“Pain is inevitable suffering is optional”
Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist
Welcome to Amandla Massage!
From my own experience with pain management, I take an integrative approach to massage therapy. Sometimes treating the symptom isn’t enough to eliminate pain and having a holistic view of the body can help unravel the root causes of pain. Lack of nutrition, along with environmental, and emotional elements can manifest as pain and I understand the impacts it can have on the body. Massage is a great tool to manage pain and working together we can create specific treatment plans to optimize your health and help you raise awareness of your body.
I have been practicing massage in Portland since 2008 after graduating from University of Oregon in 2006 with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and attending East West College of Healing Arts in 2007. Over the years, I have worked closely with chiropractors and acupuncturists treating a wide variety of ailments including: chronic and acute pain, stress, anxiety, depression and injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. Having been called “the velvet hammer”, my training in deep tissue and relaxation massage gives me a soft, yet firm touch; narrowing in on specific issues or creating a whole body experience. I have also spent time working with prenatal and adolescent clients; adjusting the massage modalities accordingly.
Travel has been a big part of my life and moving to Southern Africa at the age of nine left a remarkable impression on me. Amandla means strength and/or power in Zulu and Xhosa.
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE SERVICES
I offer 60 and 90 minute deep tissue, relaxation/swedish, pre natal, or treatment related to a motor vehicle accident.
Together we will decide the type of massage based on your specific needs that day.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Just as the name suggests, deep tissue massage dives into the deeper layers of the muscular structures to help release tension and pain. It is a great way to work through chronic pain ailments and start to access lost movement in joints.
This style is focused on relaxation to stimulate blood circulation, reduce stress and anxiety creating a calmness within the mind and body.
During pregnancy, massage is a great and safe way to manage discomfort and pain as your body changes shape. Common ailments such as: low back pain, achey feet, tingling/numbness in hands, stress/anxiety or lack of sleep can all be comforted with massage. Depending on your trimester and level of comfort, the massage will typically be sidelying using relaxation/swedish massage modalities.
Cupping is traditionally a Chinese therapy to relieve muscle discomfort. By applying cups to the skin it uses suction to lift tissue and is applied to areas that are seen as having stagnation or pain. Sometimes it will leave a mark similar to a bruise which can be present for a several days. This therapy can be compared to a deep tissue massage.
GET IN TOUCH
Amandla Massage is located inside Wild Hearts Wellness Center
Hours: Sunday 10-4:30
4230 NE Fremont ST
Portland, OR 97213
Please allow 24 hours if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Missed appointments may result in a cancellation fee. Payment is due at the time of service.
Card, cash and check accepted.