I provide highly effective bodywork using the tools of Thai medicine and Western therapeutic techniques. I specialize in deep tissue, intensive bodywork that "hurts so good and helps so much," with significant and long-lasting effects. People familiar with Thai massage may know it to be a lot stretching, often referred to as "Thai yoga massage." But not only do I incorporate many aspects of Thai bodywork including stretching, (deep compression, joint range of motion, traction, hot herbal compresses, scraping, cupping, liniments, and more,) I also utilize the tools of sports medicine massage (trigger point therapy, pin-and-stretch, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and more). The combination of all these techniques, hand-picked for each individual's needs, allows my treatments to be highly effective and deeply rejuvenating.
The majority of my clients come to me because they are living with pain or discomfort in one or mare areas of their body. Sometimes they have been living this way for many years. And consistently they report that even after just one session they experience less pain or greater mobility, depending on their issue. And most of them retain that decrease in discomfort. Sometimes one session is all they need to work out the problem, sometimes, as in the case of chronic conditions, they need multiple sessions. But those committed to their well-being find that their daily lives improve greatly with each session, and many get to experience a pain-free and more limber body after several sessions.
My sessions are collaborative: we will work together as a team to affect change in your body and being. Sometimes aspects of a treatment may be challenging, in that it often requires breathing through discomfort to get muscles to release stored tension. If you are new to the idea of "hurts so good" I will coach you through it offering breathing techniques, and we will never do any work that goes beyond a tolerable level of good discomfort. On the other hand, if you are someone who prefers, or even needs, "hurts so good" bodywork, my treatments are for you.
A trip to Thailand in 2000, for a solo travel adventure, introduced me to Thai massage. I have been hooked ever since. I began my own studies in 2008 while living in New York City. In 2010 I moved to Portland and found my teacher, Nephyr Jacobsen, director of the Naga Center, school of traditional Thai medicine. Since then I have immersed myself in the study and practice of traditional, therapeutic Thai bodywork, with over 500 hours of classes. I traveled to Thailand once again, in 2013, for further study (as well as to eat copious amounts of authentic Thai food, enjoy the gorgeous beaches, and do some rock climbing).
Besides helping clients rid their bodies of pain, I spend a lot of time with my kiddo, rock climbing, writing, and petting every dog I see.
When Tamra’s not giving massage, she enjoys yoga and meditation, sharing meals with friends, gardening, cooking and walks in Portland neighborhoods.
Feeling anxious, fatigued, over-extended or in a state of restless overdrive? Tamra helps you sink deep within and reconnect with your body, relieving both physical and mental tension and soothing frazzled nerves. She draws upon multiple modalities including Myofascial Release, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Stretching and Craniosacral Therapy to “RESET” your nervous system; calming anxiety and helping you feel settled, grounded and better able to re-enter the world and enjoy life again or get a good night’s sleep.
Are you living with annoying pain or discomfort from injury, surgery or “computer” posture and want to be able to move freely without the pain? Tamra has practiced a form of Structural Integration for over a decade and uses an advanced form of myofascial release to neutralize the tension patterns that contribute to pain and dysfunction. When a tension pattern is contributing to your pain, Tamra will introduce an elemental movement pattern to further integrate the positive results of your bodywork session and help keep you out of pain.
Are you a professional woman who wants to start a family, but is feeling frustrated, angry, even betrayed by your body in trying to achieve what you thought was so natural and easy; pregnancy? Do you want to take charge and take action to promote your fertility naturally? Or maybe you’re needing support for all of you: mind, body and soul as you go through assisted fertility treatment. Mercier Therapy Fertility Massage: The Shared Fertility Journey program can support you whether your path to motherhood includes assisted fertility techniques, acupuncture or good ol' Mother Nature.
Mercier Therapy Fertility Massage: The Shared Fertility Journey program is a series of six treatments designed to meet your unique needs and circumstances. A Fertility Massage is a deep massage for the abdominal and reproductive organs that promotes natural organ mobility, stimulates the immune system, detoxifies, improves lymph and blood flow. When digestive and reproductive organs, pelvic muscles and joints move naturally and receive excellent blood flow, they function better; and better function leads to better chances for conception. Mercier Therapy Fertility Massage can help with conditions such as irregular periods, low or unbalanced hormones, amenorrhea, P.C.O.S., fibroids or endometriosis.
Mercier Therapy Fertility Massage can help:
• Boost Fertility naturally / provide support for assisted fertility techniques
• Restore pelvic alignment and release abdominal tension.
• Release scar tissue restrictions.
• Improve breathing, circulation and digestion which improves over-all health.
• Relieve stress, insomnia, anxiety and support emotional imbalance.
• Balance hormones, prevent disease and protect health.
• Strengthen and reclaim vital energy.
Does this program sound like it might be right for you? Let’s find out. I offer FREE telephone consultations to discuss your unique situation and determine how this program can help you.