Massage may be one piece. Let’s put the whole puzzle together.
Have you ever had a massage from a great therapist? If so, you know how powerful it can be. Even so, when you’re left to you own devices after a session, knowing which steps to take can be confusing. I give a great Thai massage. Here in Portland, there are plenty of other therapists that give great massages too. That’s one, of many, great things about this town. I am adapting my practice to address a need that I don't see being addressed.
There is a hole in the health care system: people aren’t given enough guidance on things they can do for themselves when they’re done with their appointment. This is true for LMTs, doctors, naturopaths, and every other type of practitioner. When you see them, you’re given a list of things to do at home. When you try to put those things into your life, you run into problems and have questions. You forget some of the guidance given at the appointment. The system isn’t designed to help answer questions or help you make the adjustments that work for you.
I am excited to announce that I am redesigning how I work with my clients. If you’d like to create lasting change through massage, nutrition, and other natural techniques, you are the type of person I’d love to work with. What I’m offering are monthly packages that include massage, nutrition, lifestyle coaching, and stress relief training. I want to clearly know what your goals are, and help create a plan to get you there. I am limiting the number of monthly clients I work with to eight, so there will be no time rush and scheduling will be easy. Sessions will be 60-90 minutes, depending on your needs at the time. You’ll be given tools to take home with you, and will be there to answer questions over email. I currently have space for three new clients. If you have questions please go to this page. Please feel free to contact me.
If you’d rather just schedule a massage, I can appreciate that. Send me an email with what you're looking for and I'll be happy to point you to a therapist that will be a better fit.
Licensed Massage Therapist, Holistic Nutritionist
Michael has been in the natural health field for almost twenty years. He specializing in helping people find the easiest ways to create change in their lives, allowing them to do what they love most. For most, this means practical ways to reduce stress and move to a whole food diet.
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.
Michael Gill is an extremely gifted and intuitive masseuse. From working with Michael, I have benefited in ways far beyond the physical; Michael has facilitated the development of a deeper connection for me with myself, and increased my awareness of my own mind/body connection, bringing me more into balance. I recommend him wholeheartedly.
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.