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Decrease pain and tension to increase mobility and strength.

Tips are inclusive in prices.

I used to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits, now I make you feel like a million bucks.

WHAT I DO: I help individuals decrease pain and tension to increase mobility and strength.

WHO I WORK WITH: Folks who have received great benefit from Caring Portland Massage include postal carriers, hair stylists, factory workers, lawyers, administrative staff, librarians, counselors, social workers, musicians, retail clerks, bartenders, mechanics, mountain climbers, runners, bodybuilders, and many others. My practice is body-positive, gender affirming, and welcomes Black, Indigenous and People of Color. My history includes training in power, privilege and inequity, trauma sensitivity, Safe Zone for LGBTQIAts, alternative sexualities, and anti-racism. My table supports 750 pounds. I am happy to add width to the table for your comfort.

WHY IT WORKS: However you use your body, massage is proven to improve mood, reduce anxiety and depression, boost range of motion, & regulate aches and pain.

WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT: I provide mood boosting, pain reducing, and restorative massage to folks using health insurance (PacificSource, Regence BCBS, & Providence accepted), MVA claims, worker’s comp claims, HSA/FSA, and those looking for general cash-pay treatments. BOOK NOW: www.caringportland.com

Calm and caring: that’s what I offer you.

“Amazingly effective – Julie has returned my much-abused neck-shoulder muscles twice now. I can tell now when I am stressing them too much. Julie’s intelligent & intuitive massage is so worth the time you take!” – MF McAuliffe

“Highlight of my week was being able bring #healing to my wrist thanks to your magical hands! Best #massage ever-I could get addicted to this routine.” – Emma Flores

“This sure-footed and deft-fingered pro knows her stuff: Just had an amazing hour of stretching and de-knotting. Make your appointments before she rightfully gets huge.” – Andy G

HOW IT WORKS: Book online at caringportland.janeapp.com or text for availability. Located inside Awakenings Wellness Center on the ground floor. Please allow about 20 minutes for the intake process to ascertain if there are any contraindications, injuries, target areas, or any other preferences specific to you. Our office is private and secure. You will be draped for privacy.

Caring Portland Massage is operated by Julie. Julie specializes in therapeutic swedish, myofascial structural, deep tissue, sarga with myofascial release focus, muscle energy technique, cancer/oncology specialization, scar tissue release, and neuromuscular trigger point therapies, and is trained in an array of traditional and eastern modalities including cupping, gua sha, hot stone, dry brush. They enjoy collaborating with clients so clients leave each session feeling great.

READY TO TALK? Book an appointment now or email caringportland @ gmail.com

Pay at time of service with Cash, Venmo, Google Pay, Square. 

Review the cancellation policy here: https://www.caringportland.com/cancellation-policy/

Insurance Accepted

Step 1: Book a FIRST VISIT Medical appointment at least 2 weeks ahead of your desired appointment date at https://caringportland.janeapp.com

Step 2. Complete the intake form and the insurance information form found in your profile at https://caringportland.janeapp.com/. If you do not see the forms, double check that you selected FIRST VISIT appointment type. Contact Julie to adjust the appointment type or have the forms emailed to you.

Step 3: Wait for confirmation of your benefits from our office. I strive to confirm insurance details within a few days, however I ask for 2 weeks just in case something blocks my ability to confirm.

Step 4: Upon positive confirmation, we can proceed with your appointment. If confirmation is not possible before 48 hours before the appointment, then your appointment will be cancelled or bumped to a later date so details can be ironed out. If you do not provide information necessary to confirm benefits within 7 days of booking your appointment, your appointment will risk termination. Please make every effort to share your information ASAP.

INSURANCE THAT IS NOT ACCEPTED INCLUDES, CHP, OHP, Kaiser, cigna, aetna, choosehealthy, healthnet, devoted, medicare ,AND HEALTHSHARE.

Using Insurance? Book a First Visit MEDICAL MASSAGE appointment. Be sure to complete the INTAKE FORM & the Insurance Intake Form at https://caringportland.janeapp.com/ & add your insurance information. Please allow 2 weeks for us to coordinate the necessary details. 

Medical Massage is billed to insurance as a Delayed Payment at non-discounted ‘time of service’ rates.

