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.
At Solar Beach Tanning, Hair, and Nails, a quartet of beauty professionals transform heads into stylish works of art, accomplishing everything from bridal updos to elaborate clipper-rendered designs. They also cut kids? hair and apply extensions using Babe hair. As stylists do their thing, a nail tech buffs, polishes, and paints custom designs as massage therapists work out sinewy knots and tanning specialists oversee high- and low-pressure bed- and spray-tanning procedures. The team can also perform waxing treatments and apply contouring infrared body wraps.
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.
The workplace can be a source of stress for anyone. That's why licensed massage therapist Karl Jensen carts his portable massage chair to his clients’ offices or homes to unwind knotted muscles with 15-minute bursts of massage for groups of 4 to 12 people. When not on the move, he parks his equipment in a private treatment room, where clients relax on a massage table as he paints relaxation across physical canvases with gentle Swedish strokes. He also hunts down extra-stubborn muscles with deep-tissue techniques and integrates a number of styles to create custom massages.
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.