Jen Hayes

Jen’s massage therapy practice began high on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California at the Esalen® Institute where she completed an intensive training in Esalen-style massage in 1997. This experience of learning massage is one Jen will treasure forever. Leaving Los Angeles shortly after completing her massage training at Esalen, Jen moved to Portland in 1998. She completed her massage therapy training at East West College in 1999 and was licensed in 2000.

While Jen will always remain true to her roots in Esalen Massage, she now specializes in Deep Tissue Massage and is known for her incredibly strong hands. While Jen’s clients choose the style of massage that they want to receive, she often combines Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release Techniques, and elements of Esalen Massage.  

In addition to her massage experience, Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a former yoga teacher. In 2002 Jen started and co-owned Yoga Pearl where she taught yoga, co-managed the yoga studio, and also practiced Massage Therapy on a part-time basis. The combination of teaching yoga and practicing massage was a good fit for Jen, as it allowed her to share in many people’s journeys toward self-healing, stress reduction, enhanced physical, mental and spiritual health, and at the same time, allowed Jen to share her love of the gift of touch. In addition to her current work as a Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice, Jen is also a Certified Chiropractic Assistant who works in a chiropractic office doing primarily deep tissue massage.  When she is not at work, Jen is often playing at the beach and the park with her husband Ben and sons Jack and Lukas.

Jen believes that massage truly has a transformative power. She is hopeful that her work with clients brings them not only a sense of relaxation, peace and ease in their bodies, but also helps them to heal from injury, strain and discomfort.

Massage License

License - LMT #7364


East West College, 1999

About Esalen Massage Therapy

Esalen® Massage, well-known for its long flowing strokes over the whole body, helps release the stresses of everyday life, leaving the receiver feeling whole, integrated and deeply relaxed, in a natural state of well-being. The Esalen Massage is best described as the interface and integration of form, energy, structure, and soul. With its nurturing contact, integrating strokes, and detailed attention to the whole body, an Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation and healing. Esalen practitioners are dedicated to connecting deeply with each client and can usually accommodate specific requests and preferences within the Esalen massage modality. Practitioners combine a full-hearted presence with long, integrating strokes and slow, deep muscle work to release everyday stresses, still the mind, and leave you feeling integrated and deeply relaxed.



In a city like Portland, there are many therapists to choose from. I skipped around from one practitioner to the next, until I found my way to Jen. Her healing touch has done wonders for my body. As a chef, I spend countless hours on my feet, and have often suffered back and leg pain as a result. In the two or so years that I have received body work from Jen, my aches and pains have decreased significantly. Jen’s intuitive, healing touch is exactly what I need to help keep my body strong and healthy. I would see her every week if I could!

Ivy Entrekin
Holistic Personal Chef




NW Portland Location

AG Massage is located in NW Portland in Historic Old Town Chinatown:

322 NW 5th Avenue, Suite 305
Portland, OR 97209
(5th Avenue between Flanders and Everett)


I see giving massage as an incredible gift and a privilege. When someone allows me to touch them in a massage, I believe that they are opening themselves in a vulnerable and profound way. While the touch of massage is obviously physical, massage also has the potential to touch the soul and spirit of the client. In this way, I see massage as a sacred and powerful practice. My aim in massage is to help induce both a relaxed body and a quiet mind.”