Near the back of the historic Pier 39 in Astoria, through its parking garage and into the cache of office suites overlooking the Columbia River, Leigh Oviatt has opened her business, Prana Massage.
Prana is a Sanskrit word for life force, and Oviatt hopes to help customers recharge theirs. She is a licensed massage therapist who works in Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone and traditional Thai massage styles. She also works on foot reflexology.
They call it lazy mans yoga, said Oviatt about the Thai variety, for which she travelled to Thailand for seven weeks to learn.
Her interest started on a trip to Lago Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala, where she learned foot reflexology and took her first massage and Reiki courses. She received her 800-hour massage therapy certification from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland.
She opened her massage studio in March at Pier 39 and offers $10 off the first visit and $10 off per referral to her business. Most of her services run about $1 per minute, and by mid-May shell be able to accept most kinds of insurance.