Licensed massage practitioner Alison Eaton helms Massage By Alison, which is named after its mother, Massage Eaton. Alison has a deep passion for healing, and she welcomes customers to descend upon massage tables and lay their woes bare among the taut muscular tensions of their backs. With the body as her battlefield, Alison makes enemies of stress, sore muscles, and knots, slaying them with personalized massages rendered with deep-tissue techniques and augmented by aromatherapy.
Sue Pfendler has so many three-letter certifications after her name, it’s hard to fit them all on one line. As a registered yoga teacher, a licensed massage practitioner, and a registered Thai therapist, she puts her diverse set of skills and certifications to work running Balanced Bodyworks Massage & Yoga. Although her therapies, such as hot-stone massage or traditional Thai bodywork, seem to differ on the surface, they all coalesce around one main goal: rebalancing the body. By incorporating Eastern massage techniques with treatments such as an infrared sauna, she's able to help combat everyday problems, such as fatigue, back pain, and stress headaches, that stem from doing your taxes with an abacus.
At a very young age, there was only one thing Mikayla Guerin wanted to be when she grew up: a massage therapist. She started working toward her dream right after high school, when she moved to Portland, Oregon, to attend East West College of the Healing Arts. There, she learned that massage brings clients much more than tension relief. It can also aid in digestion, eliminate chronic pain, and strengthen the immune system enough to protect against kryptonite.
As MG Massage, she utilizes her learned skills with deep-tissue, hot-stone, and ashiatsu massages. She also offers upgrades that include soothing lavender lotion, heated eye pillows, and a hand and nail treatment that uses organic cream.
Kim Robinson became a licensed massage therapist in 2012. Before that, she helped people along their path to healing in a different way—she spent nearly 25 years working in the medical and nursing fields. Today, she uses her total knowledge of the body to banish stress and untie muscle knots. She’s able to mix and match techniques from a number of different therapies, including Swedish, hot stone, and oncology massage. Thanks in part to that mix, there’s a list of benefits that is as long and multifaceted as the Hamburglar's rap sheet.