I provide highly effective bodywork using the tools of Thai medicine and Western therapeutic techniques. I specialize in deep tissue, intensive bodywork that "hurts so good and helps so much," with significant and long-lasting effects. People familiar with Thai massage may know it to be a lot stretching, often referred to as "Thai yoga massage." But not only do I incorporate many aspects of Thai bodywork including stretching, (deep compression, joint range of motion, traction, hot herbal compresses, scraping, cupping, liniments, and more,) I also utilize the tools of sports medicine massage (trigger point therapy, pin-and-stretch, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and more). The combination of all these techniques, hand-picked for each individual's needs, allows my treatments to be highly effective and deeply rejuvenating.
The majority of my clients come to me because they are living with pain or discomfort in one or mare areas of their body. Sometimes they have been living this way for many years. And consistently they report that even after just one session they experience less pain or greater mobility, depending on their issue. And most of them retain that decrease in discomfort. Sometimes one session is all they need to work out the problem, sometimes, as in the case of chronic conditions, they need multiple sessions. But those committed to their well-being find that their daily lives improve greatly with each session, and many get to experience a pain-free and more limber body after several sessions.
My sessions are collaborative: we will work together as a team to affect change in your body and being. Sometimes aspects of a treatment may be challenging, in that it often requires breathing through discomfort to get muscles to release stored tension. If you are new to the idea of "hurts so good" I will coach you through it offering breathing techniques, and we will never do any work that goes beyond a tolerable level of good discomfort. On the other hand, if you are someone who prefers, or even needs, "hurts so good" bodywork, my treatments are for you.
A trip to Thailand in 2000, for a solo travel adventure, introduced me to Thai massage. I have been hooked ever since. I began my own studies in 2008 while living in New York City. In 2010 I moved to Portland and found my teacher, Nephyr Jacobsen, director of the Naga Center, school of traditional Thai medicine. Since then I have immersed myself in the study and practice of traditional, therapeutic Thai bodywork, with over 500 hours of classes. I traveled to Thailand once again, in 2013, for further study (as well as to eat copious amounts of authentic Thai food, enjoy the gorgeous beaches, and do some rock climbing).
Besides helping clients rid their bodies of pain, I spend a lot of time with my kiddo, rock climbing, writing, and petting every dog I see.