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.
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.
Operating out of Sacred Medical Office, Deborah Skell helps her clients improve athletic performance and recuperate more efficiently from injuries. The fact that she no longer uses a cane, despite having undergone a trio of hip surgeries, stands as testament to her success with these modalities and her faith in their efficacy. By altering the body's mechanical habits, Deborah helps people walk without limps, jump higher, and move more comfortably.
Dr. Jerry Evans leads a caring crew at Evans Chiropractic Group, drawing from more than 20 years of experience dekinking vertebrae to finesse skeletal structures ailing from work injuries, sports-induced aches, and everyday boo-boos. Spreading the treatments over two visits, the initial session begins with a consultation to discuss problems and pains before the chiropractic exam realigns spines and unspools tightly wound physiques like a yo-yo running away from its shadow. The second appointment provides time to converse about the doctor's findings as well as develop a pain-management game plan, if necessary. A 60-minute Swedish or deep-tissue massage concludes the healing meeting as a trained muscle kneader loosens limbs and fluffs bone cushions for a pillowy soft feel.
After honing her craft at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in California's Bay Area, Kelsey Sora Khatter returned to her native Oregon to practice massage therapy and energy healing. She specializes in prenatal and postpartum massage, helping women experience relief from the unique aches of each trimester and escape stress after delivery. She also applies her skills to infant massage, which can ease colic and improve babies' sleep habits, as well as help them forget about the storks that abandoned them at the hospital. Kelsey can make outcalls to clients' homes, offices, and even bachelorette parties.