Andrea Thompson, LMT


"I've always been a strong believer in the idea that life should be fun.  To me, that means getting out and experiencing new things, spending time in nature and loving what you do.  I love working with people!  In fact, I always have.  I was that girl in Jr. High, High School and College that was quick to offer a hug, back rub or ear whenever someone seemed a little out of sorts.  Comforting people and making them feel better whether it be physically or emotionally has been a natural thing for me to do.

I'm also a science and nature girl at heart.  So after I pursued my love of the ocean and biology at OSU, I came home to start my career.  Massage therapy seemed like the perfect fit for me.  Little did I know that the seed had been planted when I was quite young.  Eleven years into my massage practice, my coach from little league became my client.  She too was a therapist, and she had started massage school while I was a young girl playing softball.  Only after working on her, did I recall the gift that she had innocently sowed into my subconscious while she talked about her schooling and my future career.

Massage Therapy has been a really rewarding career, and I can't imagine doing anything else.  I've been able to combine all the things that I truly love into one.  My science brain gets all the anatomy and physiology to work with.  The physical dancer part of me gets to use movement and my body to work on others.  My emotional side connects regularly with wonderful clients to help them find ways to move into a better space; while my spiritual side watches and honors the process as those same clients grow and evolve into stronger, healthier more balanced individuals.  Soon, the earth mama environmentalist in me will be fed, as well.  I can't wait to live and work with my friends on a beautiful piece of organic land that spurs creativity, healing and growth.  I am truly blessed in my life!"

After graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in Biology, Andrea decided to return to her hometown of Portland, Oregon to pursue her love of science with a more hands on approach.  She attended East-West College of the Healing Arts and graduated from a 500HR program with a focus on Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.  She became a licensed massage therapist in the state of Oregon in December of 1999 (OBMT #6851, NCBTMB #336027-00), and since then she has continued to expand her knowledge of the body, how it functions and how it heals by various means.  Her main area of focus is in the Craniosacral field through the Upledger Institute and local instructor Carol Gray, LMT/Doula.  She was also lucky to train directly with Claire Marie Miller in 2011 to become a certified Fertility Massage Specialist.  In 2016, Andrea became professionally trained in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.

Andrea enjoys using the gentle and profoundly effective Craniosacral Therapy work to help her clients release traumas from their bodies in a supportive and safe way.  Her Arvigo work is just as rewarding by addressing abdominal and pelvic issues in a holistic way.  Her other passion is working with women as they move through the various phases of conception and birth by offering Fertility Massage and Pregnancy Massage.  She believes that addressing all parts of the body can lead to true health, healing, and peace.  She enjoys working with a diverse group of clients ranging from newborns to mature adults and is adept at helping her clients work through injuries and traumas of varying degrees and origins.  Each massage is tailored to the individual's needs on that specific day from the information the body and the client relays to her in session.

Unfortunately, Andrea is no longer available at both locations.  She opened a small private office in NE Portland in the summer of 2016 and is now available there Mondays through Thursdays to take care of your massage needs.  

A true Oregonian, Andrea enjoys the outdoors.  She gets out hiking, camping and gardening when the weather allows and sometimes when it doesn't.  She also enjoys dancing with fire, dancing up high on aerial silks, dancing on a yoga mat and just plain dancing.  Cooking and baking delicious gluten-free/dairy-free treats for friends and family puts a smile on her face.  She started a gluten, dairy and soy free bakery with Dr. O'Leary's husband.  Though they are no longer in business, you can check out Naughty Nummies on Facebook to see their previous offerings.  Traveling and seeing new places helps her feel connected to others.  She decided to take a year and a half leave of absence to travel and spread some love.  Check out her Love Notes From Abroad to see what she's been up to.