Bodywork that's more than skin deep

Massage therapy is just one part of a healing regimen. Yoga or daily stretching and breathing exercises are key elements in preventing injury, reducing stress and maintaining overall health. They extend the benefits of massage treatments! A balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water and laughter are also important aspects in a healthy lifestyle.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Portland Massage Gift Certificates

It's December and the Spirit of giving and peace is upon us again here in Portland, Oregon.  The year just flew by!  I know what you and your family need is to release the year's stress and tension with a deep, relaxing massage on a warm, temperature-controlled table! Or perhaps a Thai massage intrigues you? (Read the blog post below for more information on traditional Thai massage.)

Forget the crowded malls and support your local massage therapist! :)

My special gift offer for you this month is that with every massage gift certificate purchase you will receive $20 off your own massage.  Give the gift that gives your back!  (For a limited time only.  Just call (503) 803-3296 to purchase your gift certificate AND you must book your own appointment at the same time.  You will automatically receive $20 off your massage!)   

Best Wishes, 

PS. I'll be happy to mail the gift certificates to your loved ones or we can arrange a time for you to pick them up!

Happy Holidays to you! May you be safe, healthy and happy!

Read on to learn about massage benefits from

"The Benefits Of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain."
Click here to read more from

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Traditional Thai Massage

Thai massage is increasing in popularity in Portland, Oregon.  More and more people are beginning to request this ancient form of bodywork and more therapists are wishing to master this art form!  The benefits are numerous but Thai massage generally stretches you deeply and helps to relieve stress and anxiety.   It is more energizing and rigorous than most other forms of massage therapy but it's a thorough therapy that helps to lengthen all of your muscles from your toes to your ears.  I have a client who says he needs to adjust the mirrors on his vehicle after a 90 minute session.   

I use my hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like postures and stretches.  Some say that Thai massage is like doing yoga without doing any of the work. Hence the nickname, "the lazy man's yoga".  No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed during the session on a thick comfortable mat. A single Thai massage session will help you release stress and relieve pain, and help you function more effectively at work and at home.   
Personally, it's my favorite modality to receive.  After a session, I feel taller, lighter and so relaxed.  If you haven't tried a Thai massage, call and book an appointment with me and I'll give you $10 off 90 minutes and $20 off 120 minutes.

The Physical Benefits

*Increases flexibility and mobility
*Increases relaxation in the body
*Helps to detox the body
*Helps to boost the immune system
*Increases the circulation of blood and lymph
*Reduces blood pressure
*Facilitates proper breathing
*Improves posture and body alignment
*Relieves pain and muscle tension
*Diminishes foot and leg cramping
*Dissolves energy blockages
*Supports joint health
*Invigorates internal organs and the nervous system
*Helpful in relieving headaches, migraines and back pain

The Mental Benefits

*Improves mental clarity
*Heightens awareness
*Helps to relieve stress and anxiety
*Boosts energy and stamina
*Promotes a feeling of well-being balancing the mind, body and spirit.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thai Herbal Compress Massage

 I've added Thai Herbal massage to my palette of body work.   Like traditional Thai massage, Thai herbal compresses have been used and practiced for at least the last 2,500 years in Thailand.  Luckily for me there's a traditional Thai medicine school (The Naga Center) right here in Portland where I studied Thai herbal massage and Thai cupping & scraping this past January.

The compresses are filled with a variety of healing herbs that help alleviate pain and increase circulation.  The herb balls are steamed and act as a heat therapy during a Thai massage.   The medicinal herbs are blended, wrapped and tied to make firm fragrant bundles.  The bundles are steamed in an electric steamer for several minutes, slowly releasing their rejuvenating and healing scents and oils.  They are then pressed against the body during the course of the Thai massage.  The moist heat from these herb bundles absorbs into the tissues, melting away tension and soreness. 

The larger compresses at left  had eucalyptus leaves that were harvested from our tree and had a variety of other healing herbs.  The smaller compress had shredded coconut and oatmeal that I used for the facial massage.  These herb balls smell delicious!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year!

The new year begins tomorrow and starts the Tiger year. This new year 2010 is the Chinese New Year 4708. It is said that people born on the year of the Tiger or on years represented by other Chinese zodiacs which are compatible with the Tiger (Horses and Dragons), are going to enjoy a really fortunate and successful year in 2010.

The Tiger is lucky, radiant, lively and engaging. Another trait of the Tiger is their incredible bravery, because of the willingness to engage in battle with courage. Maybe they're so brave because they're  so lucky.

Years of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 
Personality qualities: Tigers are known to be born leaders, not followers. They can show great depths of love or jealousy. Charismatic, they are usually courageous, fearless fighters but also warm-hearted.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Massage and Stretches to Help Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition resulting in inflammation of the plantar fascia.  It is the most common cause of foot pain in athletes.  The condition occurs due to overuse and stress on the plantar fascia, which can result in tissue fatigue and micro-tearing at the calcaneal attachments (the heel of the foot).  ~ from the textbook by Fiona Rattray "Clinical Massage Therapy"

If you have plantar fasciitis, the following stretch should be done before taking your first steps in the morning.  Stretch before you have to stand for long periods and also after sitting for long periods. 

*Cross your affected leg over your other leg.
*Using the hand on your affected side, take hold of your affected foot and pull your toes back toward your shin.  This action creates a stretch in the arch of the plantar fascia.
*Check for the appropriate stretch position by gently rubbing the thumb of your unaffected side left to right over the arch of the affected foot.  The plantar fascia should feel firm, like a guitar string.
*Hold the stretch for a count of 10.  Repeat 10 times.
*Perform at least three sets of stretches per day.
Credit:  Dr. Benedict DiGiovanni, member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society

Another great way to work out your plantar fascia is to roll your affected foot over a tennis ball or if you want deeper work use a golf ball.  Sit in a chair and place the ball on the floor in front of your affected foot.  Place your foot on the ball and carefully work it around the arch of the foot.  Roll back and forth, adding pressure where you like.

~If the plantar fascia pain is severe: rest, ice and elevate the affected foot as much as possible.
~Ice 3-4 times per day to control the inflammation after activities that cause pain.
~Apply heat to the calf muscles prior to activities that cause pain.
~Stretch and Self-massage the calf area and plantar fascia prior to activities as well.

You may contact Maree if you have any further questions about plantar fasciitis or if you would like to make a massage appointment.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

My Home Massage Studio!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Massage Studio Before