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.
Leaving something behind can be an unsettling experience, unless that something is stress. Licensed massage therapist Jennifer Locke brings about this happy occurrence with her roster of massages, Reiki sessions, and ionic foot baths. She also hosts classes for couple?s massage and aromatherapy, which uses nine different essential oils to help detoxify the body.
Licensed massage therapist Mike Blackmore moves his patients toward improved health with a variety of therapeutic techniques. Blackmore specializes in rehabilitation for athletes, using skills honed over more than a decade to help them to overcome injuries and manage the physical stress caused by muscle overuse.
The reiki experts at Global Community Wellness help their clients recover from illness, eliminate stress, and bring balance to their lives. Additionally, they lead reiki workshops, which teach people the secrets of energy fields and healing others.
The aestheticians at Salon 21 soothe chafed cheeks, chapped chins, and generally vexed visages with customized facials using Dermalogica products matched to skin types. The one-hour European facial kicks off with a pore-polishing cleanse and then it banishes roving free radicals with an antioxidant hydration treatment. An exfoliating massage sloughs off last season's out-of-style cells, and the facial mask offers the perfect disguise for a ball. Arms and hands emit a relaxed sigh during a massage, delicate peeper and kisser areas soak up a special salve, and skin is left rejuvenated and dewy like a newborn baby resting in a front yard. Clients with specific conditions, such as acne or a permanent-marker mustache, receive a treatment tailored to their needs.
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).