About Laura

I received my BA in English and Education from Vassar College in 1997. After graduating, I taught Special Education to students with emotional and behavioral issues for six years, during which I relied on regular massage to keep my body and mind sound and functioning.

In the fall of 2003 I was ready for a career change and went back to school to become a massage therapist. I graduated from the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA in February 2005. I worked as an independent massage practitioner as well as in several local fitness centers for 2 years before moving to Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2007.

Since moving to Portland, I’ve developed a specialty in massage for treatment and recovery. I’ve completed trainings through the Advanced Myofascial Techniques program – a program based on the teachings of Ida Rolf – in myofascial release therapy for the spine and low back, pelvis hips and sacrum, leg knee and foot, arm wrist and shoulder, and neck jaw and head. I’ve also completed trainings in Thai Massage levels 1 and 2, and Tui Na or Traditional Chinese massage.

My sports massage clients in Portland include Olympic Athletes, all levels of participants in road, cyclocross, mountain bike, and track cycling, triathletes, marathon runners, University of Portland men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, and basketball teams, cancer survivors, survivors of spinal fractures, disk herniation and fusions, more survivors of broken clavicles than I can count (not really, I can count pretty high), rock climbers, swimmers, dancers, joggers, walkers, nurses, parents, and other athletes and heroes. This work has made me increasingly amazed at the complexity and brilliance of human bodies. I feel thankful to get to spend my days learning about and from them.

About Jasmine

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I was raised in the tranquil yet dramatic landscape of rural New Mexico. My quiet, patient demeanor and appreciation of life’s diversity, beauty and vitality come from this place. Growing up as a child of artists and living close to the land, I learned to honor the body as a tool for labor, expression and enjoyment. My enduring loves of yoga, music, dance and running began when I was just a child. I later embraced literature in translation and film studies while earning my BA in Cultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. During my post-collegiate travels, I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and moved to Portland in 2007.

Inspiration from Portland’s vibrant healing and artistic communities led me to massage training at East West College of the Healing Arts. I have been a licensed massage therapist in Oregon since 2013. I’ve worked in private practice performing on-site massage, in a Ayurvedic center, and with chiropractors in a health center setting.

I have a unique treatment style, blending Swedish and deep tissue techniques with myofascial release, Thai massage and trigger point therapy. I listen to the body and invite change through deep relaxation and focused work. I love helping athletes meet their training and recovery goals. I also enjoy working with prenatal clients, artists, caregivers, teens, performers and super stressed out folks. Whatever story your body has to tell, I’m here to listen and help bring it closer to your ideal!

Laura is great at what she does. I am seeing her for a SLAP tear which has had three surgeries and multiple stints at rehab. After one treatment my shoulder feels far less pain and is moving more freely. I would recommend her to anybody seeking to better their body as a whole.
I cannot speak positively enough about Laura and her skills. She has worked some real magic on my legs specifically my right knee. I thought for sure my cycling season was in jeopardy after a strain to my right knee forced me off the bike. Laura not only got me back on the bike but has me racing again as well. It has been and continues to be an invaluable investment in my cycling and overall well-being.
I've had many good and great massages over the years but Laura is truly a gifted masseuse in a category by herself. Her understanding of the body's complexity and how the parts of the body work (or don't work) together is comprehensive and informed, and this knowledge supports her intuitive gift at the art of healing.

Rates + Treatments

Table Work

The table work I do combines elements of trigger point therapy, myofascial release, facilitated stretching, and the gliding, stripping and kneading techniques often associated with Swedish Massage. Each session is tailored to your body’s particular needs on that day. All sessions are done on a massage table, with clients undressed to the limit of their comfort and draped during the entire session. Oil is used for many techniques.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a term that is used to describe a range of different treatments aimed at preparing an athlete for an event, helping her recover from an event, and maintaining performance levels during a season. Sports massage techniques work to clean out fatigued tissue and bring healing cells to muscle bellies, break up adhesions, minimize scar tissue, relax muscle spasms and optimize contractile strength and reactivity.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a term that describes any modality that intends to affect soft tissues through deep pressure applied to muscle bellies, ligaments, and tendons. Typically it’s used as a way to differentiate Western work from spa massage or Eastern modalities like Reiki, Shiatsu, and Thai Massage. Sports massage, Myofascial Release, and Swedish massage could all be incorporated into a deep tissue massage.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Fascia is a connective tissue that wraps around muscle fibers, muscle bundles, blood vessels and nerves and separates what it enfolds from the tissue surrounding it. When fascia is healthy and free of adhesions it allows adjacent tissues to glide past each other unencumbered. Over time tissues accrue small and not so small injuries that are healed with scar tissue which binds fascia to adjacent tissue and causes abrasive spots along the surface of tissues moving past each other. Myofascial Release gently but insistently works to smooth and release adhesions, leading to greater freedom of movement and fewer injuries.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy aims to search out spots in muscle tissue where chronic tension has led to permanent spasms and release these spasms. Each muscle groups is made of many muscle strands or bundles, which, in turn, are made from smaller muscle fibers. These fibers all contract and release in concert to produce movement. If a muscle group is overstressed, parts of it may stop responding to the signal to release with the group and become stuck in contraction. Trigger Point Therapy resolves these spasms by elongating the muscle group affected.

Tui Na

Tui Na is the bodywork component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM understands our body’s function as intrinsically system based and doesn’t attempt to address any single component independent of its larger system. It also identifies and addresses energetic pathways or Meridians, which are believed to be the conduits of Qi. Through acu-pressure point work along the meridians, range of motion techniques, vibration, kneading, rolling, and chaffing techniques Tui Na works to restore balance to your body systems and restore your body to optimal health and function.

Specials

If you have a flexible schedule, consider joining my next-day massage e-mail list! I’ll send you an e-mail whenever I have late cancellations or unexpected opening that I need to fill quickly.

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