Aoede Pando is no stranger to discomfort. After undergoing multiple surgeries on her hip and knee, she turned to massage therapy as a way to relieve pain and maintain her body’s structural balance. Aoede now brings that same relief to clients at Sweet Phoenix Massage Therapy, where she uses customized strokes and coconut oil to unwind knotted muscles.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue massage and treatment of injuries
Products Used: Vegan only
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: All bodies and all genders are welcome.
Portland Natural Medicine's experts in holistic wellness work closely with patients to root out the underlying causes of illness and discomfort, employing time-tested and modern methods with the goal of rebalancing body and mind. A 90-minute treatment begins with a review of intake forms and medical history, establishing a solid foundation for the physical evaluation. At this point the naturopathic doctor examines the body for symptoms of system imbalance, aches, and phantom tail trauma. Based on these findings and an in-depth discussion about lifestyle, clients receive a customized treatment plan that may encompass diet and supplement recommendations, stress management methods, herbal medicine, and homeopathic remedies.
Chiropractic doctors Christopher and Huma Pierce, who are also husband and wife, have built two homes: one for their children and one for their patients. The latter, Chiropractic First, LLC, allows the chiropractors to utilize their medical training and passion for wellness on a joint quest to make Portland "the healthiest place on the planet to live." Both Huma and Christopher have extensive experience in treating children, drawing on their expertise as parents and medical professionals to diagnose young patients and move them closer to optimal health and careers as somersaulters. Their youngest patient, at only a few minutes old, was their son Aiden, who required immediate care after birth. Thanks to his father's quick actions, Aiden is now a happy, healthy kid. The Pierces create an environment that's welcoming to all patients, and specialize in helping cyclists suffering from back issues and those struggling to lose weight. This focus allows the pair to use their considerable skills to broaden their healing spectrum beyond the standard sore back or herniated frisbee disc.
To understand Rolfing, it’s helpful to examine Ida P. Rolf’s founding philosophy on the subject: “As in all matter organized into biological units, there is a pattern, an order in human bodies. Rolfers make a life study of relating bodies and their fields to the earth and its gravity.” While certified Rolfer Michael Valenti holds this notion dear, his bodywork approach is more direct. By manually lengthening the connective tissue through kneading techniques, Michael hopes to ease his clients’ chronic tension, improve range of motion, and make them all tall enough to reach the cookie jar.
Shira Avigal is a counselor licensed by the state of Oregon. She’s also a holistic specialist. At Shira Avigal Hypnosis, she combines the two skill sets to help clients overcome anxiety, fear of public speaking, chronic pain, and smoking and other negative habits. During hypnosis sessions, she helps guests with their specified issues by inducing them into a state of deep relaxation and heightened concentration, which allows her to target habits and beliefs in the subconscious mind. She also practices eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, which helps clients cut ties with upsetting experiences from the past.