Jene fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while on a summer road trip back in 2009. She has lived in many places in the US but none of them are quite like here. In 2013 her dream became a reality when she moved from Alaska to Oregon. Being a chef and culinary instructor in Alaska, Jene moved here mainly for the food and beverage culture, but she stayed here for everything else. After being in the food industry for a few more years, Jene realized that she needed to shift to a new career and decided to transition to massage. Jene went to massage school to create a new career for herself but left school with a newfound passion.
In January 2018 Jene graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland and became a licensed massage therapist for Washington State. While at East West, she was trained in Swedish massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, facilitated stretching, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy and craniosacral therapy, all of which she loves to blend into her massage sessions to cater to each person.
Jene is also very passionate about the Feldenkrais method, which is a form of bodywork that can repair impaired connections between the motor cortex and the body. In a Feldenkrais session, a 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, Jene has to continued and will continue her education in this endeavor with the goal of sharing this knowledge with her clients. She currently enjoys incorporating the Feldenkrais method into her work.
Jene believes that massage can facilitate healing, pain relief, increased flexibility, increased range of motion, improved circulation, relaxation and overall well-being. She is excited to share this powerful work with people, including athletes, weekend warriors, sports/work injury clients, retirees, minors or anyone who needs to just take some time for themselves. Jene says, "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."