When muscles' fibers part ever so slightly, blood flows efficiently and healing begins. At Healing Arts Awareness, licensed massage therapist Rob Warfield creates this space within muscles by working across the fibers—a technique appropriately dubbed cross-fiber. Rob often integrates innovative methods such as cross-fiber strokes, acupressure (trigger-point work), and stretching into his massage therapy sessions, depending on whether his clients are sore from a tough week, experiencing the physical challenges of pregnancy, or dealing with chronic muscular disorders. And of course, Rob can also deploy these specialized maneuvers to boost the healing effects of more traditional Swedish, sports, and pregnancy massages. Relaxation and healing is furthered with the soothing sounds of tropical raindrops with crickets or oceanwaves crashing on shore.
Danielle brings more than a decade of experience to her salon. She specializes in men's haircuts with hot-towel treatments and scalp massages that leave fellows looking dapper and relaxed, and she offers add-on services such as beard-detailing and line-ups. The chic ivory and black decor of Minx Salon & Spa creates a welcoming environment for men and women, as well as for grand pianos looking to hide from the law.
The deluxe European facial at Truly Serene Day Spa (also know as Simple Serenity Day Spa) adequately conveys the lengths the staff members are willing to go to in order to ensure clients leave looking good and feeling relaxed. It begins with an exfoliation and a rotary brush treatment; aestheticians then apply hydrating serums to the skin, and conclude with an aromatherapy massage and a foot rub. This treatment leaves the skin tingling and glowing, but also has a soothing, calming effect upon the mind. Similarly, the facials, massages, and body wraps?think eucalyptus mint or Thai lemongrass wraps?are all designed to pamper the body and simultaneously foster feelings of well-being. Truly Serene Day Spa even features a complimentary herbal tea bar where clients can relax with tea and light appetizers before or after treatments.
When visitors walk into Dolce Vita Day Spa for the first time, it can be hard to stop staring. Gauzy curtains filter in the buttery, yellow light that dances off a full-wall mural of rocky cliffs jutting into the sea. Guests can further feast their eyes on private treatment rooms outfitted with invigorating orange walls, or Tuscan tiles, private tubs, and massage tables. They can choose from a bounty of treatments, creating a spa day with a loved one complete with champagne and couples' massages, pedicures, or facials. More targeted treatments include noninvasive anti-aging facials that turn back the clock with microdermabrasion, antioxidants, and youth-reviving story time.
For more than 10 years, massage-therapists-in-training have learned therapeutic modalities and a caring touch from seasoned teacher and Fair Oaks Massage Institute director Madonna Polley. Polley—who has more than 40 years of experience in the massage-therapy world—works alongside more than 10 instructors. They teach students in small groups and incorporate plenty of hands-on training, unlike the people who teach psychics how to read minds. Then the pupils—who must complete more than 250 hours of training to be certified—bring their knowledge to the treatment room as they practice Swedish and deep-tissue techniques on real spa clients. They focus each massage session on the spa-goer's needs and help reduce stress, relieve pains, and strengthen the immune system.
Polley brings decades of experience to the institute, from instating a massage program at Mt. Hood Community College in 1979 to founding the Fair Oaks Chiropractic & Wellness Center with her husband in 1980. But she also ensures she and her team keep their skills current through participation in continuing-education courses.
Fair Oaks Massage Institute also offers public classes and workshops that teach techniques such as reiki and cranial-sacral therapy, as well as specialty modality certifications, which include learning how to massage without wearing boxing gloves.
There are many ways to enjoy the soothing kneads that Angel Among You's massage therapist is known for. Therapist Angela Hetzel offers relaxation, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy massage. The latter is her specialty and not only helps relieve pain but also the symptoms of fibromyalgia. For anyone who can't make it into the studio due to busy schedules or their floor being turned into lava, Hetzel also offers mobile and corporate spa services at locations and offices throughout the area.