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.
Over the course of 11 years, licensed massage practitioner Amber Ham has been fine tuning her soothing techniques that eliminate aches, pains, and tension. Combining just the right amount of pressure with soothing strokes, Ham helps boost circulation, inspire calm, and relieve pain and stiffness throughout the body. When not using her healing hands to boost flexibility and release stress in her patients, Ham spends her time studying alternative healthcare, hiking, raising chickens, keeping beehives, and unplugging cell-phone chargers when not in use.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular service: Airbrush spray tans
Brands Used: Multiple solutions depending on your natural skin tone
At Platinum Tanning, clients can maintain a beach-ready look year-round. The tanning salon darkens complexions with a UV-free tanning alternative can bask in the misting particles of an airbrush tanning solution, which is applied by hand by a technician to ensure the natural-looking formula goes on evenly.
The practitioners at Integrative Body blend holistic medicine with physical therapy as they treat patients' injuries and chronic ailments. Whether it’s a case of whiplash from getting into a fender bender or a strained elbow from showing off your biceps, the team here works closely with each patient to put together rehab plans that whittle away at pain and discomfort. These plans can include guided exercises that help rebuild muscles and relaxation massages that counter stubborn areas of tension.
The staff at GoodLife Therapeutic Massage is trained in various modalities, and tailors each session to the specific needs of the patient beneath their hands. Within their arsenal, they boast deep tissue treatments, sports massage, and Swedish massage, a method that cranks up relaxation levels with additional oils and lotions. For hands-free care, the GoodLife staff can also tote their specialized ergonomic massage chair to a location of your choice.