Galini Spa Massage Opens, Offering Full Service Spa in Zona Romantica

Galini Spa Massage Opens, Offering Full Service Spa in Zona Romantica

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Enjoying a spa experience, whether visiting or living in Puerto Vallarta is a must-do activity as it takes the beauty and tranquillity of this city by the bay to a whole new level.

Galini Spa Massage is new full-service spa located conveniently at Calle de Constitucion #364.  Opening just three months ago, the spa is already being sought out by tourists and residents alike.

Owners, Fernando Vera Castro and Jorge Alberto Cisneros Reyes, know a lot of massage services are offered in Puerto Vallarta but felt that could offer both men and women clients a new, serene experience, hence Galini Spa Massage was created.

Galini, in Greek, is “γαλήνη” and means serenity or calm which is just the atmosphere Fernando and Jorge have created.  As soon as you step into the spa, near the busy corner of Basillo Badillo and Constitution, you immediately feel a sense of calm.

Fernando has been providing spa services for over 12 years, graduating from the Spa School of Mexico.  He believes that massage is the art of healing the body and soul through two hands and the heart, first experiencing this first as a child giving his father foot massages after a long day at work.

With a team of six spa therapists, Galini offers 30, 60, 90 minutes massages both relaxing and deep tissue massages.  Another service focused on improving overall health and mental well-being is the 45-minute reflexology session.  I think having a reflexology massage at the start of every vacation or as 1-2 times a month service is a great investment in your overall health and comfort.

Facial and body treatments as well as manicure and pedicures complete the list of services offered at Galini.

Mike Stostaric, a Toronto resident, who spends a few weeks every year in Puerto Vallarta recently discovered Galini Spa Services.  “Having tried different spa services in Puerto Vallarta over the years, I can say that the deep tissue massage that Cristian at Galini gave me was the best ever!  I definitely recommend checking out Galini Spa Massage.”

Fernando and Jorge pride themselves on using high quality, organic products that contribute to a holistic sensory experience. They want their clients to leave feeling calm, peaceful and renewed…in a state of serenity where the mind, body and spirit are connected and aligned.

Galini Spa Massage, located at Calle de Constitución #364,  is open 7 days a week, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM.  On Sunday, hours are 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM..

Reservations can be made by calling 333 945 8277 or 331 171 0190 via WhatsApp or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/GaliniSpaMassage and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/galinispamassage/ or directly at the spa.

Be good to yourself, you deserve it, visit Galini Spa Massage.

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you may be looking for a special gift for your partner. But what do you buy when they already have everything? The struggle is real. Don’t worry, we have the answer to your dilemma. This post will provide you with some information if you’re feeling stuck and can’t find that perfect gift for your partner who already seems to have it all.

We’ve included gifts that range from comforting massagers to heartfelt journals that can help make your Valentine’s Day extra special. Whether you want to show your partner how much you love them or just want to help them stay cozy and relaxed, we have the most memorable gift ideas that should make the cut this year.

Lightly Sweetened bagless Loose Leaf Tea Gift Box: $15.99

Lightly Sweetened bagless Loose Leaf Tea Gift Box

The Tea Drops loose-leaf tea gift box is an innovative and exciting way to enjoy your favorite tea varieties. The set comes with eight drops of four different varieties and is a great Valentine’s Day gift idea for any tea lover looking for convenience and quality without sacrificing flavor or nutrition.

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Make Your Own Homemade Gin Kit

The W&P homemade gin kit is a great way to make delicious gin right in your own kitchen. It comes with all the essentials, including two 375ml glass bottles, a stainless steel strainer, a stainless steel funnel, one tin of juniper berries, and one tin of W&P’s botanical spice blend.

Scratch The World ® Scratch-Off Travel Map: $26.99 (was $34.99)

Scratch The World ® Scratch-Off Travel Map

The Scratch The World travel map is an extra-large poster allowing for a more detailed view of the world’s political map. The gold coating provides a unique way to scratch off and uncover the vibrant-colored country and state borders underneath.

