Each month we highlight one of our talented practitioners at Portland Healing Space, so you can get to know the PHS family. This month Matthew Schulman, LMT has stepped into the practitioner spotlight!
For Matthew, massage and holistic healing have always been a calling, and we're thrilled he found us here at Portland Healing Space! He focuses on creating a space of unconditional love for his patients, one in which they feel completely at ease and open to healing on every level. Matthew specializes in treating chronic pain and tension, injuries, and postural imbalances, and he believes massage is about much more than physical relaxation.
How did you come to Portland Healing Space?
My roommate interviewed for a job at PHS as an LMT, but she heard a voice say "this is Matthew's job." She made me read the ad for the position online, and when I did my heart blew open. I sent in my resume right then at midnight. I was so eager, I rode my bike to PHS the next morning to schedule an appointment in person. Danielle interviewed me for the job later that week, and I couldn't stop talking about everything I loved about this work. It wasn't very professional but it was honest. Later, she told me that was part of why she hired me.
What helped you decide to be a massage therapist?
It was truly a calling. Since I was a teenager, I've intuitively known where to press on people's bodies to help them stop hurting. I have also always been really focused in both scientific and spiritual development, but I didn't really see that until I started studying in school. I started my application three times before I finally followed through, but I remember having the realization that I was really good at this in my third week of class. It came naturally, and I had subconsciously prepared for it my whole life thus far. Since then it's all I've focused on. Well, massage and dancing Argentine tango.
What is something that you wish more people knew about massage? What is it like to get a massage from you?
I wish more people understood the full scope and potential of massage. Most people expect it to be Swedish-style with oil and rhythmic strokes focusing on the muscles, but there is so much more. Massage therapists can address every type of tissue in the body with the right training. There's so much energy exchange with intentional touch, so the benefits go way beyond the physical body. It can actually be harder to make a deep connection with people when they believe massage is only meant for relaxation. But when someone comes in with the hope of healing on a spiritual level, treatment can be life-changing.
Getting a massage from me can be many things. As a healer, I listen to the needs of the person I am working on, so it changes from patient to patient. I focus a lot on people's fascia and work deeply in the body. The work can feel intense, but it can also be gentle depending on what is needed. I always work to create the deepest and most sustainable change for people, so I do a lot of energy work during my massages. It deepens the results and does things that physical touch alone can't. I hold people in a space of unconditional love when I work with them; I think that is the most healing thing I can do.
Tell us about the services you offer.
I offer two services at PHS: massage and spiritual healing.
With massage therapy I focus on the physical body and help with whatever patients need, but I specialize in treating chronic pain/tension, injuries, postural imbalances. I use a lot of myofascial, meridian-based, and Swedish techniques. I also do visceral massage, which helps restore balance and function to the internal organs. Excess tension in the organs is often a cause of musculoskeletal pain, postural deviations, and headaches.
Spiritual healing is the care and emotional, mental, and physical healing of the whole human being. It helps people to live with an open heart and a deep sense of connection to others and God (as divine source, the infinite). To do that, I work as a channel for angelic presence to connect with clients and help them heal through unconditional love. That work is great for helping with deeply held emotional pain and limiting beliefs/habits. It's also wonderful for people who want to accelerate their spiritual growth or just open up new possibilities for joy, love, and self expression.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would like to be able to fly really fast. It would be a fun way to explore the world and visit friends, but I usually don't think about super powers. The limitations of being human open a lot of doors inside me that I might not go through if I could fly whenever I was bored. If I could fly in real life, I might not feel compelled to fly on the inside.
What is your favorite place in Portland?
The Chicken & Guns food cart. They make the most amazing rotisserie chicken, and I feel so good after eating there. I don't think I'll ever get sick of it. I also love Irving Park. It's my favorite place in the city to practice Qi Gong. It's really peaceful for me.