While protecting the beauty of their clients, Spa Willamina also protects their skin and the environment by using pure, plant-based, natural products. Willow Light, the owner, puts her 20 years of healing experience to work in the spa, which features towering plants, an exposed-brick fireplace, and hardwood floors that can be pried up and thrown into the fireplace if necessary. Willow’s staff is a small army of aestheticians and massage therapists who have skills as diverse as certified diet counseling and herbalism. Inside various tranquil spaces—including a shower room, foot-soaking room, and nap room—they work to exfoliate body surfaces, knead out tension, and remove unwanted hair with soft strip and Cirepil Blue hard wax.
Nancy Failla, licensed massage therapist and founder of Mudra Massage, calls on her broad-reaching knowledge of bodywork techniques as she composes personalized treatments for each of her clients. She relieves pain and tension with the therapeutic kneading of her Swedish or deep-tissue massage by walking gently over backs during Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy. Weightless sessions in her studio's Oasis Relaxation System float tank work to bring on a deep meditative state while lowering the blood pressure, releasing endorphins, and enhancing empathy for astronauts.
Emily Taylor grew up giving back rubs to tense family members. Her penchant for easing pain blossomed into a career after she earned a degree from East West College and obtained a massage-therapy license. In a treatment room, Emily puts that knowledge to use as she examines posture to target pain at its source. She employs slow, continuous, and flowing strokes during Swedish sessions and opts for firmer pressure while using deep-tissue techniques. Emily is also certified in medical massage, which she uses to heal injuries after visits to the National Museum of Ball Bearings and Stairs.
River Organics boasts a twofold pretty-making operation: First, skilled skincare mixologists handcraft organic skin- and bodycare products from fresh, locally sourced ingredients packaged with labels that leave minimal residue. Then, a team of aestheticians puts the paraben- and artificial color—free formulas to work in the operation's intimate boutique, where visitors in search of natural-beauty solutions reap the benefits of professional skill in a roster of services including custom facials, reiki sessions, and Ayurveda treatments.
Licensed massage therapist Chelsea N. Knox has more than six years of experience helping her clients manage pain and stress levels with massage. She specializes in Swedish, deep-pressure, and pregnancy massage and PNF stretching, which can help increase a person's range of motion.
Toni, a hair stylist at Little Shop of Hairs will do whatever her clients ask, whether they want her to shape their manes into sleek bobs or shave stars into their short cuts. Additional salon services include highlights, single process color, and waxing.