Therapeutic Thai massage in downtown Portland
Therapeutic Thai Massage in Downtown Portland

Welcome to the website for Michael Gill LMT, NBCHN.  Michael is happy to offer therapeutic Thai Massage and nutritional therapy in downtown Portland, conveniently located on the max and street car lines.  In his 15 years of working as an LMT, Michael has worked on all kinds of people: young and old, active and sedentary, spiritual and pragmatic.  He’s performed massage on athletes looking to improve performance and all manner of people with all manner of injuries.  He’s worked on many looking to feel less pain, many others just looking for a moment of peace in their hectic lives.  A few even wrote testimonials.  Take a look around the site; common questions are answered below.  Michael offers individual massages, as well as packages designed to help with acute injuries, athletic performance, or maintenance.  If you have any other questions, please contact Michael.  To make scheduling easier for you, online booking is available.  We hope to see you soon!

Thai massage is beyond amazing and offers many health benefits for everybody. Having been to Thailand many times, I can be somewhat of a thai massage snob, and i have to say that Michael Gill is a master at his craft! Michaels’ Thai massage was excellent and I highly recommend him. My body felt stretched and aligned, the tight spots are gone, my channels feel more open and my mind more peaceful.

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A few years ago I started seeing Michael for back problems. He helped resolve those rather quickly but the rest of my body (and mind) felt so light and clear after sessions that I have continued to return.  He is very empathetic, kind, professional and will work on what you want to be worked on.  I have had a lot of body work over the years, but Michael is one of the few massage therapists who I would (and do) return to time and time again.

What should I expect during a session?

Within any session, all techniques will be based on your needs.  Pressure and stretches will be tailored to your unique body and your preferences, not an idealized body.

Thai massage is practiced fully clothed, on a floor level mat.  Your body will be moved around in a way that differs from other forms of massage.  The pressure tends to be deep, though care is taken not to go beyond your comfort level.

Loose fitting pants and a t-shirt are best for work.  There are medical scrubs available to change into, should you not have or forget appropriate clothes.  Thick seams give confusing information when working through clothes.  With that in mind, women are encouraged to remove bras, which also avoids having the clasp accidentally mashed into the back.  Still, comfort is the number one priority and any of these suggestions can be adjusted to fit with your comfort level.


What is Thai Massage?

Thai massage is part of an ancient medical system based on movement of energy (called “sen” in Thai) along meridians in the body.  It is believed that all pain is a function of blocked energy.  Thai massage aims to remove these blocks, restoring balance and alleviating pain.

Thai massage is performed fully clothed on a floor level mat.  The pressure tends to be deep and the body is frequently moved and stretched.  It is sometimes called “Thai Yoga Massage” or “Yoga for the lazy”.

Michael has trained extensively in Thailand and has altered many techniques to be more therapeutic and more relevant for westerners.

Do you bill insurance?

Michael is a network provider for the following insurance carriers: Providence, MODA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PacificSource, ZOOM, First Choice, and CIGNA

To find out whether massage is a covered benefit on your plan, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.  You may also want to ask how many yearly sessions are covered and whether charges apply to your deductible.  If you have further questions, please contact Michael

Injuries sustained in car accidents are covered at no cost to you, though your personal injury protection (required by Oregon law).  Michael can bill any massage used to treat these injuries through your auto insurance carrier.  To do so, you will need a prescription from a physician.  If you have questions about this, please contact Michael.


Do you offer other services?

Along with being licensed in massage, Michael is a certified holistic nutritionist.  He has found that addressing the body from the inside, along with massage, is a powerful approach.  In particular, the two combine well in addressing inflammation (which leads to pain, depression, chronic disease and more) and in addressing adrenal fatigue (which leads to low energy, poor sleep, anxiety and more).

Specifically, Michael offers nutritional consultations, targeted supplements and meditation training, all with an eye toward making daily healthy choices as easy as possible, even for people with busy lives.

Packages have been created to help with acute injuries, athletic performance and monthly maintenance.  These packages incorporate stress relief techniques, nutritional supplements, nutrition and massage therapy, creating holistic plans designed around your goals.

Do you offer other types of massage?

Yes, and no. Michael has been trained in many other styles of bodywork: myofascial release, deep tissue, structural integration, tui na, and Swedish massage.  Many of these techniques will be used within your sessions.  He has found that in bodywork the best results come from a blending of techniques, rather than a separation of them.  For our purposes, working on a mat within a Thai massage framework is the most comfortable method, for Michael and for you.  Exclusively working this way for years has made it to where all of the other techniques that he has learned are best applied on the floor level mat.

Long story short, the massage Michael offers is a blend of techniques.  Thai massage is the basis for the majority of it, so that is the title he uses.

All races, orientations and religions are welcome