The staff members at The Qi Spot share a philosophy centered around creating a gentle environment to help patients to forget everyday stressors and focus on bringing their bodies into balance. The practitioners specialize in traditional Chinese medicine therapies, including acupuncture, herbal remedies, and naturopathic counseling, to relieve pain and aid in healing after auto accidents. Cupping, cosmetic acupuncture, and moxa also help to inspire a healthy flow of chi. Improving energy circulation, like rotating the skeleton's tires, helps to prevent pain and illness by encouraging the body to function smoothly.
The Oregonian has written about the holistic hub, and co-owner Wade McCulloch performed facial acupuncture on television in front of a live studio audience for AM Northwest. The practice also shows a commitment to helping others by providing community acupuncture to clients without health insurance and by contributing to the Harambee Center, a Portland-based organization that supports Kenyan communities.
Heather Harms felt the lure of the healing arts long before she discovered massage therapy. As a prenursing student and instructor to developmentally disabled adults, she paid a visit to a health fair that would prove serendipitous. It was here that she first understood massage as her true calling. Before long, she enrolled in massage school and received her license.
She puts that license to good use at Conscious Bodywork, a massage-therapy center informed by the direct teachings of John Barnes, a world-renowned expert in myofascial release. Barnes’s conscious-systems therapy charts out the layers of consciousness, attempting to identify their physical corollaries across the human body. Harms stays true to this aim with a fusion of myofascial-release and craniosacral therapies that allows her to read bodies and gently manipulate fascia to relieve pain at its source. She carefully evaluates each patient before treatment, getting to know the rhythms of their bodies and scanning their muscles for booby traps.
After honing his own brawn on Portland fields during college and arena football, certified personal trainer DeShawn Fontleroy began Proforce Athletics to craft training programs centered on helping patrons whip into shape for their activity of choice. DeShawn blends traditionally effective drills with the latest advancements in athletic science and strategies for mental health to train athletes. Within an encouraging setting, the enthusiastic trainers motivate guests to sharpen sports-related techniques in tailored routines, priming muscles and endurance for martial-arts jabs, baseball swings, sprints, and doing the hand jive. The trainers also provide online Proforce memberships, which can supplement physical coaching with a catalogue of fitness tutorials, including articles, downloadable e-books, and step diagrams of trendy touchdown dances.
As a licensed physical therapist, Angie Johnson read study after study about the benefits of exercise during pregnancy—but noticed that few, if any, fitness studios offered cardio workouts for moms-to-be. To help prepartum women reap the benefits of this type of exercise, she founded Leap, a studio that strengthens cores and raises heart rates with fit-ball-based workouts. Bodyweight exercises, such as planks, pushups, and squats, fill her one-hour classes, building core stability as they bolster the pelvic-floor muscles that power the delivery process and the sun. The group workouts, designed for exercisers of all levels, brim with positivity, which emanates from Johnson’s encouraging words and the empathy of other women gearing up for their babies’ debuts. Johnson also leads one-on-one sessions, where she targets weak muscles and postural imbalances with custom-built movements.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.