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.
I’m often asked which modalities I use or what type of massage I give. I avoid labeling my style with a particular modality name as I don’t adhere to a specific set of techniques. I’ll use whatever technique or approach I’ve learned or developed that I feel works well with the client’s need. When hard-pressed for an answer, though, one might describe my style as Lomi Lomi mixed with orthopedic massage. I use a lot of those long, fluid strokes, but will also include broader and slower techniques that involve movement.
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.
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.
East West College of the Healing Arts
800-hour program includes:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Assessment and Treatment of the Upper and Lower Body
- Treatment Planning
- Swedish Massage
Licensed LMT in the State of Oregon #22292 (click on link for verification)
To learn more about the Continuing Education
Update as of 02/26/2021
NEW CLIENTS: At this time, new clients are required to call or email to make an appointment. The first appointment takes longer, up to 30 additional minutes. Please contact me with your preferred day and time.
You are asked to wait two weeks between traveling and your massage.
Masks are required in the building and during the massage.
Following OSHA’s Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19, you will be asked to delay scheduling an appointment or to reschedule your existing appointment if you:
- Have a new or worsening cough
- Have a fever
- Sore throat
- Have been in close contact with anyone with these symptoms or anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- Are currently are ill with Covid-19 or suspect that you may be positive for the virus
Prices are for services paid at the time of service
60 MINUTE MASSAGE $80 – Perfect for treating and focusing on problems areas or for a full-body massage
90 MINUTE MASSAGE $110 – Ideal for incorporating treatment work with a full-body massage, or for just a relaxing full-body massage
GRATUITIES GRACIOUSLY DECLINED – Pricing is inclusive with no additional fees, service charges, or gratuities accepted. Instead of a tip, please consider leaving a Google review or referring a friend or family member.
Medical Insurance and Massage – Visit this page for details.
Insurance is billed at $23.75 per unit (one unit = 15 minutes)
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.
Michelle’s office is very private, comfortable, and cozy. She is very good at what she does. My favorite part was that you can’t even hear her breath, she gives you the space and quite environment to unwind!
Michelle is very professional and her space is very quiet and relaxing. She is /has really helped me manage my chronic back/neck pain due to some medical issues.
Michelle is one of the most professional massage therapists I’ve ever worked with. I worked with Michelle post a horrific car accident. She took significant time with me to understand the intensity of my pain and how she could best assist me with my recovery. You can certainly trust your body and it’s healing needs to Michelle.