The Sanskrit translation of rasamaya is "fluid," which describes the studio's Rasamaya Method of intelligent movement. Rasamaya's instructors lead their own brand of barre, Pilates, cycle, and vinyasa yoga classes that are designed to balance and strengthen the mind and body in tandem. Featured in Pilates Style Magazine , Yoga Journal, and Wanderlust conferences. Founder Carrie Tyler specializes in women's physical structure, health, and sexuality and built the practice from her playful teaching style and deep understanding of yogic philosophy, anatomy, and alignment.
The experienced instructors at Springboard Pilates bolster cores in individualized sessions that challenge students' muscles on both mats and machines. Under an instructor’s careful guidance, torsos and limbs learn new muscle-toning movements to help push themselves to better fitness during a 50-minute private session, acclimating to Peak Pilates equipment including the Reformer, the ladder barrel, and the Wunda chair. When teamed with mat work, these resistance contraptions expand pupil's repertoire of gut-crunching moves beyond sit-ups and playing the board on Monopoly night. Springboard's staff customizes all classes to account for student's goals, past injuries, and aversion to spring-loaded machinery stemming from traumatic childhood slinky experiences. Nestled in an 1846 townhouse, Springboard’s studio warms tense joints with red walls and decorative fireplaces. Patrons can flex and furrow thoughtful brows along with physiques by viewing gallery pieces from local artists.
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).
Open seven days a week, World Gym houses the full line of shoulder-sculpting and trapezius-toning strength equipment for aspiring Adonises and Aphrodites of all ages and skill levels. Sweat through a cardio routine on one of World Gym's machines with personal televisions or work out with some fitness friends in any of the available group classes, including expert instruction in Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and extreme dragon slaying. Portland's World Gym stocks tanning booths for fitness mavens seeking to match the Olympic bronze medals they will someday win. If three lunar cycles just isn't enough time to satisfy all shirt-bursting needs, the annual fee (a $39 value) is waived with this deal and memberships may be extended nine more months ($19.99–$29.99/month) before ponying up.
The Racket and Fitness Center boasts a wealth of body-buffing equipment within its bright fitness center alongside swatting facilities for various racketeers. Open on weekdays 6 a.m.–9 p.m. and on weekends 8 a.m.–4 p.m., the variety and volume of available gear ensures muscle-sculptors a balanced workout and a center free of lines and long waits. The circuits of Nautilus machines guide patrons in proper resistance, form, and movement, and free weights allow limbs to seize control of their own strength-training destiny. Machines also come equipped with Cardio Theater to give heart-rate-raisers the opportunity to effectively multi-task and increase their mileage in tune with televised small-claims-court drama.
Pilates Baxter Place is a fully equipped studio located in the historic Old Port district of Portland on the waterfront. By day the studio is flooded with natural light and at night by full-spectrum, color-corrected lights. Free parking is available right next to the building.