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 three-fold enterprise, La Dolce Vita Day Spa and Fashion Lounge combines a spa, boutique, and art studio. Staff members lead spa-goers from cushy seats in the waiting area to pedicure chairs, which roll and vibrate across knotted backs. In private treatment rooms, the spa's real 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 skincare products, wax away unwanted fuzz, and enhance lash volume and length with extensions by Xtreme Lashes.
After their spa treatment, clients can stroll through Alma Ann's Boutique, an onsite clothing and accessory forum stocked with sparkly jewelry, sandals and wedges, and chic clothing. 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 a masterpiece.
You'll see Body-N-Balance's tidily uniformed spa therapists in their treatment rooms, of course. But if you're a guest at the Omni Hotel that holds the Body-N-Balance location, you might also see them just about anywhere on the grounds, greeting new arrivals and offering suggestions for nearby restaurants.
It's not a sign that the massage therapists are distracted from their work, however. Body-N-Balance founders Loyd and Monique Wellesley met in massage school, but their vision of service extends far beyond the treatment table. They aim to make guests, including couples, feel welcome and relaxed whether they're in town for a convention or just stopping by for a facial. To that end, they pay close attention not just to the massage strokes, but to the ambience and aromas surrounding their treatments. Those treatments often pamper the skin as well as the muscles, making for multisensory experiences that have won a lot of fans, such as Jessica Skropanic of Worldwide Spa Review who described the back scrub as, "heavenly!"
The Vanity Box's skilled aestheticians perform skin-smoothing services to banish unwanted body hair at a chic and stylish full service salon. Rid bodies of unsightly follicle stumps with a full leg treatment ($45) or finally embrace clam-digging pants by de-fuzzing half a leg ($35). Facial weeds can be uprooted from lips ($12), cheeks ($15), and eyebrows ($15), resulting in sleek, manicured skinscapes to be envied by neighbors and faceless monkeys alike. Prepare for warmer weather with today's deal by removing homegrown wooly chinstraps ($15) and beachifying bikini lines ($40). The Vanity's Box's experienced hair-hating combatants make customers feel as welcome as a soldier in a Norman Rockwell painting.
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.
Employing a small, motorized treatment head, Contours' Endermologie treatment helps reduce the appearance of cellulite by gently lifting and rolling the skin. During the course of 10 treatments, Contours' lipomassage device stimulates the lymphatic systems, eliminating toxins and increasing collagen production. Treatments also help to smooth the dermis by softening the connective tissue and exfoliating excess breadcrumbs. The skin-soothers at Contours will provide epidermis owners with the personal body suit necessary for each relaxing 35-minute treatment. All treatments are performed by a trained and certified lipomassage therapist, and help to tame tawdry cellulite without the use of lasers, invasive surgery, or bullwhips.
Massage therapist Johnny has been de-stressing clients for 10 years. He specializes in deep-muscle therapy, which alleviates muscle tension and pain due to repetitive-motion injuries using pressure ranging from firm to deep. He also customizes each of his massages to fit each client’s particular injuries and ideal amount of pressure. To further relax clients, Johnny incorporates aromatherapy, plays soft music, and assures them that tax season is months away. And when not kneading clients, he teaches other massage therapists the tricks of his trade.