Affordable massage for Portland, OR!

Do you need a massage but can’t figure out how to fit it into your budget?

Check out our affordable massage opportunities for a sliding scale option to get the relief your body and mind are longing for.  These opportunities are limited and will be given on a qualified and first come/first served basis so don’t wait,  Apply today!

To qualify please use the following worksheet guidelines (you may email us for a copy of the worksheet to download if you prefer at wonthebody@gmail.com): sliding_scale_income_worksheet
once you have determined the category you qualify for you may be offered the following pricing options for sliding scale massage:

  • A.  $40 per one hour Peace Massage

  • B.  $45 per one hour Peace Massage

  • C.  $55 per one hour Peace Massage

  • D.  $60 per one hour Peace Massage

  • E.  Full Price

*These sliding scale massage appointments are limited and are given on a first come first serve basis.  Please send the completed sliding scale form and  supporting income documents to wonthebody@gmail.com.  We will notify you within 7 business days if you have been approved and the timeline/therapist available for you to book within.  We retain full rights to ask you for updated information and to alter your fee and booking/therapist schedule at any time.  If we choose to do so we will notify you via email.  Our regular cancellation policy applies to all sliding scale appointments.

If you don’t qualify for our sliding scale massage opportunities we have many other ways to get regular massage on a budget!  Check out our VIP Membership starting as low as $55 per month or our Buy 3 get 1 Free Packages Here.

Whichever way you go we hope to see you soon!  Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!


Awesome deals on massage and acupuncture Portland, OR

Find freedom from pain with these great summer deals on massage and acupuncture Portland, OR!

massage and acupuncture deals Portland, OR

Ease your aches and pains with Acupuncture and Cupping

$70 for a Private Acupuncture treatment plus fire cupping

Book online here and make a note that you are using the summer acupuncture special

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Find Your Peace with Massage

We have 3 new massage therapists who will be starting within the next couple of weeks:  Summer, Kathleen and Richard (Rich is also an Acupuncturist and can combine his specialties into a beautiful blend of acupuncture and massage-email us for more info)
We would love to give you an opportunity to receive their excellent work and so we thought why not let you have a chance by allowing you to
use the $20 off first timer special when you book with a massage therapist that you haven’t worked with before! 
Just make a note that you are using the first therapist deal (good through 9/1/14) when you book your appointment online here.

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Get relief from muscle tension with an Infrared Sauna Session

At half off for the whole summer you just can’t beat the price!  Book your appointment online today and make a note that you will be using the summer sauna special.

 

We hope to see you very soon!


Heat or Ice for injuries-what should you choose?

Heat or Ice for injuries-what should you choose?

Here is a great info-graphic on ice versus heat and how each of them work.  Remember that effective injury recovery involves the work you do at home as well as the treatments you receive from your health care team!

heat or ice for injuries

Other ways to help yourself heal:

  • Give yourself a break with sufficient time to rest and heal.  We know this can be frustrating because you want to get back to your life and things you love but this is the MOST important step in the process of healing.
  • Ice or heat for injuries:  from the beginning and through recovery-it will make a huge difference
  • Get help:  Physical therapy, Massage, Acupuncture, Personal Trainer’s, Chiropractic and other medical professionals can help you with a treatment plan to get you back to 100% as quickly as possible
  • Move:  Of course rest and a break from your routine is important but movement and gentle stretching is also important for a full recovery
  • Stay positive!  Stress does not promote healing, in fact it does the opposite, help your natural healing ability along by staying happy and relaxed, eating healthy, drinking water and getting plenty of sleep.  This may be the easiest step to forget but it can greatly impact the way your body heals itself.  If you feel caught in a rut with an injury take a look at your lifestyle and make adjustments as needed.

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you soon!

Have an injury we can help!  Book an injury treatment massage today:  https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=158494

 


“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have”-Eckhart Tolle

I normally steer clear of sharing too much of my personal life online but today I feel compelled and perhaps it is just the only thing one can do when they are facing the grief of losing a loved one.  This post is to honor my ancestors who have passed and to remind us all that this life is short and is meant to be lived in love and gratitude.  The catalyst for this post is the passing of a wonderful woman, my aunt, Rest In Peace Aunt Kathy-thank you for your love, even from afar.

We all know that death is a part of this life and at some point we will each most likely experience the devastation that comes with the loss of a loved one no matter how unexpected, expected or planned for.  Today my family grieves the loss of yet another of our matriarchs, another rock that holds our walls in place.  It is so strange and amazing what times like this do to our lives: we begin to remember that this life is not forever, how important our friends and family really are, the things we have and have not said, the places that we have given forgiveness and the others that we have not, our priorities shift suddenly and every moment seems more drawn out.

