What is Massage Therapy?

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching.

As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

How Does it Work?

Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:

Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.

Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or re patterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic: Meaning "of the body." Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.

At 2BWell, we also offer Thai Massage which is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment.

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Michell Arellano, LMT

Michell has many years of hands on experience and has been a licensed massage therapist since the early 2000s.

She utilizes different massage techniques and therapeutic modalities to help her patients. Her favorite massage modalities are a blend of lomi lomi, deep tissue and somatic

Each of her treatment integrates mind-body-spirit, with the intention of providing guidance towards the unlocking of the seeker's own inner healing and strength. Read more

Licensed Massage Therapist

2BWell Group

michell@2bwell.net

Mary Attwood, LMT

Mary moved to Portland in 2012 to attend Natural University of Natural Medicine, where she is a hop, skip, and a jump away from completing her doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southwestern University along with a passion for body & energy work, natural health, yoga, and meditation.

During her education at NUNM, Mary received formal training in Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Muscle Energy Techniques, and Hydrotherapy, among additional study in the following modalities: Energy Medicine, Polarity Therapy, Quantum Healing, Kundalini Yoga, Matrix Energetics, Conscious Systems, Sound & Crystal Healing. Read more

Licensed Massage Therapist

2BWell Group

mary@2bwell.net

Kim Nesbitt, LMT

Kim has a deep passion and wonderment for the human anatomy and finds joy in helping someone achieve balanced health. She had been working as a massage therapist in the clinical setting for 17 years and a yoga teacher for 13 years.

Kim received her certification for oncology massage from Sloan-Kettering Memorial Research Hospital in New York City. In addition to offering oncology massage, she also treats a variety of clients with TMJ dysfunctions, migraines, fibromyalgia, pre-natal massage, sports massage, and specializing in deep tissue and myofascial alignment techniques. Read more

Licensed Massage Therapist

2BWell Group

kim.n@2bwell.net