• 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).
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 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.
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.
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.
The well-trained therapists at Happy Feet Massage aim to relieve tension and improve overall health with reflexology and massage treatments. Talented fingers press specific points on arches and toes to help soothe general tension, ease pain, and get “These Boots are Made for Stomping” out of your head during 30-minute reflexology sessions. The ancient Chinese treatment has also been used to speed post-operative recovery, ease mental health issues, and lessen side effects from chemotherapy. Alternatively, trained palms also coax tension and co-dependent backpacks loose from lower backs and shoulders during 30-minute massages.