How to find the right massage therapist in Portland metro

Back to Blog   Posted:   February 17, 2016 by Wellpdx

If you live in Portland metro, it is likely that there are a handful of massage therapists within a stone’s throw of your home or work. While it is wonderful to have so many practitioners in Portland, it can be difficult to find the right one. Here are some questions that may help you learn what you are looking for in a massage therapist. You can then visit the Wellpdx home page and begin your search. Enter your own location, specialty and insurance information then browse matched profiles to learn more about each practitioner’s experience and approach. 


Why would I see a massage therapist? 
People seek out massage therapy for many reasons. Stress, pain and rehabilitation are just a few things a massage therapist can help with. Massage therapy is also very useful in healing from trauma, especially motor vehicle accidents. Massage also just plain feels good!


How can I find the right massage therapist in Portland metro?
If you have a complicated or specialized health concern, focus on massage therapists who specialize in your issue. For example, in pregnancy you would likely seek out a massage therapist who specializes in prenatal massage. If you are an athlete recovering from injury, you may want someone who does sports massage. If your concerns are more general or you are looking for relaxation massage focus on finding a practitioner with a convenient location, possibly close to where you live or work. Wellpdx features acupuncturists all across Portland metro from Hillsboro to Gresham and Tualatin to Vancouver. 


Will my health insurance cover massage therapy?
It may! To find out if your plan has massage benefits call your insurance company. Wellpdx allows you to search by health insurance and massage therapists may offer complimentary insurance verification calls where they can confirm your coverage.


Are there different approaches to massage therapy?
Yes, there are many different approaches to massage therapy. For example, some practitioners may specialize in Thai massage, a stretching style of massage done fully clothed on a mat on the floor. Others may have the proper education and experience to specialize in prenatal massage. When you find a massage therapist through Wellpdx you can read about their approach and techniques on their profile page. 


I’ve had massage before and I didn’t have a great experience, should I try it again?
Of course! Every massage therapist is different in experience, style and expertise. Spend some time reading massage therapist profiles on Wellpdx and contact the few that interest you. Share your previous negative experiences so they can help you get the most out of your next massage therapy session. Don’t hesitate to speak up during the session if something doesn’t feel good or you would like a different level of pressure. 


I love massage in the moment but does it have lasting effect?
It certainly can! Ask your practitioner for a treatment plan so you know how often to come back and what you can do at home to get the most out of your treatments. Following a treatment plan will help you get the best results. 


Do massage therapists ever make house calls?
Yes, many massage therapists in Portland metro make house calls. Most likely the practitioner will bring their table and all you have to do is find a quiet place in your house to get set up. This can be great if you are are injured, newly postpartum or have difficulty leaving your home. Search by house call availability on our advanced search bar on the Wellpdx home page. 


When you know what you are looking for and can search based on those criteria, finding the right massage therapist can be easy!