Living in Portland

Big city excitement and small town charm make Portland a great place to live, work and study. Portland is situated 70 miles from the Pacific coast, between the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The climate features dry summers with occasional rain and temperate winters (ideal for growing roses). Portland is known as the City of Roses because of its many rose gardens. Oregon School of Massage’s Portland campus is conveniently located on Barbur Blvd. in southwest Portland with easy access to and from I-5, Hwy 217 and downtown Portland.

Portland has been called the most environmentally friendly or ‘green’ city in the United States, noted for strong land-use planning and an award winning transit system. Portland ranks high among the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world and has been recognized for its network of paths and bicycle services. Portland is also a walker’s city with short blocks, public art, old fashioned statuary, fountains and bridges. Portland is proud of its legacy of preserving green spaces. Forest Park is among the largest wilderness parks within city limits in the U.S. Tom McCall Waterfront Park runs the length of downtown along the west bank of the Willamette River. The site hosts numerous community music, food and art events such as the Waterfront Blues Festival. And, Portland is just a short distance from Willamette valley wineries, skiing on Mt. Hood, and all of the excitement and beauty of Oregon’s spectacular ocean beaches.

Portland’s historic old town, galleries, museums, and Saturday Market keep residents entertained. There are a range of performing arts institutions including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, and more. Oregon Zoo concerts are a summer treat, with music for all kinds of listeners. Portland has many local pubs, brewhouses, coffee shops, bakeries and an array of leading-edge cuisine. An active arts community, dozens of urban parks and green spaces, a lively downtown, and a world-class public transportation system are just few of the reasons that make this one of the country’s most livable cities. For more information about Portland go to


Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden

City Skyline, Mt Hood and OHSU tram.


Living in Salem

Situated in the heart of the Willamette River Valley, Salem is a vibrant and exciting place to live. It is rich in history, arts and cultural experiences and learning opportunities. The Salem campus of Oregon School of Massage is nestled on the banks of the beautiful and kayak-friendly Willamette River.

As Oregon’s capital, Salem offers many beautifully maintained parks with miles of walking, running, and biking trails. Designated a “USA Tree City” several times over, Salem has a historic, walkable downtown with numerous coffee shops, several bakeries, a diversity of interesting restaurants, great shopping at locally owned businesses, and four weekly farmers’ markets. Stroll a few blocks to Riverfront Park with its volunteer-built Carousel and outdoor amphitheatre for concerts, movies and festivals right there on the Willamette. There is a thriving music scene and an effervescent arts community with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Bush Art Barn, Willamette Art Center, The Gallery at Chemeketa Community College, Salem Arts Cinema, and many galleries throughout the area.

From Salem it is an easy drive to the coast and the mountains, Portland or Eugene, magnificent fishing and boating locations, Oregon Gardens or peaceful Mt. Angel, and to internationally known wineries. With outdoor sports, breathtaking views, shopping, music, art or theater all right here – Salem is an enriching place to live, work and study. For more information about Salem go to Travel Salem.


Capitol Building in spring.

Railroad Bridge over Willamette River.

Massage Training Previews

Previews help you make a sound decision about choosing a career in massage by outlining the time, finances and energy needed for training. Oregon licensing and career opportunities are discussed. There is no cost to attend.

  Next Dates:
Saturday, October 19: 10am-12pm - PORTLAND
Wednesday, November 13: 6:30-8:30pm - SALEM

To reserve a seat, contact:
PORTLAND - Kyle McCory, 800-844-3420 or  E-mail
SALEM - Morgan Neil, 877-588-8912 or  E-mail

Neuromuscular Therapy

NMT Intro Oct 18, Fri 6:30-9:30pm
3 CEs, $75

NMT Hip, Thigh & Knee Oct 26-27, Sat-Sun 9am-5:30pm
15 CEs, $350

OSM PORTLAND - 9500 Barbur Blvd, Suite 100

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a highly effective and specific form of therapeutic massage. In this class you will learn invaluable assessment tools as well as detailed and thorough treatment protocols to address many common cervical spine conditions using the hands as well as T-Bars. (NCBTMB Approved) To register, please call 1-800-844-3420.

Ethics Classes at OSM

Ethics These upcoming classes count towards the OBMT requirement for Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication.

Statutes- 11/6&13, $120, 6CEs - Salem
Ethical Communication During the Bodywork Session - 11/17, $95, 4CEs - Portland
Ethical Boundary Setting- 12/7, $105, 4CEs - Portland

Call 1-800-844-3420 to register.

To see more on OBMT Ethics requirements, see this blog article here: Oregon Massage Ethics