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!

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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 […]

Massage Therapy After a Car Accident

A car accident can be a major burden on someone’s life.  Some people may not know what they should do after being in a car accident.  After getting everything squared away with your insurance company and collecting the other persons information, one of the next things on the list should be to consult with a medical doctor or chiropractor.

A lot of people tend to put this off because they don’t feel any amount of pain or tension right away.  That is because the initial shock to your body has not worn off yet, and this is holding back the […]

Deep Tissue Massage vs Deep Pressure Massage

One of the biggest misconceptions about deep tissue massage that I have come across as a therapist, is that most people believe that it means applying a lot of hard, deep pressure, and that it is going to hurt.  The term ‘deep tissue massage’ actually has nothing to do with the amount of pressure that is applied, but about working the deeper tissue layers of muscle and fascia in order to correct, and heal an area of dysfunction.
As a sports massage therapist I treat a lot of athletes, and active people.  They naturally have the “No Pain, No Gain” […]

Event Massage at the Tour de Cure 2013

On July 20th, I volunteered along with a few other sports massage therapists from around Portland to provide post-event massage for the cyclists who participated in the Tour de Cure Ride.  It is structured for cyclists of all experience levels, with routes ranging from 5 to 100 miles.  The event is in support of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and raises funds that go toward research, education and advocacy in the fight to stop diabetes.  It happens annually, and across 44 states.  Over 1,000 riders, sponsors and volunteers participated in the Portland event, and raised $375,000!!  I am happy […]