique—which feels somewhat like a much deeper Swedish massage—the therapists balance themselves on clients' backs by grasping an overhead ceiling bar before carefully walking across sore muscles. Aside from these private massage sessions, The Owl's therapists teach massage techniques to couples and host game-day parties for University of Oregon football fans tense from watching third-down conversions or hoisting sports-drink coolers to pour on the fans seated in front of them.
Dawn and Troy share more than just their marriage—they’re both licensed massage therapists and owners of Momentum Therapies. As a family and a business, they infuse warmth and hospitality into their healing sessions. While guests relax on thermotherapeutic BioMats––which are included with every treatment––Troy can promote relaxation and relieve pain from back, neck, and sciatic problems with his signature trigger-point-based integrative massage, or Dawn can access lower-layer aches with her custom blend of myofascial bodywork.