I provide nurturing and client-centered massage therapy for those living with chronic pain, tension, and stress. My approach is purposeful and holistic. 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 feelings of tension in the body.
Massage for relaxation and self-care is equally important. All massage is therapeutic and can help to reduce stress and anxiety. 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. Pressure from massage is a sensory preference and not a requirement for therapeutic benefit or gain.
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 central nervous system’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.
My practice is located in the LifeQual Center off of Cornell near Sunset Highway 26. It 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
I am currently only seeing clients who are fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination is required for the appointment.
Please allow 48-hours between your vaccine and a massage.
Masks are required during the massage. A KN95 mask is preferred. Please do not wear cloth masks.
Please see the COVID-19 Updates page for more info and for guidance on when to schedule after exposure.
Prices are for services paid at the time of service
60 MINUTE MASSAGE $90 – Perfect for treating and focusing on problems areas or for a full-body massage
90 MINUTE MASSAGE $120 – 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.
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Online scheduling is available.
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.