Medicinal-strength bodywork, tailored to your individual needs, making a real improvement in the way your body functions and feels.
We offer several specialties, but often we blend our skills and training to offer a therapeutic treatment that is our own unique signature.
Cupping, hot stones and hot towels are complimentary, and can be included at your request or by the suggestion of the therapist.
Please call us with questions about your claim or your path to healing, we are here to help. You must speak with a therapist before scheduling your first MVA session, follow-up sessions may be booked through our online service.
MVA Massage: 503-224-1818
Swedish massage increases circulation and flushes toxins from the body by using long, smooth, relatively superficial strokes that move blood and lymph towards the heart. This gentle massage is very relaxing and is good for relieving general muscle tension and stress. Swedish massage is also great for stimulating your immune system. Hot stones can be incorporated to warm and loosen tight muscles and connective tissue.
Deep tissue massage is an approach that reaches the deeper layers of the muscles and related tissues by using a variety of techniques such as stretching, deep finger or forearm pressure and slow, steady, firm strokes. This technique is excellent for chronic pain, spasms, injury management, increasing range of motion, flexibility and improving posture. Deep tissue can also be deeply relaxing.
Cupping can be added, at no additional charge, to any service. Just enter "cupping" into the comments field of your online booking. Or, talk with your therapist at the time of your appointment. Typically, cupping is incorporated into the massage, and is not the entire focus of the massage.
Cupping massage is a modified version of cupping therapy commonly used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Glass cups are used to create a suction, or negative pressure, and are then used to glide over muscles and adhesions. The resulting sensation is similar to deep tissue massage or myofascial release. This highly effective massage modality addresses deeper layers of connective and muscle tissues. A great treatment for fibromyalgia, chronic pain, scar tissue, cellulite and draining excess fluids and toxins.
Developed in the West, but inspired by the East, Ashiatsu is a truly unique modality that is not to me missed. This barefoot massage technique provides deep gliding strokes and compression to create a lasting change in muscle and connective tissue. The therapist uses parallel bars overhead for balance, support and precise pressure. Because the therapist is able to tap into their body weight, providing consistent firm pressure throughout the massage is a breeze. Great for relief in broad areas of the body.
We offer safe, comfortable care for our expecting clients. Utilizing pillows, bolsters and ample drapes, we offer our 2nd-3rd trimester clients side-lying massage. First trimester Mamas often feel comfortable laying on their back for part of the massage. As always, we follow your lead as to your comforts and desires.
Chi Nei Tsang is a Taoist system of abdominal massage to enhance energy flow to all of the major systems in the body. It is thought that the navel is the primary area where imbalances can occur. Techniques involves breath work, energy work and physical manipulation of the abdominal organs, nerves and connective tissue to relieve tension, pain and release stagnant energy.
Sports massage is geared to support fitness. The primary goal is to reduce common stress areas, increase performance and shorten recovery. The techniques can be similar to deep tissue with considerations to the setting, timing, training schedule and other therapy the athlete is receiving.