Fascial Stretch Therapy is a Game Changer!

I first became aware of Fascial Stretch Therapy in 2011 when I was in massage school. I did not look too deep into it at the time because I was so focused on finishing school and just getting my new career started, so it quickly was forgotten in the back of my mind. I then graduated and went full throttle into my new career as a sports massage therapist. My clientele grew rapidly and I put all of my effort into building my practice.

Fascial Stretch Therapy came back to me early 2015 when one of my regular clients returned […]

Best Massage Therapist in Portland – Top 20!

We are very happy and excited to announce that Performance Bodywork has been named one of the top 20 Best Massage Therapists in Portland by Expertise for 2016.  They used multiple variables to determine their list out of 278 choices, including: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability, Professionalism and Engagement. With Portland being such a saturated market for massage therapy this makes us extra proud, and encourages us to continue striving to provide the best, quality treatment for our current and future clients!

Here is a link to the article: https://www.expertise.com/or/portland/massage-therapy

Most Hilariously Awkward Moments As A Massage Therapist

In just over 3 years as a massage therapist I have been fortunate to build a thriving practice with some really awesome clientele.  Honestly, I never expected to be where I am in my career so soon.  With a lot of hard work, dedication, and providing high quality service I no longer experience much of the negative aspects that come with being a self-employed massage therapist.  It was not always this good. If you ask any massage therapist if they have had any “awkward moments” when it came to their job, hands down everyone will be able to tell […]

Massage & Health Insurance: Get to Know Your Benefits

Over my last couple years as a massage therapist, and with the help from an experienced medical biller, I have learned a lot about the ways different insurance companies treat massage therapists.  I would say more than half of the patients I treat are covered under their insurance, but they all work a little bit different. This post goes into some of the struggles I deal with on a daily basis with insurance companies, and how the Affordable Care Act (ACA, ‘Obamacare’) has helped many of my patients receive treatment when they thought they weren’t covered.

The two most common, massage […]

Should You Still Get a Massage When Sick?

As I lay here in bed this morning after having to cancel my appointments today due to being sick, I figured I might as well do something ‘work related’.  I know it is never a good idea for myself to work when I am sick.  I am sure most of my clients would appreciate that I am not hacking up phlegm all over them.  What about to receive a massage when sick though?  

Some might think that it could be a good idea.  Massage does boost the immune system and relieve your tension.  However, when your body is already […]

Drink Water After Massage, Lots of It!

If you have ever had a massage from me, one of the phrases you have almost certainly heard at some point (probably multiple times) is “Make sure you drink plenty of water over the next few days.”  Most people know this is what they need to be doing, but are not exactly sure why.  The question has come up a few times recently so it triggered me to write a blog about it.

First off, regardless of having a massage, you should be drinking water anyway, and probably more than you already are.  Most people don’t drink enough.  Plain old, […]

Best Sports Massage in the Northwest!

I am happy to announce that Performance Bodywork has been voted as “Best Sports Massage of 2013″ by Competitor Running Magazine of the entire Pacific Northwest Region! (including Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of Canada)
Thank you to all who nominated and voted for me, I greatly appreciate it!!
Below is a link to the online source:
Best of Competitor 2013

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a web-like system of connective tissue that spans throughout your entire body.  It wraps around and compartmentalizes each of your individual internal body parts…muscles, organs, bones, nerves and blood vessels.

Fascia keeps all of our structures separate and allows them to move freely between each other through movements.  Fascia provides support and protection, and it is involved in every movement you make, and every injury you have ever had.

When fascia is healthy it is smooth and slides freely, which allows for easy, unrestricted movement.  Unfortunately, fascia can get tight just like our muscles. Many things can lead to this […]

Ice or Heat for an Injury

Ever wonder whether or not you should be using ice or heat for your injuries?  This is a pretty common question I get asked.  Most people understand that it is best to ice an acute injury, such as a sprained ankle that immediately swells up after rolling it.  Ice is always what you want to use for an acute injury, which is an injury that occurs suddenly – usually from a trauma, or impact to the area such as a collision, fall, or sprain.  In order for the body to begin healing itself, the initial response is to send […]

Have You Used Your Foam Roller Today?

Foam rollers come in many different styles, shapes and densities.  Some have a soft surface, some are very solid, there are half-rolls, short, long, spongy or plastic, and rollers with knobby edges or grooves when you need to reach those deeper structures.  I use a foam roller regularly as part of my fitness and workout routine, and I recommend using one for all of my clients.

Benefits of Using Foam Rollers

Most of you have at least seen somebody using a foam roller at some point at your gym, but if you have never used one, you may want to start.  […]