100 Things To Do Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster: $20.48

100 Things To Do Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster

The Gift Republic bucket list scratch poster is a great choice for those who are adventurous and looking for something new to experience. It features 100 fun activities that can be scratched off as they’re completed. The poster comes in a triangular gift box, making it a perfect present to give to someone special this Valentine’s Day.

What I Love About Us Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal: $11.99

What I Love About Us Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal

The Knock Knock fill-in-the-blank journal is an ideal gift to give your significant other. This unique journal has 112 pages of fill-in-the-blank lines, allowing you to express your affection and appreciation for your partner, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day present!

A Year of Us: One Question a Day Couple’s Journal: $10.03 (was $14.99)

A Year of Us: One Question a Day Couple's Journal

This unique journal makes the cutest Valentine’s Day gift to reignite the spirit in your relationship. Deepen your bond with your loved one by using the prompts in the diary to ask your partner questions and other communication-strengthening activities.

Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Soothing Heat: $47.49 (was $69.99)

Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Soothing Heat

The modern lifestyle of many individuals leaves much to be desired, particularly when it comes to muscle soreness and tension build-up. The Nekteck heated neck and back massager is the perfect remedy for those daily strains and pains. Featuring eight powerful deep-shiatsu kneading massage nodes, this massager works to alleviate muscle soreness, ease neck stiffness, eliminate cervical fatigue, and relax the user after a long day of work.

Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat: $119.99 (was $159.99)

Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat

The Renpho foot massaging machine is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a relaxing, comprehensive massage for their feet. It has several features, including a rotation ball, rolling stick, and heating options, all of which give the user a deep kneading shiatsu foot massage. The ergonomic design provides a comfortable massage experience and a touch panel to control it with your feet.

Bucket Style Luxury Towel Warmer with LED Display: $99.99

Bucket Style Luxury Towel Warmer with LED Display

The Live Fine towel warmer is the perfect accessory for people looking to make every shower feel like a spa day. With its spacious heating compartment that can easily accommodate oversized towels, you will never have to suffer through a cold towel again.

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Alternative Down Dual Zone Duvet Insert

If you’re looking for a great sleeping solution for couples, then this comforter is an ideal choice. This unique microfiber duvet insert has two temperature zones—one side is specifically designed to keep you warm throughout the night, while the other side keeps your partner cool. This means you can both enjoy a restful night’s sleep without compromising on comfort.

The Best Hands-Free Body Massagers From Amazon

The Best Hands-Free Body Massagers From Amazon

Unwinding at home and treating post-workout muscle soreness using a massage gun is a luxury that many of us have afforded ourselves. But sometimes it can be tough to reach certain areas of your body with a massage gun alone.

Whether you have difficulty targeting particularly tense areas on your back or want a 100% no-effort experience, Amazon reviewers have highlighted the best hands-free massage devices that do just that ― and we’ve rounded them up ahead.

Read on to see a foot massager that combines three massaging techniques, a heated neck-and-shoulder sling that heats as it kneads and other options that users say are worthy of your money.

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Eight perfectly hedonistic spa treatments for winter-weary minds and bodies

Eight perfectly hedonistic spa treatments for winter-weary minds and bodies

Photo by Graydon Herriott
Othership

1 The Self-Care Sweat guided session at Othership’s bathhouse retreat takes participants on a temperature adventure from near-boiling heat (95 degrees) to near-­freezing cold (two degrees). It starts with calming breathwork in a 50-person red cedar sauna. Participants work out their corporeal kinks by self-massaging with dowels and quartz gua sha tools. Then it’s off to the ice plunge. Sitting in bone-­chilling water may not sound relaxing, but the opposite extremes have restful results. After yo-yoing between hot and cold, visitors feel clear-headed, calm and ready to start the cycle all over again. 425 Adelaide St. W., 416-361-0101

Target area: Full body
Total time: 75 minutes
Cost: $55 per class
Sort-of-secret elixirs: Othership’s 100-plus essential oils add an aroma­therapeutic element to every session.
Spa perk: A steamy post-sweat cup of Clover Botanicals tea—a blend made with stress-dampening valerian root.


