Deep tissue, Swedish, relaxation, Triggerpoint, craniosacral therapy, or a mix of all the above…Our massage therapists design your treatment to meet your individual needs.
60 Minute Massage
A sixty minute treatment tailored to your needs. Complementary aromatherapy available. $115
90 Minute Massage
A ninety minute treatment tailored to your needs. Complementary aromatherapy available. $145
Float and Massage
Pair a massage with a float for an extraordinary experience of mental and physical relief. 60 Minute Massage + 90 Minute Float, $165; 90 Minute Massage + 90 Minute Float, $185
Experienced massage therapists with great range and depth of skill in massage for both relaxation and therapeutic work.
Amber Star Pollard LMT
A recent resident of Portland from the Big Island of Hawaii, Amber Star has over 12 years of professional experience in therapeutic bodywork and the healing arts. After graduating in 2006 from one of the country’s most esteemed schools for medical massage therapy, The Hawaiian Islands School of Massage, her continued exploration of healing modalities led her to study in many places around the world, including Thailand, Bali, Peru, and Kauai. Her work has since expanded to the fields of multi-dimensional healing, intuitive channeling and spiritual coaching, but her love of therapeutic massage and working with the body remains amongst her favorite offerings. Her bodywork has a unique integrative style, combining the refined skill of medical deep tissue with a compassionate and highly intuitive touch. She utilizes an array of techniques, including myofascial release, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, and channeled energy healing to deeply release, realign, and nurture the body on every level.
Zachary Ensign LMT
Zac Ensign LMT #25019 graduated from East West College in 2018. Previously living in South Florida, Zac moved to Oregon to pursue a career in Art and Massage. They believe in the extraordinary ability for massage to heal and are passionate about using massage and energy work to alleviate stress, chronic pain and emotional trauma, creating a solid mind/body connection. They offer slow, therapeutic , intentional and deep massage with a focus on energy work and are trained in deep tissue, Swedish and structural integration.
Kelcy Heerspink LMT
Kelcy has been passionately practicing Massage Therapy since 2009. She provides a gentle, yet strong approach to access the deep tissues of the body. She brings an intuitive and grounding presence to every massage, catering to specific health goals and individual needs. Her philosophy towards health is that the body knows how to become healthy and whole, and as a Licensed Massage Therapist she is here to assist with this process. She offers clients a blend of bodywork techniques including: myofascial release, deep tissue/trigger point therapy, soft tissue release, and craniosacral Therapy.
Christina began her massage therapist journey in 2003 after attending Southern California School of Massage. She worked in several day spas learning the art of customer service and alongside several local chiropractors before deciding to further her education at the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Human Physiology. Concurrently she studied Reiki and massage for oncology and hospice patients. Christina provides a holistic touch with a clinical mindset by blending fundamental techniques such as Swedish and deep tissue to provide massage relief for the specific life stage of each client.
All of the Float Shoppe’s Massage Therapists are trained in multiple modalities. Check their bios to see what each therapist has to offer.
Swedish Massage is a style of massage that uses oil and glides over the body using several hand techniques (effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, compression). The major of focus of Swedish massage is to relax muscle tension, calm the nervous system, and improve lymph circulation.
Trigger Point Therapy
Sometimes the painful area needs to be massaged and sometimes the painful area is a symptom of a problem somewhere else in the body. A well trained massage therapist can usually tell what is happening and work appropriately.
Trigger Point Therapy is a therapeutic technique that focuses on reducing pain/tension and restoring function to muscles that have developed trigger points. Trigger points are points of restricted fascia and energy which develop in muscles. Trigger points reduce muscle strength and have a referred pain when pressed on. Painful spots that hurt only locally are usually spasm or knots. Trigger Point Therapy is the practice of identifying and treating trigger points to reduce pain and restore muscle function. (This technique requires specific training.)
craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle but powerful therapeutic technique. In CST the therapist works from your head, feet, and sacrum to help your body deeply relax so that your craniosacral rhythm can open up and stabilize. The craniosacral rhythm is generated by the movement of cerebrospinal fluid around the spinal cord and brain. When this movement is unrestricted the nervous system is calm and the body relaxes very deeply. This technique is good for releasing deep fascial tensions in the spine helping alignment, posture, and addressing many conditions that other techniques cannot. (This technique requires specific training.)
Visceral Manipulation is a technique that works to gently restore proper function, position, and mobility to the internal organs of the body. This is helpful for digestive problems, emotional regulation, and many musculoskeletal conditions that originate in the organs. (This technique requires specific training.)
Energy Work is how a Massage Therapist will help regulate and strengthen a persons energy systems. The primary energy systems in the body are the Chakras, Meridians, Energy Field, and Cellular Vibration. While this aspect of therapy is considered an “Eastern” or “new age” approach its effectiveness has led to its growing acceptance and practice in the bodywork field. Energy Work is often effective in chronic pain conditions that haven’t responded to standard therapies. This is because many pains originate in the energy systems and therapies that do not address this do not address the cause of the problem. Energy work is good for relaxing the body and centering the mind as well as addressing physical and emotional pain. The most common types of energy work are Reiki, Chi Healing, Angel Work, and Shamanism. Energy work is talked about in scientific terms as Bioenergetics, The Human Energy Field, and Quantum Healing. People with a spiritual approach will talk about Opening to Divine Source, Balancing Chi, Angels, Guiding Spirits, or Universal Consciousness. (These techniques require specific training).
Orthopedic Massage is an approach that uses manual techniques(MFR, Trigger Point, Scar Tissue Work, Muscle Energy Technique) to restore proper alignment and function to the joints in the body. This happens by balancing muscle activity and fascial tension across the joints. This is useful for postural deviations, joint dysfunction, injuries, and repetitive stress syndromes.
Getting Started With Massage
Getting what you want out of a massage is important, so here are some guidelines to help you get the most out of your experience.
Communicate with your massage therapist.
Let him/her/them know if you have a specific therapeutic goal, if you want to relax and relieve stress, or both. For example, if you want to be sure they get that one spot underneath your right shoulder blade, please be sure to let them know. Sometimes therapeutic massage can be uncomfortable, but please be sure to speak up if the pressure is too light or too deep.
Let your massage therapist know where you feel pain and/or tension.
Sometimes the painful area needs to be massaged and sometimes the painful area is a symptom of a problem somewhere else in the body. Our experienced massage therapists can usually tell what is happening and work appropriately.
Talk about pressure preferences.
During your massage, if you would like pressure to be adjusted to be greater or less, please speak up. Your massage therapist will adjust accordingly.