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.
Nuance Skin & Massage Therapy’s technicians indulge clients in hair, skin, and massage treatments, evoking a symphony of relaxing sighs in an atmosphere of orchestrated bliss. Facial treatments reveal younger and healthier appearances using the latest in anti-aging micro current and LED light technology, and mani-pedis leave fingertips and toenails decorated in the client’s choice of polish, gel enhancements, or an intricate nail design, from colorful geometric shapes to logos representing their favorite fashion labels. Hands can also be pampered with 10-minute sessions of LED photopulsation spa treatments, which release painless LED wavelengths into the skin for softer, smoother hands that can finally ditch the bedazzled white gloves left on from the 80s.
When Dulce Spa & Salon recently decided to add massage therapy to its collection of services, the staff turned to Jessica Gulovsen, a licensed massage therapist known for her nurturing demeanor and custom-tailored treatments. Her specialties include deep-tissue work and hot-stone therapy, which she uses to melt chronic tension, and aromatherapy massage, during which she uses fragrant, 100% pure essential oils to invigorate the senses and keep creaky sinews from squeaking.
The licensed massage therapists at Chi Spa banish tension with traditional Chinese techniques performed in a modern, serene setting. Staffers usher in a sense of wellness from limb to limb by manipulating the body with Eastern-inspired therapies, such as ionic footbaths, acupuncture, far-infrared sauna, and chiropractic treatments that incorporate the healing elements of Chinese reflexology and magazine-worthy massage hands.
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.
Licensed massage therapist Bruce Schaefer (OBMT certification #15180), a member of the Pain Society of Oregon, assesses, subdues, and schools muscle pain and stress through deep-tissue and Swedish massages. Back pain, muscle strain, golfer’s elbow, and knotted antennae are among the conditions that can be curtailed by Swedish massage, which emphasizes long, flowing strokes, or deep-tissue treatment, which employs more focused pressure. Before delving into the chosen modality, Bruce will talk with the client about his or her particular aches to help determine the causes of pain. Massage can benefit both mind and body for many clients in just one visit, and you'll leave with your muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet.
For more than 10 years, Christina Baird has been customizing massage experiences for her clients in her cozy, private treatment rooms. With deep-tissue, trigger-point, and myofascial-release therapies in her arsenal, she focuses on providing benefits that include decreased anxiety, increased energy, reduced aches, and a better quality of sleep.