Appointments that are No-Call/No-Show will be charged the full 100% regular “time of service” rates. Cancellation or reschedule within the 24 hours before the appointment will incur the late fee of the full 100% regular “time of service” rates. See our cancellation policy for more detail https://www.caringportland.com/cancellation-policy/

Please be prepared to discuss your goals.


Black Lives Matter! I continue to check and evaluate my biases, to recognize and call out the racist paradigm I was born into and continue to live in, and affirm the reality that racism has existed as a systemic form of resource control and abuse that benefits the few over the many; a system which benefits white people over all others. To this end, I continue to vote, volunteer, and when possible donate.

I co-founded & participate in Awakenings Wellness Center’s anti-racist study group where we study individually and come together to reflect as a group on the reality of racism. This group meets every other week and in December 2023 is beginning Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah. Our last work took us 6 months to move through thanks to the incredible minds of Regina Jackson & Saira Rao and their text White Women. Before that we learned from was Resmaa Menakem My Grandmother’s Hands and we followed Menakem’s Somatic Abolitionist 12-month Practice Book which was very impactful. Previously we worked through Layla Saad’s Me & White Supremacy, and we continue to reaffirm our intention to continue learning individually and as a group.

I continue to gather resources & educational items in this linktree (scroll to find places to contribute your voice, your dollars, your time, as well as other linktrees and documents listing resources and educational material). Multnomah County Library has audio & electronic books available such as Black AF History, White Women, White Fragility, How to be an Anti Racist, Me & White Supremacy, So You Want to Talk About Race, White Awake, Stamped, The Invention of the White Race, and many others. My personal goal is to educate, be humble, stay awake, be kind, be an accomplice.



Options include
Therapeutic Massage: Application of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy, Structural Bodywork, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Cupping, Gua Sha / Coining, and somatic awareness building.

Sports Massage: Targeted treatment to decrease pain and tension, increase mobility and strength, and, depending on your needs, to build energy or recuperate post-event.

Emulsion-Free: Emulsion-free Structural bodywork treatment targeting key areas with compression, myofascial release, stretching, and optional reflexology and trigger point therapy.

Medical Massage: includes initial evaluation, treatment plan, detailed chart notes, range of motion tests, and massage targeted to your areas of concern. In coordination with your health care team, your treatment is customized to meet your needs with a goal to reduce scarring, increase range of motion, decrease pain. 

Longer sessions are an opportunity to provide deeper progress towards your goals and provide lasting effects. 


Amazingly effective – Julie has returned my much-abused neck-shoulder muscles twice now. I can tell now when I am stressing them too much. Julie’s intelligent & intuitive massage is *so* worth the time you take! – MF McAuliffe

This sure-footed and deft-fingered pro knows her stuff. Just had an amazing hour of stretching and de-knotting. Make your appointments before she rightfully gets huge. – Andy G

I like your technique! – CT

That was so good I feel drunk! – L

Big change in my posture and how I feel overall since Monday! Thank you for sending the stretches, too. Thanks again for the great massage – game changing! – MG

Fingers like feathers, but she gets into the spots that need it. – GS

You make me feel very comfortable. I took a nap! – A

You do very good job – make me feel very comfortable. – B

Just had my first massage with Ms. Julie. Amazing, skilled, intuitive work! I feel so much better than my usual knotted-up mess! – Jane Sullivan

Julie is a licensed massage therapist! Doing hair all day and playing music my back always is angry. I went to her and she sorted me right out! Truly best massage I have had in ages, she listens thoroughly to your needs before getting started. I highly recommend her to all and she does great deals for first time clients! Thanks Julie! You are an angel! – Shauna

Julie is a woman of integrity with the highest of principles. I truly recommend her work. – Vickie D

About Julie


I strive to bring the latest pain reduction strategies to the table. The reason I do this is because I experienced an accident and had medical providers who did not seem to care – they treated me with cookie-cutter procedures and most assumed (never even asking) my accident was motor vehicle related when it was not. I had to explain every single visit, over and over, what I had experienced and how it made my situation unique. No one should have to go through that.

It’s crucial for you to receive the support you need. I never want anyone to feel the way I did; to receive off-target care that forgets about you the second the appointment is over. I am on your team, providing tips to navigate the system, collaborating with your care team, customizing massage treatment, and researching specific approaches we can try one visit to the next. Each appointment, with your feedback, together we can support your goals for pain reduction.

