Therapeutic Massage, Skin Care & Yoga in Historic Milwaukie Oregon.
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Carly Hardman LMT
A Graduate of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Carly believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and utilizes her expertise in Eastern and Western philosophies to assist in this process. Her unique style integrates training in Deep tissue sculpting, Swedish, and Trigger Point style massage, myofascial and connective tissue release, Reiki, aromatherapy and, and Hot stones. Through compassionate and careful listening she addresses physical and energetic issues, gently inviting your body toward a natural state of bliss and relaxation.
Carly’s work is often described as “very deep therapeutic massage with a gentle approach to the body.”
I graduated from the Oakland Community College Massage Therapy program in 2009 and completed the Holistic Health Practitioner Program at the OM Wellness Institute in 2014.
As a Massage Therapist/Holistic Health Practitioner, I work with clients one on one by looking at the body as a whole to achieve optimum results. Each session begins with a detailed consultation in order to address each individuals specific needs. The session is then customized using the appropriate techniques and modalities, followed up with a treatment plan that includes my suggestions and recommendations for future sessions.
My intention is to help educate people on how to live a natural, healthy and balanced life. I want to make the transition into a healthy lifestyle as easy and enjoyable as possible.
As a native of the Pacific Northwest I feel blessed to have grown up near such beautiful surroundings and excellent educational opportunities. After graduating from Portland State University in 2003, I obtained my massage certification from East-West College of the Healing Arts in 2006. I offer over 13 years experience as a licensed massage therapist, holistic educator and yoga instructor providing customized therapeutic massage and bodywork. My massage practice is shaped through extensive training, professional experience and healing intention offering Ayurveda, Massage and Yoga Education and Neuromuscular Deep Tissue for pain management and motor vehicle rehabilitation.
I specialize in functional massage for athletes to decrease chronic pain and enhance athletic performance. As a collegiate athlete, NCAA Division I Woman's Rowing Champion 1998, I feel comfortable working with the body for optimal form and function.
In 2014, I founded Elk Rock Wellness in Historic downtown Milwaukie, Oregon & in the Spring of 2017 opened Elk Rock Yoga, the first yoga studio in the Milwaukie area. I derive great joy from my profession and want to be your trusted partner in 2018 to facilitate your healing journey towards radiant health, bliss and vitality!
Founder|Owner of Elk Rock Wellness & Elk Rock Yoga | Holistic Educator | Nature Retreats | Massage | Yoga |
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!
I graduated from Everest Institute in 2012 with 800 hours of knowledge in massage therapy and am just as excited about massage today as I was on my first day of school. I actively explore new avenues of healing and wellness; over four years, I have been fortunate enough to acquire and study many techniques such as massage and acupressure cupping , Breema technique, trigger point therapy, hot stone massage and Chakra balancing with essential oils, to name a few.
I would describe my style as therapeutic. Not only will we work to relieve immediate discomfort but my goal is to work together in finding the best approach for your healing journey, from when you are on the table, to long term relief, to providing you with knowledge on self-care to take home with you.
In my free time you can find me exploring the beautiful PNW, attending shows and festivals, playing board games or hula hooping!
Melissa Haight LMT
Melissa is passionate about helping you [re]connect to your authentic self, and welcomes you to her sessions with warmth. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor, and enjoys integrating the healing arts.
Melissa graduated from Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2012, and has over 1,000 hours of training in bodywork. She harmonizes Eastern and Western modalities, incorporating Deep Tissue, Myofascial (MFR), Cranial Sacral, Cupping therapy, Trigger Point, Hot Stone massage, Thai massage stretches, Reflexology, as well as Prenatal. She enjoys helping others find relief from chronic pain, recurring blockages, misalignment/postural discomfort, migraines, TMJD, overuse injuries, sport maintenance, and emotional wounds.
Drawn to yoga for the physical asanas, Melissa quickly benefited from the mental and emotional support yoga also lends. Her classes focus on blending strength, functional movement, lengthening, repatterning exercises, mindfulness, meditation and pranayama in a light-hearted Vinyasa-style approach. Melissa is a graduate of Opal Yoga’s 200 hour YTT program in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is honored to share this intimate yoga journey with others.
Pat committed to his yoga practice in 2017 as a way of supplementing both his passion for distance running and his education in Mental Health Counseling. As an athlete and a healer in training, Pat was struck by the immediate restorative impact of yoga on both his body and mind.
In Pat’s yoga classes you will find a safe space, free of judgment, with a special emphasis on releasing the muscular tension caused by repetitive activities like running or sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Pat also brings to each class practical tools from his extensive experience in crisis intervention and anxiety management to empower each student to reduce stress in their own lives.
Pat teaches Vinyasa Flow 4pm Sundays @ Elk Rock Yoga: Connect movement with the breath and empower the body to lead the mind into a state of flow. This class offers lots of queues and modifications as we focus on physically strengthening postures and mental relaxation. My goal is to give each student the opportunity to work hard but to leave with more energy than they came in with.