I remember the first time I experienced this phenomenon, though I had known death long before this incident, it was in high school that I first understood it’s impact.  An acquaintance of mine, but close friend of my close friends committed suicide and although I did not know her well I was impacted by the way the world felt different with her absence.  I recall thinking to myself how the grass, air, sun, morning dew and just everything seemed different somehow.  The revelation that the world keeps moving despite this great loss was almost too much for my young brain to comprehend.  I have since lost many incredible people in my life and every time I am in awe of learning the same lessons again.  Each time I do my best to remind myself  to continue to give each moment that same weight but somehow that knowing slowly fades.   I see now that this is one of life’s big challenges:  to learn how to be truly present in each moment.

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have”-Eckhart Tolle

I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank my ancestors that have passed, in particular my Dad, Grandmother, Grandfather, Uncle and Aunt for giving me so much:  My eyes, my smile, my laugh, my ability to recognize the importance of family, the great joy of being silly and taking things in stride, my ability to adapt, my sincerity, my generosity, my love of the outdoors, my strength, my vulnerability, my spirit, my love of life, my adventurousness and so much more.  I absolutely would not be who I am today without each of your contributions to my life.  Thank you also for your influence on all those that are still enjoying this lifetime-my family, cousins, mom, siblings, niece and nephews.  To all of you: no matter how often we see each other your presence on this planet makes my universe more rich.  I hold a sacred space for you right now as we see this lovely lady off to join the ranks of greatness that await her.

I share this because I know many of you can relate, in my personal list of clients alone there are many whom have shared with me their sadness of loss whether it be recent or long ago.  This type of weary grief sticks to you, often finding a place in your body, mind and spirit to lay it’s heavy head.  By loving ourselves and sharing our experiences we make space for healing and though we may always carry some of the pain of missing our loved ones we must do what we know would make them happiest-Live without limits and celebrate the goodness of their lives.

massage for grief

Here are some tips and resources for you if you are experiencing the massive grief of losing someone you love:

  • Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams-A book that I have read many times and never fails to make me laugh and cry, it deals with the issues of death and dying entwined with a beautiful story of the author’s life.

  • Hospice on bereavement-My dad was in hospice before he passed and I found their literature to be very comforting. It helped me to recognize the stages of my own grief as well as my families.

  • Some of my personal takes on the bereavement experience:  remember that you probably won’t be yourself for a while and that there are many stages of grief that can last for quite some time.  Cut yourself some slack, rest, remember to eat,  spend time alone but don’t isolate yourself from your support network.  Don’t sabotage yourself-ask for/allow for help when you need it.  Don’t make decisions too hastily, rely on someone that you trust who is less affected by the death to help you with important matters.

  • Take care of yourself in whatever ways work for you.  Stress and grief are hard on your mind and body which means you need to take extra good care of yourself during this time.  Eating healthy, drinking water, exercising and doing your best to get enough sleep are the first steps in keeping your energy up for what lies ahead.  Body work such as massage, acupuncture, energy work etc… can be very healing during times of loss because they allow you a safe space to be quiet but not alone.  Body work also helps with releasing endorphin’s, reducing the stress hormone cortisol, improving circulation and promoting restorative sleep.

People deal with death in many different ways and you have to find what works for you to make it through the process without self destructing, most importantly remember that it does get easier and you will find happiness again.  Above all love up the people close to you and live a full and joyful life!  Thank you for taking the time to read this post and feel free to share your tips for surviving the grief process as well as the stories of your loved ones who have passed with us.  I send each of you my sincere love and gratitude and hope you know that whatever role you play at WOTB is significant and wonderful. Have a beautiful sunny day!

 


Portland’s best summer spot’s

Summer is my favorite time of year and I am always on the lookout for new additions to my list of Portland’s best summer spot’s to cool off, sun bathe, relax or just have some fun!  After the extreme heat of yesterday I thought I would share my top 3 with you in hopes that you might be able to take advantage of this great city and maybe even share a few of your ideas with me!

Ira Keller Fountain

Portland's best summer spot's

 

 

 

 

I am a regular at the Ira Keller fountain located downtown Portland on SW 3rd and Clay.  I have taken every age range of child and adult along for fun in the sun days and we have never been disappointed.  The water is cold, there is plenty of shade and a level of pool or waterfall for the most squeamish to the very adventurous.

Tips:  there is a public restroom directly across the street on the side of the parking garage (I believe it’s on Clay).  Bring a good supply of water and snacks, you will probably stay a while.  It is better to go to this fountain between 11-4 if you like lots of sun, it gets more shade as the day gets later.

