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. 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!
Yours in good health,
Founder of Elk Rock Wellness & Elk Rock Yoga | Holistic Educator | Nature Retreats | Massage | Yoga | Continuing Education
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,
Breanna Thrasher 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!
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.
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
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.
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
Concetta Antonelli LMT
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.
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.
I am a Portland licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher, Reiki healer and travel enthusiast.
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 at Elk Rock Yoga.
As a born movement enthusiast I have tried almost everything under the sun, attempting to find the right kind of body energy to exert. After years of anxiousness and just not feeling "right" I decided to give Yoga a bigger commitment. It didn't take long to see positive shifts in every aspect of my life. Diligent about sharing anything good with everyone around me I felt no question when I decided to receive my credentials so I could help spread this magic around the world. We live in an unpredictable world that sometimes pours chaos down on us in all different forms, I have endured car accidents that resulted in injuries I continue to carry with me today. Because of the wild journey I have already had in my own body I have a deep desire to help others discover what's blocking them from their truest version of themselves. I believe in obtaining the balance of putting the right kind of effort in, and letting trust do the rest.
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.
When walking into my first yoga class I was full of ego, I had previously run marathon’s, conquered Tough Mudders & played with Spartans. By the end of this class I had discovered not only did I not know anything about body movement and what it could do, and most shocking, I did not know how to breathe.
Beginning with the alignment based 200 moving through 500 there was a lightbulb moment of how different everyone’s shape was in the same pose. I had to learn more. Moving into prenatal and postpartum clients and seeing dynamic changes these women go through was an eye opener. How do I guide them to move, what can they do? Turns out the question that need to be asked is, what can’t they do? This new path led me to myofascial release, assistance for pelvic flor dysfunctions, trauma training as well as working with specialized populations. Seniors, children & children in the Autism Spectrum.
As the owner of my own mobile yoga and training studio, it has become my pleasure to introduce people to what is possible, “That lightbulb moment” into people’s lives. Rethinking then forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, function, and play, has become my joy and I cannot wait to share it with you.
When not teaching & thinking of new ways to train my clients, I can generally be found playing in the dirt, learning something new, spoiling my birds, or reading a good book with a glass….or two of wine.
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