About

| Colleen McClenahan

My practice is dedicated to treating:

  • individuals who are experiencing limitations, pain or injuries
  • individuals who suffer from TMJ, headaches (migraine/tension), and whiplash
  • athletes (all levels)
  • women who are expecting
  • anyone who wants to indulge in a relaxation massage

I am devoted to providing quality therapeutic change to every client.

How do I do this? By focusing on you as an individual and listening to your unique concerns.

I have always listened with all my senses. Studying massage therapy tapped into this and what comes naturally to me. I received my license from the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists and started practicing in 2000.

I approach each individual with compassion and care. Because each client’s needs are unique, an initial new-client questionnaire will be filled out by you at your first treatment session. During the massage itself, I am constantly observing and reacting; I am vitally aware of each of my client’s non-verbal and verbal communications.

Each session is customized to your specific needs. Conversation and dialogue ensures that whatever body limitation, complaint, or need you are feeling is revealed. Then I select the appropriate treatment modality. I am experienced in Therapeutic Massage (Deep Tissue/Muscle Massage, Myofascial Massage and Relaxation), along with several specific Therapeutic Treatments: TMJ Dysfunction Treatment, Headache/Migraine Treatment, Whiplash Treatment, Athlete Recovery and Prenatal Massage.

My techniques are slow and deliberate, which encourages the tissue to soften and melt. I have adopted modalities that can be applied to a range of clients and customized to each individual’s unique needs.

Our shared goals become your relief, healing and ultimately, good health and well-being. This is the change I am devoted to providing.

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Treatments & Modalities

I am trained and experienced in three types of Therapeutic Massage (Deep Muscle/Tissue, Myofascial and Relaxation), along with several specific Therapeutic Treatments: TMJ Dysfunction Treatment, Headache/Migraine Treatment, Whiplash Treatment, and Prenatal Massage.

Treatments
30 min target treatment
60 min therapeutic relaxation massage
60 min deep tissue/myofascial massage
90 min therapeutic relaxation massage
90 min deep tissue/myofascial massage
60 min prenatal massage
90 min TMJ dysfunction treatment
60 min whiplash treatment
60 min headache/migraine treatment

Therapeutic Massage is the manual influence or manipulation of soft tissue structures of the body, such as muscle and connective tissue (ligaments, tendons and fascia); it alleviates pain, discomfort, muscle spasms, and stress; and it promotes a life of health and wellness.

  • Deep Tissue/Muscle Massage. Deep tissue massage doesn’t necessarily mean “hard” massage. Art Riggs defines deep tissue massage as “the understanding of the layers of the body and the ability to work with these layers to help lengthen and relax and release holding patterns in the most effective and energy efficient way possible.” In this modality, I work into the layers of the tissue, using tools such as your bone(s) and your breath to help me access the deeper muscles without necessarily using hard pressure. This has a penetrating and a more lasting effect without an aggressive intent.
  • Myofascial Massage. Myofascia is flexible connective tissue that covers, supports and separates skeletal muscles. Myofascial massage is most effective when the tissue is manipulated slowly and deliberately, sinking in, waiting for a response. Working too quickly and your tissue will fight back or resist. This technique allows for freer tissue movement and it releases muscle spasms and provides relief of the pain these spasms cause.
  • Relaxation Massage. For this treatment, I use a smooth, flowing style. The muscles are stroked and kneaded. This promotes physical and emotional relaxation and an overall well-being. It also improves circulation and range of movement and relieves muscular tension.

TMJ Dysfunction Treatment. If you suffer from TMJD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) and experience jaw pain and mobility restrictions, this treatment will help manage and reduce those symptoms. Besides jaw pain and mobility restrictions, some more common side effects of TMJD can be jaw clicking, biting discomfort, facial pain, earaches, neck pain and headaches. My TMJD treatment always starts with preparing for the deeper internal (“intra-oral”) jaw muscle work (masseter and pterygoids) by working on the superficial, larger soft tissue such as the back, neck, and shoulders. The deeper jaw musculature can play a huge part in jaw misalignment and mobility restrictions. The intra-oral muscle work is done with non-latex gloves at a safe pace for you. If your TMJD is a fairly minor case a few treatments will likely take care of the problem, but if you suffer from a more severe case several treatments may be needed to realize optimal results.

Headache/Migraine Treatment. This treatment has helped decrease the frequency and intensity of many  of my clients’ migraine and tension headaches with great success. Massage to your upper back, shoulders, and neck, along with some very subtle techniques used on the skull and facial bones will help decrease your headache; oftentimes, there is immediate relief.

Whiplash Treatment. If you have been involved in a collision and have suffered whiplash because of the collision, this treatment will help you with your healing process. Knowing just the right kind of work that won’t flare up an already “hot whiplash” (new) or flare up a “cold whiplash” (old) is crucial in this treatment. If you were involved in an auto accident or worker’s compensation accident, I can bill the appropriate insurance with prior authorization. If this is the case, please email me at cmc@colleenmassage.com or call me at 503-816-4179 to discuss.

