Therapeutic Massage, Skin Care & Yoga in Historic Milwaukie Oregon.
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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
Mindy Meyers YOGA/LMT
Mindy Meyers is grateful to be sharing her passion for facilitating ease, freedom and efficiency of movement through yoga and therapeutic massage.
A graduate of The Chicago School of Massage Therapy and WMU’s Department of Dance, including studies in Laban/Bartenieff, Somatics and The Conscious Body, she credits her yoga practice for sustaining her 20 years as a LMT and 30 years as a professional dancer.
Mindy’s bodywork forte’ is connectivity, utilizing Myofascial, Trigger Point, Swedish, Sports and Table Thai techniques. Her yoga classes are rooted in breath work and alignment, and again, focus on connectivity. All that being said, whether on the table or on the mat, she hopes to cultivate and create space to let go of our “stories” and allow our true selves to flourish.
Mindy Meyers LMT #22076
Caitlin Hudson Yoga
I grew up as a competitive high school and collegiate runner and I first came to yoga as something to do while I was injured and unable to run. Over the years, yoga grew from being a "second-choice" activity I did while missing running, to what it is for me today - my sanctuary and source of energy, strength, stability, and peace. My favorite part about yoga is it extends beyond my physical practice on the mat - it has become a lifestyle for me, and I'm continuously learning how to take the peace I find in yoga into my life and live with intention and awareness.
I completed my 200-hour Teacher Training in 2016, specializing in vinyasa yoga. In my life outside Elk Rock Yoga, I am a 1st/2nd grade teacher at Springwater Environmental Science School in Oregon City. I love infusing yoga poses, mindfulness practices, and breathing into my classroom routines.
I grew up about 30 minutes outside New York City and graduated from Yale with a B.A. in History in 2013. I came to Portland in 2015 to complete my Masters in Teaching at Lewis & Clark. I've come to love Portland for the reasons many of us do - the beautiful nature all around us, recipe-inspiration everywhere you go, kombucha tea lovers, farmers markets, and camping/hiking galore.
Paul Johnson LMT
Favorite son, eldest of five. Best friend and listener. Massage maestro. Herbal elixir enthusiast. Representative of relaxation. Agent of alleviation. Self-proclaimist.
Let’s be real, modern life’s got us all tangled in knots. One knot begins from poor posture at work, then another from family stress. More knots arise as compensations for the first ones causing a domino effect of postural distortions. Before you know it, there’s change missing off the dresser, and the dog has run off. I’ve seen it a thousand times.
We all know the best way for the body to unwind itself is to just relax. But when are we really allowed to relax? All the demands and expectations of life have us in a constant loop of “worry-hurry”. Worry-hurry is a major affliction in our modern era. First we worry about a thing, then we hurry to fix it. Although this motivation style gets things done, it takes its toll on the body. The antidote to worry-hurry is (drumroll please) calm-rest! It’s as simple as providing balance. And I can help.
How can I help? Here is a brief list of my education:
-Licensed Massage Therapist (East West College)
-Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner
-Nationally Certified Personal Trainer
-Qi Gong teacher apprentice
The body knows how to heal itself. It’s my job to allow it.
Massage Therapy removes physical tensions that accumulate from everyday life.
Craniosacral Therapy unwinds energetic tensions and induces deep relaxation.
Herbal Therapy relieves all systems internally so they can function at their best.
I specialize in neck/shoulder tension, and injury rehabilitation. My dedication is to stay up-to-date on the latest research, while staying grounded in the wisdom of ancient healing practices, to offer comfortable treatments that work.
I consider it a privilege to serve my clients. With a wide variety of Massage Therapists out there, it can be a process to find the one that best suits your needs. Yet I do believe there is a right therapist for every person.
Schedule an appointment with me to see if my style works well with your preferences. I aim to listen well, respond to your requests, and use the best treatments available so you walk away feeling deeply relaxed with a sense of peace and calm.
All the Best,
Paul Johnson, LMT
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,
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
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.
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.
I look forward to meeting you!
Elaine Cohn Yoga
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.
One year ago I founded Elysian Wellness (now operating out of Elk Rock Wellness). I have been a holistic, results-driven esthetician for over three years (educated at the European Institute of Skin Care- 750 hours holistic training). During that time I discovered the healing benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils, and have been studying them avidly since. Medicinal grade essential oils are an integral part of my practice as they can make remarkable cellular changes in the body both internally and externally.
Prior to becoming an esthetician, I was a social worker with the Spanish-speaking population for five years. I received my bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Studies and have traveled, worked and studied all over the world.
I believe ingredients used in skin care products shouldn't cause residual harm to the body. Ironically, the health and beauty industry often creates products using questionable ingredients, some of which, have been found to be carcinogenic, endocrine disruptors, inflammatory, etc. It is difficult to discern which ingredients are entering our bodies, and it is difficult to discern the cumulative effects of using harmful ingredients.
In addition, clients want to see results from their skin care regimen. With these two motivating factors in mind, I use the purest ingredients to formulate products that will bring lasting change to your skin. I also carefully select commercial grade products based on their safety and efficacy.
Elysian Wellness- Skin Care has created a unique dosha-specific cleanser, facial serum, and exfoliating body scrub. These products are unusually high in antioxidants and omegas to feed and care for your largest organ from the outside in.
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.