At Jade Integrated Health's brand-new Fore Street location, John and Nancy Charlebois mix the old with the new. Inside the renovated space, this duo combines practices that range from traditional Chinese herbology to advanced physical therapy. John and Nancy tend to divvy up the work based on their own particular interests. John is a licensed acupuncturist and the resident herbalist who creates formulations from Jade Integrated Health's herbal pharmacy. A licensed physical therapist, Nancy takes a particular interest in helping women through pregnancy-related issues. She offers therapy for those who have undergone cesarean sections, leads pool therapy exercises for pregnant and postpartum individuals at the Portland YMCA, and can help women deal with pain associated with carrying a child.
Following a surgery for a rotator cuff injury, Michael Snell received some troubling news from his doctor. Even with physical therapy and rehab, he would only regain 75% to 85% of his range of motion back. Unwilling to accept this, he turned to massage therapy to help further his recovery. The results pleased Michael so much that he earned his own massage therapist license so he could pay it forward.
At Integrity Bodyworks, Michael aims to ease pain using his expertise in trigger-point and neuromuscular therapies, as well as imbue a sense of relaxation with the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage. He integrates hot stones for an additional fee to help melt tension and another set of hands to untie double-knotted muscles during massages.
Crystal Roberts views the massages she performs at Harmonic Energy not just as a therapeutic means of treating aches, pains, and curses but also as a preventative measure. Armed with a diploma from Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook and a massage-therapist license, she kneads muscles with a range of different techniques in her second-floor studio. She customizes sessions to each client's unique needs, hoping to render them more relaxed and healthier—unlike being in a hospital run by Tasmanian devils.
Named Portland's best massage studio by Portland Phoenix readers in 2010, Ove tempers stressed tendons with therapeutic massages, energizing yoga, and a welcoming atmosphere. The 40-minute relaxation massage begins with a coat of raw sesame oil, which softens the skin and summons blissful images of slow dancing with a giant Nutter Butter candy bar ($50). Next a seasoned therapist eases aches and pains with the long, gentle strokes of a 60-minute swedish massage ($75). The 75-minute specialty massage combines restorative myofascial-release techniques and the yoga-like stretches of thai massage, helping jaw muscles unclench and neck stiffness fade ($100). Guests wound tighter than baseballs feel knots melt during the 90-minute shiatsu massage, which combines deep-tissue bodywork and japanese acupressure ($115).
Sue Pate knows what it's like to live with chronic pain. As a longtime sufferer of arthritis, she came to accept dealing with aching joints as an inevitable part of her life. That all changed once she found relief in massage and craniosacral therapy, which greatly reduced the amount of discomfort she was forced to wrestle with every day. She decided to become a licensed massage therapist herself so that she could share the restorative powers of healing touch with suffering individuals. During most of the treatments she performs at Integrative Health Center of Maine, Sue combines various modalities?including anything from Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to hot-stone massage and lymph-drainage therapy?as she addresses her clients' individual needs. Relieving stress and easing chronic aches may be a major focus, but Sue also enjoys the opportunities she gets to share her treatments with the elderly as well as patients suffering from serious, debilitating illnesses.
At bwellhealth, Dr. Bardwell calls upon both ancient and modern techniques to relieve pain and rehabilitate injuries. As a certified chiropractic acupuncturist, Dr. Bardwell promotes wellness with methods rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. He and his team also specialize in athletic-performance testing and sports-focused personal training, employing state-of-the-art Optojump technology to measure functional outcomes. The system LEDs record flight and contact times during a series of jumps with an accuracy of 1/1,000 of a second. Numerical and video data can then be used to draw comparisons between the movements of different athletes, the same athlete at different times, or the athlete and a caffeinated kangaroo. The team also uses the innovative device Optojump to diagnose and manage mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) and gauge symmetry and balance.