East Side and West Side Athletic Clubs offer pampering for all bodies, ages, and fitness types with facilities packed with swimming pools, racquetball courts, childcare centers, and cardio decks. Group fitness classes make use of the studio space and include high-energy Zumba or relaxing yoga, with water aerobics taking place in the indoor pool or the high-pressure showers. In addition to workout amenities, guests can take advantage of bountiful spa and relaxation services including massages, acupuncture, and a full-service hair salon. Each of the three locations has its own personality and offerings. See the full list for each location here.
Drawing upon her doctoral training in Natural Medicine, a year of study in oriental medicine, and more than a decade of experience as a massage educator, Jennifer Casey alleviates pains and ailments with rehabilitating therapeutic massage. Jennifer customizes each session with a combination of deep-tissue, myofascial, and positional-release massage techniques that specifically target injuries or stiffness from teaching a rookery to fly. Sessions can utilize adjunctive therapies such as lymphatic drainage, point stimulation, and laser therapy to further rout out tension and pain.
The smell of lavender wafts through the air and the warmth from hot towels soothes muscles as clients relax in softly-lit rooms at Pura Vida Massage & Wellness. It's part of the massage therapists' efforts to ensure that each guest can escape to a tranquil space, even before the massage services begin. Pura Vida's massage therapists relieve pain and tension with everything from deep-tissue work and hot-stone massages to Reiki therapy. They also offer prenatal massages to prepare babies for the life of ease they are sure to experience as humans.
Cushy pedicure chairs line a marigold-hued wall ready to enfold clients’ bodies during foot-pampering services inside Artistic Nails & Day Spa. In another set of chairs, skilled nail technicians paint fingertips in polish or cover them with colorful acrylic nails. Additionally, the staff removes unwanted fuzz by waxing, like a farmer making apples from his surplus peaches.
The attentive staff at All About Skin PDX abolishes unwanted hairs and boosts body radiance during a flurry of noninvasive spa services. Licensed makeover mavens temporarily remove body fuzz with hot wax customized to suit different levels of skin sensitivity or send stubble packing permanently with pulses of laser light as focused as an eagle's digital camera. UV-free spray tans utilize an organic, 100% vegan solution registered with PETA, and microdermabrasion sessions help improve the look of epidermal sheathes by minimizing the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and outdated stonewashed pores.
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.