Massage Treatment & Techniques
At the North Portland Wellness Center, our Licensed Massage Therapists are highly skilled in various types of Massage & Bodywork including:
Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage focuses strong pressure on the connective tissues of muscles to eliminate tension, reduce tightness, and relieve muscle pain, increase circulation and improve flexibility. This style of massage is especially effective for those with chronically tight and tense areas – like backs, necks, and shoulders. If you prefer a lighter touch, Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to restore the body to a relaxed state. The practitioner uses long, relaxing, gliding strokes and is an excellent option for those who prefer a lighter touch, or for those who are new to massage therapy.
Injury treatment/Dr Referred Medical Massage involves firm, penetrating touch and may include myofacsial release, joint mobilization and manipulation, manual traction or soft tissue mobilization for those who have specific needs related to an auto accident, sports or work injury. Oregon law entitles those who have been involved in an auto accident to receive up to $15,000 in free medical treatment. This includes massage, when referred by a doctor or chiropractor. All of our Massage Therapists are well versed in injury treatment protocols and will work with your Dr or Chiropractor to help speed recovery, decrease pain and restore functionality.
Pregnancy, or prenatal massage, is uniquely designed for a pregnant person's changing body. The practitioner supports their frame through the use of pillows and comfortable positions, to ensure their complete relaxation. This type of massage is known to reduce tension, relieve postural discomfort and pain, improve sleep, increase muscle tone, and minimize stress and depression-related hormones. Regular sessions contribute to the overall well-being of the mother while improving labor outcomes and the general health of the baby. Regular massage also keeps the body and skin supple and reduces the chance of developing stretch marks. Pregnancy massage is generally safe for women in their second and third trimesters, though some women with certain conditions may need to check with their doctors or other health professionals beforehand.