My approach to bodywork is calm and caring. Trained by East West College of the Healing Arts, this Portland massage therapist explores modalities and techniques for all body types and sizes. Having researched and provided specialized treatment to folks recovering from injuries, as well as to sports enthusiasts I am enthusiastic about supporting sports recovery and growth. Since experiencing traumatic injury and resulting chronic pain, I have unique understanding of pain and the benefits massage can provide for healing.

Individualized sessions held in office at Awakenings Wellness Center – 1016 SE 12th (between Belmont & Hawthorne).  Book Now to schedule.

More about me

They/She. I am a bass player in two bands, a former grantwriter / nonprofit program manager, operated a literary magazine for 10 years, and pre-pandemic I volunteered with Freeform Radio & Cash Oregon. I’ve provided writing and editing services for businesses, arts programs, law firms, nonprofits, folks navigating personal legal situations, and revised or written resumes for job hunters.

Caring Portland Massage was started in a tiny sublet space in the Alberta Arts district and relocated January 2020 to a suite in the Awakenings Wellness Center. Awakenings is a healing center featuring an array of providers, group activities and wellness offerings.


*Neurodiversity and Mindfulness: Making Mindfulness Accessible To All with Sue Hutton MSW / RSW.
*Menopause & Nutrition with Molly Galbraith (Girls Gone Strong)
*Burn Scar Massage Therapy with Jennifer Hartley of Handle With Care
*Ethics Examined Through the Lens of Neuroscience by Jonathan Primack
*Gua Sha Massage Certificate by Michael Eric Everson

*Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage by Kathleen Lisson
*Certified Myoskeletal Therapists (Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques) Brain Based Bodywork for Chronic Pain taught by Erik Dalton
*Manual Lymphatic Drainage: More than edema reduction, & Liposuction Postoperative Protocols for Lipedema by Kathleen Lisson
*Gua Sha Follow Along: Neck and Jaw, Gua Sha Brow Relaxer by Lanshin
*NICABM’s Treating Trauma Master Series
*Sports Massage Muscle Energy Technique by Michael Eric Everson
*Sarga Floor 1: Technique Basics, Sarga Floor 2: Wrapping It All Together, Sarga Adaptations for Raised Tables, Sarga 101 & 102 led by Amy Hastanan
*Beyond Traditional Approaches: Exploring Harm Reduction as a New Paradigm for Eating Disorder Providers by Gloria Lucas
*Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) with Anand Parikshak and Lani Potts
*Radical Anti-Bias Education: Cultivating True Comrades in Struggle with Eleanor Hancock & David Dean

*Massage for People Living with Cancer by Mary Aguilera-Titus
*Introduction to Oncology Massage Parts 1&2 by Cal Cates & Kerry Jordan
*Scar Tissue Management Parts 1-3 by Nancy Keeney Smith and Cathy Ryan
*Cultural Competency: healing arts and cultural awareness by Nephyr Jacobsen
*Creating Your Own Ethical Roadmap by Linda Caravia

*Functional Movement Therapy Blades and Blades Advanced (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation, aka gua sha, scraping) by Adam Wolf / Rocktape
*Creating an Anti-Racist Organization with Joanne Kinya Baker
*Proven Strategies for Alleviating Pain by The Schatz Method Training Academy

*Sacro-Pelvic-Lumbar structural bodywork by Jonathan Primack
*Cultural Somatics Racialized Trauma Informed Bodywork by Resmaa Menakem
*Principles: headaches and migraines by Til Luchau
*Preventing Disease Transmission in a Massage Practice / Massage in a time of Covid-19 by Anne Williams & Eric Brown
*Ethics, Communication and Boundaries Through the Lens of the Nervous System by Jessica Larsen
*Ethical Communication and So Much More with Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan

*Foot Reflexology by Marc Zollicoffer
*Myofascial Techniques: Scalenes and the Neck with Til Luchau

2018: 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training by The People’s Yoga

2017: Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga: Total Transformation Teacher Training with Sadie Nardini, Reiki Levels 1, 2 and Master Level Traditional Usui Reiki


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Big Friendly masks. Big friendly masks provide safe support and comfort. 4-layer cotton masks with filter pocket and metal nose support for maximum safe comfort. Made by hand by Julie. Read research about Covid-19 here.