Peninsula Park

Portland's best summer spot's

 

 

 

 

 

How much fun is there to have at Peninsula Park in the summer?  Let me count the ways:

 

  • Rose Garden-A beautiful sea of roses set in a lovely hedged labyrinth with small shaded areas and large fountain in the middle which is a local favorite for cooling off.  I love dangling my feet in the fountain and watching the kids play on a hot summer day.

  • Play ground-I am not exaggerating when I say that the playground at Peninsula is awesome and it houses a mini sprinkler park for young and old alike to play silly and shake the summer heat.

  • Outdoor swimming pool-Literally one of my favorite parts of Portland Summer’s!  Lounge pool side for a tan, swim laps, bring the kids for a day of swimming fun or just float on your back while breathing in the fresh scent of roses from the nearby garden.  Truly I have experienced nothing like it!

  • Peninsula park boasts many other attractions that you should venture out and discover-report back on your park favorites so the rest of us can join!

Tips:  Bring a picnic!  Get to the pool early especially if it is hot out-it fills up quick.  Take your time and relax:)

Tire Swing on Mississippi Avenue

Surprisingly I don’t have any good photograph’s of this hidden gem on the hillside at the corner of Fremont and Mississippi Ave.  You will have to take my word for it that it is impossible not to have fun at the tire swing.  I can’t honestly say if it is suppose to be open to the public but I can attest to the fact that I have spent many hours there with both kids and adults swinging, laughing and playing our cares away and I have never had an issue.  The view of downtown is stunning and you also get some great people watching from the hustle and bustle of Mississippi Ave.

Tip:  on your way out take the stroll up Mississippi and check out comics, ice cream, light bulbs, exotic fish and so much more!

 

I know I said 3 but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my own creation:  The Written on the Body Rooftop deck!  Looking for a little RnR?  Need to be transported to a far away peaceful place?  Look no further!  Read more here.

 

Whatever way you choose to spend it I hope you have an awesome summer and please do share your favorite Portland Summer Spot’s with me!  I am always looking for new adventures:)  Happy sunning to you!


Schedule Online with your favorite massage and acupuncture studio

Schedule online with your favorite Portland massage therapist or acupuncturist at Written on the Body with our brand new Mind Body scheduler!

We took the leap from our old online scheduling system to a new and easier to use system called Mind Body.

What’s new:

  • Easier functionality for booking with a specific therapist, appointment type or specific time
  • Easier tracking of your memberships and packages
  • Options to share packages and memberships with friends and family
  • Options to pay for appointments for friends and family members
  • Set up music and pressure preferences in your online account
  • All of your previous information should have been converted to our new scheduler-especially remaining gift certificates, packages, future appointments and memberships.  If you login to your account and are missing something that should be there, please contact us immediately so that we can fix it.

How to schedule online:

  1.  Go to our online scheduler:  https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=158494 (Or use the mobile app:  Mind Body Connect)
  2.  Login with your email and password in the upper right hand corner of the page or if this is your first time logging into Mind Body at Written on the Body choose “sign up” (if you have been to WOTB before then you will have the ability to choose your name from a list after giving a little information-complete your sign up and move forward from there).
  3.  Under “find your appointment” and “what are you looking for” choose the general type of appointment you would like to book.
  4.  Choose specific appointment type of appointment you would like to book and any other criteria you prefer and then click “search”.
  5. When you see the appointment you are interested in choose “book” and you may choose to enter payment information or not.
  6. Choose “Book appointment” and you will be redirected to a confirmation screen

Client’s of Julie Campbell, LMT OR#15892 please read:

Julie has made the difficult decision to close off her appointment availability to new clients for the time being so that she can better serve the needs of her regular clientele.  To schedule with Julie you will need to have permission set up in your account, if you have been in to Written on the Body anytime before June 22nd, 2014 then you are welcome to request this permission by emailing us at wonthebody@gmail.com or giving us a call at 503-473-8515.

