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.
• 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).
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.
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 shared passion often brings talented people together. That's certainly the case at Planet Sol Salon, where each staffer brings her own background and artistic eye to the salon chair. Alexa Cline, for example, trained with Redken educators to gain expertise in haircuts and color treatments. Melissa Guerra specializes in chemical texturizing, and Natasha Gutierrez—who has interned with an American Board Certified Haircolorist—uses highlights to give hair the perfect amount of dimension. Not limiting themselves to just hair, the team members also administer aesthetic services such as chocolate foot masks and shellac mani-pedis.
The stylists are educators themselves, too. They know that a new look is ultimately pointless if it can't be regularly recreated at home, especially if clients find themselves stuck in a temporal loop. To that end, they recommend manageable styles and explain the step-by-step process for their creation.
The eco-minded team at Island Day Spa nourishes skin with naturally derived formulas that demonstrate respect for the environment. Whether hydrating feet in warm paraffin wax or exfoliating skin with a walnut scrub, staffers employ Aveda products, which are formulated with ingredients such as organic essential oils and cage-free herbs. Microdermabrasion and microcurrent therapy combat fine lines or skin laxity, and Aveda's enzyme- and nutrient-rich products add curative benefits to aromatherapy massages and reflexology sessions.