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.
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.
Scrolls of gauzy white paper hang from the ceiling at Marjan?s Place Salon & Spa, separating each 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 SpaRitual and Zoya. The cutting-edge Sudatonic infrared body-wrap system can help clients with weight loss, cellulite reduction, and detoxification. Wrought-iron lamps illuminate the walls of the salon, which are painted a vibrant yellow to help tropical birds perch on them undetected.
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.
Named for the endless view overlooking the wooded Mountain Park area of West Lake Oswego, Vista Massage and Wellness lets clients gaze at sweeping vista as massage therapists' hands sweep over their backs. When designing massage treatments, licensed therapist Bree Ashby calls upon a variety of techniques that include Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, hot-stone massage, and injury care. Chair and table massages are available in the Vista studio, which features heavy drapes that can close out the outside world if fighter jets are buzzing around the massage studio again.
A table has many uses. It's great for a family dinner, board games, and has awesome acoustics for a group tap dance. At Soma Massage, tables are ergonomically crafted to complement an impressive menu of therapeutic bodywork. The facility's licensed massage therapists are educated in modalities such as deep-tissue, Swedish, and trigger-point massage to tailor sessions to the needs of the individual such as chronic pain relief. Guests may also pair kneading with add-ons such as reflexology and soothing aromatherapy.