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Massage in Portland

Just because Portland’s got a reputation as a granola-loving, uber relaxed, hipster haven, that doesn’t mean you can’t be in need of a little TLC. What better way to treat yourself than with a massage? Portland is home to dozens of spas where you can get all your aches and pains kneaded away by capable hands. All you have to do is decide what kind of experience you want. Aromatherapy and soothing strokes? Or intense pressure for intense relief? But once you know what you want, where do you go to get a massage? Portland has so many great ones, we thought we’d help out by narrowing it down to a few of our favorites:

Where to Get the Best Massage in Portland

Discover a handful of Portland’s finest spas for a massage. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing Swedish massage or a more intense deep-tissue experience, we trust you’ll find what you’re looking for on this list of top-rated spas.

 

  • The Dragontree: Try a new kind of spa experience in the Sangha Room or community room where you can get a foot soak and head, neck, and shoulder massage with friends.
  • Knot Springs: Feeling adventurous? Go for the Bliss Out treatment which pairs CBD oil with your choice of massage.
  • Mudra Massage: A family-operated business, Mudra is all about creating the perfect environment for you to unwind. We recommend splurging and going for the two-hour signature massage for maximum relaxation.

Where to Book a Swedish Massage

Andrew Hoffmann LMT | 2705 E. Burnside St.

Licensed massage therapist Andrew Hoffmann is guided by the principles of ancient Chinese medicine, specifically the idea that “stagnation is the cause of all disease.” He believes that through the healing powers of massage, he can help get your body moving properly again and most importantly, have you feeling pain free. He even works to aid clients specifically affected by migraines and headaches. Andrew also favors a more holistic approach by taking into account the client’s mood and emotional state as well.

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What is Rolfing?

Rolfing isn’t a cool, alternative form of frisbee (that’s frolfing), no—it’s a cool, alternative form of therapy that uses physical manipulation to align the body with the Earth’s gravitational field. Sound a little out there? That’s because it kind of is. It’s a radical approach to massage therapy and there’s some debate over how effective it may actually be. That said, here’s what goes down in a typical rolfing treatment and what its purpose is.

 

What happens in a rolfing session?

Practiced rolfers work and knead the body in ways similar to a deep-tissue massage where practitioners use elbows and apply firmer pressure. Where it differs is its focus on different areas of the body over a prescribed 10 sessions. Over those sessions, the therapist will focus on the connective layers of tissue, gradually working toward the deeper levels.

 

How is it different from a massage?

Aside from the actual technique, rolfing differs because it doesn’t merely focus on areas of high tension. Instead, it works to heal the entire body, including some emphasis on clients’ emotional state, citing a connection between emotions and the body’s soft tissue.

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Where to Get Rolfing in Portland

Michael Valenti | 2205 N. Lombard St.

To understand Rolfing, it’s helpful to examine Ida P. Rolf’s founding philosophy on the subject: “As in all matter organized into biological units, there is a pattern, an order in human bodies. Rolfers make a life study of relating bodies and their fields to the earth and its gravity.” While certified Rolfer Michael Valenti holds this notion dear, his bodywork approach is more direct. By manually lengthening the connective tissue through kneading techniques, Michael hopes to ease his clients’ chronic tension and improve range of motion.

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Types of Massage

 

Learn a little more about a few of the more unusual types of massage with our handy definitions below:

 

 

  • Reflexology: a specialized form of foot massage, during which, practitioners stimulate precise points on the feet that are believed to correlate to other organs and bodily systems
  • Thai massage: also known as "yoga massage," typically sees the practitioner performing a series of intense stretches on a fully-clothed client
  • Shiatsu: Japanese style of massage rooted in Chinese medicine, shiatsu massage aims to eliminate blockages that keep the body's energy force, or Qi, from flowing freely; therapists use elbows, knees, and even feet to perform massage

 


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Where to Get a Hot-Stone Massage in Portland

Me Spa | 7449 SW Bridgeport Rd.

 

Dressed in plush robes and spa sandals, guests of Me Spa drift from changing room to treatment room, where they unwind during pampering services such as facials, Swedish massages, and body scrubs. The whole experience is tailor-made for relaxation, right down to the silent-cell-phone policy. That rule allows enough peace and quiet for stress to evaporate and the senses to be soothed. Upscale extras such as warm oils, hot stones, and scalp massages may be added to treatments such as gentlemen's manicures, organic enzyme and peptide facials, or full-day packages for enhanced relaxation. Me Spa is so popular, in fact, it earned a 5-star rating from customers. Check out what a few of them had to say:

 

“Great spa !! Loved it!! I can’t wait to go back!!!” – Beth G.

 

“As always, great service, wonderful people and super massages and facials. My daughter also loves the pedicures. LOVE ME SPA!” – Kathe H.


“When I walk in the door the clam settles in. From the changing area with all the amenities you would need, to the foot bath and lemon water the experience only gets better.” – Judith C.

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