Stonecircle Massage is now in OR

at Beaverton Bodyworks
3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 229
Beaverton, OR 97005

in BG Westgate Plaza next to Thai Bloom, at the south side of the building on the second floor.

You can schedule with me online at our Online Scheduling Portal

Select “Schedule Now,” select the desired session length, and choose me, Donald!

A calendar with available dates and times will pop up. You can also call me directly at (505) 280-4195.

Donald F Schiff, BS, CAMT, LMT OR #23463, NM #8

Man wearing hat in the desert


I’ve been practicing Massage Therapy since 1983.  I specialize in clinical pain relief and injury rehabilitation (a.k.a. “medical massage”) for a variety of acute and chronic problems like:

  • acute and chronic pain
  • car wrecks and whiplash
  • migraines and other headaches
  • sports injuries, TMJ disorders
  • frozen shoulder, tendinitis
  • sciatica, plantar fasciitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.

People come to me because they hurt! I can almost always help regardless of the source, severity, or duration of the pain. I am certified in advanced myofascial techniques [CAMT] by Advanced-Trainings.  I also use a wide variety of other techniques I’ve learned in 35+ years of professional practice.

I can bill car insurance if you’ve been in an accident, and I take letters of protection from attorneys. I am happy to bill Workers’ Compensation with a pre-authorization and specific prescription.

Many of my clients pay me through their Medical Savings Accounts (MSA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to pay with pre-tax income. I can swipe the card or give you a receipt the benefits manager will accept.

Health insurance sometimes pays for massage, but the details vary depending on the company and your particular policy. Check with your benefits manager, then call me directly. I am working on becoming a preferred provider with several insurance companies, but I can still bill your insurance even if I am not yet credentialed with your network.

 

Referrals for Massage Therapists in Albuquerque

Stonecircle Massage has moved to Beaverton, Oregon. I am referring all my Albuquerque clients and patients to:

Heartline Wellness Center, 1201 Eubank NE, just north of Lomas:

  • Kirk Sugars, LMT …………………….. (505) 514-5339
  • Amy Zampella, LMT ………………… (505) 225-2203

Amy and Kirk will honor any outstanding gift certificates, including those for chair massage at Sandia Labs.

Thank you for 32 great years in New Mexico!

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1984     BS degree in Natural Health Education from Heartwood Institute in Garberville, CA. The coursework included 1000 hours of Massage Therapy training.

  • 1989-2017   Clinical rehabilitation practice in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, specializing in treating clients with chronic pain and injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

  • 1990-1     Co-author of the NM Massage Therapy Practice Act.

  • 1992     Awarded NM Massage License #8.

  • 1994-2011     Co-author of and contributor to the NM Massage Therapy Board Rules.

  • 1996     Awarded NM Massage Therapy Instructor Registration #I-112.

  • 1998     BUS in Biology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. The coursework included Human Anatomy and Physiology with a cadaver lab, Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Immunology.

  • 2009    Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques by Advanced-Trainings. The 100+ hours of coursework included  theory and technique, assessment, acute and chronic whiplash, TMJ disorders, and scoliosis.

  • 2014   Elected Board Member, AMTA-NM. Appointed to Chair the Government Relations Committee.

  • 2015   Successfully lobbied the Legislature for Sunset Review of the NM Massage Therapy Practice Act to ensure continued licensure of LMTs in NM.

  • 2017   Co-author of and lobbyist for NM SB 275, which would have put continuing education requirements into the law and simplified the regulatory structure for massage therapy instructors. The bill was passed unanimously by the NM Senate and House, but vetoed by the Governor.

  • 2017   Awarded OR Massage License #23463.

  • 2017   Awarded AMTA NM Chapter Meritorious Award for diligent volunteerism in an altruistic manner, in this case related to amending the NM Massage Act to stem Massage Board abuses, and for lobbying the NM Legislature. The plaque I received contains the following quote: “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” –Aristotle

  • 2017-18   Staff Massage Therapist at Beaverton Bodyworks

  • 2018   Nominated for the AMTA National Government Relations Award.

