Scrolls of gauzy white paper hang from the ceiling at Marjan’s Place Salon & Spa, separating each white styling chair on the salon’s main floor, where stylists twist hair into updos and add alluring highlights. A small hallway leads patrons to private treatment rooms, where staffers thread eyebrows and daub nails with organic polishes from brands such as Spaitual and Zoya. Wrought-iron lamps illuminate the walls of the salon, which are painted a vibrant yellow to help tropical birds perch on them undetected.
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.
The staff members at The Qi Spot share a philosophy centered around creating a gentle environment to help patients to forget everyday stressors and focus on bringing their bodies into balance. The practitioners specialize in traditional Chinese medicine therapies, including acupuncture, herbal remedies, and naturopathic counseling, to relieve pain and aid in healing after auto accidents. Cupping, cosmetic acupuncture, and moxa also help to inspire a healthy flow of chi. Improving energy circulation, like rotating the skeleton's tires, helps to prevent pain and illness by encouraging the body to function smoothly.
The Oregonian has written about the holistic hub, and co-owner Wade McCulloch performed facial acupuncture on television in front of a live studio audience for AM Northwest. The practice also shows a commitment to helping others by providing community acupuncture to clients without health insurance and by contributing to the Harambee Center, a Portland-based organization that supports Kenyan communities.
Marina Volod has been a clinical aesthetician for more than 20 years. During that time, she’s designed her own facial treatments, developed an acne-maintenance program, and started Avitalin, a company that sells its own line of natural skincare products. In 2000, she opened DermaEsthetica, a skin and body studio that takes a scientific approach to beauty. Armed with ultrasonic, cold laser, and phototherapy technology, Marina and her staff fight aging without bribing Father Time with bagel vouchers.
Catering to the whole family, Studio 109nw specializes in corrective skin care treatments including natural nails, corrective skin care, teeth whitening, and hair removal. A wide range of face and body treatments such as microdermabrasion, ultrasound skin tightening, ultrasonic exfoliation, and LED photon therapy help keep skin smooth and tight, reversing the appearance of aging and removing sun damage. Dental-grade teeth-whitening treatments use a gentle dental-grade gel to lighten teeth by two to three shades without causing tooth sensitivity, and all-botanical, wax-free hair removal treatments keep clients smooth.
aja Integrative Family Health is the realization of three women’s vision for a place where women and children could receive natural wellness care. Founded by naturopathic doctor Jennifer O’Leary and massage therapists Andrea Thompson and Amanda Casley, this holistic clinic brings together the fields of nutrition, natural medicine, bodywork, and life coaching in the hope of unlocking the body’s ability to heal itself.
Licensed massage therapist Michelle Dusek helps clients of all shapes and sizes overcome the stresses of modern life. Michelle believes that because all bodies are built slightly differently, massages need to be fluid. For this reason, she conforms to an infinite number of body shapes like somebody who makes coffins for snowflakes.
Michelle works equally hard to keep clients comfortable throughout each session. During deep-tissue, trigger-point, or stretching sessions, clients relax on a thickly padded massage bed surrounded with glowing lanterns and potted plants. A large window admits cascades of natural light, letting clients' half-open lids keep tabs on the outside world.