Practitioner Spotlight: Neva Osterloh

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You may recall that back in August, Neva joined the Portland Healing Space Family. She's a Licensed Esthetician/LMT and has helped build an herbal skin care service at PHS. We sat down with Neva to learn a little more about her:

How did you come to be at Portland Healing Space?

I have a passion for herbal medicine, and last November I attended an awesome herbal medicine conference at NUNM called The Portland Plant Medicine Gathering. It was there that I met the incredible Danielle Lombardi and we started talking about herbs, skin care, massage and offering herbal skin care at Portland Healing Space. Over the next few months, we worked out all the details on the skin care services we thought clients at PHS would love, and now here we are! I couldn’t be happier about the response we’ve gotten so far, for both our product line, Evan Healy, and our treatments.

It's interesting that you're a massage therapist and an esthetician; both work with the skin. Did you start out as a massage therapist and then learn to be an esthetician? What made you decide to incorporate these two fields together in your practice?

I began my journey as an Esthetician! I had been torn between which education to tackle and which passion to follow first, esthetics or massage, but I had suffered through my teen years with very reactive, rosacea skin and honestly, in the beginning all I wanted was to be able to help myself after years of discomfort. I had tough experiences at a young age with aggressive products and well-meaning Estheticians that unfortunately exacerbated my skin issues. So, naturally I wanted to learn everything I could about the skin, its physiology, and how to bring comfort and better understanding to others in their struggle. Since then, I’ve learned so much about inflammation, hormonal representations in the skin, lymphatic drainage, and the magic that herbal healing can provide. My love of being an Esthetician brought me back to my passion for massage because I didn’t want my treatment and connection with my client to stop at the face. As an LMT/Esthetician, I am able to treat and address the concerns of my client as a whole rather than in parts. I’m so grateful everyday for being given the opportunity to do so.

What is your favorite part about doing facials?

My favorite part of giving a facial is the connection I’m able to make with my clients. There is a special trust required to allow someone to touch and treat your face. My practice isn’t about harsh peels or looking ten years younger, it’s about earning the client’s trust and encouraging confidence in their own self-care. My clients need to be made to feel comfortable with my experience and the information I am giving them, but also trust that a less aggressive approach is always the best approach. We need to be kind to our skin and patient rather than frustrated with it during moments of fluctuation. That’s what I am here to help facilitate, and I love it!

What are your favorite Evan Healy products?

Every single Evan Healy product is made with such beautiful intention and love (not to mention stellar ingredients) that it’s difficult to choose! Right now, I’d have to say the duo of the Argan Intensive Serum and Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm are two I must have! The organic and hand-pressed argan oil in the Argan Intensive Serum is rich in nourishing vitamin E and comes from an incredible, self-governed women’s cooperative in Morocco. It is beneficial for so many skin types and conditions, but is especially ideal for softening fine lines and reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmentation. It uses a special blend of essentail oils; the Frankincense alone is known for healthy cell regeneration properties, improving elasticity, and reducing inflammation! Beyond the effects when applied to the skin, the aromatherapeutic properties are vast, and delicious! As for the eye balm, it’s hydrating and protecting powers are all delivered in a super convenient applicator. Immortelle and wild carrot are my latest obsessions in herbal skin care, both very healing and reparative; they are perfect for more delicate skin around the eyes.

What are the top three tips/advice you would give about taking care of our skin?

  1. Always wash and treat your skin at the sink rather than in the shower! The average shower water temperature is too hot and can be detrimental to the health of the skin in many ways, AND it wastes so much more water tending to your face while the shower is running.
  2. Drink loads of water! I’d say about 8 out of 10 of the clients I see have skin troubles resulting simply from being dehydrated. Our skin is our largest organ but it receives hydration last! And if you’re a coffee drinker, be sure to balance out your coffee with an increased water intake to avoid the often dehydrating effects of your morning cuppa!
  3. What you put ON your face/body is as important as what you put IN your body! A large amount of what we apply to our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. It literally becomes a part of our being. We should all be as aware of the health of our topical products as we are the health of the food we eat. Organic, non-gmo, sustainably-sourced, locally grown, cruelty free…all of the healthy buzz words we look for in the grocery store, should apply to our skin and body care as well as our diets.

What is Portland's best kept secret?

Portland is one giant herb garden! The next time you walk through your neighborhood keep an eye out for a variety of mints, lavender, yarrow, rosemary, Queen Anne’s Lace (wild carrot), lemon balm, sage…they are everywhere, their medicinal properties are vast, and we should all be thankful to live in their presence!

Welcome, Neva Osterloh!

We are pleased to introduce our new Esthetician/LMT, Neva Osterloh, who has a special message for you! In celebration, we're also offering $20 off a nourishing Signature Facial, a 60-minute facial or a 90-minute massage through September 9th. Call 503.894.9437 to schedule!

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Hello friends of Portland Healing Space!

I am so very pleased to meet all of you and become a part of this incredible, healing family. Over my years of practice as an Esthetician and LMT, I’ve dreamed of finding a place where I could work closely with a team of practitioners to better treat my clients and their skin concerns. With the amazing group of people here at PHS, I’ve finally found that place!

Care for your skin can come in many forms. It is, after all, your body’s largest organ. It breathes, works hard to keep you healthy, and yet asks for so little in return. When you take the time and make the effort to do something, no matter how small, to care for yourself and your body, your skin will benefit as well. That’s why skin care is self care, and self care is skin care. And we all need a bit more self care these days. Because we all have skin. Regardless of who we are or where we come from, we all have pores and sweat and oil glands. We all run in to stress in our day to day lives. We’ve all been confused about which product or sunscreen is best for us. Our physiology , our emotional states, even our environment  can affect our skin.  In fact, since our skin helps protect us from the outside world and bacteria, good skin practice can even be credited with benefitting our immune system!

The message I try to share with all of my clients is that taking care of your skin goes so far beyond a ‘beauty’ routine. And although I can bet we’ve all had at least one pimple that embarrassed us at some point in our lives, or a fine line we notice with every glance in the mirror, my focus with your treatment is not only about getting that one blemish or wrinkle to disappear, but also to find the root cause of it and help to prevent future issues as much as possible.  The key is that you don’t need to be aggressive with your skin in order to see a change. In fact, I encourage the exact opposite. Helping your skin and your body to heal is what will be the most beneficial. Through our unique and effective skin treatments, acupuncture, nutritional information, herbal medicine, massage, and so much more, the team of practitioners at Portland Healing Space is always here with that specific agenda in mind; to facilitate healing in any way we can.

I look forward to meeting all of you and working together to make you feel your best! Feel free to drop by and introduce yourself, allow me to show you around our Esthetics space, ask me about my massage style, show you our beautiful line of local, herbal skin care products, or put my knowledge to the test with questions regarding your skin. Nothing would make me happier.
Neva Osterloh
Esthetician and LMT#22393

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