My Approach

I provide nurturing and patient-centered massage therapy for those living with chronic pain. My approach is 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. If the goal is simply to take time for yourself, I make that time all about you. You can use it however you like- 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.

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, I 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 training was received from the Academy of Clinical Massage.

You can often find me running through the streets and trails of NW Portland or sitting in my favorite chair reading a good book with two terriers at my feet.

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

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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

Licensed LMT in the State of Oregon #22292 (click on link for verification)

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
  • Trauma-Informed Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication
  • Oregon Pain Summit



Services

My massage practice is temporarily closed effective March 16, 2020. Nothing is more important to me than your health and well-being, so I must follow the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing. I understand that massage is an incredibly important aspect of self-care and of coping with chronic pain, so this decision was made with a heavy heart. I believe we must take every opportunity to slow the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining a distance of six feet is just not possible with massage. Given that the virus has a 2–14 day incubation period, we may be exposed and contagious long before we display symptoms, and therefore spread it unknowingly. 

You are welcome to email me if you would like to be notified once I resume my practice. 

 

IF YOU WISH TO BILL HEALTH OR AUTO INSURANCE - you must call or email prior to making an appointment. Do not make the appointment online.

If you do not see an appointment time that works for you, please call or email for assistance.

GRATUITIES GRACIOUSLY DECLINED - As a business owner, I do not accept tips. Instead of a tip, please consider leaving a Google review or referring a friend or family member.

Prices are for services paid at the time of service

60 MINUTE MASSAGE   $75

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

90 MINUTE MASSAGE   $105

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

 

Medical Insurance and Massage - Visit this page for details.

Insurance is billed at $22.50 per unit (one unit = 15 minutes)

 


Latest Blogs

Uncoupling with Gratuity

Before I opened my practice at LifeQual, I worked at a local spa. I was paid a percentage of the cost of the massage and I graciously accepted gratuity. When I was creating a business plan for myself, I made the decision to not accept gratuity. There are several reasons for that decision and I thought I’d share them with you. First and foremost, I work for myself, which means I can charge whatever I please. My prices are based on many factors, the most important being the amount I need to earn in order to keep a roof over […]

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