Beautiful Calming Portland Massage Office

Holding Space Massage office is located in my home office in the Montavilla neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, occupying most of the basement level. Unfortunately, being down a full flight of stairs it is not wheelchair or walker accessible; if this prevents you from working with me, I am happy to offer referrals to LMTs who do out-call sessions or whose offices are more accessible.

The Story of How I Fell In Love With an Office

When my partner and I were looking for a house, I mentioned to our realtor my dream of having a home office to work out of, but that we weren't really expecting to find such a place in our price range. The realtor had to talk us into looking at this house, but as soon as I walked down the wide, sturdy steps, past the beautifully constructed dedicated bathroom, and into the large, fully finished room, I started chanting "this is my office, this is my office!" A year and a half, several coats of paint, and hours upon hours spent setting it up later, and it is indeed my office, a space I could not be prouder of or happier to welcome you into.

Amenities

The office consists of three rooms, all accessible via private side entrance from the driveway. The room you will spend the most time in is a large, spacious treatment room, consisting of a massage area, an intake area with comfortable and stylish settee, and my paperwork area. There is also a fully dedicated bathroom, complete with tiled walk-in shower; use of the shower before or after a massage is available upon prior notice and discussion. Both these rooms are off the main waiting area, well appointed with a plush 100% wool rug, a glider/rocker for your comfort, and informational materials connecting you with other local resources.

The massage table used is an environmentally friendly, 32" wide Earthlite Spirit, rated for 800lbs of working weight (3200lbs static weight!). The industry standard table width is 28"-30"; while this may be adequate for most typical massage clients, many of us who are wider or who receive massage in the sidelying position can feel precariously perched on such a table. The extra inches on the table at Holding Space Massage may not sound like much, but they can make a huge difference in your ability to relax and receive the work. And if 32" is insufficient, we have available extenders to increase the width by several inches on both sides.

We offer a well stocked lending library, primarily consisting of books and videos on pregnancy, birth, and parenting (including breastfeeding and babywearing). There are a limited number of titles relating to gender and sexuality as well as Health at Every Size and fat acceptance; we are seeking to expand our library constantly, and welcome donations or suggestions for titles.

Also available are a selection of baby carriers (slings, wraps, structured carriers, and so on) for demonstration and education. If you wish to include a free brief babywearing demonstration or education session while here for a massage, please contact Arwyn or include this request when you schedule your appointment online.

Scent-Free, Low-Chemical Zone

For your comfort and health as well as mine, Holding Space Massage is a scent-free zone. We use only unscented, low-allergy detergents for our sheets, pure food-grade oils or organic unscented creams during the massage, and scent-free, non-toxic cleaning products. We also request you refrain from perfume or scent use before your massage or in the office.

Only no-VOC paints were used in refinishing the massage office and waiting areas, and a HEPA-certified filter keeps the air in the office fresh and allergen-free.

We are happy pet owners, but none of our animals are allowed in the downstairs area at any time.