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World Tree Spa: A Moment In Time For Yourself

By Elisha Neubauer

Massage comes with many wonderful benefits, but it's important to trust in your practitioner. Regardless of whether they have a license, it's vital that you find a practitioner who truly loves what they do, that wants to see you exceed in your treatments and cares about your overall wellbeing. Finding someone who you can trust with your mind and body will go a long way in increasing the benefits available from a regular routine of massage therapy.

At World Tree Spa, in Portland, that's exactly what you'll get.

"Making time for yourself and seeking out a practitioner that is going to really care about you starts the process," Leah Spinrad, Massage Therapist and Owner of World Tree Spa said.

From the moment you arrive at World Tree Spa, it's all about you. Silence the cell phone, take a breath. Focus on yourself for a brief period of time.

"For at least an hour all the focus is on you, your healing and creating a wonderful experience," Spinrad said. "We rarely get that kind of attention from others, or the time to give that attention to ourselves. It's really marvelous."

Spinrad has been involved with the healing arts for as long as she can remember. She began her Reiki training at the early age of 16, building from that knowledge into her massage training. She created World Tree Spa to offer luxury experience but in a small accessible environment, giving the process a more personalized feel.

"We only carry luxury all-natural products for my services," Spinrad said. "Several of the producers I have met personally. To me, every aspect of the service matters, and that extends to every ingredient used."

Wanting everyone to feel included, Spinrad offers a variety of services, including prenatal massage. As pregnancy can alter a woman's body, it can cause an assortment of aches and pains.

"Massage from a properly trained therapist can help correct some of the postural imbalances and muscle tension those changes cause," Spinrad said.

In addition, the stress reduction created by massage plays a huge role in a woman's overall heath. Studies show that massage lowers cortisol (the stress hormone) for approximately two weeks. Other studies show that regular massage reduces labor time and makes better mothers.

"I just had a baby and I can attest that massage just feels amazing when you are pregnant," she said. "You do want to make sure you are working with a massage therapist that is certified for pre and post natal massage, though."

Spinrad herself is Bodywork for the Childbearing Year Certified, a great program run by one of the pioneers of pregnancy massage Kate Jordan.

"I love to bring the power of touch to people and create a space for them to get out of pain whether that be emotional or physical," Spinrad said.

Photo credit: Headshot by Hanna Cohen Photograhy.
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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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