From the street, Spa Sass? is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.
Led by naturopathic physician Dr. Justin Morse, Absolute Health Medical Center's team of massage therapists, a colon hydrotherapist an aesthetician, and a dental hygienist work together to create integrated, naturopathic and mainstream care plans for each patient. Through this approach, he and his staff members provide both primary medical and dental care. They assist clients through specialty services as well, from weight loss through HCG dieting to detoxification through colon hydrotherapy and infrared-sauna therapy. They also offer aesthetic services, such as organic skincare microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.
Amy Fagin knows that every client has specific needs, whether it’s to loosen up tight muscles or boost weak blood circulation. Armed with more than 13 years of experience and her knowledge of numerous massage modalities, she addresses these distinctive needs by designing personalized treatments that work to rejuvenate both body and mind. Amy uses Swedish massage to relax overstressed musculature and can also rely on deep-tissue work, trigger-point therapy, or heated volcanic stones to treat the underlying causes that contribute to chronic pains. For an added boost, the center performs facials and seaweed gel wraps, which work to nourish the skin and attract the attention of wealthy merman suitors.
At her station in Bella Salon, Michelle Schubert designs nail art that channels dexterous, detail-oriented skills that carry over from her personal hobbies of sewing and crafting. She customizes nail designs to suit her clients’ personalities and the special occasions for which they have their nails done, from weddings to ceremonial scratch-offs of winning lottery tickets. Beyond her ability to create these tiny masterpieces, Michelle also specializes in traditional manicures, pedicures, and services with Shellac polish, which resists chipping for up to two weeks.
Sunrises and sunsets pour through Yoga OMazing's panoramic windows, which also offer a clear glimpse of Mount Hood's snow-covered peak. The studio's minimalistic decor and heated bamboo floors keep students focused on their practice and comfortable on their mats. While teachers lead hatha and vinyasa classes, music reaches every ear thanks to a surround-sound system. The teachers also tends to the ambience when they host candlelit full-moon yoga events catered with pizza and kombucha, a fermented beverage that obviously wards off werewolves. Their concert series extends the theme of Yoga OMazing doing more than the average yoga studio on behalf of its students by refreshing practitioners with live music and a glass of wine or tea.
Licensed massage therapists Andreas Correa, Missy Werner, and Kerri Holler use their knowledge of the human body to sleuth out the root cause of aches and pains, not just alleviate them. The therapists rely on a variety of different modalities to tailor their massage sessions to each client. Whether Kerri is employing the intense kneading of deep-tissue massage, Missy is targeting difficult muscle knots with hot stones, or Andreas is adding in the healing fragrances of aromatherapy, all of their services are priced at a flat rate. Clients can select the exact service they want and the duration they want them for, saving them the hassle of adding up additional costs or inquiring about the price for hearty pats on the back.