I'm Sick. Should I cancel my massage?

YES

You've waited weeks and planned ahead for this reprieve for your mind and muscles. As the time etches closer to your appointment you feel the symptoms of a cold. Nobody ever wants to cancel their massage, but this is a time that rescheduling is necessary. If you come in for a massage while suffering a head cold or symptoms from the flu, massage could actually increase these symptoms. 

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving bodywork is an active task, it is not entirely rest. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. 

Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, your therapist could pass the cooties along to more clients before they even know it’s happening. Further, when we bodyworkers get sick, we have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. This derails others self-care planning and our ability to make the world a better place one massage at a time. 

When to cancel

If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies. And even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on the table would be wasted time and money for you.

If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.

If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling funky from a recent bout of such things.

If you’ve had a fever in the past 24 hours, or fever-related symptoms. This includes chills, aches, and fatigue. Even if you’re keeping the fever down with medicine, you’re still sick. The fever counts.

If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.

Prevention

Prevent colds with frequent hand washing, stay hydrated, well rested, and a little vitamin C wont hurt. 

Stay healthy! 

-Miranda

10 Waywest Ways to Stay on Top of Stress

Welcome my fellow stressed humans!

None of us are immune, but we all handle the tense times differently. I thought it would be helpful to share the steps I take to stay on top of the stress mountain in my life. You may be surprised, but even massage therapists can't always get in to see their favorite bodyworker for a mini-escape the moment some stress goes down.

1. Take a minute.

When things are feeling chaotic, out of your control, and just legit bonkers its easy to get wrapped up in the moment. Remove yourself from the constant swirling craziness just for even a minute. Take a big breath and sigh it out. Giving yourself a timeout can work wonders, it worked when we were toddlers, why not now?

2. Get Outside.

This shouldn't come as a surprise, but I like to be outside. And turns out, nature has stress reducing effects on us humans. The trees, the sky, the songs that the birds sing. Its a wonderful distraction for anything stressful. I love the book The Nature Fix for some insight as to why being outside can calm you down so much. 

3. Move.

Getting my heart pumping and my blood flowing. The gym, a trail, just some pushups or jumping jacks, a brisk walk around the block. The ultimate quick fix to stress. *You may need to schedule a massage after you've overdone it with the push ups. 

4. Music. 

Sometimes the stress is all up in my head, a worrying situation that is looping in the mind. So I give myself a different ear worm to distract and it works out. Sometimes the messages in music are enough to shake me out of my stressful thought loop. Check out our Waywest Spotify playlists for relaxing. 

5. Audiobooks/Podcasts.

This is has been my cure for road rage. I used to walk to work when I lived in the neighborhood, but now I'm one of those people who spend almost an hour every day in the car (OMG!). Irritability with traffic, news feeling frustrating, and the top hits on the radio weren't cutting it. I needed a change so I downloaded an audiobook out of boredom and the effects of listening to a story have totally transformed my driving experience. Stress way less. 

6. Good Smells.

Have you tried essential oils? Lavender quells the stress for me. I keep some in my bag and every once in a while I just take a hit off the ole bottle and let the switch flip and it helps. 

7. Talk it out.

Mom, friends, my dog, the walls.. sometimes just saying whats stressing me out takes the power away from it and I can move on. 

8. Speaking of dogs. 

To me, animal time is the stress cure all. I have fantasized about creating a massage space that is also an animal sanctuary. Just imagine, you could cuddle furry friends before and after massages, or maybe a sweet kitty could curl up on your belly while you get your temples massaged... The dream. 

9.  Down with the screen.

Maybe this correlates to my nature time, but looking at memes, responding to emails, and getting lost in the instagram/facebook blackhole are little stress pools that can be avoided. Setting screen time works for me to manage stress around time and other feelings that crop up from the blessing/curse of social media. 

10. Practice Gratitude.

That is such a buzz-wordy new age way to phrase it, but damn if they aren't right. You mad, be glad.. Listing what I'm thankful for in my life on a regular basis combats the stress. Doing this before you're stressed makes it that much easier to stay out of the state of stress. 

Example: "I'm so grateful for my job, I get to make people feel better everyday, I am thankful for my clients, for the light they bring to the office and my life.." And just writing that I connected to the serious joy that work brings me and I can't wait to get in there! Thank you!

Hope some of these practices help find their way into your stress less routine, and if not make sure to book a massage in advance to help combat the stress out there! 

Thank you!

Leg Hair, Don't Care.

We care about a lot of things big and small, but body hair isn't on our list.

We want you to know that there is no need to apologize for not shaving your legs or having hair there at all.

Don't Worry About It.

"If you're not worried about my leg hair, then what are you thinking about?"

