As the name suggests, the doctors and aestheticians at Skin Body Soul Spa nurture a balance between outer beauty and inner peace. Aiming to restore the body's nutrients while drawing out its toxins, treatments such as Herbalogica body wraps use niacin and soy oil to stimulate collagen production and firm up skin. Nonsurgical lipo treatments and infrared sauna sessions similarly aim to contour the body through the use of ultrasound and dry infrared heat, respectively.
Several of the spa's other offerings, including microcurrent treatments, glycolic peels, and Norvell sunless tanning, restore a youthful glow to skin. But the staff's expertise doesn't stop at the service menu. They keep a blog updated with recipes, nutrition tips, and YouTube videos of the latest dance craze the Protein Shake.
As an aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience and a former chemist with Christian Dior, Helene Lawless knows a thing or two about skincare. The French native opened Be Smooth after growing tired of lengthy spa visits that left a dent in her own wallet. She decided to offer affordable treatments with products and equipment that she has found to be effective over her years as an aesthetician and spa-goer. As a result, she and her team nourish skin using the with organic plant extracts in the Pevonia Botanica line, natural Nuxe products, and Shea Terra Organics with fair-trade shea butters and argan oils. Lawless has also tracked down innovative aesthetic techniques such as VIP Complex's infrared and microcurrent treatments, IPL photofacials with light heat energy (LHE), and hair removal with the gel-based Depilar System.
Lawless prides herself not only on the budget-friendliness of her services, but also on the unintimidating “non-spa” ambience of her beauty haven. Guests relax at a white-on-white facial bar for a deep cleansing, and a boutique area offers European-style gifts such as fragrant Aquiesse soy candles and jewelry by Miravidi and Caracol. According to a 2011 article in the Oregonian, "even the music that can be heard from the front door is French." Just as charming is Lawless' French accent, which, like a lullaby sung by a lemur, is both soothing and exotic.
Owner Dr. Ryan Minarik is just one of three naturopathic physicians at Elixia Wellness Group, and one of four licensed acupuncturists. As if that wasn't enough expertise, his staff also includes practitioners of Chinese medicine, a chiropractic doctor and yoga teacher, massage therapists, and even a skin technician. With such healers backing him up, Dr. Minarik tackles maladies of all shapes and sizes using a holistic approach that revolves around the individual. Each treatment takes the patient's history into account, as well as factors such as genetics, before tracking down the root cause of issues instead of just medicating symptoms. Once the practitioners have pinpointed the problem, they can assemble a plan of attack using their multiple fields of expertise.
Although Elixia Wellness Group's treatment philosophy stretches back centuries, it keeps an eye on the ever-changing landscape of healing technology. Recently, Dr. Minarik has begun stimulating postinjury healing with platelet-rich-plasma injections. The contemporary method separates platelets—treasure troves of potential regeneration—from the patient’s own blood before returning them to the circulatory stream at the point where torn tendons or arthritis cause pain.
Common Ground Wellness Cooperative, a clothing-optional wellness center located in Portland's Alberta Arts neighborhood, provides a full spectrum of healing opportunities for mind and body with their bathhouse, sauna, and wellness practitioners. The bathhouse features a large, outdoor, hot soaking pool with therapy jets, a dry cedar sauna, and refreshing misters that spritz bathers, and offers a tranquil, accepting, safe space to relax and rejuvenate the spirit. During sunny days, adjustable shades adorn the courtyard to help relaxers beat the heat. They also offer men-only and women-only hours during the week, plus a monthly trans and gender-queer night.
The Co-Op also has practitioners with diverse experience, whether you’re looking for Shiatsu, Swedish massage, cranio-sacral, myofascial release, structural integration, deep tissue, energy work, hot stone massage, thai massage, sports massage, lomi lomi, or acupuncture. Call ahead to add one of these wellness services to your visit.
Angelic Healing Hands in Portland offers beneficial alternative medical treatments for a wide range of needs.
Say goodbye to blackheads and clogged pores with a facial!
Reduce stress and eliminate pain with one of the offered massages, such as deep tissue and Swedish.
A dental service, such as Invisalign, from Angelic Healing Hands will keep you smiling all day long.
With a wide selection of alternative services at this clinic, you can choose your service of choice.
Sometimes you just need to chill out and let off some steam. Why not clear out some toxins while you're at it? Grab a towel and check out the luxury sauna.
Make sure that you call ahead and make your beauty service appointment before heading to this clinic — it's appointment only.
No cash? No problem! Angelic Healing Hands accepts plastic from any major card provider.
The alternative methods used by the doctors at Angelic Healing Hands have produced great results in their patients. Call to find out more.
The team at A Better You takes a holistic approach to wellness, offering services designed to detoxify the body and promote overall health. Their technicians are certified in the Madame Et Monsieur Electro-Slim system, an electrotherapy technology that may help reduce fat and strengthen muscles with pulses from strategically placed electrodes. Staffers aim to rid tissues of impurities with soothing infrared-sauna sessions and ionic foot baths.
The center also seeks to enhance well-being with natural products such as certified-pure-therapeutic-grade essential oils and vitamin-rich or pure herbal nutritional supplements. Visitors are greeted by soft music, the fragrances of aromatherapy, and soft armchairs next to antique-style end tables that are ideal for writing Dear John letters to newly roomy pants.