Project Description

Structural Bodywork


Structural Bodywork


Structural Bodywork and its Benefits

Similar to Structural Integration, structural bodywork can assist in improving the body’s structure in relation to gravity.  Structural bodywork addresses chronic pain, lack of mobility or range of motion, and other musculoskeletal imbalances; particularly by approaching treatment with the knowledge that the human body is a network of interconnected tissues. It can be said that each part influences the whole, and vice versa.

Each structural bodywork session is unique to our client’s given set of conditions and makes use of a variety of modalities to strive toward positive change in tissue, postural, and proprioceptive health and awareness.

The core techniques utilized for this therapy are Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Muscle Energy Techniques, and Movement (Stretching) Therapy.

What to Expect in a Session

In a session (whether 60 or 90 minutes), a client can expect to receive a brief postural and verbal assessment (which can be any where from 5-10 minutes and is included within the duration of your session) from their therapist to see what imbalances may be causing strain or pain in the body.  Once the core musculoskeletal disfunctions are assessed, the therapist will work on those specific areas to create more freedom of movement in the body, while also addressing states of inflammation and fascial restriction.

Due to the nature of this work, it is best to keep clothing on during a session, which is why we recommend clients dress comfortably in loose fitting attire.

What is Fascia?

Every muscle and structure is surrounded and penetrated by an interconnected tissue network. The tissue is called fascia. Fascia helps contribute to the structure and functioning of the entire body. Over time the fascia tissue can become unhealthy due to lifestyle choices, previous injury, and the natural aging process.  Fascia can become physically or neurologically stuck together while trying to compensate for impact from outside forces or postural habits, resulting in “knots” or mechanical congestion in the tissue. Excess or strained movements can also lead to hypermobility, which can cause friction and inflammation. This can lead to a chain reaction in muscular and fascial tissues known as “binding,” or a state of contraction.

Structural bodywork addresses this binding and congestion by helping to restore freedom and function to the tissues and allowing the body to operate more effectively as a whole.

Before booking a session, please read through our contraindications list for structural bodywork:

Contraindications include Atherosclerosis, Arteriosclerosis, Acute Inflammation, certain autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Ankylosing spondylitis, osteomyelitis (though the presence  ), those undergoing certain cancer treatments, on recent surgery or injection sites particularly diabetes insulin, when Embolism or Thrombus is present, Epilepsy, some types of Headaches and Heart Conditions, Hemangioma, Infectious Skin Conditions, Extreme High Blood Pressure, Impaired Elimination Systems, Stent Implants, Some Intervertebral Disc Conditions, presence of IUD, presence of most pain medications, pregnancy, varicose veins, presence of recent, unstable or inflamed whiplash.

No deep massage work should be done when any of the following conditions exist:

Oral Abscess Aneurysm, Bone fractures or acute soft tissue injuries until fully healed (usually 6-12 weeks), Clients on Cortisone for at least 2-3 months, Fever, Hemophilia, Hodgkin’s disease, Infectious conditions (with some exceptions that can receive treatment with medical referral, like HIV), Leukemia

Osteoporosis, Phlebitis, Recent scar tissue including regular or plastic surgeries: no deep work on this area until scarring process is complete (usually at least 6 weeks)

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Dali was phenomenal, and the space was so lovely. I was in so much pain before my visit–shoulders, back, and hamstrings. Afterwards, I felt like I was walking around the world in a hot bath, completely relaxed and pain free. Her massage style is very thoughtful, present, and purposeful. I’m so thankful she had such amazing availability and for such a great price!

Anne M

Absolutely amazing. I have chronic pain in my entire back so massage has been out of the question for me until now. This wonderful lady is a miracle worker. I mean it! She is able to massage my pain away. I have had other massages around here and there, you know those franchises… I always left in more pain than when I arrived. Not with Blue Marigold Massage. I find that I am usually pain free, for the most part, until my next appointment. Highly recommend for anyone wether you have pain or just love a nice relaxing massage. Great atmosphere too. Love this place.

Laura B

I visited Blue Marigold while visiting friends in Portland from NYC. I get weekly massages as I am very sore from running, and training for the marathon. My massage from Dali was personalized to be exactly what I needed. She knew I was on vacation and was able to combine techniques to make sure my sore muscles were attended to with deep pressure, but also that I was able to relax and enjoy soothing touch. I wish I lived there so I could go back regularly — definitely worth the flight cross country so If you are in the neighborhood – take advantage of her custom treatment.

Danielle S

Dali at Blue Marigold is a brilliant massage therapist who also has an extensive knowledge for herbal and essential oil treatments. She provided a wonderful massage experience that melted away my daily stress and addressed specific muscles issues in my shoulder. Highly recommend to everyone. Worth more than she charges.

Scott H

I’ve been lucky in my life to have some great massage therapists in Hawaii and NYC. So, when I needed a much needed massage in Portland, I found Blue Marigold Massage on yelp and tried it out due to the great reviews. I was not led astray. My Ashiatsu and lomi lomi massages were amazing. Dali is an expert body worker and instinctively knew which part of my body needed work. She tailored her massage for my specific needs. I will definitely visit again on my next Portland trip.

Naheed E

I have not had massage work done in years and after this massage I will switch to regularly getting them from Dali.

I have chronic neck tension and lower back pain, as well as acute stress. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor and had no idea that pairing it with massage could be so useful. The massage was very calming and deeply attentive. Dali was hands down exactly what I needed –  she has the perfect touch.
I’ve already recommended her to my friends, and I will be going back for more visits.

Melanie H