When we're working our mind is on making sure we are applying pressure at the right depth, feeling the constancy of muscle tissue on the right compared to the left, noticing the attachments of Gastrocnemius and its relationship to the Soleous muscle, and whether it could be the culprit to the pain you have when you point your toes. 

We want you to feel at ease during your massage sessions.

We want the ambiance to make you feel comfortable and able to let go of stress.

We want to give you the best massage you've ever had.  

Leg hair, dont care. 

The Big WHY?

“So, why did you become a massage therapist?”

Massage therapy was not a calling. I didn’t have a miraculous recovery from an injury that inspired me to do the work. I didn’t want to massage all my friends shoulders and am not even that much of a 'touchy - feely' person. I hardly had a grasp on the potential of massage beyond relaxation.

I've always been an active person - so muscles were something I was familiar with. But aside from that I had no connection to the work.

I became a massage therapist because I was looking for something to do, and I struck gold. 

Why are you a massage therapist?

I’m a massage therapist because this work is endlessly rewarding! I've facilitated healing in ways I never thought possible! I get to help others by using intentional, positive touch combined with therapeutic knowledge.

I've watched my clients of every age, gender, and physical ability have more ease in their body, let go of emotional burdens, heal injuries, release restrictions, and feel better overall body and mind.

I feel lucky to have a job that enhances my life keeping me connected to my own body and mind while helping others connect to theirs.

Massage isn't just about relaxation or working out knots, it can be a tool to help people continue down the path of life with a little more ease.

This work to me is meaningful. Massage fulfills my desire to do good in the world and it makes me happy.

I suppose that’s why.

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Active Lifestyle

Wear out or rust out.

At Waywest we believe movement is the secret to vitality.

When we talk about movement, its whatever movement feels good to you. From a gentle walk around town to the long slog up a mountainside. We value the varying degrees of movement all of you adventurous souls are up to, and we will meet you wherever you are.

You can see we don’t necessarily mean you have to be an athlete for our massage to be beneficial, thats why we use the term Active Lifestyle instead of Sports Massage.

A lot of our active lifestyle folks are indeed athletes. We work with rock climbers, mountaineers, cyclists, runners, backpackers etc and we love to push our bodies in those ways as well.

But a lot of the active lifestyle work we do is for those of you with repetitive movement in your job and daily life. Think of nurses, parents with small children, hair stylists, those of you working on your house projects and gardens..see what we mean?

On the flip side, some of you have sedentary jobs: sitting at desks, driving around town etc. And you yearn to feel less stiff in your movement when you transition from work to play. This is another example of the goals for an active lifestyle. We want you help you feel the best you can in your body.

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To us, an active lifestyle is a variety of adventures big and small.

Waywest Walkabouts

The inspiration for Waywest Massage came while I was walking uphill.

I Walked uphill for a long time. Noticed my breathing, felt my muscles, became aware of tight areas, and was so thankful for my body and the presence I felt mentally.

And then I realized how I notice similar thoughts bubbling up when I receive a massage. Deeper inhalations, nervous system tuned in, feeling grateful, mentally clear. The connection of our outer and inner world.

The perfect peace and ease I feel in nature can be found when I connect back to my body. Bringing awareness to your own body, movements, and where you are in space and time. Getting in tune with the outside to help notice what’s going on inside.

Thats what Waywest Massage is. A venture into thoughtful self care.

I love going outside. I love massage. And I love our capable bodies.

Wandering around the Wallowa Mountains with my four-legged friend.

Wandering around the Wallowa Mountains with my four-legged friend.

whats different about thai massage?

Some things that are different from the table massage you’re used to:

  1. Theres no table. The massage is still in our beautiful treatment room, but the table is moved to the side and we put a supportive mat on the floor where you will lie comfortably during the session.

  2. You are fully clothed. If you are ever feeling uncomfortable about the idea of getting undressed for a massage this is a great option for you. Wear loose fitting clothing similar to what you would wear to a yoga class. This allows your massage therapist to move your limbs and stretch your body with ease.

  3. More movement. Your massage therapist will use their hands, elbows, feet, and knees to apply different pressure and stretches to your muscles. During some stretches your therapists creates leverage by using their own body to stabilize yours. With a focus on joint mobilization and increasing your range of motion there will be plenty of passive stretching during your session.

  4. Pain Relief. Massage can be deeply relaxing, but Thai massage has the ability to create deep change in your muscle tissue releasing tension, restrictions and leaving you with a lot less pain in your body.

Some people report that Thai massage can be painful, but I think that comes down to communication, same with regular Table Massage. Just let your therapist know if anything feels too deep or uncomfortable and they will adjust for you.

