What to Expect in your Massage

Prepare for your Portland Massage Appointment

Bamboo - Holistic Portland MassageMaking your Portland massage appointment starts the healing process of your upcoming session with your massage therapist. People taking time out of their day to relax is a big deal, if you ask me. Thinking about ourselves and turning everything off (computers, phones, television, work, stress, pain, and time) is something we sometimes forget to do. Your Portland massage session is where you should strive to think about nothing, except great sensations of therapeutic healing.

Just keep in mind that relaxation starts with taking your time for everything. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the spa, treatment room, office, and/or place of healing. It’s always nice to be relaxed, instead of being rushed or feeling rushed.

Breathing is a major focus of meditation. Listen to your breathing, so you can feel your energy being healed from the moment it starts. If it’s your first time getting a treatment, then that’s something you could focus on to let go of everything else on your mind. I know what it’s like to have a million things on your mind, so letting go can be tough at times. Imagine floating on water, and letting the waves take care of your body!

Hydrate your Body Before & After Massage

Often times, people don’t drink enough water on a daily basis to help keep proper circulation. A person should drink at least 8-10 12 oz glasses/day, or more if you are an athlete or a person working out regularly. Dehydration of the muscles and skin can cause tightness and tension. Poor circulation can cause possible issues of having cold feet & hands, because of lactic acid build up in the muscles of both upper/lower extremities.

Massage definitely helps blood flow, especially with any movement in the shoulder, hip, and knee area. Compression of any muscle group area causes the blood to come up to the skin, which is just opening up the circulatory movement of the blood system. Stretching & rotating the arms/legs softens the muscles and joints, and it also stimulates the continuum of the blood flow, creating warm sensations that travel all around the body.

Sore muscles relax a lot more when heat is applied before massage begins. For example, try sitting in a steam room for 5-10 minutes, or use heat packs, heating pads, hot patches, and hot stones.Muscles relax with active stretching, deep tissue massage, and medium paced effleurage (light, rhythmic stroking). Once the healing process of the massage takes place, the body may react in all kinds of ways.

Think of your body from that moment forward, so next time you’ll be more prepared. Remember, to drink water throughout the day and to relax as much as possible. Your muscles and body may be sore for a couple of days, so eating healthy, drinking water, maintaining good posture, sleeping regular hours and loving life will help the soreness go away.

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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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