New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
John Whitman is more than a licensed massage therapist. He's also a massage-therapist instructor, licensed to help other therapists hone their healing skills. Patrons can benefit from Whitman's expertise at Opulent Massage, where he relaxes and soothes muscles with modalities such as trigger-point therapy and deep-tissue massage. Clients can also opt for cellulite massages and face-lift massages that improve appearances, or for pampering treatments such as foot massages that incorporate a fragrant, exfoliating salt scrub.
• For $45, you get three Eurowave body-sculpting sessions (a $90 value), as well as 15% off additional sessions. • For $50, you get five infrared-sauna therapy sessions (a $100 value). • For $100, you get a contour body wrap (a $175 value).
Amid its classy, welcoming confines, the Relaxation Station begins your anxiety-annihilating odyssey with a 60-minute hot-stone massage, which gently infuses muscles with the relaxing heat of smooth, warm basalt rocks, loosening them up enough to be molded into muscle-animals by the therapist's skilled hands. Once bodies are giving off the pulsating neon green glow of perfect tranquility, visages will join in the fun with a full facial that cleanses the skin of grease, gently exfoliates dead cells, and re-moisturizes your radiantly resurfaced dermis before treating both the face and scalp to their own full massages. The Feet Retreat closes out the pampering hat trick with a half-hour foot soak, a callus-demolishing exfoliation, and a knee-to-toe massage—rejuvenating legs tired from long days of stomping on bubble wrap, and feet that are still aching from playing bowling-ball soccer.
Just past the glittering lights of Portland's Harbor Bridge lies Heaven's Touch Massage Therapy, whose owner wields dexterous digits and more than 15 years of experience in manipulating and mollifying sore, tense musculature. The quiet space welcomes guests through early evening on some weeknights and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, enabling clients to partake in relaxation without having to leave work early or cancel lunch meetings with plates of mashed potatoes.
A two-fold enterprise, La Dolce Vita Day Spa and Fashion Lounge combines a spa and art studio. Staff members lead spa goers from the waiting area's cushy seats to pedicure chairs, which roll and vibrate across knotted backs. In private treatment rooms, the spa's massage therapists show the chairs who’s boss with their arsenal of deep-tissue techniques, relaxing hot stones, and opposable thumbs. Aestheticians brighten complexions with European facials fortified by PCA Skin products, wax away unwanted fuzz, and enhance lash volume and length with extensions by Xtreme Lashes.
La Dolce Vita also makes an ideal gathering spot with its Bubbles N Brushes paint parties, where instructors guide novice artists through the steps of creating masterpieces.