The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel

2 At the Four Seasons spa, legs and feet are given extra-special attention. The Rosedale Reviving Foot Therapy starts at the knee and makes its way down to the tips of the toes. The entire area is thoroughly exfoliated with a lime blossom macadamia scrub and massaged with hydrating macadamia nut oil and white tea bergamot lotion. Any muscle tension is worked away with heated hunks of hand-carved Himalayan salt, and pressure is applied to specific reflexology points in order to soothe the nervous system. 60 Yorkville Ave., 416-964-0411

Target area: Legs and feet
Total time: One hour
Cost: $225 from Monday to Thursday, $250 from Friday to Sunday
Sort-of-secret elixirs: Australian brand Jindilli, which uses hyper-pure cold-pressed macadamia oil in its products.
Spa perk: Spend over $185 on treatments and gain access to the hotel’s steam room, sauna, hot tub and light-dappled infinity pool.


Spa myBlend by Clarins at The Ritz-Carlton

3 The Rejuvenation Experience is a day’s worth of pampering. It starts with a hot-stone massage followed by a ginkgo biloba–infused mud body wrap. If that doesn’t mentally transport you to the beach, there’s more. A light-therapy facial uses LEDs to beam regenerative, undulating red rays onto the face, and the result is surprisingly soporific. Then, after a languorous lunch in the sun-drenched lounge, a mani-pedi ensures that every last body part is left feeling reborn. 181 Wellington St. W., 416-572-8000

Target area: Full body
Total time: Five hours and 30 minutes
Cost: $995 from Monday to Thursday, $1075 from Friday to Sunday
Sort-of-secret elixirs: The Clarins line of powerful, highly concentrated creams and serums made with plant extracts.
Spa perk: The high-tech myBlend Cell Synergy Machine provides personalized facials, switching between radio­frequency, electrostimulation, electroporation and thermoaesthetics.


Guerlain Spa at Hotel X

4 The Honey Repair Treatment starts with face, neck and chest exfoliation, in which dead skin is gently sloughed off with non-abrasive rice powder. Next, the freshly exposed layers are anointed with the thyme-and-­rosemary-infused Double R Serum. The therapist then massages the facial muscles using a secret century-­old technique developed by Guerlain. The mix of pressure-­point activation, stretching and circular movements smoothes wrinkles, promotes regeneration and lulls you into a tranquil state. Just as you’re about to nod off, a honey-rich face mask is applied for a repairing effect. As you flirt with REM, the attendant completes the treatment by massaging the neck, shoulders and arms. 111 Princes’ Blvd., 647-475-9288

Target area: Face, neck and chest
Total time: 90 minutes
Cost: $325
Sort-of-secret elixirs: Guerlain’s Abeille Royale amplifies the natural healing qualities of honey, royal jelly and propolis with added botanicals.
Spa perk: Lake views while sipping on complimentary post-treatment bubbly.


Hammam Spa by Céla

5 The Black Gold Scrub is a caffeine fix without the crash. This luxurious full-body treatment starts with an exfoliant made from raw sugar, rich cupuaçu butter, Abyssinian oil and dark-roasted, finely ground Arabic coffee beans. Java aromas fill the air as the scrub is gently massaged into the skin, draining the lymph­atic system and leaving skin plump and fresh. After the scrub and a rinse comes a mini facial with pressure-point stimulation followed by a full-body cream lather. 602 King St. W., 416-366-4772

Target area: Skin
Total time: 45 minutes
Cost: $175
Sort-of-secret elixirs: Their in-house line of skin-care products, Céla, is designed with northern climates in mind.
Spa perk: Access to the spa’s eucalyptus oil–infused steam room.


