My Approach

My practice focuses on rehabilitation massage, which is treatment for injury and chronic pain. I approach treatment to take advantage of the relaxation properties of massage to facilitate the most change. During massage, the goal is to guide the mind and body out of a sympathetic state (fight or flight) and into a parasympathetic state (rest and digest). This shift helps the brain dial back pain and the sensation of tension in the body.

Massage for relaxation and self-care is equally important to me. All massage is therapeutic and can help to reduce stress and anxiety.  It also improves mood. My approach is much the same as rehab work. However, if the goal is simply to take time for yourself, I make that time all about you, whether you use it to meditate, snooze, or zone out.

I believe that massage shouldn’t hurt. If you are feeling a lot of tension or have a musculoskeletal issue, you may feel a little sore the next day.  Making you sore is never my goal. I use my forearms and hands as tools. Using an elbow to “dig in” is not a technique that I use.

Each massage is designed to fit your needs. We will discuss your goals and expectations and decide on a treatment plan together. Whether your goal is to feel better or if massage is part of your self-care routine, I will work with you to create a plan to address your needs.

It is important to understand pain, the brain’s role, and how it affects the body. I love the whole mind-body connection approach to massage and feel passionately that massage therapy can make a positive difference in a person’s life.

My Background

I am a southern gal, born and raised in south Louisiana. While there, I earned a BA in Sociology from Louisiana State University. After falling in love with Mt. Hood Territory while vacationing, we moved to Oregon in 2011. In 2016, I graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR where I studied Swedish and deep tissue massage. My orthopedic and rehabilitation training was received from the Academy of Clinical Massage.

You can often find me running through the streets and trails of NW Portland.  I also enjoy pedaling like a mad woman at Star Cycle, or sitting in my favorite chair reading a good book with two terriers at my feet.

After spending a bit over a year working in a spa as a massage therapist, I’ve started my own practice.  It is located in the LifeQual Center off of Cornell near Sunset Highway 26.  My location conveniently serves NW Portland, SW Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro.


QUALIFICATIONS

East West College of the Healing Arts

800-hour program includes:

  • Kinesiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Assessment and Treatment of the Upper and Lower Body
  • Pathology
  • Treatment Planning
  • Swedish Massage

Continuing Education

 

  • CPR certified with AED
  • Neuromuscular Therapy, upper and lower body
  • Cervical Spine and Jaw
  • Research: Massage Therapy and Pain
  • Applying Kinesiology and Biomechanics in Massage Therapy
  • Techniques for Sports Massage
  • Demystifying Complex Neck Conditions
  • Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage
  • Orthopedic Massage for Upper Body
  • Orthopedic Massage for Lower Body
  • Advanced Cervical Work
  • Clinical Applications of Pain Science

Services

GRATUITIES GRACIOUSLY DECLINED - As a business owner, I do not accept tips and instead pass the savings on to the client.

60 MINUTE MASSAGE   

Perfect for treating and focusing on problems areas or for a full-body relaxation massage

90 MINUTE MASSAGE   

Ideal for incorporating treatment work with a full-body massage, or a full-body relaxation massage

120 MINUTE MASSAGE   

The ultimate mind-body connection. This massage is intended to address problem areas while treating the entire body.

Medical Insurance and Massage - Visit this page for details.


Latest Blogs

All-Inclusive Massage Therapy Pricing

There are two aspects of massage therapy- the service side and the healthcare side. I will preface this by saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with the service aspect of massage therapy. One of my favorite ways to spend a day is at a day spa getting every possible treatment I can afford added on to a facial and massage. As a self-employed massage therapist, however, this is not the type of service I offer. All-inclusive massage therapy pricing means that for the one fee you get every gram of knowledge in my head, every technique that is applicable to […]

Pain and the Brain

An estimated 20%, or 50 million¹, US adults experience chronic pain, which is pain that affects and limits life or work activities. Many people who reach out to me for massage are those looking for relief from chronic pain, so I went down the rabbit hole of pain science to better understand what is happening in the mind and body of people who suffer from chronic pain. During the beginning of my research I found Dr. Greg Lehman’s free eBook called Recovery Strategies Pain Guidebook. It is brilliant and written in plain language for everyone to understand. I took the […]

How to Have a Good Massage

There is absolutely nothing better in this world than to hear that someone enjoyed their massage. I’m not going to lie- it’s good feedback to hear. Recently, I was given what was probably the best feedback and compliment that I have ever received. And it got me thinking- why was this person so happy? My goal is to always be present during a session, to always pay attention to the person receiving the massage and how their body responds. But that can’t be the only reason that someone likes the work. That led me to think about this particular client […]

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