How to schedule online with Julie:

*If you have not done so already email or call us to request permission to schedule with Julie (return clients only)

  1. Go to our online scheduler:  https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=158494 (Or use the mobile app: Mind Body Connect)
  2. Login with your email and password in the upper right hand corner of the page or if this is your first time logging into Mind Body at Written on the Body choose “sign up” (if you have been to WOTB before then you will have the ability to choose your name from a list after giving a little information-complete your sign up and move forward from there).
  3.  Under “find your appointment” and “what are you looking for” choose “Julie’s Client Services”.  *You may still book with other massage therapists as well if you like by choosing “massage” instead of “Julie’s Client Services”
  4. Choose the type of appointment you would like to book and any other criteria you prefer and then click “search”.
  5. When you see the appointment you are interested in choose “book” and you may choose to enter payment information or not.
  6. Choose “Book appointment” and you will be redirected to a confirmation screen

We know and greatly appreciate that many of Julie’s regular client’s enjoy telling friends and family members about her work and we hope that you will continue to send us your referrals!  Our business is built on word of mouth recommendations and we hope that you will continue to help us grow.  If you have only seen Julie at WOTB and would like to have the opportunity to experience the work of our many talented therapist’s so that you can feel confident about referring friends or family members to them, please let us know via phone or email and we will happily give you 50% off of any appointment that is $70 or more for each new therapist you book with (1 per person/per massage therapist).  Julie is also happy to make recommendations specific to your friend or family member’s needs if you prefer.  We thank you in advance for considering these options and for your continued support!

If you have any troubles, comments, concerns or suggestions on how things are going or how they could work better for you please do not hesitate to let us know!  email:  wonthebody@gmail.com  Phone:  503-473-8515

 


Acupuncture for pain and stress

Acupuncture can benefit many types of ailments especially pain and stress!

 

acupuncture for pain

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms

Acupuncture “focuses body’s attention” to the injured area and in turn it stimulates the body’s ability to spontaneously heal injuries. As the body focuses on the the micro traumas induced by acupuncture, it also heals any surrounding tissue damage left over from old injuries.

 Acupuncture releases natural painkillers

Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released. Some of these substances are 10-200 times more potent than morphine!

Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain

It does this through a process called “descending control normalization”, which involves the serotonergic nervous system.

 Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles

This in turn releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, and promotes blood flow.

Acupuncture reduces stress

This is perhaps the most important systemic effect of acupuncture.
Recent research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. You’ve probably heard of the “fight-or-flight” response that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system has been called the “rest-and-digest” or “calm-and-connect” system, and in many ways is the opposite of the sympathetic system. Recent research has implicated impaired parasympathetic function in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

by Joy Earl, LAc

Acupuncture

Joy Earl, LAc

Choose acupuncture for pain and stress and book your appointment with Joy today and learn about the benefits of acupuncture first hand!


Monthly Community Wellness classes begin this Thursday

We are now offering monthly wellness classes on the rooftop deck!

This months class is all about learning how acupuncture can ease your pain and it includes a free cupping demonstration

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Why Acupuncture is so great for pain: The rivers of your body

Acupuncture is all over the news lately, everyone is talking about how great it is for pain. Shoulder, knee, back, hip…so long as you have pain, acupuncture is the natural alternative to harsh medications. But why? Have you ever wondered why acupuncture works? How the parasympathetic nervous system is your best friend and your body can, with a little help from acupuncture release the best pain killers around. This is your opportunity to learn how Chinese medicine and your health are mirrored in nature. When you see how the flow of energy or Qi in your body is just like a river, you will soon understand why acupuncture has so much to offer on your path to getting pain free!
Why not join us Thurs June 5th for a fun and interactive talk on Acupuncture and pain free living!!

Join us on Written on the Body’s rooftop deck on  Thursday June 5th from 6:30-7:30pm

Cost: Free!

Please Register HERE now-space is limited


A tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

“Love Liberates” -Maya Angelou

I have always found this excerpt from the amazing Maya Angelou to be so touching and inspiring.  May we all find the power, grace and strength the Dr. Angelou possessed and be lucky enough to live our lives with such passion and integrity.

 

*I do not own this video and do not claim to be the owner of this beautiful work. Just sharing the love with all who care to hear.

 

I am sharing this today because Maya Angelou has always been a person that I have admired and looked up to, her life and words have influenced and shaped the way I think and move through this world.  I am certain that without people like her to remind and inspire us all that so much is possible there would be less greatness on the earth.

Rest in peace Dr. Maya Angelou and thank you for all you have given to this planet.


Rooftop Massage

Rooftop Massage: we challenge you to Find Peace

…If only for an hour

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Close your eyes and imagine yourself under a clear blue sky, the wind is lightly blowing, rustling the leaves of a nearby bamboo tree.  You are completely relaxed, your mind is a bird floating through the sky, the tension you have been holding in your muscles melts away.

You are finding freedom in your body and mind in the comfort of a massage table. You are on a rooftop deck under the canopy of a wooden pergola with flowing white curtains.  You have been warmed by an infrared sauna and your mind slowly drifts to the hammock you will enjoy at the end of your treatment.

There is nothing that can shake you, you are in a world of your own choosing.

We challenge you to enjoy peace through massage in Written on the Body’s Rooftop Relaxation area.

Book online today