Massage therapy in Northwest Portland OR is offered by Scott Smith at Kelsall Chiropractic. Scott is a licensed massage therapist at Kelsall Chiropractic. He joined the massage community to share his passion for natural and noninvasive healing methods. Heavily influenced by his own diagnosis of Lymphoma at the age of 12, Scott’s experience of the life-saving chemotherapy affected him physically, emotionally, and socially. Ultimately, it caused him to be more empathetic, especially towards those experiencing physical or psychological illness and distress.
Using every sense, including his intuition, as an instrument to interpret and better understand the human in front of him, Scott helps clients with a broad variety of needs. He is a graduate of East West College of Massage in Portland, where he learned the modalities of Swedish and Deep Tissue, among many others. Scott says “Swedish is great because it gives the massage a fluidity that makes it feel like one smooth piece. It also better allows for systemic, or total body relaxation through the Nervous System. Deep Tissue is very effective for specific areas of pain the client is experiencing, such as low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain or knee pain. I find that combining the two equates to the best of both worlds and provides the most effective relief for the client.”
Scott loves his work as a Massage Therapist because it allows him to use his knowledge—of anatomy, nutrition, physiology, and rehabilitation—acquired from his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Washington State University, his work as a personal trainer, and his role as a physical therapy aide at a PT clinic.
When not massaging, Scott takes advantage of living in the Pacific Northwest by hiking to stunning views. But, with his personal trainer history, he also likes to lift weights, run, play basketball and even pick up a ping pong game or two when going out at night. He believes the most effective recipe for a happy mind and body is combining moderate weight training, light cardio, massage, and meditative practices. Finally, his first love is golf, which he played all through high school, eventually competing at the Washington state tournament his senior year.