In his private practice, and in two clinical practices where he formerly worked, Michael Becklund came across a wide range of client needs, from victims of motor vehicle accidents to chronic pain sufferers. He uses therapeutic modalities including deep tissue massage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Craniosacral Therapy, Structural Balancing and Muscle Energy Technique.

Some people come to Michael for palliative care, often instead of medication, sometimes in conjunction with it. He says, “I pride myself in understanding my scope of practice. I know when to refer my patients out to other practitioners when necessary. I have a wonderful network of acupuncturists, chiropractors, medical doctors, and others I refer my clients to.”

Sports Massage

“I’d say 25% of my clients are very active people who participate in various sports: running, cycling, swimming, tennis, snowboarding, skiing, basketball, and cyclocross,” Michael estimates. He counts marathoners, ultra marathoners, and body builders among his clients. “People who want to lead an active life often find that massage helps, as part of their wellness. They don’t look at it as an occasional, spa-like experience, but as a regular part of what enables them to keep going.”

Because of his experience teaching advanced classes in kinesthesiology and the anatomy of movement for five years at East-West College, Michael is deeply familiar with common sports and athletic injuries. Additionally, Michael studied low back anatomy, causes of pain and injury, stabilization techniques, and patient self-care from The Sports Massage Clinic.

Personal Injury

Victims of car accidents, work injuries, bike accidents, and other personal injuries often turn to massage therapy for pain relief and to aid the body’s healing powers. Massage may also help with the stress and anxiety that often accompany an injury. Michael works closely with doctors, chiropractors, and other health practitioners to make this process smooth for his clients. His professional billing service provides expert interaction with insurance companies and can answer client questions about how it works.


“Headache work is an area I have a lot of experience in,” says Michael. He completed study in Massage for Headaches at East-West College of the Healing Arts in 1996. “We focused on the anatomy of the cervical spine and how to approach various syndromes, from cluster headaches to migraines, using methods including trigger point therapy and cross-fiber friction.”

Repetitive Stress

Massage is known to provide relief from RSS/RSI problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), tendonitis, and tennis elbow. “Repetitive stress injuries are a common malady, especially among office workers,” Michael explains. “Clients can be helped with techniques of massage, self care, stretching, and ergonomics.” He applies his knowledge of workspace issues and multiple modalities to provide relief from repetitive strain. Michael received his Certificate of Achievement for study of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from the Institute for Advanced Therapeutics.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be debilitating to people’s lives. Ongoing or frequently recurring pain may originate in a sports injury, motor vehicle accident, or on-the-job injury. It may arise from syndromes such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or sciatica. Whatever the cause, many clients find that massage relieves pain and helps with symptom management. Michael approaches each case on its own merits, applying the appropriate therapeutic modality to the appropriate patient.

Michael Becklund, LMT, NCBTMB

1962 NW Kearney Street #305

Portland, Oregon 97209