Massage therapy wasn’t always in the cards for Rebecca Whitehead. The licensed massage therapist originally set out to be a dental hygienist, and practiced for four years before enrolling in massage therapy school. There, she found the type of passion she couldn't seem to find in her former profession, and today she calls her departure from dentistry the "best decision I have ever made.”
Today, Rebecca runs her own practice—Rebecca Whitehead Massage—where she uses her skills to help others find relief from stress and pain. Her 60- and 90-minute Swedish, deep-tissue, and therapeutic massages are performed in quiet, heated rooms, and are fully customized to help treat specific ailments such as poor range of motion or cramping. Beyond just treating the back, each full-body massage also includes work on the neck, shoulders, arms, legs, hands, and feet, all while avoiding the self-destruct button that all humans have between their second and third toes.
The stylists at Voila Salon and Day Spa accent their full spread of traditional salon and spa services with an eco-savvy twist. In addition to a reliance on organic haircare products from Surface and Davines, the team uses environmentally responsible cleaning products and shares a strong commitment to recycling. Even their building is recycled, as the salon and spa operates out of a renovated church.
Downstairs, a bustling salon accommodates haircuts and coloring services surrounded by cream-colored walls and sunny track lighting. A mere flight of stairs away, the second-floor spa welcomes clients to a quiet, secluded space where they can enjoy Bioelements facials and massages while daydreaming about ways to subvert world peace in their next game of Risk.
Massage Envy offers the regenerative properties of various types of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 10 minutes are set aside for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
As detailed in the Portland Press Herald, Arcana Acupuncture, a holistic healing center and boutique, soothes the soul with something as complex as alternative medicine and spiritual workshops or as simple as sparkly original jewelry. The spacious lobby's green accent wall, exposed brick, and babbling fountain establish a bohemian yet modern atmosphere that continues beyond the gold curtains to private, soundproof treatment rooms that allow guests to retreat from the everyday with acupuncture, massages, and life-coaching sessions. After a workshop in aura hygiene and a tarot-card reading that reveals an impending decrease in fortune, guests peruse the boutique. Owner Kate Hebold handpicks its items, which include zodiac pocket watches, light-up steampunk cog rings, local crafts, and books.