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.
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.
Karynn MacKinnon has worked as a student athletic trainer for the Detroit Lions and both the US and Canadian national cycling teams. Now, after a 20-year stint managing special events, she's returned to her first love by becoming a licensed massage therapist and second-degree reiki practitioner. In the comfort of her own private studio, Karynn can unblock energy channels with a reiki healing session or temper chronic pain with deep-tissue pressure or the flowing stokes of Swedish bodywork.
The four massage therapists at Melt Body Studio can do a lot to help clients feel their best. Their massages not only heal injured muscles and improve circulation, but also increase flexibility so clients can limbo past the velvet rope keeping them out of the boss's private bathroom. Inside the massage room, soft music spills from speakers as a massage therapist uses varying degrees of pressure to disentangle muscle knots. Heated stones may be used to target sore spots and enhance relaxation.
Prioritizing comfort and Northwestern warmth for eight years, Beyond Bliss pampers its guests with aesthetic and therapeutic services supplemented with Dermologica, Éminence, and Hylunia products and unique details. During the signature massage, a skilled therapist begins with shiatsu before the strokes of a natural-cactus brush exfoliate the back. The hot-shell massage combines sea shells heated by the fiery breaths of a leviathan with natural minerals, sea kelp, salt water, and Swedish-massage techniques to soothe the back. Waxing, facials, and body-contouring treatments with ultrasound technology help round out the menu. Beyond Bliss also stays up-to-date on the most current skincare technology, including treatment with light therapy, microdermabrasion, and microcurrent facials
Sue Pfendler has so many three-letter certifications after her name, it’s hard to fit them all on one line. As a registered yoga teacher, a licensed massage practitioner, and a registered Thai therapist, she puts her diverse set of skills and certifications to work running Balanced Bodyworks Massage & Yoga. Although her therapies, such as hot-stone massage or traditional Thai bodywork, seem to differ on the surface, they all coalesce around one main goal: rebalancing the body. By incorporating Eastern massage techniques with treatments such as an infrared sauna, she's able to help combat everyday problems, such as fatigue, back pain, and stress headaches, that stem from doing your taxes with an abacus.