meAbout Massage

My philosophy regarding massage centers around two important guidelines:

  • No pain, period. If you are feeling unpleasant pain, I am doing something wrong. Some people get nervous about massage, especially when they hear words like “deep tissue.” But no matter how much I may help you to restructure your own body I always work deeply, not painfully.
  • Focus on quantitative and qualitative change using proven methods. While good feelings and positive intent are important, it is even more important to be practical when dealing with the human body. I am not going to read your “aura.” I don’t provide: Chakra balancing, lightwork, anything Newage, crystal ball reading, tarot cards, or astrology. Massage can be so effective all by it’s own, there is something miraculous about people using their hands to help free on another from debilitating pain. I don’t think we need to bring in that other mess.

I have been a working Licensed Massage Therapist since the summer of 2006. I received excellent training in Bellevue, WA, and graduated from an 800+ hour program that focused heavily on working with people in pain and discomfort.

There are a lot of different ways to approach massage. I have chosen to work with people in pain, people who tend to work hard and perhaps do too much for others than they do for themselves.

I think it goes back to my love of puzzle games. Knotted muscle trapped underneath twisted connective tissue can be a bit of a challenging puzzle all by itself.

About Me

My name is Pista Szabo (PEE-shta), I have lived in Anchorage, Alaska since 1989, and I have seen the many changes it has already gone through. I have recently moved to Portland, OR and after one winter here, I can’t say I miss the mountains as much. Plus, Oregon is beautiful!

My name is Hungarian and means something like “Stevie”. My family left communist Yugoslavia, and moved to Baden-Württemberg, Germany in 1973. Eventually, my family moved to Alaska. I speak German fluently and like to take a trip that way whenever I can manage it.



Located at Clearwater Clinic in downtown Portland.
Clearwater Clinic Website

1201 SW 12th Ave Ste 205
Portland, OR 97205

(503) 279-0205


LMT# 21894


Tuesday: 2pm-5pm
Wednesday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 2pm-5pm