Eric Van Leeuwen LMT
As one of my favorite Chinese proverbs states, “worms will not eat living wood where the vital sap is flowing; rust will not hinder the opening of a gate when the hinges are used each day. Movement gives us health and life. Stagnation brings disease and death.” I feel very fortunate to support my clients in welcoming the gifts of freedom, health, and vitality into their lives through the practice of massage. Whether you’re an active athlete seeking to support your body’s best performance, or you’re recovering from injury, pain, or a stressful lifestyle, massage has the capacity to support you in nurturing your body’s innate potential for healing and growth.
I have been enjoying the practice of massage since 2010 when, on a whim, I decided to take a course in Swedish massage at the San Francisco School of Massage. I immediately resonated with this art form, which is an exciting intersection of my avid curiosity around matters of health and wellness, several movement traditions (most notably, yoga and gymnastics), modern day physics, and spirituality. I have continued to explore many styles and traditions of bodywork, including deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, zen shiatsu, and craniosacral therapy. I am also a Reiki master in the tradition of Mikao Usui. In 2015-2016 I had the great fortunate of spending several months in Southeast Asia, studying traditional Thai-Yoga massage and other traditional healing modalities. I also continue my study of craniosacral therapy with The Upledger Institute. My practice is grounded in a regular engagement with a Buddhist meditation technique called Vipassana, which means “to see things as they are.”
Outside of my practice, I’m constantly seeking and exploring new adventures with movement. As a recent transplant to Oregon, I’ve been enjoying the beautiful playground the PNW offers for hiking, water activities, yoga, biking, and running. You can often find me working to improve my handstand, where I enjoy playing with my body and life from an inverted perspective.
I look forward to working with you, exploring how massage can support you in your best life!
Eric Van Leeuwen LMT# 23759