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About April Neufeld

April Neufeld

April grew up on the West Coast, spending significant time in Northern California and around the Pacific Northwest, before she settled in Portland, Oregon.  After practicing massage therapy for 6 years, she went back to school at Pacific University to pursue her interest in sports medicine: the research, reporting, writing, and blogs (really anything to do with massage therapy and athletes).  She now holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science – Motor Behavior Learning.


When not glued to a research journal, she can be found running the trails of Forest Park with her dog, cycling to work, or training for a sprint triathlon. As a healthcare provider and massage therapy researcher, April recognizes the importance of evidence-based treatments and blending the science to fit your individual needs.


April provided sports massage as a member of the medical team for many events in the Pacific NW.

  • Black Diamond and Pacific Crest 1/2 Ironman, 2005 – 2007

  • Hood to Coast, 2004 – 2007

  • Fit Right NW running & walking store training runs, 2005 – 2014

  • Prefontaine Classic, 2007 – 2014

  • USATF Outdoor Track & Field Nationals, 2007 and 2011

  • USATF Olympic Team Trials, 2008 and 2012

  • IAAF World Jr. Championships, Massage Team Captain, 2014


AMTA Professional Member

April is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association, was nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork (NCTMB) in 2001 and Nationally Certified Medical Massage Therapist in 2005.

  • Treasurer,  2013 – current

  • Government Relations Chair, 2013 – current

  • National Volunteer Oregon Delegate, 2014 – 2015

  • Washington State Department of Health: Licensed Massage Practitioner (#MA00016345)

  • State of Oregon Board of Massage Therapists: Licensed Massage Therapist (#10913).



2011 – 2012

April Neufeld received a grant to pursue her massage therapy research with Pacific University from the American Massage Therapy Association’s Oregon chapter.  She presented her research at the 3rd International Fascia Research Congress in Vancouver Canada.






March 2013
Testing the Treatment Dose of Massage for Chronic Neck Pain
February 2013
Massage Therapists and the Detection of Skin Cancer in Clients
November 2012
Another Look at Massage and Substance Abuse Treatment

September 2012

Research Shows Acupressure Reduces Chronic Neck Pain

July 2012

Massage Therapy Reduces Hand Pain



Competitor Magazine

December 19, 2011

Movement Therapy Clinic voted Best Sports Massage in the Northwest!

The votes are in, and Competitor magazine’s readers have once again chosen their favorite products, events, and services in the active sports world. The results of the annual reader survey will be published in the January 2012 issue of Competitor (votes are tabulated on the magazine’s website). More than 5,000 readers voted to choose their favorites of 2011. “Our readers go to more events, visit more stores, and try more new products than anyone,” says Competitor SVP/Publisher Doug Kaplan. “Our collection of Best of Awards is a great way to find the best innovators across the country.”

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