Daniel Akins, LMT, BCSI
B.S., Liberal Studies, University Honors College, Psychology minor, Portland State University
Board Certified Structural Integrator
Structural Integration certification, Anatomy Trains
Licensed Massage Therapist (OR #16914, WA #MA-60922224)
I had been suffering from chronic knee pain…
…when I first decided to try Rolfing®. Three sessions in, my pain was gone and I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I ended up completing the initial 10-session series because I discovered useful insights with each session: how to breathe, walk, and use my body with ease, and how to manage pain and stress so that tension didn’t accumulate in my body. I felt more confident, more aware, and an overall sense of comfort and well-being that carried over into (and continue to benefit) my daily life. It’s a privilege to be able to share these resources with you.
I started practicing as a massage therapist in 1999. After being exposed to structural integration (SI) through a profound Hellerwork session, I sought out a Rolfer™ who helped me recover from chronic knee pain and inspired me to want to pursue SI professionally. I burned out from doing massage, then spent several years working mostly desk jobs—experiences which now help me relate with my clients’ struggles. I ended up facilitating nonviolent communication classes for prison inmates, which reminded me of my calling to somatic work. I completed my SI training with Anatomy Trains and became a Board Certified Structural Integrator in 2013.
In 2016, as part of my undergraduate degree at Portland State University, I published a thesis that explored the concept of integration. I try to bring the clarity that I gained through this research to my practice. I've lived in Portland since 2006, where I enjoy rooting for the Trail Blazers and camping, hiking and backpacking as often as possible.
My approach draws from various manual therapy methods and somatic awareness practices, along with insights from pain science, nonviolent communication, and systems philosophy. We use touch, movement, and awareness to explore how your habits and perceptions influence your physical experience. Clients who engage with openness and curiosity tend to see significant, often dramatic shifts in how they feel and function.