1016 SE 12th Ave

Portland, OR


(503) 902-5078


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Online scheduling

By Appointment Only


Laura Starr

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday












Balanced Bodywork Prices


60 minute Swedish or Therapeutic session - $100  
90 minute Swedish or Therapeutic session- $135 

90 minute CranioSacral session - $135

MVA claims billed to auto insurance

Balanced Bodywork does not accept health insurance 



Payment required in full at time of service.

Balanced Bodywork accepts cash, checks, Venmo and credit card payments.

Please note that Balanced Bodywork requires 24 hour notice for cancellations. Missed appointments (cancellations/no shows) outside of this time frame will be required to pay 100% of the service cost with exceptions due to sudden illness or major emergency. New clients are required to enter credit card information to hold your appointment. 


Types of Massage

  • Fascial Release
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Claims

Fascial Release
Fascia, a type of connective tissue, spans the entire body from the top of the head to the tip of the toes. Fascia runs from superficial to deep and encases every cell, organ and muscle in the body. In its natural form, fascia is pliable and provides support, structure, conductivity to the chemical and energetic functions of the body. Restrictions and thickening can occur due to overuse, trauma, disease, stress, and inactivity. These restrictions result in pain, irritation, tension, and inflammation. Fascial restrictions are released in two ways. One,
is with slow, gentle sustained pressure working in the direction of ease of the tissue. During the massage session, restrictions and barriers in the tissue are met and pressure is held until movement and release occur. Two, restrictions are released by applying pressure against the resistance of the tissue. During the massage session, pressure is applied while slow, active movements are made by the client. Releasing restrictions restores fascia's natural, pliable state and ultimately alleviates pain, improves circulation, and corrects unwanted patterning to create long lasting results.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is focused, specific work to areas of muscle adhesions, restrictions, and sites of pain. Injury, trauma, overuse, disease, stress and fascial restrictions all lead to tension and adhesions in muscle fibers causing pain and discomfort. During the massage session, various techniques are used to access the deep layers of tissue to release adhesions and therefore allieviate pain. Pressure and intensity is gauged by client need and tolerance. Deep tissue massage releases chronic muscle tension, alleviates pain, improves range of motion, facilitates injury rehabilitation, and counteracts strain caused by our daily activities.

Swedish Massage
Swedish massage, the most common form of relaxation massage, uses long gliding strokes to create overall relaxation, increase circulation, and decrease stress. Swedish massages stimulate the clients parasympathetic nervous system, the "rest and digest" functions of the body. Continued and consistent Swedish massage sessions are beneficial in managing stress, anxiety, and depression.


CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle approach to working with the release of tension and restrictions in the cranial bones, central nervous system and the surrounding connective tissue. Using a light touch, this treatment works to release tension deep within the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, while improving overall health. The practitioner's focus is on the spinal column, bones of the head, and the sacrum. Craniosacral therapy is beneficial for clients with a history of head trauma, migraines/ headaches, chronic neck and back pain, TMJ syndrome, fatigue, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, autism, sleep disturbances, stress and tension related disorders, and many other conditions.


Motor Vehicle Accidents

Treatment for motor vehicle accidents is a carefully designed treatment series. The treatment approach for each session revolves around the diagnoses received from the prescribing physician, the symptoms experienced by the client, and the current stage of injury. MVAs can result in soft tissue injuries that may not appear until days, weeks, or even months after the accident. Prompt and continuous treatment can address these issues and prevent them from becoming a source of chronic pain.