Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some frequently asked questions about Portland massage services at Holistic Portland Massage.

How much is a massage?

Please visit our rates page for current Portland massage rates.

What are the different types or modalities of massage and how do I know what kind to ask for?

Please visit the services page to learn more about the various types of Portland massage available.  Each massage will be customized to provide what that client needs.  My goal is to give you an exceptional massage, every single time.  You should feel comfortable communicating with your therapist if you want a specific type of massage, such as deep tissue, relaxation, etc., so just ask me and I will try to customize your service for maximum benefit.

What can I expect during the massage?

Your massage will be conducted in a comfortable private room on a relaxing massage table for your comfort.   Your massage therapist will speak to you ahead of the service, then will leave you in the room for a couple of minutes so that you can get prepared, and begin to relax on the table.  At your discretion, you may completely disrobe, as you will be properly draped throughout the entire massage service.

Your massage therapist is a trained and licensed professional and someone you can trust.  Of course, if you prefer leaving some clothing on, that is entirely your choice.  Do whatever makes you feel comfortable!  Lay face down on the massage table, covered with the massage sheet and let your body relax.

The therapist will quietly enter the room, set the intention for your massage, and will then begin a gentle touch to ease you into the massage service.  Once the massage is complete, you may rest quietly for a few moments before getting up from the table and redressing.  The therapist will provide you with a glass of water following the service, as it is important to hydrate your body and flush out toxins.   Learn more about What to Expect in your Massage.

Do I have to remove my clothes?

No.  Disrobe to the level where you feel comfortable.  Keep in mind, your therapist is a trained professional who will keep your body properly draped at all times.  It is easier to access your muscles and apply lotions or oils if your clothing isn’t in the way, so many choose to disrobe for the massage service.

What if I am uncomfortable with a male massage therapist?

Jonathan is trained, licensed, and experienced to give a therapeutic massage to help your body and mind feel relaxed.  Your massage therapist can be trusted to provide a completely professional service.

A therapeutic massage is completely non-sexual in nature.  Some people may be concerned with their bodies or feel self conscious, but that should not be a concern:  massage therapists work on bodies of all ages, shapes, sizes, and conditions–the only goal of the massage therapist is to make you feel better.  So, just relax and enjoy your service.

Do I have to tip a massage therapist?

Gratuity is optional, but tips are very much appreciated.  Massage therapists, much like hair stylists, bartenders, waiters and other jobs in the service industry, rely on their tips as a portion of their income.  You will receive 100% attention during each and every massage, and the goal is to give you an exceptional service that you are happy with.  If you are delighted with your massage, please feel free to tip your massage therapist.  The right amount is entirely up to you!

Why are massages so expensive?

Massage therapists are trained professionals who have college and school expenses, on-going licensing, training and continuing education, massage supplies, massage space rentals, and other business expenses and costs to cover.  While it would be great to be able to offer the massage services for free so that everyone could benefit from regular massage, unfortunately, massage therapists need to be able to make a living, too.  Our rates are competitive, and we offer package discounts and other specials to help make massage more affordable.

Make your Portland massage appointment and relax today!

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Client Testimonials

Holistic Portland Massage prides itself on providing customized therapeutic massage therapy, with the modality most appropriate to meet your needs whether that is a relaxation Swedish massage, or a deep tissue massage to remove deep knots and tension.

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"Jonathan is by far one of the most intuitive, kind, safe massage therapist I have ever seen. Great location, clean and comfortable setting. I left my appointment feeling renewed, refreshed and more connected to myself. Can't wait to book my next appointment! "

"Jonathan is a miracle worker. He truly cares about each of his clients and works with you to either heal what's aching, or provide blissful relaxation!
I had a hard time finding a reliabe and affordable massage therapist until I found Jonathan. Booking online is fast and easy, he consistently has affordable prices, and he is insanely knowledgable about muscles and how they work. I suffer from chronic pain, and he is the number one person I trust when it comes to healing pain relief. I recommend him to anyone and everyone. "

"My back muscles were really aching and I was able to make a last-minute appointment online with Jonathan; it was one of the best massages I've ever had. My back felt so much better afterwards. The soothing sound of ocean waves filled the massage studio and it was very relaxing. Jonathan is super nice, his massage studio is cozy, the face cradle on the massage table is very comfortable, and he is an excellent massage therapist. He was respectfully quiet during the massage. I am definitely returning for another massage."

"Wow what a refreshing experience. I have gotten massages all over the country and Jonathon knows the meaning of massage. I received a strong firm but pain free professional massage. I'm small but I have a ton of knots/tension from working out, so I need a deep tissue release. He works intuitively meaning what is done on the right may not be done exactly on the left, he moves where the knots are, he engages your entire body. this is not a routine for him and you're sent out the door. "

"One of the best massages I have ever had. Jonathan is extremely intuitive in his massage techniques. He just seems to read the body and understand where the stress points are more than any other massage therapist I have had."

"One of the best massages Ive ever had.
Ive found it very difficult to find a good, consistant massage therapist. I was asking around at work and was referred to Jonathan by a coworker and Im so happy I went to him! He is fantastic! The room is very relaxing and I felt very comfortable the entire time. He is in tune to what the body needs and uses massage along with stretching and bending. "

"Fantastic, intuitive, transformative massage. So glad a friend told me about Jonathan!"

"One of the best massages I've ever received... worth every penny!"

"LOVE HIS WORK It took a really bad massage somewhere else to make me realize just how amazing this man is. His room is warm with dim lighting and beautiful aroma therapy scents. He is kind and has a soft but firm and thorough style. He doesn't talk to much. There was never one moment where I felt as if I wanted to direct him. He was so thorough and remembered everything I told him was bothering me."

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