Maria Blair

  • OR License #: 22775
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Massage for wellness and healing

I became a massage therapist to work with musicians and dancers who experienced pain due to injury or overuse. People are passionate about many things - gardening, golfing, hiking, sewing, hunting, running, taking our dog for a walk, playing with our grandchildren, and on and on. When we are passionate about something, it is demoralizing to have pain stop us from participating in what gives us focus. We begin to live a little smaller, and we can begin to believe that this is the new normal. I...

I became a massage therapist to work with musicians and dancers who experienced pain due to injury or overuse. People are passionate about many things - gardening, golfing, hiking, sewing, hunting, running, taking our dog for a walk, playing with our grandchildren, and on and on. When we are passionate about something, it is demoralizing to have pain stop us from participating in what gives us focus. We begin to live a little smaller, and we can begin to believe that this is the new normal. It is a passion of mine to help people achieve the ease of movement that allows them to live their lives fully.

 

My massage therapy is rooted in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), a precise and specific form of bodywork, powerful for pinpointing and treating areas of dysfunction. NMT can be very gentle, so can be used for a wide variety of people. Massage therapy works with the soft tissue of the body and also with the nervous system, which means it can be effective for working with stress, trauma, depression, chronic pain, and aiding the healing process. 

I have worked with a wide range of clients, from athletes to people dealing with trauma and loss, to people people recovering from motor vehicle accidents, to people balancing everyday work and life.

 

I attended the Rocky Mountain Institute of Healing Arts in Durango, CO, graduated and was licensed in 2007. It was a small school run by Rebecca Mauldin, a LMT who was passionate about precise and informed body work in the form of NMT, but equally considered the mind and spirit in health and healing. Now when I study current pain science, I find those pieces again. Pain is now considered BioPsychoSocial. This mean that pain is a combination of the nerve signals in our bodies, how our brain labels them based on perceived danger, and how our society and its influences color that. Complicated and personal. One person’s experience of pain is not the same as another. Yes – it IS all in your head, but in a very powerful way, because it means we can heal by many avenues.

 

One of my favorite things about massage therapy is how it works with the nervous system. It can bring relaxation of stress and tension from trauma, grief, and anxiety. Stress is incredibly hard on a body – it slows down normal functioning of systems and exacerbates any problems that were previously occurring. Having a moment to reset, to calm down the flood of signals running to and overwhelming the nervous system, is powerful medicine. Touch is a powerful thing. It creates a place for the brain to focus, to find and own that place, and touch can shift the nervous system from ‘fight or flight’ in to ‘rest and digest’. Our breathing and heartrate slow down, and our body comes down from high gear in to a place of rest and healing. Trauma and loss can have us lose our ability to breathe fully. In a relaxed body, our breath should gently expand and contract our rib cage and we should be able to feel it expand all around the lower ribs, front and back. In times of stress, our breath shifts to a faster lighter breath which causes our shoulders to rise and fall, and our lower ribs and belly become very still. Perhaps you have noticed this in yourself if you have experienced loss, or find yourself in a very anxious place. In addition to not breathing deeply and fully using the diaphragm, the muscles of the neck which are secondary breathing muscles, can become overworked and develop some dysfunction, causing pain, headaches, and TMJ dysfunction. Massage can help us shift back to full breathing and release the tension on the neck muscles.

 

Come in for an integrated session which considers your body as a whole and asks what care you need to allow you to do what you love to do.

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Where I Work
Available Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Licenses
Massage

OR # 22775

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Frank on Jul 14
Maria provides thoughtful and competent care focused on my injuries, new and old.
by Anonymous on Jun 29
Maria is amazing and tailors each massage to my needs. She is able to work on problem areas that I share with her and find other areas I didn’t know were tight.
by Anonymous on Jun 12
Maria is very professional and knowledgeable. Her office and treatment room are comfortable, quiet, and clean. She did a great job of exploring the issues I might have that could be addressed by massage and gave an excellent, relaxing, and therapeutic massage.
by Lily on May 29
Maria was amazing and helped me relax so much. She is very knowledgeable and kind.
by Anonymous on May 21
Maria really listened to me and was knowledgeable about the areas of concern and was able to give me good results.
by Daniel on May 18
Maria is the perfect combination of an intuitive healer and a medically savvy body worker. She takes great care in her approach to the therapeutic process and does what typical western medicine often fails to do - which is to listen to the patient and tailor the treatment protocol to the actual cause of the issue - in addition to providing relief of the symptoms. I am very grateful to have found her.
by Anonymous on May 15
Maria is very professional. My body really appreciates her massages. Last night I slept as a baby! Thanks Maria!!
by Eugenio on May 13
Maria is a wonderful professional. Since you arrive until you finish your session you will fell in the right hands. 100% recommendable...
by Melanie on May 05
Best massage I’ve ever had. She is the perfect balance of finding out your physical needs and making it super relaxing.
by Anonymous on Apr 14
Maria is a wonderful massage therapist who really knows her stuff. She’s also given me lots of helpful stretches to do and I feel so much better. I’d recommend her without hesitation!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Relaxation
  • Medical Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage

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