It’s standard for massage therapists to tailor treatments to the individual, but at Written on the Body Massage and Acupuncture Studio, owner Julie Campbell and her staff take treatment customization even farther. The cast of licensed massage therapists offers more than 20 bodywork therapies, each helpfully broken down by profession and lifestyle. For instance, Take a Stand incorporates warming foot treatments and leg, hip, and back-focused techniques for those who stand on their feet all day. Conversely, the I Feel Like a Robot massage, involves techniques designed for overworked wrists and forearms, stiff backs, and other ailments symptomatic of having a desk job or being a professional chair-tester. Michael Wesson puts to use the Feldenkrais bodywork technique there, eliciting happy sighs from patrons by touching muscles gently to retrain them.
Beyond massage therapy, on-staff acupuncturist Beth Howlett uses hair-thin needles to restore the body’s healing processes and quell ailments ranging from allergies to chronic diseases. Meanwhile, a quite sanctuary equipped with a light therapy box mimics a sunny day to help clients who suffer from seasonal affective disorder. And to delight their clients after hours, Written on the Body hosts artwork shows, complete with dancing, refreshments, and free massages.
Body Bliss Massage’s licensed therapist, Shanell Swick, broadens her repertoire with regular attendance in continuing education classes. At the studio—where earth-toned walls, potted plants, and nature-inspired art adorn private treatment rooms—she lathers bodies with Young Living essential oils and organic body creams to soothe away stress during her treatments. Her clients can choose from stress-melting classics such as Swedish and deep tissue treatments or try something new with raindrop therapy or serpentine stone massages.
Massage therapist Blake Dunham has dedicated more than 2400 hours of his life to helping others find peace of mind and relief from stress and tension. looks to find harmony with every client he massages. He customizes each massage to meet the individual's specific needs and concerns, aiming to relieve such common ailments as headaches, depression, carpel tunnel, and even teeth clenching. And, after each session, he even shares stretching and self-massage techniques with his clients to help them stay pain-free. In addition to massage services, Blake also offers Biomat treatments.
Hydration, health, and alternate living are the three philosophical pillars that guide Thirst PDX. Though it may seem simlpe, water is at the foundation of many of the treatments at the center. Ionic foot baths help coax toxins from the body, Kangen water helps clients hydrate sans impurities, and water workshops help educate clients on the best way remove or reduce chemicals from diets and household products. Infrared saunas and health coaching also provide wellness-boosting effects, especially once the feet are coached to walk away from pizza.
Theresa Braunstein initially took an introductory massage-therapy class so she could try some of the techniques on her handicapped brother. But that one class changed her entire life. A passion for healing the human body took hold of Theresa, and she enrolled in massage-therapy school to become a licensed massage therapist. She is well versed in myofacial therapy as well as classic Swedish, and deep-tissue massages. She also specializes in craniosacral therapy, which focuses on the connective tissue to alleviate chronic pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve deep relaxation.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue massage and treatment of injuries
Products Used: Vegan only
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: All bodies and all genders are welcome.