Therapeutic Massage, Skin Care & Yoga in Historic Milwaukie Oregon.
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Jess 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.
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), science, and spirituality. I have continued to explore many styles and traditions of bodywork, including deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, zen shiatsu, biodynamic massage, 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. 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. I enjoy 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!
My style is therapeutic in nature, blending modalities to create a unique session especially suited to your specific needs. I mix massage tools such as Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish, Myofascial, Shiatsu, and Craniosacral. I believe in empowering you to participate in your own healing by providing tools you can use on a day-to-day basis to help you feel better in your body.
My yoga classes are fun and lighthearted, with an emphasis on positive body awareness, making the sessions beneficial, accessible, and healing. I have more than a decade of yoga training, and received my 200-hr in 2010 from Shanti Yoga in Nelson, BC, Canada, and my 500-hr in Yoga Therapy in 2017 from Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. I am a trauma-informed Yoga Therapist, and also see clients in private sessions.
I am excited to support you on your healing journey!
From the start of my body work education at East West College I knew that helping others heal through therapeutic touch was going to be an important part of my life. Being able to give and receive body work is a gift, and I am honored to do what I love for my career! All bodies are great bodies and they all deserve to be cared for. I am excited to help you rediscover and reconnect to your body, and find what works best for you to feel happy and comfortable in your own skin.
Our bodies’ systems works as a team, and every part is important for the proper functioning of a person as a whole, including our minds. I work with my clients to customize their sessions and treatments to fit their individual concerns and personal health goals. I pull from both Eastern and Western techniques that range from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Neuromuscular, Cupping, Energy Work, and Thai to find the right balance to fit your needs and comfort levels. I am focused on providing you with not only a great therapeutic massage, but also giving you the knowledge and tools to help you maintain the progress we’ve achieved on your own between massage sessions.
My massage work is a blend of various techniques that support the release of deep muscular tension and encourage profound relaxation. I work at the level your body needs to alleviate acute pain while also assessing your body as a system, to correct alignment and postural holding patterns that often create chronic pain and discomfort. The basis of my work is in Structural Integration and Craniosacral therapy, and also includes Swedish massage, Neuromuscular Release technique, Connective Tissue therapy, and Reiki. Additionally, I am a trained Somatic therapist, basing most of my work in the Hakomi method, and use these skills to support the integration of the body, mind, and emotions as they arise in the experience of the bodywork session.
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.”
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 2005. I offer over 14 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, Yoga and Neuromuscular Deep Tissue for pain management and motor vehicle rehabilitation.
I am Owner/Founder of Elk Rock Wellness (2014) & Elk Rock Yoga (2017) in Historic Milwaukie, Oregon. I derive great joy from my profession and facilitatING your healing journey towards radiant health, bliss and vitality!
Owner of Elk Rock Wellness & Elk Rock Yoga | Holistic Educator | Massage | Yoga | Nature Retreats
As a life-long Seeker, I’ve explored various yoga, meditation, and spiritual traditions for over 20 years. I began teaching yoga full time in 2007; my practice has developed into a nondogmatic blend of the movement and energetic practices that resonate with me most: Forrest Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, vinyasa flow, qigong, tai chi, pranayama, and zen meditation.
My teaching is student-focused: each class is intuitively sequenced to meet the needs of those present. I love helping people discover new ways to inhabit and relate to their bodies. I love witnessing students grow stronger and more fearless in their practice. I love facilitating their spiritual and energetic journeys, and I love the way my own journey evolves in the process. I believe there are as many ways to practice yoga as there are people, and that my role as a teacher of yoga is to help you find your practice.
For 12 years, I’ve taught yoga at studios in Los Angeles and Austin, and have worked with hundreds of yoga and bodywork clients seeking pain relief, emotional healing, or energetic alignment. I've completed three Forrest Yoga teacher trainings, as well as trainings in prenatal & postpartum yoga, TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises), tai chi, qigong, massage therapy, and Visionary Craniosacral Work. I’m currently pursuing a master’s degree in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Portland; I offer group and private yoga, meditation, qigong, and energetic healing sessions in both Portland and Los Angeles.
