My purpose is to support people in connecting with their own bodies and their true spirit, reclaiming their natural power for healing. I have been on a path of service for a long time, learning and growing with each stage since volunteering as a teenager. I have become stronger and more capable of holding a safe container for others, especially through serving as a birth doula prior to massage school. While I personally identify as a feminist and align with the sacred feminine movement, I also recognize that all genders benefit from the unique specialties of my work.
In a high-speed world where new technology outpaces people, productivity is prized, and most people in my community are stressed, I offer the art of human touch with an invitation to slow down and connect with your belly and breathe… allowing you to connect with what’s really important, and release what no longer serves.
I work primarily with women of all ages and a few children and men, too. I am especially excited to work with folks who are motivated to avoid abdominal surgeries that may be unnecessary (such as a hysterectomy to alleviate the symptoms of a uterus that is displaced) and interested to explore natural alternatives. I value making a positive impact and am willing to look silly if it helps expand someone’s awareness of their options.
Grateful for my teachers
1995 Linfield College, Bachelor of Arts, psychology, McMinnville, OR.
Oct 2009 – Dec 2010 East West College of the Healing Arts, 800-hour massage therapy program, Portland, OR
Nov 2010 Arvigo Institute, Self Care (17.5 hours), Corrine Porterfield-Brown, Portland, OR
Mar 2011 Subtle Hands-on Skills (14 hours), Carol Gray, Portland, OR
Mar 2011 Craniosacral Therapy – The Basics (21 hours), Carol Gray, Portland, OR
July 2011 Cranial Base and it’s Links to the Hard Palate and Facial Bones (7 hours), Carol Gray, Portland, OR. Earned Intraoral Endorsement on Washington massage license.
July 2011 Myofascial Study Group (4 hours), Hamid Shibata Bennett, Portland, OR
Aug 2012, Thai Massage for the Table (6 hours), Jonathan Primack, Portland, OR
Oct 2012 Biodynamic Massage (30 hours), Todd Jackson, Breitenbush Hot Springs
Nov 2012 Biodynamic Massage supplemental (3.5 hours), Todd Jackson, Portland, OR
Mar 2014 Craniosacral Therapy for Infants (36 hours), Carol Gray, Portland, OR
May 2016 Arvigo Institute, Professional Care Training (36.5 hours), Jennifer O’Hagan, Damascus, OR
Aug 2016 Nirvana Massage, Ethics (4 hours), Online Course
Apr 2017 Arvigo Institute, Teaching Assistant for Self Care Workshop, Barbara Loomis, LMT, Portland, OR
Dec 2017 Zaniyan Center, Decolonizing Natural Medicine: Increasing Access to Holistic Health for All, various topics, including Trauma-informed care. (8 hours), Eugene, OR
Feb 2018 Arvigo Institute, Advanced Clinical Skills (26 hours), Rosita Arvigo, DN & Cathy Lipsky, Belize, Central America. Also completed all case studies and received Certification.
Aug 2018 Arvigo Institute, Traditional Maya Healing Approaches for Body, Mind and Spirit: Introduction Workshop (26 hours), Eva Sengfelder, Des Moines, New Mexico.
Sep 2018 AMTA-WA Convention, Full Chest and Breast Massage (16 hours), Barbara Helynn Heard and Aubrey Lesicki, Ocean Shores, WA.
Oct 2018 – Breast Remedy & New School of Bodywork Advancement, Breast Care and Breast Massage for Lactation, (16 hours), Aubrey Lesicki, BS LMT, Seattle, WA.
Jan 2019 – Cupping for Massage Therapists, (8 hours), Rachael Scott, LMT, Edmonds, WA.
Aug 2019 – Arvigo Institute, Teaching Assistant for Anterior Techniques for Self & Others, Eagle Creek, OR
Sep 2019 – Arvigo Institute, Advanced Pregnancy Training: Supporting Pregnancy From Pre-conception through Postpartum Period, (27 hours), Amy Colo, CPM, LMT, Eagle Creek, OR.
Oct 2019 – Arvigo Institute, Teacher Training, (30 hours), Diane MacDonald, RN & Amanda Porter, LMT, Greenfield, NH.