Natural beauty and modern med-spa technology converge at this spa and boutique situated a stone's throw from the Portland waterfront. Guests can anchor their boats and then dock themselves comfortably at the pedicure bar, where toes enjoy a refreshing dip in jade-colored basins before being softened with mandarin ginger essential oils. Leafy green walls flanked by potted palms and vases filled with tall grasses reflect the spa's preference for all-natural skincare lines, including products by Éminence Organic, while jet-black furniture and sharp track lighting hint at the cutting-edge services––including laser hair removal and pixel skin resurfacing––that await inside private treatment rooms. Still, the spa is most proud of its specialty organic treatments, including a blueberry-soy slimming wrap that aims to improve circulation and activate the lymphatic system and a champagne-mimosa sugar scrub that bids bon voyage to dead skin cells as it hydrates and tones the body.
Customer comfort is given top priority, and guests are invited to unwind pre- or posttreatment in the spa's relaxation room, where complimentary tea, wine, and water are always available. The staff also encourages clients coming to the spa from work to bring a change of clothes so they can head home afterward in their coziest sweatsuit or velour overalls.
Massage therapist Svetlana Braunt draws upon her international education, received in the U.S. and the Ukraine, as well as her continued training, to relax and heal her guests with massage, body wraps, and oils made from distilled smooth jazz. Her background is in energy work, and her top priority is balancing the mind, body, and spirit in a way that facilitates healing. Svetlana's next objective is to continue her studies in holistic and Eastern medicines, as well as in structural integration.
During treatments, Svetlana often nourishes skin with botanical ingredients. She coats bodies in moor mud?a paste rich in minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and humic acids?and also wraps figures in French seaweed, a substance replete with minerals and enzymes. Svetlana's massage services take place at the spa, but she's also mobile; appointments can be made for therapy at home or at special events.
From the street, Spa Sass? is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.
Lavender, jojoba oil, grape seed, and paraffin wax are just some of the tools that Herbal & Wellness Skin Care's April keeps in her all-natural arsenal. A firm believer in treating skin with only organic products, she stocks her station with environmentally friendly, sweet-smelling products. Sugar and salt scrubs soothe skin, and herbal wraps keep hands warm, much like putting on a puppet show about bears with anxiety. Also a nail technician, April wields long-lasting Shellac polishes, which cure into place, and her brush flicks almost silently across nails while bestowing them with french tips.
Like a comic-book superteam, the medical specialists at Grain Integrative Health combine their powers to maintain peace within clients’ bodies. By providing health-care services such as acupuncture, massage, counseling, and naturopathic primary care, they aim to safeguard bodies against environmental and pharmaceutical toxins.
Clients can also opt for complete nutritional health evaluations, as well as testing for food allergies or sensitivities. Specialists also offer detoxification services to battle acute and chronic diseases brought on by sleeping inside a tub of old thermometers.