  • 2018   Appointed to the Advisory Committee on Chiropractic Assistants by the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

In addition to my private practice, I have provided massage services for institutions as diverse as Southwest Cyberport, Sandia National Laboratories, St. Martin’s Shelter, the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships, and the New Mexico Legislature.

How I work

When I first looked into natural healing more than 35 years ago, I had no idea that touch therapy was my true calling. It is not just as a way of making a living for me, but rather a way being in the world.   I just wanted to study something that would keep my interest long enough to finish a program!  After working in the field for a few years, I soon became unsatisfied with doing general relaxation massage, particularly the standardized “fluff ‘n buff” treatments common in spas.  I wasn’t given these gifts to pamper the rich.  Rather, I believe that I am here to relieve suffering in the world however I can.

As it turns out, I’m really talented at easing pain and trauma using my hands.  I soon got a reputation in the hotel I worked at in Santa Fe as the “go-to guy” for guests with specific complaints, and I gained experience treating clients with debilitating injuries.  After being in a serious car wreck, I developed great empathy for people who have experienced trauma, and I began to learn what works for treating traumatic injuries.

Similarly, I have suffered from headaches since I was a child.  Naturally I learned effective techniques to treat them right off the bat.  Now I have great success ameliorating even full-blown migraines.  When I had an overuse tendinitis injury, I learned how to treat tendinitis and repetitive strain injuries. Every time I get hurt I learn something new!  Of course, injuring myself is not the only way I learn.  I’ve taken many excellent classes, and I learn something from every client I treat.

I am an intuitive therapist.  My hands know what to do, and after all this time I’ve learned to get my head out of the way. I also have a wealth of knowledge and experience to inform my intuition, together with a wide variety of techniques I’ve accumulated in my journey.  There is no one path to healing; different things work for different people at different times.  I do know a few things, though.  Gentleness and sensitivity to my clients’ needs are fundamental to the healing process.  Locating the precise source of your pain allows me to eliminate it more quickly, with less discomfort during the process.

More trauma does not heal trauma, and you know your body far better than I do.  If the massage hurts too much I am probably working too deeply, too rapidly, or both. I believe that resistance is not only futile, it is counterproductive. If you are resisting, I need to change what I’m doing right away.  If I don’t respond to your distress, do not hesitate to tell me.  I do the work for your benefit, not for my ego. I rely on your feedback to give you what you need. Together we will find the right blend of technique, pressure, and pace to best suit your needs at any given moment.

