FAQs

Where are you located?

1635 S.E. Malden Street, Suite C, Portland, Oregon 97202

Please note that often the main door to the building is locked in the evenings. If you arrive to find the door locked, please call me at (503) 705-4762 and I will run down and let you in.

What do you do?

I work with my clients one on one and in small groups using a combination of movement and massage to aid in pain relief, reduce stress, and build strength and mobility.

An ACE certified Personal Trainer, I train clients privately, and in small groups. I also teach weekly Pilates, yoga, Barre, and Energy flow (similar to Tai Chi) classes.

An Oregon Licensed Massage Therapist, I offer therapeutic massage. I often incorporate Thai massage, Swedish massage, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy, based on your needs for that session.

How do I get started?

Call me at 503-705-4762 or email me to set up your consultation.

Together we will discuss your goals and current activity level and form a fitness game plan. From keeping you accountable for your sessions with me, or assisting you in putting together a home gym, keeping a food journal, planning your meals, or scheduling your self-care sessions, whatever it takes to get you off to a good start.

How often should we meet?

Recovering from injury? I suggest meeting twice a week for the first six weeks. Once you are out of the acute pain phase, weekly or monthly maintenance sessions may be best for you.

Do I need to have Pilates or yoga experience to join a class?

No, but for your comfort and safety I suggest you meet with me for an initial consultation to establish your goals, complete a fitness assessment, and go over some basic exercises. During class, I offer modifications for each exercise and encourage you to listen to your body and work at your own level of comfort. Due to limited class size, please contact me or call me at 503-705-4762 to check on availability.

I’m doing cardio, do I need to lift weights too?

Yes! The fastest way to see changes in your body composition (AKA “lose weight”) is to lift weights that are heavy enough that you feel challenged and fatigued after 10 – 15 reps. Think about this – what does your suitcase weigh? Can you lift it over your head and into an overhead bin? Can you pick up a 50 lb bag of mulch and carry it into the back yard? How much does your child or grandchild weigh? If your daily activities require you to lift, move, and carry heavy objects then why lift only 2lb. weights when you are “exercising”?

Schedule a training session with me and I will show you how to safely lift heavy weights, building strength, firing up your metabolism, and improving your body composition.

How do I know what kind of massage to ask for?

What have you liked or disliked about past massages? I encourage you to give me feedback before, during, and after your session about amount of pressure and style of touch. You may prefer deep work one day and light touch or energy work another. This is your massage and you should be comfortable throughout your session, so you leave feeling relaxed, de-stressed and ready to meet your day!

Do you offer deep tissue massage?

Yes and no. I have been trained in myofascial release work and this style of massage provides deep, long lasting results. Your experience with me may be different than what you have experienced in the past, or what you are expecting if you ask for a “deep tissue” massage. I use slow, steady, direct pressure and ask you to communicate with me during the session about how you are experiencing the work. If you are looking for me to “pummel” you, or bear down on your tissue with all of my weight while you hold your breath, you should not schedule with me as this is not what I do. If you feel you need to hold your breath, or wince during a session your body is sending out danger signals, not a relaxation response. This is not inductive to healing, and not what I offer.

If you are looking for pain relief, long lasting changes in your tissue, and increased awareness of your body, this is the work for you and we are going to be a good fit.

What is Craniosacral?

CST is a subtle and effective modality indicated for chronic headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder tightness, anxiety, and stress, this work can be life changing. Your experience receiving this work is typically much different than receiving traditional massage therapy. You may remained dressed, and no oil is used. Using a light touch, I cradle your head, pelvis, and feet for a few minutes at a time. You may feel like I am doing “nothing” or you may feel energetic or physical shifts during or after your session. My clients report feeling “lighter”, calmer, relaxed, centered, more even or balanced physically and emotionally, and reduced physical pain often after one treatment. Often clients go to sleep on the table. If you have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night this work is for you.

What is Thai Massage?

Thai Massage differs from traditional massage in that it is typically performed on a padded mat (not a massage table) and you remain dressed in comfortable clothes. This ancient form of bodywork moves energy, lubricates joints, and increases joint range of motion. You may opt for a full Thai massage session on the mat, or we can incorporate aspects of Thai massage into your session on the massage table. Although this is a more active style of bodywork, where I move your limbs and transition you into different positions, it is very relaxing. In fact, my clients often fall asleep during their session.

What do I wear?

For personal training sessions and Thai massage sessions please wear soft, comfortable clothes (yoga pants or sweats and a t-shirt).

For sessions on the massage table, you may undress to your level of comfort. You are fully draped during your massage. After your initial consultation I will leave the room and allow you time to get on the table. During your massage I only expose the area being worked on at that time, the rest of you remains covered with a sheet and blanket for your comfort.

Should I leave a tip?

Hooray! I am so glad you loved your session enough to tip me! What would make me even happier than a cash tip is you scheduling your next appointment with me for a week, a month or a few months out.

Do you sell your delicious body butter?

Yes! I am happy to send you home with body butter, salt scrub, Fluid water bottles, t shirts, and foot care supplies. View my Trusted Products here. Give me a head’s up and I will have your body butter (or any other gear you need) ready for you at your next appointment.

Will you come to my home/office?

No. All appointments are held at my Sellwood Studio.

Do you take credit cards?

No. I accept cash and checks. There are several ATM’s within walking distance of the studio including Wells Fargo, Umpqua and Bank of America. View pricing here.

Do you offer refunds?

No. If you are unable to use your sessions you may gift them or sell them to a friend who may then use her time with me as she likes, for massage, classes, or personal training.

Do you offer packages?

Yes! You receive a better value by coming in more frequently. The lowest class rate is $14 if you commit to 5 classes per week. Out of convenience, most class participants pre-pay for one month in advance.

Training, massage, and coaching clients who come in 3 times a week pay $85 an hour (a 30% discount off the single session hourly rate).