I approach each session with compassion, intuition and empathy. I see the body as a continually changing organism and therefor change is always possible. During a session, I use several modalities to facilitate awareness between the client and their body, creating a path to wellbeing.
Tell us about your primary training and any continuing education you have done. I received my training at the National Holistic Institute, a nationally accredited school. I became a certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator in 2002. Shortly after graduating I moved to Sedona, Arizona where I was a self-employed, nationally certified massage therapist for 6 years as I pursued National Certification. I have continued my education in Hospice massage, Energy Medicine, and Qi Activation training. This work includes healing with foods, Qigong, breath empowerment, exercises and Qigong reflexology. Reflexology is especially effective for those suffering from specific diseases and people who are not completely comfortable with massage. I became a Supreme Science Level One Qigong instructor in August 2013.
What unique skills and gifts distinguish you? How would you describe your style? Being fully present with you is my favorite and most important tool. In the thousands of sessions I’ve done, even with returning clients, each one is unique as the body is constantly changing. I use several modalities, combining both Eastern and Western styles to provide the most effective approach.
What issues are you best at addressing with your clients? I work with relieving computer position stress, driving and travel stress, and emotional stress (anxiety, depression, relationship trauma). I also enjoy the challenge of continually working to alleviate chronic pain and discomfort due to trauma and accidents, bringing ease to depleted areas. With my extra training in reflexology, I specialize in working on hands, feet, the neck and shoulders and throughout the back. How do you assess clients? I begin by asking questions about how they are feeling, inquiry about what is bothering them, and what actions they do that bother them the most. This helps to determine the level of stress -emotional and physical.
Why did you choose this work? I love being in service to others. Being a massage therapist gives me the opportunity to improve the lives of others by creating a positive impact and making a difference in the lives and bodies of my clients.
Where were you born and how did you come to Eugene Oregon? I was born in South Lake Tahoe, California. Most of my life I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. I moved to Eugene Oregon in 2010 to help my sister and brother in-law with their newborn baby girl. I fell in love with the area (and my niece!) and made it my home.
Share a little about your personal journey as a healing practitioner. What life experiences have enriched or changed your work? Hospice massage changed my work and my life. The beauty and powerful energy astounds me! What is your definition of healing? Facilitating compassionate awareness and acceptance of the pain in your body is the first step in healing. Be grateful for the disharmony in the body, because it gets your attention. Once there is acceptance, healing has begun. It is far more empowering to recognize that restoring the body’s natural balance is possible, than to go through life masking the pain. I work to invite your body to not contract around the pain, but to open and expand beyond it, by bringing in breath and exploring a new position. The body will adjust to what is said to it –if you instruct it to find a new position that is better, the body will listen. Healing is relearning and instructing the body toward efficiency and health. Our bodies are aware and intelligent.
What are you passionate about professionally and personally? Volunteer work has always been an important part of my life. I have brought my work to organizations such as Hospice, Ironman Triathalon events, as well as Drug and Alcohol treatment centers. What life accomplishments are you most proud of? An accomplishment I am most proud of is being an Americorp NCCC Team Motivator in Washington, D.C. right out of high school. This experience reinforced the importance of serving others.
Personal Invitation I approach each session with compassion, intuition and empathy. I see the body as a continually changing organism and therefore change is always possible. My goal is that you and your body feel freedom and liberation from pain - I want you to leave feeling more relaxed and feeling hopeful that your body knows the way back to balance. I am here for you - giving total attention to your body.
Testimonial “Serena has a way of “talking” to the pain in my body. I have spent so much time avoiding, resisting and turning away from any discomfort. She has a caring way of inviting me to accept the pain, and in an odd way, that almost reduced my experience of discomfort. It was amazing. I left feeling like not only was my pain reduced, but I had a new appreciation, and compassion, for what my body was going through.”
How do you encourage and support clients in self-care at home? I give simple, easy tips to improve, such as home remedies (such as soaking the injured body part in Epsom salts) food tips, attention to the breath, meditation and the power of prayer.
Eugene Oregon Massage Therapist (LMT)
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