Therapeutic Massage, Skin Care & Yoga in Historic Milwaukie Oregon.
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Lesley Sario LMT
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. I've participated in post race massage for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Million Dollar Challenge in 2011 and 2012; Orange County Marathon in 2011, 2012; and San Diego Triathlon Challenge 2011. As a collegiate athlete, NCAA Division I Woman's Rowing Champion 1998, I feel comfortable working with the body for optimal form and function.
I derive great joy from my profession and want to facilitate your healing journey towards radiant health, bliss and vitality!
Lesley Sario, Owner/Founder of Elk Rock Wellness & Yoga
OR #12973 / NCBTMB #435454-00
My career in Massage Therapy began in the New York/New Jersey area after training with the Swedish Institute. After a move to the West Coast and more training in San Diego and Santa Barbara, I migrated to the glorious Pacific NW. Milwaukie has been my home since 2004, and have been practicing locally since 2000 and continue to hone my skills in therapeutic massage. I'm a graduate of the Portland Hakomi/M.E.T.A Institute and am certified in this somatic, mindfulness based counseling process. Since 2008 I've been a facilitator of a energy psychology process called Psych-K, which actively assists creating conscious beliefs to create the life or behavioral changes we most desire.
I have long been informed by the body-mind spirit continuum, and educate clients to develop a more conscious relationship to the care and tending of their body. It's my intent to encourage clients to be actively involved in their sessions with breath, curiosity, imagery and awareness. My goal is to cultivate a deepening capacity of receptivity in sessions, which brings healing to tissues, over stimulated nervous systems and a needed experience of calm.
My approach is to resolve pain and chronic restrictions with the variety of techniques I weave in, and to support greater ease and spaciousness.
Sessions are a blend of Myofascial massage, Trigger Point release, nurturing Swedish, and deep tissue modalities as needed, cupping, Gua Sha, heated stones and essential oils.
I'm available Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Elk Rock Wellness.
Breanna Thrasher Yoga/LMT
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!
Jessica Martin LMT
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.
Best in health,
Erin Ufert is an Integral Yoga certified Hatha, Pranayama & Meditation teacher & Reiki Practitioner. Her passion for the healing arts started as a kid with animals & gardening. Erin was introduced to Yoga in 2000 & has been teaching around the country for 14 years. “My goal as a teacher is to help people do the Yoga that is right for them. I love holding a compassionate space for people to explore & develop their Yoga.
Oriahna Nueske LMT
Born and raised in Milwaukie Oregon, I feel a unique connection to this community and its people. After a life changing experience with massage therapy, I decided to dedicate my life to healing others.
I graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in early 2012 and have been practicing as a licensed massage therapist ever since. I work to find and treat the core issues and injuries at their source to relieve pain and improve quality of life. I practice a large variety of modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Hot and Cold Stone Massage.
I specialize in helping people who are dealing with debilitating injuries, chronic headaches, and recurring conditions. Because everyone benefits differently from massage, and no two injuries are the same, I layer different styles and techniques to create a customized treatment that will match each individual.
In my spare time I enjoy playing games with my family, making soaps with local ingredients, and reading books about super heroes.
I am available for massage Sunday - Wednesdays at Elk Rock Wellness. I look forward to helping guide you along the path to health and happiness.
Elaine Cohn Yoga Therapist
Elaine Cohn holds an M.S. in Human Movement from Boston University, an M.Ed. from Portland State University, is a Yoga Therapist and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has been a Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor since 1997 and teaches Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga 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.
Anna Spangler Yoga/LMT
I am a Portland licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher, Reiki healer and travel enthusiast.
Clients and friends often ask me why I chose to become a massage therapist. To be honest, as I was finishing up high school... The idea of going away to a university terrified me! I opted for massage therapy school instead, and I loved it. The instant pain relief that massage provides is miraculous, and I'm so grateful to have a job that brings so much peace and healing into my clients' lives. Since receiving my Oregon license in 2010, I've been trained extensively in Ayurvedic spa modalities, deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, Thai massage, myofascial release, and energy work. Recently I am incorporating some grastoning and Ashiatsu into my bodywork sessions. Every session is different based on clients' needs and I work very intuitively.
