by Nina Lary - 21 Reviews - 50 List
The days are short and cold, and that can only mean one thing: It's time for a personal tune-up. It's the best time of year to cleanse or simply adjust your alignment. These are my favorite spots to revitalize and get revved up. (Photo credit: Flickr thomaswanhoff)
Updated: December 01, 2010
Apparently, there are two professions prone to displaced ribs: surgeons and writers. I first encountered the painful ailment last year and was sent straight to Dr. Khalsa. With a few precise adjustments, my range of motion was instantly restored. Now I visit regularly, where appointments start with electrotherapy (bizarre at first, strangely comforting over time). Khalsa is no-nonsense, professional, and patiently answers questions.
When my friend Young referred me to this Korean sauna she told me they exfoliate your entire body--your ENTIRE body. And, boy, did she mean it. After steaming in various saunas--one with a sea salt floor--you'll be scrubbed vigorously from head to toe. It might sting a teensy bit, but you have never been this clean in your entire life.
I used to work in one of Portland's busiest restaurants. One day, while desperately scheming to get the weekend off for a trip to Breitenbush, a friend turned to me and said, "You're doing all this just so you can go to a spa?" I calmly explained that Breitenbush is NOT a spa but a magical wonderland. And that's all you really need to know. (Oh, that and ?clothing optional? actually means you'll be the only one wearing a swimsuit).