Amanda Ruley was inspired to help heal others through massage therapy by her mother, who struggled every day with multiple sclerosis and found respite in massage and acupuncture. At Ama Massage Therapy, the mission is simple: to soothe body, mind, and spirit with the therapeutic benefits of physical contact. Each massage is customized to the client?s individual needs, incorporating Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to boost circulation and sports bodywork to improve range of motion in muscles or remove stubborn foam fingers.
Heidi Niewendorp returned from her first-ever massage feeling invigorated, and not only because of the relaxing strokes and customized pressure. It also inspired her to choose a new career path?she realized she wanted to be on the other end of the table helping people as she had been helped. So she attended school, earned her massage therapist's license, and in 2008 began her career. Heidi specializes in firm pressure, performing massages she calls deep-tissue relaxation, which possess both the deep reach that can ease muscle pain and the comforting strokes that can diminish stress. But Heidi is versatile, and she's happy to change up her style?a lighter Swedish massage for general relaxation, perhaps, or a focused pregnancy massage for expecting mothers sore from building geodesic dome-cribs. For even deeper serenity, Heidi also offers hot-stone massage and aromatherapy add-ons.
When Heidi Niewendorp got her first massage, it triggered something much deeper than she expected?a love of massage therapy. Since then, her passion for her work has only solidified, fitting right in with Massage by Heidi and its attentive staff who always aim to help clients look and feel more confident. Once you're inside, a nail technician can glam up nails with Shellac polish or soften soles with a moisturizing bath soak and pedicure. For an intensive face treatment, a chemical peel helps treat skin irregularities that include acne, hyperpigmentation, and argyle patterns that only come out in sunlight.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Natural beauty and modern med-spa technology converge at this spa and boutique situated a stone's throw from the Portland waterfront. Guests can anchor their boats and then dock themselves comfortably at the pedicure bar, where toes enjoy a refreshing dip in jade-colored basins before being softened with mandarin ginger essential oils. Leafy green walls flanked by potted palms and vases filled with tall grasses reflect the spa's preference for all-natural skincare lines, including products by Éminence Organic, while jet-black furniture and sharp track lighting hint at the cutting-edge services––including laser hair removal and pixel skin resurfacing––that await inside private treatment rooms. Still, the spa is most proud of its specialty organic treatments, including a blueberry-soy slimming wrap that aims to improve circulation and activate the lymphatic system and a champagne-mimosa sugar scrub that bids bon voyage to dead skin cells as it hydrates and tones the body.
Customer comfort is given top priority, and guests are invited to unwind pre- or posttreatment in the spa's relaxation room, where complimentary tea, wine, and water are always available. The staff also encourages clients coming to the spa from work to bring a change of clothes so they can head home afterward in their coziest sweatsuit or velour overalls.
Massage therapist Svetlana Braunt draws upon her international education, received in the U.S. and the Ukraine, as well as her continued training, to relax and heal her guests with massage, body wraps, and oils made from distilled smooth jazz. Her background is in energy work, and her top priority is balancing the mind, body, and spirit in a way that facilitates healing. Svetlana's next objective is to continue her studies in holistic and Eastern medicines, as well as in structural integration.
During treatments, Svetlana often nourishes skin with botanical ingredients. She coats bodies in moor mud?a paste rich in minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and humic acids?and also wraps figures in French seaweed, a substance replete with minerals and enzymes. Svetlana's massage services take place at the spa, but she's also mobile; appointments can be made for therapy at home or at special events.