Nurturing, Intuitive, Therapeutic
Chelsea initially felt called to study Massage in Kauai, Hawaii, her home for 15 years. She ended up focusing on her art and passion for designer jewelry during most of her island years. Upon moving to the mainland the healing arts made their presence back into her life, and she completed her calling of becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist when she graduated from Everest College in 2016.
Chelsea believes in the body’s ability to heal from within and that using massage and energy work helps to aid in healing the whole self. She works slowly to assess what the body needs, working to alleviate any tension or pain. Her style combines a mixture of Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point style massage. She also likes to incorporate the effectiveness of Thai Scraping (Gua Sha) and Cupping Therapy. Through compassionate and careful listening, she uses the intuitive art of Reiki to move energy and balance the chakras. Chelsea addresses both physical and energetic issues, gently ushering your body towards peace, balance, relaxation and the potential for profound healing.
My name is Stephanie Leigh Dorr, and I've lived in Vancouver, WA for the duration of my life here on terra firma. I attended BodyMechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage after I fell in love with massage and yoga as a way of recovery for anxiety and scoliosis. In 2018 I graduated and received my massage license.
In my practice I strive to use a mix of Swedish, Sports/Therapy, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue and Craniosacral. I love reading, walking and spending time with my daughter, cat and pet guinea pig. I'm very excited and grateful to be working here at Breathe Yoga and Massage.
Originally from Michigan, I explored and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest in 2010. Along with my admiration for the Pacific Northwest, I found a passion for holistic approaches to healing.
As a 2017 graduate of East West College of Healing Arts, I am trained in pediatrics, prenatal, postnatal, general population and geriatric massage and have been a licensed professional since 2018. Through my practice, I integrate a mix of Tui Na, Craniosacral, Deep Tissue and Swedish massage.
In order to promote balance and free flowing energy, I strive to listen, connect and educate clients about their bodies and ways to support a healthy mind, body and spirit. I believe every client is unique and each treatment is tailored to your wants and needs. I look forward to guiding you into a relaxed state of being, so you can feel nourished and refreshed as a whole.
I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while on a summer road trip back in 2009. I’ve lived in many places in the US but none of them are quite like here. In 2013, my dream became a reality when I moved from Alaska to Oregon. Being a chef and culinary instructor in Alaska, I moved here mainly for the food and beverage culture. But I stayed here for everything else. After being in the food industry for a few more years, I realized I needed to shift to a new career. Once I left the food industry, I decided to go back to school and transition to massage. I went to massage school to create a new career for myself but left school with a newfound passion.
I graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland and became a licensed massage therapist for Washington State in January 2018. While at East West I was trained in Swedish massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, facilitated stretching, neuromuscular therapy and trigger point therapy. I love to blend these modalities into my massage sessions to cater to each person.
I also am very passionate about the Feldenkrais method and incorporating it into my work. The Feldenkrais method is a form of bodywork that can repair impaired connections between the motor cortex and the body, so benefiting the quality of body movement and improving well-being. The Feldenkrais method allows people to rediscover their innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement and allows us to explore awareness through movement. In a session, a Feldenkrais practitioner directs attention to habitual movement patterns that are thought to be inefficient or strained and attempts to teach new patterns using gentle, slow and repeated movements. Slow repetition is believed to be necessary to impart a new habit and allow it to begin to feel normal. After taking Feldenkrais classes, I knew I had to share this with others. I will be continuing my education in this endeavor with the goal of sharing this knowledge with my clients.
Massage can facilitate healing, pain relief, increased flexibility, increased range of motion, improved circulation, relaxation and overall well-being. I’m so excited that I get to share this powerful work with people! I enjoy working with athletes, weekend warriors, sports/work injuries, deep tissue, retirees, minors or anyone who needs to just take some time for themselves. You are always welcome on my table. I believe that the body has the innate ability, locked inside each of us, to heal and find its own equilibrium. It is my goal to help unlock that hidden ability and to aid your own journey to health and well-being. Through massage and bodywork, we can find what works for you. I’m lucky to be a part of such an amazing group here at Breathe, and I look forward to working with you towards your goals of health and happiness.
I’m from Florida, where I studied financial mathematics at Florida State University. During my college career, I suddenly had some health conditions that were misdiagnosed by my doctors. Since the prescriptions didn’t help, I took healing into my own hands. I started taking yoga classes and immediately noticed positive changes in my body and mind.
Wanting to learn more about yoga and the human body, I completed yoga teacher training in 2014 and continue to practice as well as teach others.
In 2015 I moved to Washington with the hopes of adding more mindfulness and vitality into my life. I enrolled in massage school and became a licensed massage therapist in 2017. Throughout my education, I learned the intricacies of the human body that I’d been craving to know and how to manipulate soft tissues in a healing manner. I attended the Bodymechanics School of Massage and Myotherapy in Vancouver, which focuses heavily on the treatment of injuries and goal-oriented focus work. I learned Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Lomi Lomi and Injury Treatment styles, all of which I incorporate into my massages.
I use my intuition and analytical skills to guide treatment sessions, and I enjoy working with a wide variety of people. I am grateful to work with such incredible healers at Breathe. It is a gift to come to work and feel loved, as we all do here.
Massage was something that came to me naturally. I rubbed my family and friends' feet when I was younger, then at 19 years old, I received my first full body massage and was hooked. From then it took me 10 years to finally attend and finish massage school.
Since my licensing, I have immersed myself in all things massage, from massage politics to loads of educational classes on different types of massage, treatments and working with various physiological and anatomical disorders and conditions. I have also had the privilege of working in diverse therapeutic facilities.
