At Alternative Hope Massage, certified massage therapist Lindsay Burke works to release muscular tension with her broad repertoire of massage modalities. Swedish, deep-tissue, aromatherapy, and prenatal techniques are accounted for, allowing her to address everything from sore backs to sports injuries.
When she isn't paddling a dragon boat down the Willamette River, licensed massage therapist Debra Oden helps her clients navigate the turbulent waters of stress, chronic pain, and injury toward relaxation. She customizes a fresh approach for every patient—drawing from more than 10 years of bodywork experience—whether visitors simply wish to relax or have recently injured themselves attempting to crab-walk up an escalator. To supplement her mastery of Swedish strokes and specialty styles such as pregnancy massage, she holds certifications in shiatsu, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular therapies. This leads to highly flexible wellness plans—guests might stop in for a one-time appointment or schedule recurring sessions that steadily unwind knots of tension. Regardless of the condition she treats, however, Debra's ultimate goal remains the same: to improve her clients’ quality of life.
Among her clinic’s cottage-style furnishings and stained-glass windows, Summer Collier practices Kiiko-style acupuncture, which allows her to diagnose ailments through palpitation. Using palpitation, a style of Japanese acupuncture that is said to have been developed by a blind man, she gains information through touch. This approach can alleviate seemingly unrelated problems by correcting any disharmony in the body. Summer supplements acupuncture with additional holistic techniques, such as herbal medicine, gua sha, and japanese abdominal diagnosis.
Through her mobile service, Summer brings acupuncture to women in labor and clients recovering from car accidents. When she isn't treating patients, she shares her knowledge of holistic healthcare on her blog, discussing things such as how to clean your hair without using shampoo or running through a car wash.
Hypnotist Charlene uses hypnotherapy to help her clients focus on what needs to change in their lives. Tapping into the subconscious, she can help clients decrease their stress levels, lose weight, and eliminate bad habits. She also dispenses tarot and astrology readings—techniques she has studied for nearly 30 years. Both techniques aim to help clients better understand their personal relationships, find appropriate career paths, and even communicate with the deceased.
For more than a decade, hypnotherapist Gary A. Meyer has helped clients make healthy, long-term lifestyle changes through hypnosis. During a typical one-hour session, clients create a positive affirmation that seeks to reinforce positive behaviors and spurn bad habits such as smoking and overeating.
At Accordant Natural Health, doctor of naturopathic medicine Valerie Ferdinand believes wellness is the result of a healthy lifestyle. That's why she and her staff use only organic products and prescribe healthy eating, supplements, and detoxes instead of drugs, though she can prescribe medicine if needed. Other services include spinal adjustments and hydro-massages, which alleviate tension with jets of water that have been warmed by a whale's gargling.