From India to Antarctica, Sue Vittner's massage training has taken her all over the world. At her facility on Portland soil, Sue funnels those experiences into her practice, delivering a unique blend of seven different modalities that includes Swedish, sports, and deep massage. Sue dispatches those techniques during individual and couples massage sessions, and for those looking to learn the craft themselves, Sue shares the tricks to her trade during her interactive couples massage class.
The logo for the International Cryptozoology Museum is a coelacanth, one of the science's great success stories. Believed to have gone extinct 65 million years ago, a specimen of the armored fish was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938 and identified by museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer despite its false mustache. In the optimistic spirit of that amazing discovery, the International Cryptozoology Museum displays exhibits profiling such mysterious creatures as Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Jersey Devil, along with lesser known beasties such as the Dover Demon, the Montauk Monster, and the Fiji Mermaid.
Maine Yacht Center's dedicated staff caters to the needs of ocean-bound travelers within the safe, loving arms of its 990-foot breakwater. Once inside the calm, glassy waters of the Casco Bay harbor, boats of almost any size can repose on one of the marina's 80 slips ($3 per ft. per day for yachts 50' and under or $3.75 per foot per day for yachts more than 50'). Hungry vessels are fueled up with ValvTect fuel, specially calibrated and seasoned to cater to the fussy palates of marine engines. Maine Yacht Center's qualified craftspeople and carpenters carry out a range of repairs such as rigging ($65/hour), varnishing ($60/hour), or affixing scrimshaw hood ornaments with professional aplomb.
High in the historic State Theatre Building, Joshua Hughes sits in his massage studio, awaiting his next client. Brisk Atlantic winds glide through the suite's windows, as if the ocean itself were offering a gentle massage. "One of the things I like about my suite,” Hughes says. "It's high up. A great breeze always comes into the room. It’s… a lovely environment to relax."
A licensed massage therapist in the seventh year of his career, Joshua reflects on how he got here. "I wanted to help people," he explains, "and I was always good with my hands. Massage was right down that alley." He began working even before graduation, massaging as a freelancer at spas and salons. "I didn't feel quite fulfilled. I wanted to start my own practice.”
Joshua's approach to massage is holistic as he employs reflexology, deep-tissue work, and even hot riverbed stones to tailor treatments to the individual needs of his clients. Focusing on the individual is part of what is most satisfying to Joshua about his work. "I've had clients tell me that they're just so appreciative and grateful for my attention to detail––that I cater to them as people. The money's a bonus, but just having someone tell me they feel better is the most rewarding."
HealthSource provides a full range of services for keeping bodies in line, specializing in chiropractic care, massage, and rehabilitation. Massage therapists manipulate distressed deltoids with hands licensed in therapeutic massage and shadow-puppet recitals, relieving pain and tension from shoulders and backs. The chiropractic consultation provides guests with a detailed overview of causes behind specific symptoms, as well as recommended courses of action, all with a greater success rate than using a fly swatter to squash disobedient aches and pains.
At My Hands For Your Healing, licensed massage therapist Kayla Gorham eschews drugs or medication in favor of the rejuvenating power found in 10 knowledgeable and nuanced fingers. Kayla works with patients to seek out and relieve stress patterns in the body using a blend of Swedish, therapeutic, and deep-tissue techniques to soften and soothe the muscles. Myofascial-release therapy helps release the connective tissue, and sports-massage sessions incorporate assisted stretching to drain away fatigue, relieve swelling, and loosen any Heisman trophies trapped between joints. Kayla preaches the positive health effects of massage that trickle down to the rest of body in the form of decreased anxiety, improved quality of sleep, and reduced fatigue.
Segway Tours of Portland gears up for the Halloween season by visiting notable haunts of the Casco Bay area and recounting sinister tales and little-known historical facts. Journeys commence with a 30-minute introduction to Segway technology and proper operation, including a brief history of the machine as well as tips on using its secret pogo function. From a starting point on Pearl Street, wheel-mounted adventurers embark on a 60-minute exploration of the waterfront and Munjoy Hill, as experienced guides describe spine-tingling tales of pirates and phantom naval officers via audio headsets. The tour pauses periodically to allow guests to take advantage of scenic photo ops or collect autographs from famous poltergeists at the East End Cemetery.