Magic is afoot, or in any case, magic is given to one's foot at an enchanting new spa catering to soles in Bend. Owner Christina Frazier opened Sole Footbar in January and Bend's new foot sanctuary now features nine massage therapists. "I feel so blessed to have such an amazing group of people working here," says Frazier.
She was introduced to the concept of a daily foot treatment ritual when she was teaching Ayurvedic principles in Singapore and Indonesia, where there were foot treatments on every corner.
After 20 years of massaging in spas and private practice, as well as founding and co-creating the spa training curriculum for Central Oregon Community College's massage program, Frazier was ready to create her dream of opening her own foot spa. With the support of her business partner Susan Mondry, her vision came to fruition.
The décor of Sole Footbar includes lighted candles along the walls, fresh flowers, and infused seasonal oils that lend to the initial feeling of home, though many find they are transported to a much more exotic place. "It's an experience of the five senses," explains Frazier, a licensed massage therapist. She incorporates hot stone massage as well as essential oils into her treatments. Once she presses in between the shoulder blades, the problems of the day fly away. Then come the hot rocks, the warm cloths, and the soothing smells of orange and vetiver.
The "Bar" is made up of three cozy couches, each separated for privacy. All one must do is sit down and surrender. With bare feet cradled by river rock at the bottom of a deep black ceramic foot bowl, hot and cold water are swirled together from separate vessels to bring the water to an appropriate temperature for each individual.
The customer is then presented with a choice of four seasonal essential oil blends, some of which are gem infused oils. Each treatment also includes epsom salts, dead sea salts, and a special Metolius tea blend that go into the tub and dissolve for healing effects. Tea is served by request and the tea menu includes black, green, white, chai and herbal Metolius teas. Every foot treatment includes a head, neck and shoulder massage, warm neck wrap, and a leg and foot massage ending with a peppermint splash.
Additional treatments include a hot stone massage, warm grounding stones, Dead Sea salt-infused scrub and paraffin dip. Full body massages are offered by appointment.
Other pleasant experiences are the sweet gem ritual, a 90-minute treatment, and the healing benefits of flowers with Flower Essence practitioner, Kelly Klimp.
Sole Footbar is offering a Mother's Day special of a second treatment at half price when one is purchased at full price. For other ideas, date nights are encouraged with treatment for two, and with wedding season approaching, the venue is a novel idea for bridal showers for up to eight people. Sip Wine Bar and Sole have joined forces to bring an extra flair to Sip's ladies night on Wednesdays with a sip and soak to combine the best of both worlds.
1354 Galveston Ave., Bend
Appointments by email: [email protected]
For Mother's Day bookings with Kelly Klimp, call 541-408-6171.