Yoga plays a huge part in keeping my own body strong and healthy enough to give powerful massage work. I began practicing consistently in 2013. Eventually I started to feel the need to share the benefits of yoga and my knowledge with friends and clients, and this is when I knew I was ready to start my teaching journey. I decided to go overseas for a 200 hundred hour intensive immersion program in Thailand. This allowed me to focus completely on yoga and being in the moment, instead of juggling my work & home life while in school. I am most passionate about sharing fun, challenging vinyasa sequences, but have received the most benefit from meditative and restorative aspects of yoga. I'm thrilled for the opportunities to teach both types of classes! I completed my YTT in January of 2016.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website and read about me. I look forward to working with you!
Anna Spangler LMT #17079
Tiffany Chapman Yoga
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 students 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.
Joi Wyman is a licensed esthetician and has worked in the skincare industry since 2012. Her passion for skincare that heals began when she was still a teenager. Joi’s personal struggle with epidermal well being eventually lead her to begin customizing products for individual skin types; a venture which became The Cleansing Palette.
When not working with clients or customizing products Joi also teaches at Phagan’s School of Beauty where she shares her passion for healthy skin with future estheticians.
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.
Thank you for reading about me!
I’m delighted to offer Reflexology, Reiki, Meditation and Makeup Application at Elk Rock Wellness.
We feel our best when we’re open and relaxed. We contract when we’re hurt. Reflexology opens and relaxes the body thru pressure points. It improves blood flow, frees nerves, and reduces pain. No equipment is used. You wear loose clothing with bare feet while lying comfortably on a cushioned treatment table. Reflexology is extremely helpful for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, fatigue and can restore hormonal balance. I’ve had several clients in their late 30’s - early 40’s conceive after coming off birth control pills. Clients in peri-menopause report improved comfort. Most people report better sleep, energy and elimination after treatments.
Reiki is an energy exchange pioneered by Dr. Makao Usui to relieve suffering. Many people experience sleep, euphoria or visions during the session and treatments are extremely peaceful. You remain dressed in your clothes while snuggled in blankets on a treatment table. It’s similar to a “laying on of hands” - my hands are slightly above your body or lightly touching you.
How does it feel? Like a wonderfully warm glow is radiating thru and around you. Because Reiki comes from God, or the higher power, people find that receiving Reiki deepens their experience of their religion. Reiki offers a deep sense of peace, security and wellbeing.
Makeup services and Moorspa products.
Makeup highlights what you love. After a trauma or illness, our features and skin may change. Makeup can correct this to return your glow, to return your confidence. Detoxing your skin is a great prep for makeup. As our skin is the last organ on our body’s detox “to do” list, we all need some help. Moorspa (from Austria) is famous for it’s ability to detox internally and externally. It’s a bioactive mud that’s been sealed underground since the Ice Age. European hospitals use it. It’s done wonders for me, clearing my skin and eliminating flu. Check out what it can do for you during a sampling session.
Meditation is a guided journey beginning with pranayama (breathing). It can including Yoga Nidra - the Yoga of Rest. Easiest yoga ever! It’s about laying down in stillness while my voice directs your imagination. There is no body movement. Please wear loose clothing, bring a pillow, a blanket, and avoid wearing perfumes during meditation. Thank you.
a Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University and I continued my studies at The Oregon School of Massage, KTIA, The Rolf Institute and The Art of Makeup. I’ve obtained multiple Reiki degrees through Dr. Frank Coppieters, PhD and have worked for almost a decade as a massage therapist in medical clinics and spas. I have been assisting patients for decades with customized herbal formulas. Every Spring and Fall I lead groups on wild crafting hikes. How lucky we are to live in the NW!
If you want me to include you in my prayers, I’m glad to. Prayer is a powerful healer. Thanks for asking me.