At Bridge2Recovery, licensed massage therapist Bridgette Greenfield specializes in therapeutic massage that incorporates three massage styles?relaxing Swedish, vigorous deep tissue, and reflexology. Her single-modality kneads, meanwhile, range from hot stone massages with smooth, volcanic rocks to aromatherapy massage sessions. All massages are set to soothing music, which dissolves stress more effectively than everyone in your life yelling "calm down!"
The beauty mavens at GiGi Aveda Salon Spa continually uncover fresh trends and learning techniques to revitalize clients with Aveda's organic tonics. Classic spa facials begin with Aveda's Elemental Nature consultation, which helps skin therapists assess epidermal concerns before devising a customized course of treatment. Next, those immersed in the face-and-hand treatment submerge their rough palms and stiff finger puppets into a warm paraffin-wax bath. Technicians finish by trimming nails and cuticles and crowning newly supple mitts with bright OPI lacquer.
Today, she's a master stylist, but before beauty school, Hali Owens focused on psychology while immersed in a criminal justice curriculum. Since shifting to her true passion, however, she's cultivated a service menu that ranges from bang trims to elaborate wedding updos topped with three-tier cakes. Despite all these choices, Owens advises guests not to get too overwhelmed: "Don’t worry about knowing exactly what you want," she says. "I am glad to help you decide and make the process as easy and stress-free as possible." Customers are able to relax in Owens's chair, knowing they can depend on her 15 years' experience and expert eye to shape and color the perfect hairdo. Her specialties help clients feel their best, and to Owens, that's the best part of the job: "My favorite moment," she says, "is when my client looks in the mirror at the finished look and I can see their confidence rise!"
Marina Volod has been a clinical aesthetician for more than 20 years. During that time, she’s designed her own facial treatments, developed an acne-maintenance program, and started Avitalin, a company that sells its own line of natural skincare products. In 2000, she opened DermaEsthetica, a skin and body studio that takes a scientific approach to beauty. Armed with ultrasonic, cold laser, and phototherapy technology, Marina and her staff fight aging without bribing Father Time with bagel vouchers.
Heidi Niewendorp returned from her first-ever massage feeling invigorated, and not only because of the relaxing strokes and customized pressure. It also inspired her to choose a new career path?she realized she wanted to be on the other end of the table helping people as she had been helped. So she attended school, earned her massage therapist's license, and in 2008 began her career. Heidi specializes in firm pressure, performing massages she calls deep-tissue relaxation, which possess both the deep reach that can ease muscle pain and the comforting strokes that can diminish stress. But Heidi is versatile, and she's happy to change up her style?a lighter Swedish massage for general relaxation, perhaps, or a focused pregnancy massage for expecting mothers sore from building geodesic dome-cribs. For even deeper serenity, Heidi also offers hot-stone massage and aromatherapy add-ons.
Named for the endless view overlooking the wooded Mountain Park area of West Lake Oswego, Vista Massage and Wellness lets clients gaze at sweeping vista as massage therapists' hands sweep over their backs. When designing massage treatments, licensed therapist Bree Ashby calls upon a variety of techniques that include Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, hot-stone massage, and injury care. Chair and table massages are available in the Vista studio, which features heavy drapes that can close out the outside world if fighter jets are buzzing around the massage studio again.