When she isn't paddling a dragon boat down the Willamette River, licensed massage therapist Debra Oden helps her clients navigate the turbulent waters of stress, chronic pain, and injury toward relaxation. She customizes a fresh approach for every patient—drawing from more than 10 years of bodywork experience—whether visitors simply wish to relax or have recently injured themselves attempting to crab-walk up an escalator. To supplement her mastery of Swedish strokes and specialty styles such as pregnancy massage, she holds certifications in shiatsu, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular therapies. This leads to highly flexible wellness plans—guests might stop in for a one-time appointment or schedule recurring sessions that steadily unwind knots of tension. Regardless of the condition she treats, however, Debra's ultimate goal remains the same: to improve her clients’ quality of life.
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. Mary Boyd found her passion for therapy working in behavioral management with at-risk youth. Though these two followed different paths to discover massage, their mission is the same: 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.
When you get a massage from Kathrine Gutierrez, owner of Healing Touch PDX, it isn’t just her Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques that relax you; every element of the experience seems designed to create a peaceful experience. Inside her private massage room, clients lay on a massage table covered in white linens and a red microfiber blanket. While Kathrine kneads away knots, candles flicker in the corner and a stone fountain trickles next to a Japanese rice-paper screen.
Licensed massage therapist Andrew Freeman believes in the power of positive touch. And he celebrates this belief as he helps clients of all ages relax, heal, and let go of stress during sessions at Seventh Wave, an upscale, sunlit sanctuary in downtown Portland.
What would be more of a relief: to ease the pain of sore muscles or to target what's causing them to be sore? According to licensed therapist Rosi Goldsmith, it's the latter. She's adept at varied massage modalities that help relieve the body of muscular pain, but she also focuses on what she calls "tension patterns." She works with clients to bring better awareness of their bodies, and how they might be perpetuating chronic pain with poor posture or by always carrying their bag on their heads. Integration therapies such as ortho-bionomy help her identify these causes and help bring clients into better body balance.
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