The Spa at the St. Regis

6 Caroline’s 400 Retreat, named for 19th-century New York socialite Caroline Astor, is the St. Regis spa’s ode to indulgence. The entire day of self-care starts with a reviving granita scrub. Next comes a full-body aroma­therapy massage to knead out every kink and knot (with the scent of your choice—the cedarwood-­neroli oil is intoxicating). Focus then shifts upward with a facial that leaves skin nourished and luminous. Once sufficiently spa drunk (that serene out-of-body sensation), head to the lounge to double down with a mani-pedi and a glass of bubbly. 325 Bay St., 416-637-5595

Target area: Full body
Total time: Four hours
Cost: $1,045 on weekdays, $1,125 on weekends (three-day notice required to book)
Sort-of-secret elixirs: Sothys, a 76-year-old, family-­run Parisian brand known for innovative, reinvigorating spa products that fight the effects of pollution on the skin.
Spa perk: A dedicated spa butler who serves Louis Roederer Brut Champagne and blinis with caviar.


The Spa by Valmont at the Hazelton

7 After thoroughly cleansing the face with products designed to maintain the skin’s good-for-you biomes, an aesthetician gently massages Hydra3 Eye serum around the ocular bones, stimulating circulation, banishing bags and promoting lymph­atic drainage with the Reflection on a Frozen Lake treatment. While the pure collagen eye mask is being absorbed by the skin, stress-seeking hands work at releasing any lingering tension in the shoulders and neck. Finally, a silky collagen-­boosting cream is applied, leaving the face plump and glowing. 118 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6307

Target area: Eyes
Total time: 45 minutes
Cost: $155
Sort-of-secret elixirs: Valmont, a line of Swiss cosmetics made with glacier water and botanicals grown in the company’s Alpine greenhouses.
Spa perk: Stars like Oprah enjoy the privacy—appointments are staggered to avoid guest overlap.


Stillwater Spa at Park Hyatt

8 Depending on which essential oil blend you’re drawn to, the choose-your-own-adventure Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience can have relaxing, de­congesting or reviving results. The hour-long process is a mix of massage and energy work that combines acupressure, reflexology and chakra-balancing. After entering a trance-like state of deep meditation, you’ll come out the other side feeling as fresh and fragrant as an English garden. 4 Avenue Rd., 647-948-3120

Target area: Mind and body
Total time: One hour
Cost: $175
Sort-of-secret elixirs: Co-founded by Princess Diana’s personal aromatherapist, Aromatherapy Associates is an English brand that specializes in luxe essential oils.
Spa perk: Complimentary bites and sips, including collagen-packed gelées and immune-­boosting shots.

Foot Scrubber Options For Smooth and Soft Feet

Foot Scrubber Options For Smooth and Soft Feet

A foot scrubber is a tool used to exfoliate and massage the feet, removing dead skin cells and leaving your feet feeling smooth and soft. Foot scrubbers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be made from a variety of materials including plastic, wood, and pumice stone.
One common type of foot scrubber is a pumice stone, which is a natural volcanic rock that is abrasive enough to remove dead skin cells, yet gentle enough for daily use. Another popular type of foot scrubber is the brush scrubber, which is typically made of plastic or wood and is equipped with bristles or nubs. These types of foot scrubbers are also used in wet conditions and can be used in the shower or bath..
There are also electric foot scrubbers available in the market which use a rotating brush or roller to exfoliate and massage the feet. They are perfect for people who have mobility issues and can’t reach their feet easily or those who want a more intense foot massage. Go ahead, check out our list and get yourself one of the best foot scrubbers available online.

Temperia Leg, Heel & Foot Scrubber for Dead Skin

The Temperia Leg, Heel & Foot Scrubber features sharp, hard, and heavy blades that are able to effectively remove old calluses and thick dry skin on the feet. The scrubber is large in size and has an ergonomic curved design that fits the heels perfectly and has a comfortable grip, as well as a hole for hanging the scrubber. It is made of premium quality non-slip metal with a high-grade PVC handle, which is safe, wear-resistant and sturdy. This design ensures it is not easy to break and has a long durability. It is an effective tool for achieving smooth and healthy feet and is one of the most affordable foot scrubbers available online.