“I encourage my clients to try Thai massage – an ancient healing system involving deep compressions, stretches, and gentle passive movements to increase range of motion, loosen tight muscles, and improve circulation. It can leave you feeling invigorated or deeply relaxed, help alleviate pain, and generally leaves one with an overall sense of wellbeing.

-Monica Fong, Massage Therapist.

Photos By: Nic Raingsey

Testimonials

I have had countless massages over the years but, Miranda's massages are hands-down the best I've ever received.  Her technique is strong and knowledgeable, finding all the trouble spots and working them out with a skill I've never before experienced.  She does not give frou frou massages, but a true healing experience.  The results are immediately felt and long-lasting.  She also gives stretching tips to help the massage work last longer, which I find to be incredibly beneficial.  The euphoria created inside my body and mind stretches for many days, when many massages lose their effects within a few hours.  Her energy is positive, confident and relaxing.  Her prices are a steal for her incredible services and her studio is cozy and comfortable.  She puts you at ease and then blows your mind.  Once you've had a Miranda massage, you won't want to go to anyone else.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

-Kate G.


I've been to massage therapists all over Portland and have been more impressed with this service than I've ever been elsewhere. 
I have chronic headaches and pains in my back and legs. Getting massages consistently has helped with daily pain, sleeping, digestion and all over well being. I've been impressed with what the routine practice has done for my health. 
Miranda is great! She's attentive and listens to the words you say and what your body is expressing. It's not lip service when she asks how you're feeling. I've never had the same massage twice which is unreal! Every time the experience is different and catered to what my body needs. Definitely go see her if you can!

-Katie S.


Monica's Thai Massage helped me out a ton.  After years of accrued sports related injuries and cranky stiff muscles, Thai massage is the perfect wellness addition to staying limber.  Monica's technique is perfect and she creates a welcoming and supportive space to work.  Already can't wait to go back!

-Amy D.


At Waywest, you'll find more than just a massage... You will discover a new way of life. Miranda, Mariana, and Monica comprise the health team I choose to go with and would recommend to anybody who is interested in professional massage therapy.

The first time I was in a motor vehicle accident, Waywest made it SO easy to go through the insurance companies and get the care I needed fast. They really do care about helping me recover by increasing my range of motion, and decreasing pain. 

I always look forward to my sessions because these women are very knowledgable. I have learned so much about anatomy in general through their work.  Each with their own unique style, the 1 thing they all have in common is that they know exactly how to improvise and effectively craft each session to my specific requests. 

The benefit of going with Waywest extends beyond just the sessions themselves, too. I always see them on my phone or computer providing helpful self-care health tips - or even just reminding me to take a break from the screens and go stretch! So, GET INTO their blog, and start believing in the power of stress relief!

Oh yeah - and they do everything here by the way: deep tissue, swedish, thai, gua sha, cupping, hot stone massage, yoga, you name it...

-Wes Y.


Miranda is a healer in every way.  I first started going to Waywest to help with the healing process of a surgery.  My dr prescribed acupuncture as part of my rehabilitation and my acupuncturist recommended I visit Miranda to aid in my muscle healing.  The combination of care, along with my physical therapy, was just what I needed.
The care I received from Miranda kept me returning as a religious customer.
The best way I can describe it is:  I enter the space on Dekum thinking about everything I HAVE to do.  It is scheduled on one of my days off and like most people my to do list is extremely difficult.  I leave Waywest thinking about what I WANT to do.  It is crucial that we find a way to get to that point.  
I am eternally grateful for the care I get.  I feel heard.  I feel relaxed.  I feel cared for.
My side note would be that I am body sensitive and I have only felt 100 percent comfortable with Miranda.  
Do something good for yourself!  See Miranda!  She is an incredible ray of light and goodness!  She will heal your physical and mental pain!

-Gina L.


One of my best ever massages, as she anticipated where I needed the most work after a half marathon. Came away energized and ready to run again and the next day I wasn't even sore!!

-Donovan M.


My massage with Mariana was wonderful! The booking experience was very easy. I liked the massage space, it was beautiful and calm. I asked the owner Miranda a question while I was booking and she was very responsive, I felt like I was in great hands. Mariana gave me the best massage I've had in Oregon. I can't recommend this team enough!


-Sarah Kate N.


I highly recommend Waywest Massage if you're looking for a lovely massage in a bright and calm space. I've had appointments with both Miranda and Mariana and I would highly recommend each of them. With appointment times in the evenings and on Saturday & Sundays, there is plenty of flexibility with scheduling. Mariana showed me a number of stretches and gave me a few tips to manage tension in the weeks between massages which I really appreciated, too. Enjoy!

-Anne K.