Prenatal massage. Here I focus on the special needs of you, the mother-to-be, as your body goes through the many changes of pregnancy. I use a special prenatal cushion to ensure you are comfortable, either laying prone or on your side. My pregnancy massage helps reduce back, hip and neck pain, it stimulates the circulatory system, assists in emotional support, and gives you an overall sense of wellness.

Massage Benefits

The benefits of massage are abundant and diverse. It relieves stress, aids in relaxation and reduces pain. It also increases blood circulation and movement of lymph fluid. It promotes peace of mind, reduces mental stress, and reduces levels of anxiety. In addition, it can promote calm thinking and body-mind awareness.

Whether you work all day in an office, enjoy an hour or two at the gym, are a recreational or serious athlete, massage can help relieve muscle tension and stiffness; it reduces muscles spasms; it can assist in healing strained muscles and tendons, and; it also reduces pain, scar tissue and adhesions.

For the avid athlete, therapeutic massage increases joint flexibility by stretching the muscle fibers. It facilitates in preparing for an athletic event and in post-event recovery. Massage can be an important factor in reaching your full potential as an athlete.

Client Forms

HIPPA
Click here to view a copy of my Notice of Privacy Practices.

For New Clients
If you are a new client please fill out the forms below and bring them with you to your appointment. If you are unable to fill out and bring the forms with you, I respectfully ask that you arrive 10 mins early to your appointment, and I will provide you with the forms.

Confidential Health Intake
Cancellation Policy/Payment Policy

Policies & Insurance

Please read the following policies thoroughly

Cancellation Policy

I understand that unanticipated conflicts of schedule come up for all of us. I make an effort to accommodate each client’s schedule as best as possible. I strive to be fair and empathetic; however, I respectfully request that if you have to cancel your appointment please contact me by phone, text, or e-mail a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

If cancellation is not made within the minimum 24-hour notice, you will be charged for the full service and payment must be made at your next scheduled session. If you have prepaid for your session, you will relinquish the funds toward that session.

In case of an emergency or illness, please let me know by phone or text at 503-816-4179 as soon as possible, and an exception to this policy may be made.

In the event I am unable to accommodate your appointed time, I will contact you by phone or e-mail with a minimum of 24 hours. If I am sick or if an emergency arises, I respectfully ask that you be empathetic. If illness or emergency is not the reason, and I cannot give you at least a 24-hour notice, you will be compensated for your full session.

No Show Policy

If you forget or choose to skip your appointment, this will result in a full-service charge and payment must be made at your next scheduled session. If you have prepaid for your session and you do not show, you will relinquish the funds toward that session.

Late Arrival

If you are late for your appointment and if my schedule does not allow for your full session, please expect to receive only the amount remaining of your scheduled appointment time. You will still, however, be responsible for payment of the full session. If you can, please call, text, or e-mail to let me know you are running late.

Thank you and I look forward to providing you with an outstanding experience of well-being.

Payment

Payment is due at time of service. Check or cash are the only accepted forms of payment at this time. Please make checks payable to Colleen McClenahan. If you pay with cash, please bring the exact amount, as I will not always have change available.

Private Health Insurance

I do bill private health insurance (if you have massage benefits) and am an in-network provider with the following insurance companies: Blue Cross Blue Shield, CIGNA, Optum, UnitedHealth Care. If you have massage benefits through your health insurance, please call me (503.816.4179) or email (cmc@colleenmassage.com) prior to scheduling an appointment, as I will need to check your specific benefits, including whether you will need a prescription from your physician.

I will need the following information so that I can check your benefits:

  1. Your name
  2. Subscriber’s name and identification number
  3. Group number
  4. Your date of birth
  5. Provider Phone number on the back of your insurance card

Motor Vehicle Accident

If your treatment is for an auto accident, I will need a prescription from your treating physician (it can be from a chiropractor).  Please call (503.816.4179) or email me (cmc@colleenmassage.com) prior to scheduling an appointment, as I will need to collect some claim information from you so that I can contact your medical claims representative to discuss your specific PIP coverage. When you call, please have the following information available:

  1. Claim number
  2. Date of accident
  3. Name and phone number of your claim representative
  4. Address where claims are to be filed

Thank you, and I look forward to providing you with an outstanding experience of well-being.

Contact

I invite your questions, inquiries and/or requests for additional information. I value your feedback, your opinions and comments.

Phone: 503.816.4179
Email: cmc@colleenmassage.com

Hours and Locations

I practice out of my Multnomah Village office in southwest Portland on Mondays and Wednesdays (2:00 to 7:00 p.m.) and Fridays (12:00 to 4:00 p.m.).


