About the Work

I offer Swedish Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, Fascial Release Bodywork, and Shiatsu Bodywork. I use a combination of these therapies to aid my clients in the best ways possible. Each of the modalities I use has a relaxation component, easing the nervous system and leaving the mind and spirit in as much as ease and calm as the body. Research shows that massage and bodywork benefit us in the following ways:

Provides acute and chronic pain relief
Decreases anxiety and depression
Increases energy
Improves posture and flexibility
Relieves migraine and tension headaches
Enhanced mood from increased endorphin release (the body’s natural painkillers)
Improves immune response through increased blood and lymph circulation
Faster recovery from soft tissue injuries and scars
Improves concentration
Allows for better sleep quality
Helps athletes of any level to prepare for and recover from events, boosting performance

Swedish Therapeutic Massage 
This modality uses gliding and kneading strokes to increase circulation of blood and lymph which improves immune response; tempers the sympathetic nervous system by encouraging the body to “rest and digest,” allowing the body to repair; and reduces overall stress and anxiety. While deep techniques might be used as needed, this modality is to be more restorative and recuperative, allowing for maximal wellness and relaxation.

Deep Tissue Massage 
This modality involves the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain and tension in soft tissues and postural dysfunction. It includes assessing soft tissues for trigger points, myofascial adhesions and joint range of motion. In addition to using Swedish Massage techniques, Deep Tissue Massage utilizes Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, and Muscle Energy Techniques to restore length and movement in chronically inhibited muscles. This is a slower moving modality, as the techniques work superficially to deep to sink into the body like peeling layers of an onion. The discomfort level should be in the hurts-so-good neighborhood, and clients should be able to breathe comfortably, as this allows the tissue to relax, easing postural compensations and restoring natural myofascial balance.  While mild soreness may occur after this type of massage (typically lasting no more than 1-2 days), the body should feel in a better state of fluidity and flexibility in movement. Many specific injuries can benefit from massage therapy. If you have a diagnosed injury and feel massage therapy may benefit you, please inquire about injury treatment.

Sports Massage
This modality is geared toward novice and beyond athletes in order to maintain and recover when one is training for an event, sustaining maximum health and overall performance in soft tissues and joints. Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage techniques are employed to allow for continued training and event readiness. While the athlete is in the recovery stage after the event, Swedish Massage techniques promote healing by stimulating blood and lymph circulation as muscle, tendon, and ligament tissues recover.   

Fascial Release Bodywork for Structural Balance
Over the course of a year, I learned the fundamentals of the Structural Integration 10- or 12-series in a series of Fascial Release for Structural Balance courses. Fascia is a specialized and densely woven system of connective tissue similar in appearance to a spider’s web that encapsulates every muscle, tendon, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The fascial system is indiscriminate in that it does not have a beginning or end, but is a continuous covering interwoven through our bodies. It sounds cliché to say “everything is connected,” but it’s true, as each part of the human body is connected to every other segment by fascia. Typically, pain, weakness, or lack of coordination are indications that Fascial Release Bodywork may be warranted, as this indicates fascial restrictions may be preventing normal, fluid movement.

Each session begins with a Postural Assessment (please see below). The techniques involve applying gentle, slow, sustained pressure, in order to organize the body’s fascial tissues to help establish balance and a harmonized postural stance, eliminating pain and restoring motion. The client may be guided through specific movements to identify where limitations in movement arise and/or to palpate areas of restriction. Both active functional and passive movements are utilized to assist in creating effective and lasting improvements in the tissue. No oil or lubrication is used as direct contact with the skin is required. Shorts and sports bra for women are ideal to wear, as you may be asked to move around before, during and after the treatment.

While change cannot be made all at once, a series of sessions can work toward incremental improvements and changing one pattern at a time, allowing the client to adjust to changes between sessions and work toward integrated movement and structural balance. Similarly to Deep Tissue Massage, some discomfort during the treatment and soreness for a day or two afterward are possible, as dense and deeper fascial tissue is released and allowed to heal and move more freely.  

More on Fascia
The body uses fascial elasticity and plasticity to minimize energy use, and coordinates and controls integrated and efficient whole-body movement. As we place demands on the body, and especially after injury and overuse, our bodies can produce inefficient mechanics by creating thickened and dehydrated fascial tissue which decreases glide in one or more areas. This decreased glide can disrupt other whole-body movements and can lead to overuse problems (and pain) somewhere quite distant from the original injury or issue. Furthermore, the areas that first register pain are often “stretch weakened” or “locked long” and indicate a complex web of imbalances. 

Postural Assessment
This is an evaluation tool which allows the therapist to take a global view – looking at the body as a whole versus looking at only a body segment – of how the client stands in gravity. As each person’s structure is unique, a postural assessment can show deeper causes and imbalances and underlying structural patterns, which may be causing immediate symptoms, illuminating why a person may have the symptoms of discomfort they do. This gives the therapist a road map of where to begin and can yield better results for the client’s time, as the assessment helps the therapist tailor a session to the needs of the client. A gait or walking assessment may also be performed, in addition to some functional movement and range of motion tests. Please wear or bring a pair of shorts or fitted leggings, and sports bra.

Shiatsu Bodywork
This is a Japanese modality based on Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It taps into the energy, or ki, of the body and compels it to move in an efficient fashion to aid the body, mind, and spirit.  Shiatsu is practiced on a clothed body, where the practitioner uses forearms, palms, and finger pressure along the energy channels, or meridians, to elicit movement of the ki.  Most clients feel a sense of clarity and calmness after a Shiatsu session.

Motor Vehicle Accident Recovery
If you have been injured in a car accident in Oregon, your massage therapy expenses are covered under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) motor vehicle insurance, regardless of who is at fault.  A referral prescription is required from a physician/chiropractor (MD, ND, DO, or DC) to receive massage therapy benefits, as they will evaluate your injuries and create a treatment plan, including massage therapy. A series of treatment massages is typically prescribed, as massage therapy can assist with healing by reducing inflammation in injured soft tissues bringing immediate relief, and helping to restore range of motion. Sessions are site specific to an affected area and directly related tissues. Receiving massage therapy in conjunction with treatment from your physician or chiropractor is restorative and can yield an efficient recovery from a motor vehicle accident injury or trauma.

I will directly bill your insurance company for your open PIP claim, with no out-of-pocket expenses from you, as you rest and heal.           When you schedule an appointment, please bring the following information:
Insurance Company Claim Number and Date of Accident/Injury                                            
Insurance Company Billing Address                                                                                                 
Insurance Adjuster Name and Phone Number                                                                                              
Name on Policy (if other than self) and Policy Number                                                     
Referring Physician & Phone Number
Referring Physician's Prescription        
                                                                  

Massage Rates

The length of massage is actual time on the table, less any assessment time, i.e. Postural Assessment.  Please arrive on time to receive your full session time.  
Plan on being at my office for 15 additional minutes.
 
30-Minute Massage  :  $45
60-Minute Massage  :  $80
90-Minute Massage  :  $105 
MVA Recovery Massage  :  $50 per unit
I accept cash, checks, and credit cards.