Born and raised in Oregon, I graduated LaSalle high school in Milwaukie and then attended Clackamas Community College. After working in the health care profession for sixteen years I was introduced to the enjoyment and many benefits of pilates. I found that my background in the medical field combined with my passion for helping people was a perfect match for becoming a pilates instructor. I attended Pacific NW Pilates education center and am a certified level I and II STOTT pilates instructor. I enjoy working with my clients in a supportive, comfortable atmosphere that provides them ease of movement, stronger bodies, and the ability to have a better quality of life.
In my free time I enjoy the sunshine when it’s here and good food and friends. Live, laugh, love, pilates! J
oin me 6pm every Tuesday + Thursday @ Elk Rock Yoga
Maria Williquette is a yoga teacher and psychotherapist who recently relocated to Portland from Seattle. She has been teaching yoga with an emphasis on using yoga therapeutically for 10 years and she frequently teaches workshops and retreats about using yoga as a tool for healing.
Although more days than not Maria can be found practicing and teaching yoga, she is also an avid gardener, reader, hiker, and world traveler. While traveling, Maria has studied yoga in places as diverse as Argentina, South Africa, India, and Nepal and has completed two 200 hr yoga teacher trainings and extensive ongoing education (currently enrolled in a 500 hr training). Maria holds a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology and has a private practice in Portland for counseling and coaching clients. It is Maria’s passion to combine the wisdom of yoga with the study of psychology to create a therapeutic and deeply healing yoga practice.
As a teacher, Maria embodies depth and connection; joy and creativity. She will certainly arrive to class with a smile and she delights in connecting with every student who attends class with her. Both on and off the mat, Maria looks to each moment of each day for opportunities to learn and to practice gratitude.
Maria teaches All Levels Yoga, Mondays & Fridays @ Noon at Elk Rock Yoga.
My first experience of yoga was at age sixteen, in a class led by a woman down the street who taught in her living room. I don't think we had mats or props at that time, but she was an excellent and thorough instructor. I remember coming out of class feeling high - it was a stressful period in our family life, and yoga was therapeutic in a way I didn't understand. I am grateful to that first teacher - her name was Joy.
I continued to practice on and off during the period in which I went to school, raised a family, worked a variety of jobs. I have co-owned restaurants, taught math and English in the public schools, led conflict resolution and mediation trainings, facilitated PSYCH-K and been a financial planner...
In 2011 I gave myself the gift of yoga teacher training in Cincinnati Ohio at the World Peace Yoga studio, and followed up with training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. It was a wonderful year. Not only did I feel the growth within myself - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually - I could also see what was happening for the other students in the cohort. I now sometimes say, 'Yoga can contribute to healing whatever it is that you need healed'.
Recently I moved with my husband, a visual artist, to Milwaukie, where my son and his family have lived since 2012. Having spent 18 years in Seattle previously, we were eager to return to the beauty and energy of the Pacific Northwest. It fills my soul to be out in nature.
I was excited to hear that Milwaukie was getting a yoga studio! I now have the privilege to lead classes at Elk Rock Yoga. I also continue to facilitate PSYCH-K - a process for changing subconscious beliefs to match what you wish for in your conscious mind. The two are very compatible, each informing the other. I learn more with every new day and every new person I encounter in this work.
Tiffany L. Chapman is a certified Yoga Calm™ Instructor. She is also the owner of Wild Heart Kids Yoga- a local mobile yoga studio with the mission of helping kids to be wildly kind and courageous in the face of bullying through indoor and outdoor yoga. She began practicing yoga in 1995 during her family's Sunday morning living room yoga jam sessions and has been practicing ever since. Her favorite places to practice have always been outdoors. Her most favorite is on the soft carpet of a redwood forest surrounded by the crisp smell of the trees.
Tiffany is an Early Childhood Educator and is Step 9 in the Oregon Registry: Pathways for Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education. She also holds a California Child Development Teacher Permit. She has been in the field of education since 1999 and teaching Yoga to young children since 2009. Tiffany brings a fun and calming demeanor to each class. She is a natural story teller and loves weaving her student's ideas into guided relaxation stories. She loves teaching kids to draw on the strength and beauty inside of themselves, others, and the natural environment.
Tiffany is a single mama of one. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, relaxing at home and hiking to "yoga beach" (Elk Rock Island) with her little one. She dreams of someday living in a circle-shaped house with an organic garden and sewing homemade dresses for her daughter like her mother used to do for her.
Elaine Cohn holds an M.S. in Human Movement from Boston University, an M.Ed. from Portland State University and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has been a Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor since 1997, is registered as an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and is Lead SUP Yoga Instructor at Alder Creek Kayak in Portland
As a wellness professional, Elaine co-developed and implemented the first U.S. Coast Guard Work-Life Wellness Program as well as created and taught health and wellness classes at Boston University, Portland State University, University of Oklahoma’s Health Promotion Department for Native Americans, Compass Oncology and the Internal Revenue Service. As Ombudsman and Associate Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at Portland State University, Elaine has worked with diverse groups of individuals with a broad array of cultural perspectives, interests and abilities.
Katie holds a degree in Applied Health and Fitness from Portland State University. She currently works as a health coach in Portland, Oregon. She has been actively doing yoga for 12 years, and teaching for 3. She was certified at the Lotus Seed, and specializes in gentle yoga that appeals to every body type.
Katie teachers Body Positive Yoga every Sunday 10:30am @ Elk Rock Yoga