Therapeutic Thai massage in downtown Portland

Stressed?  In pain?  You’ve Come to the Right Place.

Therapeutic Thai Massage for relaxation, pain relief, increased range of motion and injury prevention.

Stressed?  In pain?  You’ve Come to the Right Place.

Therapeutic Thai Massage for relaxation, pain relief, increased range of motion and injury prevention.

Greetings!

Welcome to the website for Michael Gill LMT, NBCHN.  I am happy to offer therapeutic Thai Massage and nutritional therapy in downtown Portland, conveniently located on the max and street car lines.  In my 14 years of working as an LMT, I have worked on all kinds of people: young and old, active and sedentary, spiritual and pragmatic.  I’ve performed massage on athletes looking to improve performance and all manner of people with all manner of injuries.  I’ve 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.  If you have any other questions, call, text, or send me an email.  I 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 him 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.  Michael 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?

I am 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 me at pdxthaimassage@gmail.com.

Injuries sustained in car accidents are covered at no cost to you, though your personal injury protection (required by Oregon law).  I 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 me.

 

Do you offer other services?

Along my being licensed in massage, I am a certified holistic nutritionist.  I have 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, I offer 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.

Do you offer other types of massage?

Yes, and no.  I’ve 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 our sessions.  I have found that in bodywork the best results come from a blending of techniques, rather than a separation of them.  For my purposes, working on a mat within a Thai massage framework is the most comfortable method, for me and you.  Exclusively working this way for years has made it to where all of the other techniques that I’ve learned are best applied (in my sessions) on the floor level mat.

Long story short, the massage I offer is a blend of techniques.  Thai massage is the basis for the majority of it, so that is the title I use.

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