Massage has been known to relax and energize at the same time, much like watching pay-per-view wrestling on a comfy couch or long-distance sleepwalking. Rev up as you calm down with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of massage or yoga at Ove Body Therapy. Ove will be moving to 593 Congress Street, across the street from its current location, on May 1.
Named Portland's best massage studio by Portland Phoenix readers in 2010, Ove tempers stressed tendons with therapeutic massages, energizing yoga, and a welcoming atmosphere. The 40-minute relaxation massage begins with a coat of raw sesame oil, which softens the skin and summons blissful images of slow dancing with a giant Nutter Butter candy bar ($50). Next a seasoned therapist eases aches and pains with the long, gentle strokes of a 60-minute swedish massage ($75). The 75-minute specialty massage combines restorative myofascial-release techniques and the yoga-like stretches of thai massage, helping jaw muscles unclench and neck stiffness fade ($100). Guests wound tighter than baseballs feel knots melt during the 90-minute shiatsu massage, which combines deep-tissue bodywork and japanese acupressure ($115).
Ove's yoga classes stretch and strengthen muscles while also benefiting good causes ($5–$15). Asthanga aficionados can attend 75-minute sessions three times a week and the Sunday beginners’ class helps greenhorns master fundamentals such as yoga breathing and sticking “kick me” signs to their own backs.