From India to Antarctica, Sue Vittner's massage training has taken her all over the world. At her facility on Portland soil, Sue funnels those experiences into her practice, delivering a unique blend of seven different modalities that includes Swedish, sports, and deep massage. Sue dispatches those techniques during individual and couples massage sessions, and for those looking to learn the craft themselves, Sue shares the tricks to her trade during her interactive couples massage class.
The logo for the International Cryptozoology Museum is a coelacanth, one of the science's great success stories. Believed to have gone extinct 65 million years ago, a specimen of the armored fish was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938 and identified by museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer despite its false mustache. In the optimistic spirit of that amazing discovery, the International Cryptozoology Museum displays exhibits profiling such mysterious creatures as Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Jersey Devil, along with lesser known beasties such as the Dover Demon, the Montauk Monster, and the Fiji Mermaid.
High in the historic State Theatre Building, Joshua Hughes sits in his massage studio, awaiting his next client. Brisk Atlantic winds glide through the suite's windows, as if the ocean itself were offering a gentle massage. "One of the things I like about my suite,” Hughes says. "It's high up. A great breeze always comes into the room. It’s… a lovely environment to relax."
A licensed massage therapist in the seventh year of his career, Joshua reflects on how he got here. "I wanted to help people," he explains, "and I was always good with my hands. Massage was right down that alley." He began working even before graduation, massaging as a freelancer at spas and salons. "I didn't feel quite fulfilled. I wanted to start my own practice.”
Joshua's approach to massage is holistic as he employs reflexology, deep-tissue work, and even hot riverbed stones to tailor treatments to the individual needs of his clients. Focusing on the individual is part of what is most satisfying to Joshua about his work. "I've had clients tell me that they're just so appreciative and grateful for my attention to detail––that I cater to them as people. The money's a bonus, but just having someone tell me they feel better is the most rewarding."
Following a surgery for a rotator cuff injury, Michael Snell received some troubling news from his doctor. Even with physical therapy and rehab, he would only regain 75% to 85% of his range of motion back. Unwilling to accept this, he turned to massage therapy to help further his recovery. The results pleased Michael so much that he earned his own massage therapist license so he could pay it forward.
At Integrity Bodyworks, Michael aims to ease pain using his expertise in trigger-point and neuromuscular therapies, as well as imbue a sense of relaxation with the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage. He integrates hot stones for an additional fee to help melt tension and another set of hands to untie double-knotted muscles during massages.
Maine Yacht Center's dedicated staff caters to the needs of ocean-bound travelers within the safe, loving arms of its 990-foot breakwater. Once inside the calm, glassy waters of the Casco Bay harbor, boats of almost any size can repose on one of the marina's 80 slips ($3 per ft. per day for yachts 50' and under or $3.75 per foot per day for yachts more than 50'). Hungry vessels are fueled up with ValvTect fuel, specially calibrated and seasoned to cater to the fussy palates of marine engines. Maine Yacht Center's qualified craftspeople and carpenters carry out a range of repairs such as rigging ($65/hour), varnishing ($60/hour), or affixing scrimshaw hood ornaments with professional aplomb.
Maine Optometry’s skilled optometrists determine prescriptions for contacts, such as Acuvue Oasys, and glasses, such as the eye boutique's more than 750 frames including brands such as Oakley, Kate Spade, and Banana Republic. These frames encircle everything from simple single-vision lenses to specialty lenses that cater to athletes or clients who stare at a computer monitor all day waiting for it to blink. Clients interested in throwing off the yoke of eyewear entirely can discuss refractive surgery with the doctors.
Maine Optometry also outfits clients in designer sunglasses and concerns itself with the environment, working with an e-prescribing system that eliminates paperwork, which trees hate to fill out.