LMT # 7257
Tell us about your primary training and any continuing education you have done:
Rachel Smith received her BA in general social science at University of Oregon in 2015, and has been practicing massage since 2000.
What unique skills and gifts distinguish you? How would you describe your style?
She primarily uses techniques from Swedish massage (ranging from gentle to deep), myofascial release (MFR), Positional Release and Visceral Manipulation. With a background in Five Element Chinese Medicine, indigenous shamanic healing and travel abroad, her approach is intuitive and open-hearted. Specialized training she has had includes Acutonics Tuning Forks (sound healing with acupuncture meridians), and energy healing with Dr. Alexandra Olyehk in Moscow, Russia. Rachel completed training in Plant Spirit Medicine with Eliot Cowan (http://plantspiritmedicine.org/ ) in 1998, and received professional level certification with Rosita Arvigo for Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage in 2003. She is able to offer aspects of any of these modalities incorporated into your healing sessions. Maya Abdominal Massage offers support for systemic and reproductive health for men and women, digestive issues, "normal" female problems, and fertility issues (https://arvigotherapy.com/).
Where were you born and how did you come to Eugene?
With her early career working in forestry and wildfire fighting in Oregon, Rachel is a Native Oregonian and is well acquainted with the impacts of hard work and hard play on a body.
What are you passionate about professionally and personally?
She has enjoyed rock climbing, skiing, riding and backpacking in Oregon, spent time cooking on rafting expeditions and at an outdoor school for tracking and nature awareness, and has a strong bond with plants, animals and nature. Time living abroad on exchange in Norway and Germany in her early life motivated her to keep learning languages and to become a better communicator. Her travels have also given her a broader understanding of human nature and empathy for those living in a foreign land. Creating a respectful, safe container for deep relaxation, self-exploration and acceptance in her practice room is top priority for her in supporting your healing.
How do you encourage and support clients in self-care at home?
She has a broad network of practitioners through which she is glad to make referrals to help you create a supportive healing team.
"I have been to numerous chiropractors in Eugene and elsewhere. I have also had massage from many massage therapists in Eugene but my experience at A Healing Space..."