Yoga classes, dance classes, healing arts, and related workshops take place in a studio that operates under the philosophy of being "devoted to raising the vibration of both our community and our planet.” On the hardwood floor of the 900-square-foot studio, yoga instructors and dance instructors shepherd participants through full schedules of drop-in yoga classes and dance lessons designed for all ages. Limbs and antennae twist into Vinyasa and Kripalu-inspired poses, and dancers take classes such as Ecstatic Dance—set to the tunes of a DJ—and Journey Dance, which focuses on free movements and self-acceptance. The center’s healing-arts practices are there to help clients restore emotional balance with techniques that include Thai massage, chakra clearing, and crystals; workshops introduce attendants to shamans and yoga pros.
At ZUJA Wellness, instructors help students of all levels strengthen their body, mind, and spirit with a diverse medley of fitness and wellness classes and personal training sessions. Each of their group classes focuses on core strengthening, stabilization, and balance biomechanics—with instructors on hand to make modifications to better suit students’ abilities. They turn the focus to quieting the mind during yoga sessions, which are performed on mats or suspended in fabric hammocks. In addition to hosting a variety of wellness workshops, the center helps reduce tension and stress through massage therapy and reflexology services.
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.
Peter Leonard, who is constantly running, swimming, doing yoga, and playing instruments, knows how important staying active is to his clients. During his massages at Ibis Massage & Body Work, Peter helps them improve everything from range of motion to flexibility, allowing them to get back to their favorite activities.
Although he performs classic massages, including deep-tissue and Swedish modalities, Peter's speciality is his signature Ibis massage. It combines massage techniques with polarity therapy to improve clients? physical and emotional wellness. Ibis sessions often include reiki, reflexology, essential oils, hydrotherapy, and sound therapy.
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.
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).