At Jade Integrated Health's brand-new Fore Street location, John and Nancy Charlebois mix the old with the new. Inside the renovated space, this duo combines practices that range from traditional Chinese herbology to advanced physical therapy. John and Nancy tend to divvy up the work based on their own particular interests. John is a licensed acupuncturist and the resident herbalist who creates formulations from Jade Integrated Health's herbal pharmacy. A licensed physical therapist, Nancy takes a particular interest in helping women through pregnancy-related issues. She offers therapy for those who have undergone cesarean sections, leads pool therapy exercises for pregnant and postpartum individuals at the Portland YMCA, and can help women deal with pain associated with carrying a child.
With more than 23 years of experience, Decran J. Gulesian has had plenty of time to refine his muscle-soothing capabilities. During sessions, he draws from four types of therapeutic and relaxing massages, including deep tissue, Swedish, and myoskeletal alignment—a technique that relieves pain by correcting posture and removing dumbbell-loaded backpacks. As owner of Knead A Break, Decran also travels to places of business to relieve work-related soreness with chair massages.
Since receiving his license in 2009, massage therapist John Lamontagne hasn’t stopped adding skills and styles to his treatment arsenal. His specialties include gentle Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and reflexology, wherein he presses specific points on the feet to alleviate stress body-wide. Throughout his career, Lamontagne has used his skills to treat a range of clients, from those simply seeking relaxation to those with chronic neck and back issues to those suffering from sciatica and cerebral palsy.
Crystal Roberts views the massages she performs at Harmonic Energy not just as a therapeutic means of treating aches, pains, and curses but also as a preventative measure. Armed with a diploma from Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook and a massage-therapist license, she kneads muscles with a range of different techniques in her second-floor studio. She customizes sessions to each client's unique needs, hoping to render them more relaxed and healthier—unlike being in a hospital run by Tasmanian devils.
Named Portland's best massage studio by Portland Phoenix readers in 2010, Ove tempers stressed tendons with therapeutic massages, energizing yoga, and a welcoming atmosphere. The 40-minute relaxation massage begins with a coat of raw sesame oil, which softens the skin and summons blissful images of slow dancing with a giant Nutter Butter candy bar ($50). Next a seasoned therapist eases aches and pains with the long, gentle strokes of a 60-minute swedish massage ($75). The 75-minute specialty massage combines restorative myofascial-release techniques and the yoga-like stretches of thai massage, helping jaw muscles unclench and neck stiffness fade ($100). Guests wound tighter than baseballs feel knots melt during the 90-minute shiatsu massage, which combines deep-tissue bodywork and japanese acupressure ($115).
At Portland Massage Associates, licensed massage therapists Stephen Potts and Linda Dillingham call upon their respective backgrounds in personal training and neurological rehabilitation to loosen rigid musculature with a variety of massage techniques. Stephen began to hone his muscle-mending abilities at a young age, rolling Legos across the backs of stressed playpals and kneading away lumps of cotton in his teddy bears. Linda’s training also goes back quite a way, encompassing her 16 years as an occupational therapist as well as her coursework at the Downeast School of Massage. The two therapists utilize their formidable knowledge to discuss needs and expectation with their clients before embarking on bodywork. Therapeutic and hot-stone massages concentrate on the achiest areas of musculature with customized techniques that blend Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial modalities. The therapists also alleviate headaches and toe cramps with craniosacral therapy and reflexology and dole out on-site chair massages for office gatherings and fundraisers.