Jennifer Bode, LMT
OR Lic #7255
Specialties: Medical Massage / Headaches / Integrative Deep Tissue / Chronic Pain Management / Craniosacral Therapy
Jen’s love of science, nature, and for learning how things work has held her interest from a very young age. It seemed natural then, to pursue a B.S. in Biology/Pre-med in college as her fascination with the body inspired her to attend medical school. However, while taking a year off before embarking on this path, Jen’s focus shifted.
While working at a wellness center with a holistically minded M.D., what most resonated with Jen during her time there was the patient/practitioner relationship and the focus on correcting the source of a patient’s concern rather than the symptoms. The awareness that healthy lifestyle practices are powerful enough to prevent illness was the method she hoped to employ in her own life as well as her future practice. So she switched gears and moved to Portland with a new interest in natural medicine. After receiving her first massage, she was immediately inspired and promptly enrolled in East West College of the Healing Arts graduating in 1999.
Jen's massage career began in a busy chiropractic clinic offering her the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of how to assess and treat injuries especially those resulting from motor vehicle accidents. By focusing on injury specific areas of the body, she became proficient in detail oriented bodywork. However, she began to notice situations where deep tissue work was not tolerated well by acutely injured clients and sometimes exacerbated the pain. This led her to study and explore more subtle modalities of bodywork such as craniosacral therapy, gentle myofascial release, and Usui Reiki. These subtle yet powerful techniques showed her how lighter touch can at times have a bigger healing impact by working with the nervous system and helping to allow for deeper therapeutic healing.
Jen believes touch is a potent skill that facilitates powerful results both physically and emotionally. By addressing physical discomfort, a practitioner can facilitate a deeper connection to the body. This connection, she believes, is something we all seek within ourselves and it is capable of fostering healing on emotional, physical and spiritual levels. Her passion for bodywork is rooted in both complimentary medicine and a study of science. And after 18 years, Jen’s practice is best described as integrative. She works intuitively while informed by her expertise in anatomy and physiology to assist the body’s innate healing potential. She utilizes deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial, trigger point, and relaxation techniques to provide her clients with the most beneficial bodywork needed in the moment.
Jen is motivated by results and “loves focused, injury specific work because it helps people feel immediate relief. When they are embodied, healing is possible.” She is excited to be expanding her practice, offering the community quality wellness care and helping others achieve their wellness goals.