7409 SW Capitol Hwy, Suite 206, Portland OR 97219


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On Tuesdays (2:00 to 7:00 p.m.) and Thursdays (noon to 7:00 p.m.) I practice out of my northeast Portland office (inside Thrive, Massage & Bodyworks) at 2808 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Ste C, Portland, Oregon 97212

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If you are a new client, in order for me to help you meet your treatment goals, please go to my Client Forms tab to find the forms you will need for your first appointment. Should you have any questions with respect to this questionnaire, please call or email me. I look forward to hearing from you.

FAQs

| Frequently Asked Questions

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, but you might want to first scan the frequently asked questions I’ve commented on here.

Is there anything I should do special before or after the massage? It is best not to come to your appointment with a full stomach. If you need to eat prior to your massage, make it a light, healthy snack. After your massage, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking about 4-6 glasses of water during the rest of your day. You may want to go for a walk just to help the blood circulate through your muscles.

What should I expect when I arrive for my appointment? Please arrive about 10 minutes early for your first appointment, as you will need to complete a confidential health history questionnaire (which you can download now and prepare in advance). I will go over your questionnaire with you, which will help me determine your treatment needs and goals.

Will I need to undress for my massage? Yes, you may need to undress for your massage, however, I invite you undress to your comfort level. I will give you privacy to do so. You will, however, be covered with a sheet during your massage session, and I will need to expose only the area to be massaged. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the session, I invite you to express this to me.

Do you use oil or lotion? I use unscented olive oil and lotion. Any allergies you may have to oils or lotions should be written on your health history questionnaire.

What should I do during the massage session? Make yourself comfortable. Some people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. If I need to adjust your position, I will ask you first. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

How often should I get a massage? Frequency is entirely your personal preference. Once a week to once a month is not uncommon. If you have chronic pain you may find that a massage once a week for a few weeks will improve your condition, and quality of life. If you are an athlete in training, then you may want to receive massage on a rest day or during a rest week, 3-4 days prior to an event or post-event.

What will I feel like after my massage? Most people feel relaxed after their massage, and, some people feel energetic. You may feel free from any aches and pains that you had prior to your massage. Because toxins are stirred up when receiving bodywork, I suggested that you drink plenty of water after your massage and take a short walk.

Testimonials

After my previous massage therapist moved out of town I searched for a long time for a new therapist. When I found Colleen my search was over! Colleen is an exceptionally good listener. She figures out just what you need and then never fails to deliver. She also “listens” well with her hands – responding constantly to your muscles. I have benefited from relaxing deep massages and wonderful neck massages which help to keep my migraines at bay. Colleen has a peaceful presence which contributes to the relaxing experience of her massages.”
– V.S., College Physics Professor

 

Before I found Colleen, I had been to many different massage therapists, most of them only once. I guess it was just never as perfect as I had imagined massage should be.  Then I heard about Colleen from someone I work with, and I’ve been going to see her every two weeks for a few years now.  My initial motivation was to help eliminate migraine headaches.  The work Colleen has been doing on my neck has been like magic – I rarely get headaches anymore.  Now I look forward to my regular massages mostly for the pure relaxation.  It is an hour I wouldn’t miss for anything.  No matter how my week is going, Colleen always knows exactly what to do so that I leave feeling absolutely peaceful and renewed.”
– L.F., College Physics Professor

 

I had suffered for over thirty years with neck and back pain. I took many Advil every day and simply accepted that living with pain would be my lot in life. As my career “took off” and the stress and work hours increased, the pain also increased. About ten years ago someone gave me a gift certificate for a massage; I had tried massage in the past and had not had great relief, but was not going to turn down a gift. What a wonderful blessing when Colleen turned out to be the massage therapist. I was so impressed with her professional demeanor and true interest in my overall health and well-being. I started seeing her every other week then weekly. Now most of my days are pain free. I can always count on Colleen; she’s my best health care provider!”
– R.H., Sales Manager

 

I truly value my time with Colleen.  She is a master at providing massages exactly tailored to what I request or need as she goes along.  She’s also just a wonderful caring and gentle person.  We always start with a chat about what is happening with my body so she can plan ahead.  As an athlete herself, she knows what do to address specific issues.  She’s also just great at providing a relaxing respite from the demands of life.  I always leave feeling refreshed and relaxed!”
– L.E.

 

I always look forward to receiving a massage from Colleen. She is skilled, intuitive and nurturing. The perfect choice for athletes, dancers, yogis and actually anyone who wants to feel not only better but feel blissful.”
– R.E., Teacher

 

Colleen is great!  I feel really lucky to have found her.  She has helped me recover from injuries, restored my muscles after long hours on the bicycle, and made me feel healthy.  As an athlete herself she has a great feel for how the human body works and has an intuitive sense of how to help her clients feel better.  She has a gentle heart and strong hands; the perfect masseuse!”
– M.S., Surgeon