Licensed massage therapist Nicole Crane of Therapeutic Resolutions specializes in myoskeletal alignment, which is a technique that helps align the skeletal system in order to relieve pain. Crane customizes each massage to her client's needs whether they include deep-tissue techniques or soothing Swedish strokes.
When she isn't paddling a dragon boat down the Willamette River, licensed massage therapist Debra Oden helps her clients navigate the turbulent waters of stress, chronic pain, and injury toward relaxation. She customizes a fresh approach for every patient—drawing from more than 10 years of bodywork experience—whether visitors simply wish to relax or have recently injured themselves attempting to crab-walk up an escalator. To supplement her mastery of Swedish strokes and specialty styles such as pregnancy massage, she holds certifications in shiatsu, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular therapies. This leads to highly flexible wellness plans—guests might stop in for a one-time appointment or schedule recurring sessions that steadily unwind knots of tension. Regardless of the condition she treats, however, Debra's ultimate goal remains the same: to improve her clients’ quality of life.
Nail technician Tina Saucedo welcomes customers to Leisure Time Day Spa for nail services such as manicures and silk nail wraps. At the spa and salon, customers also find a range of services from waxing and facial treatments to massages and haircuts.
Ann Holland is fully licensed through the Everest Institute with certifications in chiropractic assistant and neuromuscular therapy to balance the nervous system. In the comfort of a private room, Ann applies Swedish strokes or soothing deep-tissue pressure. Also popular is her Thai on a table massage, which rids the body of tension while evoking the heavy rhythmic strokes of the Hulk listening to '70s music while kneading bread. Holland traces her passion for massage back to high school, and now, fully established in her career, she thoroughly enjoys helping others “find balance in their lives.”
Today, she's a master stylist, but before beauty school, Hali Owens focused on psychology while immersed in a criminal justice curriculum. Since shifting to her true passion, however, she's cultivated a service menu that ranges from bang trims to elaborate wedding updos topped with three-tier cakes. Despite all these choices, Owens advises guests not to get too overwhelmed: "Don’t worry about knowing exactly what you want," she says. "I am glad to help you decide and make the process as easy and stress-free as possible." Customers are able to relax in Owens's chair, knowing they can depend on her 14 years' experience and expert eye to shape and color the perfect hairdo. Her specialties help clients feel their best, and to Owens, that's the best part of the job: "My favorite moment," she says, "is when my client looks in the mirror at the finished look and I can see their confidence rise!"
Stylists, aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists assemble under the roof of Salon 554, a downtown day spa and salon that relies on name-brand products. Hair caretakers spritz clients with products from Pureology, a brand that eschews the alcohol found in other hair products, and skin specialists unleash the topical creams of Bioelements, a line of products developed by the country’s first licensed aesthetician. Massage therapists vanquish stress with the strokes of nine modalities while sprinkling skin with soothing essential oils. Powder-blue walls and dark hardwood floors spread before guests, stretching through a salon whose branching spaces house marble washrooms, abundant plant life, and private treatment areas where clients find refuge from the outside world and the flesh-covered cyborgs who constantly pester them for hugs.