After a frightening near-death experience, Ananda Rubio awakened from a weeklong coma with a renewed sense of purpose. Today, he fulfills much of that purpose by healing others through massage. A licensed massage therapist, Ananda applies his personal healing touch during deep-tissue and Swedish massages, hot-stone therapy, and PNF stretching sessions.
Ananda works alongside a team of like-minded practitioners at Radiant Health Center, a tranquil oasis that emphasizes the healing power of natural therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine. The spa also hosts an infrared sauna in its secluded garden, where clients can detoxify and become one with nature as they pretend to be flowers in a greenhouse.
The seasoned muscle and spine specialists at Eugene Wellness Center champion whole-body wellness with a bevy of stress-relieving and ailment-assuaging services. During the one-hour raindrop therapy massage, customers can unwind amid soft lighting and invigorating aromas while muscle menders rub essential oils into their feet, back, shoulders, neck, and dorsal fins, chasing away tension and banishing aches.
A native of Japan, Eugene Family Acupuncture founder Yumiko Freeman grew up witnessing–and experiencing firsthand–methods of Asian folk medicine. Later in life, and on three separate occasions, Yumiko also experienced firsthand the power of acupuncture. Wanting to help others in similar fashion, Yumiko decided to become an acupuncturist herself, and today fuses her craft with other modalities in an effort to heal what ails her clients. Yumiko's holistic prowess stretches well beyond acupuncture, too, as she also specializes in pediatrics, psycho-emotional issues, and facial rejuvenation.
The workplace can be a source of stress for anyone. That's why licensed massage therapist Karl Jensen carts his portable massage chair to his clients’ offices or homes to unwind knotted muscles with 15-minute bursts of massage for groups of 4 to 12 people. When not on the move, he parks his equipment in a private treatment room, where clients relax on a massage table as he paints relaxation across physical canvases with gentle Swedish strokes. He also hunts down extra-stubborn muscles with deep-tissue techniques and integrates a number of styles to create custom massages.
It's simple: stiff muscles don't want to move. That's why massage therapist Jason Lee descends on tension with four types of massage modalities, loosening muscles so they can range through the full swirl of motions. Myofascial release, for instance, breaks up internal scar tissue that holds muscle fibers in place, and deep-tissue pressures deliver cross-grain strokes to ease out movement-impeding muscle knots.
When Chelsea Kaldahl—the brains and nimble fingers behind Dasra Mantra—decided to start a career as a massage therapist, she didn't limit herself to a single modality, knowing that different clients would require different techniques. Her approach to learning now pays dividends in her work, as her expertise ranges from the flowing strokes of Swedish massage to the rhythmic thumbing and applied yoga postures of Thai massage. She uses therapeutic-grade essential oils during aromatherapy massages, which can assist in breathing, promote better moods, and increase circulation faster than a magazine giving away a spaceship with each new subscription. She also performs Reiki, during which she uses her hands in an effort to unlock the body's innate healing abilities.