About

About Colleen

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My practice is dedicated to treating:

  • individuals who are experiencing limitations, pain or injuries
  • individuals who suffer from TMJ dysfunction, headaches (migraine/tension), and whiplash
  • athletes (all levels)
  • 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 ensure 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.

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.

Treatments & Modalities

I am trained and experienced in Myofascial, Deep Muscle/Tissue and Relaxation Massage along with several specific therapeutic treatments: TMJ Dysfunction Treatment, Headache/Migraine Treatment, and Whiplash Treatment.

Therapeutic Massage

The manual influence or manipulation of soft tissue structures of the body, such as muscle and connective tissue (ligaments, tendons, fascia and myofascia); it alleviates pain, discomfort, and muscle spasms; it improves circulation, decreases muscle tension, and it promotes a life of health and wellness.

Deep Tissue/Muscle

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.

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

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.

Relaxation Massage

It is intended to improve circulation and calm the mind, body and nervous system, which helps promote an overall sense of well-being.