I visited Miranda due to a sport's related overuse injury. She asked me thoughtful questions prior to the massage so that she fully understand what type of treatment I needed. The massage was great and successfully eased my pain and helped me recovery from my injury quickly. Highly recommended!

-Erik N.

Meet Monica

My fascination with the human body – how it moves and functions – initially developed through my studies of anatomy and physiology during my undergraduate degree in Nutrition. I, then, completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at The Bhaktishop Yoga Center in Portland. This expanded my passion for helping people live healthy and active lives and eventually led me to pursue a career as a licensed massage therapist. Through massage and yoga I get to share my knowledge about anatomy and physiology, alignment, and structure to empower my clients to understand their own bodies and leave them feeling balanced and at ease.

I bring a calm, grounded presence to the space I’m working in which translates to my clients so they can feel relaxed and more present in their own bodies. I encourage my clients to try Thai massage – an ancient healing system involving deep compressions, stretches, and gentle passive movements to increase range of motion, loosen tight muscles, and improve circulation. It can leave you feeling invigorated or deeply relaxed, help alleviate pain, and generally leaves one with an overall sense of wellbeing.

 My approach to massage is to bring the body back into optimal shape to prevent injuries and illness so clients can enjoy a more active and healthy lifestyle. As an avid rock climber and yoga practitioner I know and appreciate firsthand the importance of having a healthy body in order to enjoy my favorite activities.

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Meet Mariana

I don’t want to give a standardized massage, a formula to apply to all clients.

 I want to hear about what you need the day of your massage. 

  • Do you want to conquer an old injury? 

  • Do you have an achy elbow but also your school finals are days away? 

  • Or, is relaxation the goal...

    If we work together, you communicating and me listening, we can acknowledge where you are and make space for change.

Our body is our oldest friend. When we strain one area, our muscles recruit their resources to keep us from re-injuring the area or from feeling weakness or pain. In time the body’s well-meaning support can cost us our natural balance and ease of movement.

My work is directed at your body’s holding patterns, letting them know that it is okay to relax, okay to share their work, and okay to be strong again.

Art in it's many forms has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  When I create a new body of artwork I research the subject, imagine a new interpretation and express this using my hands to create.  For me, massage has a similar creative element.  I research and continue to learn about the body and its many varieties, I imagine through the surface of the skin to build a picture of your unique structures.  Through my hands I work to create the change, relaxation, and restoration that you ask for.  

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Meet Miranda

I’ve liberated shoulders, helped free stuck ankle tendons, and loosened the hold of chronic muscle pain all in the name of moving with more ease and keeping you doing what you love.

After eight years as a licensed massage therapist all the amazing moments seem to blur together, but what I love most is working magic on your muscles to help you continue to engage in the things that bring you joy: biking, hiking, climbing etc…

I believe being active and time spent outdoors is essential for us humans to be feeling our best. However we’ve all experienced injuries sustained from movement or the lack thereof, and that can really get us down. I’ve found that massage therapy is such a beneficial tool to maintain muscle health and get you back to doing what you love with less pain and more awareness in your body.

My calming demeanor, interest in anatomy, and desire to do good in the world brought me to the world of massage. I’ve got an effortless and specific style of discovering the areas you didn't even realize were causing you trouble. My goal is to provide a massage that is gentle yet effective leaving you mentally clear and physically lighter. Massage can be deep, but doesn't have to be painful to work. I read between the lines of your muscles and provide a treatment so you are renewed and ready for your next adventure. 

My clients are an inspiring collection of bodies in motion. I work with cyclists, rock climbers, ironman competitors, mountaineers, cross-fit folks all at varying degrees of skill and ability - The most important thing is we are all out there trying our best. We play hard and have fun, then we take care of our muscles and get back to the grind.

Education and Qualifications

  • 800 Hour Massage Certification at East West College - 2011

  • Advanced Myofascial Release Training

  • Structural Integration Foundations

  • Gua Sha Training

  • Therapeutic Cupping for Massage

  • Cycle Oregon Massage Therapist

  • Bicycle Rides Northwest Massage Therapist

  • Have provided thousands of massages, probably at least 10,000 hours at this point!

Wanna know more about ME?

  • I love my dog, April. I try to take her on most adventures and she’s #1 sidekick.

  • At the tender age of 27 I picked up my first pair of skis and have been shredding ever since.

  • My go-to karaoke song is “Don’t Stop Me Know” by Queen

  • I grew up in Christmas Valley, OR and my graduating class had 13 kids, 8 of whom were foreign exchange students.

  • One of my childhood goals was to be the first female to ball in the NBA

  • I enrolled in massage school because I thought it would be a good side-gig while I figured out what to do with my life. Here we are 8 years later!