Kira Foot File Callus Remover – Wooden Pedi Foot Scrubber

The Kira Foot File Callus Remover is a wooden foot scrubber and is made of non-slip beech wood and natural corundum stone, which ensures that it will not shed or corrode, and has a sturdy design that is not easy to break and has a long durability of 1-2 years. The foot file has an ergonomic non-slip beech wooden handle that is more convenient to use and prevents slipping. The Natural Corundum Stone is designed to easily remove thick calluses, bad heels, and tough deep skin, and can be used on both wet and dry feet for equal results. Double-sided, it can be used for toenail and fingernail care, making your feet baby-soft, smooth and beautiful again.

VEGA 4 In 1 Foot Pedicure Brush, Pumice Stone, Scrubber & File For Soft Care

The VEGA 4 In 1 Foot Pedicure Brush is a multi-purpose foot care tool that includes a brush, pumice stone, scrubber, and file. The foot scrubber helps to clean and remove dirt and debris, the pumice stone is used to smooth rough skin and calluses, the scrubber is used to exfoliate and remove dead skin, and the file is used to shape and smooth nails. The ergonomic handle gives a strong grip and allows for easy use and manoeuvrability while removing hard, dry skin and calluses. It’s a one-stop-shop tool for maintaining beautiful feet at home. This 4-in-1 Pedicure brush is perfect for those who want to take care of their feet at home and get spa-like results.

Caresmith Bloom Rechargeable Callus Remover for Feet | Foot scrubber for dead skin

The Caresmith Bloom Rechargeable Callus Remover is an electronic foot scrubber that helps remove dead skin and calluses from the feet. It comes with three different roller heads that can be used for different levels of exfoliation, including a fine roller head for gentle exfoliation, a regular roller head for dead skin removal, and a coarse roller head for removing calluses. The device has two-speed modes and pressure-sensitive technology that protects the skin from bruises or irritation. It is lightweight, making it easy to carry with you when you travel. The device is also rechargeable and comes with an LCD display that indicates the battery levels. With just 3 hours of charging, you can use this foot scrubber for almost 120 minutes without any problem.

Scholl Foot Beauty Stone

The Scholl Foot Beauty Stone is a simple yet effective foot scrubber for removing dry, rough skin on the feet, knees, hands, and elbows. Its unique blue abrasive inorganic material, consisting of silica, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and aluminium oxides, gently removes dead skin cells and calluses, leaving your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. The stone is easy to use and regular use of the Scholl foot scrubber can help control the buildup of hard calluses and maintain smooth, healthy-looking skin. It is a perfect addition to your at-home pedicure routine and a great alternative to expensive salon treatments. Go ahead and get one of the best foot scrubbers available online.

TRITON Professional Dual Sided Foot Scrubber

The TRITON Professional Dual Sided Foot Scrubber is a great tool for maintaining the health and appearance of your feet. The steel and emery pad is designed to effectively remove dead skin and calluses, while the ergonomic design and non-slip handle provide a comfortable and easy-to-use experience. The dual-action design allows for maximum coverage in minimum strokes, and the detachable plate makes it easy to clean. This foot scrubber is suitable for both wet and dry feet and is perfect for both professional and home use. It is a great alternative to electric foot files and is great for travel use as well.