All are welcome in my classes, regardless of size, ability, or experience. I ask that you participate in the co-creation of your practice by informing me of any injuries (chronic and recent) or requests you may have before class begins.
I look foward to seeing you on your mat!
From her very first yoga class in 2010, Gina Lee felt a deep connection to her highest self through her yoga practice and instantly knew yoga brought purpose into her life. The gift of yoga has transformed her not only physically, having lost 85 pounds, but also opened her mind and heart to a new world she never knew existed. Yoga eventually rooted in every aspect of her life, leading the way to find her life’s purpose, in “carrying other’s vision until they can hold it for themselves”.
Her personal practice grew so exponentially she quickly realized she wanted to teach this magical practice of yoga to others. She became a RYT 200 Certified yoga teacher through Arizona School of Yoga in Tucson, Arizona in June 2012.
When leading a class, her guidance come from listening to the whispers of the Universe as she likes to refer to it. Her Baron Baptiste inspired vinyasa flow class focuses on breath followed by movement.
Moving the body through a series of poses, along with breath, is what she believes is an essential tool for the path to emotional release caused by years of stress held in the body. In her class, she plays a variety of music that speaks to your spirit energy and uses yoga as the platform for a lifetime study of self-awareness and personal growth on the mat as well as off the mat.
Gina teaches every Wednesday 6:00pm + 7:15pm and Saturdays 9:30am at Elk Rock Yoga
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I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach here at Elk Rock Yoga! I’ve lived in Milwaukie for several years now and love our community and the people who are a part of it. It’s been so exciting for me to see Yoga come to downtown Milwaukie and the growth and direction the studio, and wellness center, are taking.
I read a quote once about the practice of yoga that continues to echo for me, and that I hope gets embodied in my practice and teaching: “What if we thought of yoga not so much as self-improvement, but rather as self-discovery and self-acceptance.” Curiosity, patience, self-compassion and choice are all an integral part of my living, both on and off the mat. I strive to create a space where people of all walks of life can feel safe, welcomed, and accepted, no matter of abilities or where one is at in their yoga practice and journey.
My teachings tend to gravitate towards and embrace the more yin and gentle and restorative styles of yoga practice, which I believe helps us balance out all the on-the-go aspects of our lives with a time and space to slow down and quiet and still the body, mind and spirit. Currently, I am enrolled in a yoga therapy program at the DAYA foundation with the hopes of being able to bridge Eastern and Western medicine and the many healing benefits and components it can bring to our lives.
In addition to teaching public yoga classes at Elk Rock Yoga I also offer Private Yoga sessions as well as Mental Health Therapy in which I can draw upon my 9 years of experience providing individual and family therapy as well as my training in Reiki, IRest Yoga Nidra, and Yoga Therapy. See below to book a free 45 minute introductory consultation.
I hope that we get to meet, that our paths will cross, in one way or another, sometime soon!
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 6pm Mondays @ 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.
Ariel Hart is a former LA/Seattle based energy worker, yoga teacher and artist who has returned to her magical roots here in Portland. Her flair for the theatrical informs her experiential classes and private sessions, creating experiences that encompass all of the senses in deep intuitive healing. She has been a certified Yoga instructor since 2007 and a certified Reiki practitioner since 2012. Ariel offers weekly classes, workshops and private sessions that incorporate a variety of therapeutic tools such as Reiki (energy healing), sound therapy, visualization, mindfulness, aromatherapy, herbal clearings, and charged stones/crystals.
Ariel is passionate about sharing energy work with community and is the co-founder of “U:nite” a not for profit group in Seattle that hosted public alternative healing events. Please visit her website www.arielhart.space for more info.
Join Ariel for Restorative with Healing Touch Monday evenings at Elk Rock Yoga.
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