January 10, 2018 : On Meditative Healing
I have suggested meditation to many people and described a few ways to begin, but I always worry that I'm not articulating well the sorts of sensations and experiences that we are aiming for when we meditate. I firmly believe that meditation is, at its heart, a natural subconscious process that all human beings can yield to in order to heal themselves, if only they allow the process to begin. Many people I talk with about meditation want to know, "HOW though?! HOW do I meditate?" The video below is a podcast in which people discuss meditation in conversation, rather than as an instructional video, and I feel that they explain exactly what I often struggle to, in a way that is down-to-earth and easily understandable without all the guru/supernatural/hippie/over-the-top air of superior beinghood; normal people who value meditation. (Bonus topics include: shoulder therapies, sensory deprivation tanks, Chappelle's Show, and psychoactive substances)
January 1, 2018 : Happy New Year!
I am still offering free bodywork and/or yoga lessons in my home until I find a suitable office. A few people have been confused by this, so here's the deal:
I was previously running a home business out of my ground-floor apartment, but I have moved to a condo where the HOA rules dictate that I can't operate a home business. I really care about the wellbeing of everyone who was coming to see me (and anyone else who would like to), and I want to continue serving during this transition. You are welcome to see me as a guest in my home. I will offer my services exactly as I did before, but it's illegal for me to accept any form of payment.
If you feel like an exchange needs to happen, you have two options: you can give me something other than money (a few people have given me edible goodies, or offered services of their own; all is appreciated!), or you can schedule an appointment with me Wednesday thru Saturday at Studio X where I'm an employee. (Please call me to set up an appointment there. This is a fitness studio where I give bodywork, and it's pretty loud most of the time. If you need quiet during your session, you should see me at home.)
To schedule an appointment, please available day below, choose an appointment length and a start time, then fill out a short form on the next page.(click/tap) an
I will contact you to confirm the appointment once it is reserved.
1411 SE 30th Ave Unit 9
Portland OR 97214
I'm a very short distance (1 block) from:
- Bus lines: 14 (SE Hawthorne & 30th)
and a bit further (< 6 blocks) from:
- Bus lines: 15 (SE Belmont & 30th)
You may lock your bicycle to the railing outside my backdoor. I'll show you precisely when you arrive.
I discourage you from driving, but if you must, parking around the neighborhood is free and scarce. Good luck!
About Bodywork & Massage
From the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge (MTBOK):
Massage therapy is a healthcare and wellness profession. The practice of massage therapy involves a client/patient-centered session, intended to support therapeutic goals, with the therapist being free of personal agenda. Massage therapy also meets the well-researched need for touch and human connection. Massage therapy at its essence is human touch with clear intention, focused attention and the attitudes of compassion and non-judgment.
During a session, a massage therapist incorporates a wide variety of techniques and approaches. They design the session to address the goals of the client/patient, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Treatment of pain, injury or conditions.
- Stress reduction.
- Enhanced movement.
- Personal growth.
- Body awareness.
Massage can alleviate stress and improve mood by reducing cortisol and increasing serotonin and dopamine. Bodywork can provide lasting pain relief from muscle, joint and connective tissue problems (like shoulder pain and movement restrictions, for example). Bodywork can speed up recovery time after an injury, and is often recommended by Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers for rehabilitation after certain types of injuries. Bodywork can also correct posture over time, relieving chronic patterns of stress and tension, and reducing risk of future injury. Overall, bodywork is one of many tools which we can use to help our bodies stay healthy and function at an optimal level.
For more specific information about techniques and effects, read about these Modalities.
I graduated in December of 2013 from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR.
In the Summer of 2016, I became a Certified Yoga Teacher through CorePower Yoga.
I am trained in and regularly practice the following modalities:
- Myofascial Bodywork
- Structural Integration
- Deep Tissue Bodywork
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Emotional Trauma Recovery
I hope you enjoy your session, and that you always leave my table feeling better than before!