Prakal Shower Foot Massager Scrubber

The Prakal Shower Foot Massager Scrubber Brush Cleaner is a multi-purpose foot care tool that can be used for cleaning, massaging and exfoliating the feet. It features over a thousand massaging bristles and a non-slip suction cup to prevent slipping, making it easy and safe to use in the shower or bathtub. The foot scrubber promotes circulation and blood flow and can help prevent dry and callused feet. It also comes with a hook for easy storage and is available in different colours to match your bathroom decor. Go ahead and get one of the best foot scrubbers for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions on Foot Scrubber:

  1. What is a foot scrubber?
    A foot scrubber is a tool used to exfoliate and massage the feet, removing dead skin cells and leaving the skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
  2. How often should you use a foot scrubber?
    It is recommended to use a foot scrubber at least once a week to maintain healthy and smooth feet. However, if you have particularly rough or callused skin, you may need to use it more frequently.
  3. Can you use a foot scrubber on broken or infected skin?
    No, it is not recommended to use a foot scrubber on the broken or infected skin. It can cause further irritation and delay healing.

Disclaimer: The Times of India’s journalists were not involved in the production of this article. The product prices mentioned in the article are subject to change with offers given by Amazon.

The 8 Best Foot Massagers of 2023, Tried by Gear Experts

The 8 Best Foot Massagers of 2023, Tried by Gear Experts

Almost anything reasonably firm that can be rolled on the floor can be used as a foot massager. That includes everything from tennis balls to stainless steel water bottles. But, if you’re reading this, we’ll assume you’re ready to take your personal foot massaging to the next level. Here’s what to look for when shopping for the best foot massager for you:

Massage type

Broadly speaking, foot massagers fall into two categories: General purpose foot massagers designed for relaxation and to relieve tiredness and more hardcore, percussive-style massagers that work to alleviate muscle aches and pains. There are pros and cons to each design.

General-purpose massagers usually sit on the floor. You place your feet in or on top of a pad, sleeve, or plate, dial in your preferred setting, and let the relaxation begin. The best part about this design is that it’s hands-free and the closest experience to having your feet rubbed at a day spa. However, this type of massager is typically only good for light to medium pressure. Most don’t have the horsepower to really dig into sore muscles.

To work out serious aches and pains, you’ll need a percussive massage gun, like those offered by Theragun and Hyperice. The best massage guns are very powerful, and the fact that you guide them over your feet by hand means that you can precisely isolate the most specific areas.

Heated or not?

Heat helps stimulate blood flow and relax tired muscles. There’s no question that adding heat makes for a better, more effective, and more luxurious massage. The best foot massagers offer built-in heat with a variety of settings, so you can dial in your preferred level of hot.

Price

Most foot massagers—even the best foot massagers—are surprisingly affordable. Decent, budget-friendly general-purpose massagers are available for around $100, while more advanced models run closer to $200. Percussive massage guns are a bit pricier, with the best models typically costing over $200. In our experience, you definitely get what you pay for, though. We recommend buying the best model you can afford.

Female TMC member gives foot massage to MLA Asit Majumder

Female TMC member gives foot massage to MLA Asit Majumder

On Friday (January 20), a Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA named Asit Majumder courted controversy after he was seen receiving a foot massage from a female party worker.

The incident took place when Majumder visited the Debanandapur village in the Hooghly district of West Bengal as part of the party’s 60-day campaign ‘Didir Surakha Kavach’, ahead of the upcoming Panchayat polls.

After completing the day’s programme, he went to the house of a local TMC leader named Piyush Dhar. It was during his time at Dhar’s residence that Asit Majumder received a foot massage from a woman.

Reportedly, a member of Trinamool Congress (Chunchura) Panchayat Samiti named Ruma Roy Pal began massaging his feet while he lay comfortably on the bed. The picture, which was originally uploaded by Pal on her Facebook account, stirred political controversy.

Asit Majumder came under fire for ‘exploiting’ his position of power. While speaking about the matter, BJP leader Suresh Sahu said, “His policy of ‘give and take’ is pretty clear. If you want to get something from him, then, you have to give him something in return.”

“He treats his supporters as slaves (Dashi) and keeps them lurking around for his benefit. And in return, he appoints them either as the head of the panchayat or its member…This is a matter of shame. Hope he develops some wisdom. We can only hope for that,” he emphasised.