I have been a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist and educator for over 18 years. I trained in Hawaii at the Honolulu School of Massage in 1999 and attended Evergreen College of Healing Arts in Vancouver Washington in 2009. I have been teaching anatomy/physiology and massage modalities in workshops and vocational colleges since 1999.
My specialties include integrated deep tissue, working with injuries and various conditions, Swedish, pre/postnatal massage, pediatric and infant massage, sports massage, chair massage, and working with those with special needs. Also, I am a Level 1 Reiki practitioner. I have studied and strongly believe in the body/mind connection which I bring into all my massage and instruction. My style of massage is an integration of modalities and techniques to make each client's massage a unique experience.
I fully believe that massage can heal the body, soothe the mind, and restore one's spirit. Massage therapy is the best way to de-stress and let go of worries along with aches and pains, and an excellent complement to other therapies.
I'm from North Carolina, where I completed my training in therapeutic massage at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. There I practiced many modalities of therapeutic massage, became atuned and certified in Lotus Blossom Reiki and studied hands-on with essential oils.
Since January 2014 I have been licensed and practicing professionally as a massage therapist and continue to work with Reiki and essential oils. Over the years my massage has evolved into a unique mixture of Swedish and deep tissue techniques designed to alleviate stress and tension within the physical, mental and energetic aspects of the body. I began working at Breathe Yoga and Massage in May of 2016, when the love of my life, Zach, and I cut bait from the East Coast and travelled 3,000 miles to start our life anew.
Since then, Breathe has become a large part of my life, and I adore and appreciate every staff member and client that walks into the studio. As of February 2019, Zach and I were so graciously allowed the opportunity to purchase Breathe Yoga and Massage from the previous owners and co-founders of the company, VeAnne and Tenaya Virgin. Zach and I are extremely grateful to have taken the Breathe torch and will continue striving to sustain a tranquil, relaxing studio that provides our community with the most incredible therapists and instructors to help people on their healing journey.
I’m delighted to be part of the fabulous team here at Breathe. I believe in following my heart and true intuition. These beliefs have led me to become the loving massage therapist that I am. Kind-hearted and a good listener, I view each and every individual soul as an opportunity to connect with empathy and understanding.
As a graduate from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2014, I have been educated in modalities consisting of Swedish, Craniosacral, Myofascial release, Geriatric and Tui Na Massage. As I am always seeking new opportunities that compliment who I am, I have been enjoying developing a specialty in Craniosacral work. I believe in our bodies' natural ability to heal ourselves, and as a therapist, I will gently assist this organic process.
Growing up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest has been absolutely inspiring in many ways. I love being surrounded by the beautiful forest, rivers, mountains, flowers and animals of our area. Nature is my second home. I love Yoga and have adopted this physical and spiritual practice into my lifestyle with so much joy. Other ways I love to spend my time include Art (acrylic painting or recycled art creations), playing tennis, long boarding, identifying plants, birds, trees, mushrooms, and of course being in the presence of the people I love.
Gail enjoys working at Breathe and meeting all the wonderful people that walk through the doors. She has been practicing massage for over 10 years.
She has experience working with a diversity of clients across all ages and special needs. She even spent time teaching in a village in Japan. That is also where she had an apprenticeship in Shiatsu (an Eastern Modality of Massage that focuses on Acupressure, stretching techniques, and restoring balance to Meridians throughout the body). She also studied Reiki techniques while in Japan.
Gail has advanced training in Aromatherapy, Thai Massage, Reflexology, & Kinesiology. She practiced yoga for over 18 years and taught classes in Alaska. She enjoys Partner Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. She loves to utilize her positive energy and skilled techniques to provide professional, therapeutic care to each individual she comes in contact with.
Gail loves yoga, dancing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, and taking in the beauty of the world. She also loves to sing, write, and garden.
Kathy has been practicing massage since 2003, and has training and experience in a wide variety of modalities. Elements of her technical training include Swedish massage, shiatsu, myofascial release, deep tissue, yoga, tai chi, and reiki.
Kathy has an intuitive, slow, gliding, holistic style of massage bringing deep relaxation to the entire body.
Kathy works at a therapeutic depth and incorporates various stretching techniques. She is an amazing therapist, both sensitive and flexible. Ask about her first-hand experience with chronic pain and how you can beat it.
Tenaya is one of the owners of Breathe Yoga and Massage, along with his partner, VeAnne. Tenaya has had a successful private practice in massage therapy in Vancouver since 1992. In addition, he has been teaching yoga since 1996.
Certifications: Nationally certified in massage therapy (licensed in Washington), Tenaya received his training from the International Professional School of Bodywork (an Institute of Psycho-Structural Balance) and the Oregon School of Massage. He also received training in counseling and facilitation from the Sage Corporation and holds an Applied Behavioral Science degree from George Williams College (George Williams was the founder of the YMCA) in Downers Grove, Illinois. He received his Reiki certification through Usui Reiki Ryoho in 2006.
In addition, Tenaya has studied with Sathya Sai Baba in India, learned rebirthing/breathwork from Leonard Orr and Sondra Ray, studied yoga through the Self Realization Fellowship of Paramahansa Yogananda, studied yoga with the Nityananda Institute and Qigong with Supreme Science Qigong.
Tenaya has worked with chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists and medical practitioners. In addition, he has experience as a Master Massage Therapist at the well-known Ritz-Carlton Spa in Laguna Niguel, California and has worked for Club Corporation of America at the Renaissance Club in Phoenix, Arizona and the Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos, California.