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.