by: John Klicker, Kimberly Pamer of Gresham’s Urban Oasis Salon, is licensed to do deep tissue and Swedish massage and also does hot stone massage therapy. She and other staff members offer free 10-minute massages between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays at Wild Oats.

Licensed Massage Therapist Kimberly Pamer, the newest addition to downtown Gresham's Urban Oasis Salon, thinks of her profession as a form of preventative medicine.

'I can't cure you, I can't fix you in one hour,' Pamer says. 'But massage is preventative … it's like getting a tune-up for your body.'

Pamer, 24, trained at Ashmead College in Vancouver, Wash., and is licensed to do Swedish and deep tissue massage.

This month she also will bring hot stone therapy massage to Urban Oasis.

Using heated basalt stones, this form of massage is good for draining the lymphatic system, draining sinuses, and helping with digestion issues, Pamer says.

'The heat is constant, and I'm using my hands and the stones to massage,' she says.

The cost of the hot stone massage is $70 for one hour and $95 for an hour and 30 minutes. Pamer's regular massage prices are $50 for an hour, $30 for 30 minutes and $1 per minute for seated massages.

Pamer says her seated massages are good for people who are uncomfortable taking their clothes off or who may need more attention to their shoulders and arms.

The massage therapist offers free, 10-minute seated massages at Wild Oats in Gresham every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to meet new customers and talk about the benefits of regular massage.

'I urge people to get a massage at least once a month, although once a week is best,' Pamer says. 'Sometimes people wait until they're really hurting, instead of preventing the problem.'

To learn more about Pamer or her new hot stone massage therapy, call her at 503-888-8309, or call Urban Oasis to schedule an appointment at 503-491-8580.

Pamer is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the salon, 655 N.E. Hood Ave., every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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