Testimonials

"Paldon gives the best massage!"
Don has the best hands! — Fran LaMantia
This is the place to leave comments about your experience of my work. Please leave reviews on Google maps, Yelp, Dex, and other sites to help people find me more easily. Here are a few from my Facebook group and elsewhere:
Mel Candelaria: I wanted to take this opportunity to formally thank you for your help over the last few months during which I suffered greatly from my auto accident. For a year and a half I was in constant pain, as you know, and the chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and spine doctors weren’t able to help me. I won’t even begin to wonder how it was that you were able to help me, just suffice to say that I am 99% healed from my sustained injuries.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you again!!
Tim Gillespie (from Thumbtack): I have worked with Don Schiff for ten years. I have found him to be one of the best massage therapists I have ever known. He continues to study and learn more about the human body and how to keep it working smoothly. He has done more to relieve pain in my legs than pain medication will do.
Marni Braker: Don is the best, does more than most doctors to help get rid of and keep my migraines away. I recently hurt my back as well and he’s the reason I can dance again. 🙂
Nancy Matthews: It’s a miracle! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  When I left Thursday my feet didn’t feel much better than when I came, but by Friday morning, after a slow start, they just got better and better. By Saturday I was up and freely moving again.
Lyla Madeiros: Thank you for seeing another one of the dancers on such short notice. V is very happy now she can lift her leg without pain for the first time in several years and J is doing much better. What you do is really special and very much appreciated.
Laura Lee: OMG! Best thing EVER! I have not been so relaxed in years. I am so grateful and happy for the experience. Looking forward to a repeat when I can get the time together.
Annie Tabatowski-Bush (from Thumbtack):  I have had the pleasure of knowing Donald Schiff for the past 14 years. I have enjoyed recieving massages from Don, and he has been able to address issues that no other massage therapist was able to get at. In particular, pain in my neck. I believe in Don’s impeccable work so much that I have referred other massage therapists to him to get their work done and they have reported that they have enjoyed getting their body work done with him. I have no hesitation to recommend Don as a wonderful massage therapist.
Robin Miller:  Don Schiff has been working on me for years, since I had a car wreck that messed up my neck (and since then on many other injuries). Don has so many different techniques to work with, as he has been a clinical massage therapist for about 30 years and is always going to continuing education courses to learn more. He has helped me to remain functional and painfree no matter what I’ve done to myself! He is always professional and respectful, and very flexible with scheduling, – just a wonderful person to deal with.
Dale McElroy (from Thumbtack):  For seven good years, I was the the fortunate beneficiary of Don Schiff’s healing hands, his kind consideration and friendship. Every three weeks, I could depend on Don’s thorough knowledge in reading my body’s stress points and alleviating them through deep tissue work. In moving to another city, I was never able to find the quality of work Don had offered me, but surely hope others will benefit from my experience by requesting his services soon and often.
Nicole Chilson (from Yelp): Don saw me at the last minute because he understood that I was in pain and needed relief.  He gave me a thorough exam of what moved, how much, and where the pain resided.  He did a lot of trigger point work that gave me a lot of relief!  This is not your typical massage therapist, there is no fluff.  Even better, since it was a result of a car accident, he files for payment with the insurance company.  When I arrived I couldn’t lift my leg to get in and out of the car, the next day I was able to go for a jog!
Melanie Rose (from Customer Lobby): Stellar! Don gives the best massages that I’ve ever had! He is intuitive, strong, attentive, and thorough. It’s very clear that he cares about his work and takes pride in his practice. He continually checks in with me about the pressure and it ends up offering me exactly the kind of relief I need. His intuition is spot-on. I’d absolutely recommend him.
Sandy Bryan (from Customer Lobby): Outstanding! I’ve already recommended Stonecircle Massage to a few of my friends. I’ve been using Donald for massage treatment on and off for years and I find him to be extremely knowledgeable. He does extraordinary work with in deep tissue massage and has certified credentials to be practicing. He has helped me significantly with a lot of muscle tension that I was having and he is just great at his job. He is precise, personable, and accommodating.
Ron Manginell (from Customer Lobby): Professional Massage. I was very pleased by the therapy received at Stonecircle Massage and have become a regular patient. The advantage to Stonecircle Massage is that Don has a deep knowledge of anatomy and physiology, coupled with a highly-tuned sensitivity to patient needs. I would highly recommend Stonecircle Massage to those serious about overall wellness and treatment for specific conditions.
Pat Mathews (from Customer Lobby): Professional, thorough, and experienced. Stonecircle Massage is the best! I’ve already recommended Donald to a few of my friends. He has a lot of experience and is very intuitive with zeroing in on areas that need the most help. He takes the time to work through every ache and tension. I feel noticeably better within minutes of every massage. I’ve been going to Stonecircle for the past year or so and have no complaints whatsoever.
Nancy Matthews (from Customer Lobby): Couldn’t be happier. I love Stonecircle Massage. My husband and I have been going to them for many years and they really take care of our needs. They keep us moving and functioning and we really appreciate their expertise. Donald has truly kept me away from physical therapists and has zeroed in on many problems that we’ve efficiently worked on to help me feel tremendously better. He is experienced, professional, and just easy to talk to. The prices are absolutely in line with the quality of the work and we’ve already recommended them to many of our friends.
Marlene A. (from Customer Lobby): Exceptional Masseur! I have plantar fasciitis in both feet (NO I don’t have heel spurs)…..I have been to see Don and had hour (sometimes longer) massages on my feet and lower legs. He is excellent at what he does and it has helped tremendously. Don has over 30 years of knowledge and experience and is well worth every cent.
Sasha Pellerin (from Customer Lobby): I love Stonecircle Massage! I was in a car accident and had been to various providers with no avail. After my first massage at Stonecircle I could feel the difference. Support local business and take advantage of the unique setting and individualized treatment.

