• For $20, you get 10 yoga, tai chi, or Pilates mat classes to mix and match at Yoga & Pilates Northeast (a $150 value). • For $20, you get 20 fitness classes, including up to five Zumba classes, at Me Fitness Center (up to a $200 value). • For $30, you get 20 fitness classes at Me Fitness Center and 10 yoga, tai chi, or Pilates mat classes to mix and match at Yoga & Pilates Northeast (a $350 value).
It’s standard for massage therapists to tailor treatments to the individual, but at Written on the Body Massage and Acupuncture Studio, owner Julie Campbell and her staff take treatment customization even farther. The cast of licensed massage therapists offers more than 20 bodywork therapies, each helpfully broken down by profession and lifestyle. For instance, Take a Stand incorporates warming foot treatments and leg, hip, and back-focused techniques for those who stand on their feet all day. Conversely, the I Feel Like a Robot massage, involves techniques designed for overworked wrists and forearms, stiff backs, and other ailments symptomatic of having a desk job or being a professional chair-tester. Michael Wesson puts to use the Feldenkrais bodywork technique there, eliciting happy sighs from patrons by touching muscles gently to retrain them.
Beyond massage therapy, on-staff acupuncturist Beth Howlett uses hair-thin needles to restore the body’s healing processes and quell ailments ranging from allergies to chronic diseases. Meanwhile, a quite sanctuary equipped with a light therapy box mimics a sunny day to help clients who suffer from seasonal affective disorder. And to delight their clients after hours, Written on the Body hosts artwork shows, complete with dancing, refreshments, and free massages.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Custom Herbal Supplements
Pro Tip: We have Tea To-Go, Kombucha on Tap and Fire Cider Shots
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
When JJ Pursell first arrived in Portland, she found herself without access to one of her favorites stores, a place which sold medicinal herbs. Rather than complain, she decided to open up her own store, simply named The Herb Shoppe. The venture proved successful, and she opened locations as far away as New York City to provide customers with organic and wild-crafted herbal supplements. Most recently, she and her business partner Amanda Furbee opened a second Portland location, The Herb Shoppe Pharmacy - Mississippi Ave.
Rather than dedicate the whole space to retailing herbs, the duo decided to build part of this new pharmacy as a kitchen, a move with multiple benefits. Firstly, they make many of their supplements fresh on site, bottling the herbs the very day they stock the shelves. Secondly, they use the space to lead classes, teaching students the ingredients and methodology to produce their own products.
Instead of letting fear take root as her body became entangled with cancer, Pat Johnson commissioned the team of healers and practitioners she met along her recovery journey to breathe life into a holistic spa and wellness center where she hopes "to help people find the best within themselves." To that end, naturopathic physician Dr. Vida Talebi dispenses advice on overcoming fatigue, hormonal imbalances, and obesity, and chiropractor Dr. Stefan Herold addresses the chronic pain that results from giving piggyback rides to lazy shadows. Since wellness isn't just about avoiding physical pain, the center also holds daily yoga classes that foster inner peace. Natural therapies dominate the center's spa treatments, which include facials that extract epidermal soil with handmade Éminence organic skincare products, crafted from fresh herbs and fruits.
For more than a decade, Kinship House has nurtured children and families with outpatient mental-health services during the transition through foster care and adoption. After being referred by regional caseworkers and county offices, children experiencing difficulties in their new homes undergo a series of timely counseling and education sessions intended to soften the stress of a rapidly changing home life. With the help of the organization’s expert clinicians, who take a one-on-one, personalized approach to each case, 98% of the children Kinship House serves are able to successfully transition into their new families. More than 280 children and families receive outpatient mental-health services at Kinship House every year, creating lasting familial bonds and future stability.
At Common Ground Wellness Center's two locations, diverse patrons seek health through holistic body treatments including therapeutic massage and acupuncture, and soak up relaxation in a bathhouse with an outdoor whirlpool and cedar sauna. The center's co-op location invites visitors of all genders to soak in the facility's swimsuit-optional spa throughout open sessions or during hours designated for male, female, or trans and genderqueer persons. Visitors who regularly use alternative transportation—including their bike, feet, or polar bear—can claim a complimentary soak or sauna on their 11th trip. An eclectic roster of 30 bodywork practitioners practices at both the co-op and 106 year-old Flanders House venues, healing clients' minds and bodies with hands-on massage and chiropractic therapies alongside naturopathic guidance and emotional counseling.