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.
Massage Heights Wildflower Village’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint is evident in all aspects of the business. Rechargeable, battery-operated faux candles set a relaxing air during sessions, the walls sport coats of VOC-free paint, and the staff even uses biodegradable lotions and oils during their massages and facial treatments. The staff keeps the facilities pristine with non-toxic cleaning supplies and separate bins for recycling paper, plastic, and exhaled air. This commitment to green practices grants clients even greater peace of mind as they loosen up during massage services customized according to their unique physical needs or facials attuned to address a wide range of skin care concerns.
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.
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.
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.
With personalized facials and diamond-tip microdermabrasion wands, aesthetician Ashley skillfully refreshes visages. Her services smooth fine lines, and diminish the appearance of blemishes on the face. Below the neck, she applies green-tea body wraps to detoxify and shave off inches. Ashley also coats skin with an airbrush-tanning formula and waxes off unwanted hair on the body and its shadow.