 

Choosing the Right Massage Therapist for You

Initial considerations

There are many reasons people choose a particular massage therapist.  Certainly location, availability, skill set, and price are initial factors that define your search.   A therapist across town who can’t see you until next month is not likely to be your first choice, unless s/he has unusual skills or an amazing reputation.  Likewise, if you are looking for injury rehabilitation, you won’t go to a student clinic, even though the price is much lower.  Presumably you want a therapist who does the kind of bodywork you prefer, in a relatively convenient location, whose work you can afford, and who can see you within a few days.

If you need somebody right away, you’ll probably call around until you find a therapist who is available immediately.  On the other hand, the massage will be the luck of the draw.  If you are flexible with your treatment time, you may well find a more appropriate therapist.  On the other hand, I’ve had many clients come to me because I was available when they needed me, only to find that I was the perfect therapist for their needs.  Sometimes things just work out really well.

Two critical factors:

  • Skills and experience suited to your specific needs

If you have pain or been injured, you need a therapist who has the skills and experience to assist in your healing process.  A good rehab massage not just a matter of applying the proper strokes in a particular sequence.  A relaxation massage might feel good, but it won’t remodel scar tissue or improve your joints’ range of motion much.

Let the buyer beware! I’ve found that therapists who tout proficiency in many methods are rarely expert in any of them.  30 or 50 hours of modality training in a massage school class can only open a student to the possibility of practice, usually integrating techniques into a full-body massage.  It doesn’t qualify anybody to actually practice the techniques as a stand alone system.

  • Rapport – a therapeutic relationship based on trust

No therapist can help you much if you don’t trust them, no matter how skilled or compassionate s/he is.  Trust can be a slippery thing; some people are trustworthy and others aren’t.  Sometimes we trust those we shouldn’t, and sometimes we don’t trust those who are worthy of it.  My only advice is to trust your feelings.  It’s much better to be wary of an otherwise excellent therapist than to mistakenly trust a therapist who does not deserve it.

Some people trust easily.  Others are easily trusted.  I seek to earn your trust by respecting your treatment goals, your privacy, and your body’s innate wisdom.  I will communicate with you openly and honestly, sharing what I think and admitting the limits of my understanding.  Most importantly, I respect your ability and need to make your own choices.  My personality and skills are not right for everybody.  Most people know during the first massage whether they’ll be coming back to see me again.

The role of referrals

If a friend or colleague recommends a particular therapist, by all means check them out!  Pump your friend for as much information as you can to make sure that your situations are similar.  Find out why your friend likes this particular therapist so much.  “S/he gives a great massage” doesn’t convey nearly as much information as “s/he works deep enough for me and focuses on my painful areas,” or “s/he just always seems to know what I need.”

Word of mouth is the best marketing around.  I appreciate all my clients who send others to see me.  I also appreciate clients who refer others by posting feedback on various sites or rating me on Google, Yelp, etc.  While you’re at it, how about leaving a comment on my “Testimonials” post?  Every little bit helps the right people find me.

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Stonecircle Massage is now in Oregon

at Beaverton Bodyworks
3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 229
Beaverton, OR 97005

in BG Westgate Plaza next to Thai Bloom, at the south side of the building on the second floor. It’s the yellow building with the red roof.

You can schedule with me at our Online Scheduling Portal

Select “Schedule Now,” choose the desired session length, and choose me, Donald!

A calendar with available dates and times will pop up. You can also call me directly at (505) 280-4195.