Ruma Roy Pal defends Asit Mazumder

Meanwhile, the foot masseur aka Ruma Roy Pal has come out in defence of the TMC legislator. She claimed that Asit Mazumder underwent surgery a few months ago but that did not stop him from walking for ‘Didir Surakha Kavach’ campaign.

“He had sprained his leg, which became hard as a brick. He loves me like his daughter and I respect him as a father figure. After my husband’s death, he made me the Pradhan of the Panchayat,” she added.

“Where is it written that I cannot serve him as my parents? He was lying down and I served him as a daughter as you can see in that picture. After the foot massage, he experienced relief. I was blessed to know that,” Pal concluded.

Explore the Healing Powers of Reflexology at These Portland Spas

Explore the Healing Powers of Reflexology at These Portland Spas




Like cuisine, music, film, and literature, the art of massage expresses itself distinctly across different cultures around the world. Here in Portland we’re fortunate to have many small businesses offering reflexology—typically a type of massage that focuses on the feet but can also include the hands, ears, and more—which is derived from the tui na massage practices found in traditional Chinese medicine. Whether you grew up with this as part of your health and wellness regimen, came to it later in life, or have yet to try it out, reflexology in its many forms offers something for everyone. These three places each offer a distinct take on the tradition, with excellent therapists and a calm atmosphere. Any one of them can serve as a jumping-off point for further exploration.

Overlook & Northwest District
Sole 2 Sole is a great place to start if you’re curious about reflexology massage. The company has two locations—one in North Portland, the other on the Slabtown/Pearl District border. I’m a regular at the one on Skidmore, which is in a brand-new building and feels clean, modern, and comfortable. A simple chair reflexology session focuses on hands and feet, includes a relaxing foot soak. If you type on a computer for a living, or work with your hands in a high-intensity setting, reflexology can especially help relieve pain in your joints and wrists, and your therapist at Sole 2 Sole may choose to employ a small scraping tool called gua sha, which helps improve circulation. The full menu of services also includes infrared sauna, full-body tui na massage, and cupping. 1314 N Skidmore St & 2113 NW Northrup St

Buckman
At Golden Hour, massage traditions are fused with acupuncture, another form of traditional Chinese medicine with a practice history dating back thousands of years. If you’ve never tried acupuncture before—or the thought of needles makes you squeamish—this is absolutely the perfect place to try it out, in a serene, spa-like environment. A chair session here combines therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulders with a half-hour of gentle acupuncture; a brief consultation with your practitioner allows them to focus on your area of need, whether that might be general stress or more specific soreness. I am a huge believer in acupuncture for the relief of seasonal allergies—if you are an allergy sufferer, I cannot recommend trying this form of therapy enough—and have also experienced pretty incredible jolts of creativity and insight whilst under the needle, which feels almost like a form of meditation. It’s also possible to go deeper at Golden Hour with longer, more focused appointments including massage, cupping, aromatherapy, seasonal herbs, and much more. And be sure to browse the shop before you leave for a considered selection of soap, incense, tea, and much more. 410 SE Ash St

Healthy Foot Reflexology

Montavilla
Located in a small business courtyard off of 82nd (also home to My Brother’s Crawfish and Zero Degrees), Healthy Foot is short on frills, with a vibe more like visiting a medical office. If you’re seeking a more spa-style experience with your reflexology, this is perhaps not your first choice. But do not be fooled: Healthy Foot is home to serious reflexology practitioners who are ready to press, rub, knead, and pull you to another level of wellness. Services here used to start at just $20; these days it’s $40 for an hour (thanks, inflation), which is still a screaming deal. And the shop is open late for the after-work crowd. Same-day appointments are generally available by phone. Expect a combination of a foot soak and a full body massage, with emphasis on neck, back, and shoulders, as well as your arms and hands. Don’t ask too many questions, and set your expectations—the focus here is on the therapeutic benefits of tui na. Go with the flow, and you’ll walk away floating. 8230 SE Harrison St, 503-488-0489