Native to Bellingham, WA I moved south in search of Vit D in 2005. I have been a licensed massage therapist in Oregon since 2011, and worked at Siskiyou Massage Clinic, the leading place for orthopedic massage in Ashland, from 2015-2019. I am certified in medical massage and trained in orthopedic assessment and techniques. I am a passionate student of anatomy and physiology, which informs my touch. I recognize that while our intention may be focused on your soft tissues while I do my work, I’m not just touching and affecting the muscles of your body, I’m touching all that is contained within the confines of your skin and beyond. You, in your entirety, from muscle fibers, your nervous system, hormones, and your emotional reactions and thought processes, are reacting to every stimulus I provide.
How I approach facilitating change:
I have a variety of ways in which I communicate with your body. I access your wiring and encourage communication between the brain and your muscles using neuromuscular techniques including Positional Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitaion Stretches (or PNF Stretching), and a lot of opportunity for propioceptive feedback through passive movement of your joints and myofascial release. On my table you may also experience a wonderful modality called active cupping, which serves as an incredibly effective tool for change and treatment for a large variety of conditions.
I like to explore how things move and notice where they don’t, to really feel the underlying structures beneath my hands and know that they are not just images in a textbook, but living tissues in a real living human. I can follow the line of tension contributing to the restriction of movement, and melt it so that there is freedom again.
I love when someone tells me they can feel how one area is connected to another region of the body. We all know that the knee bone connects to the hip bone, but that doesn’t always translate into the knee bone affects the hip bone, affects the pelvis and low back, which alters the curvature of the spine, and alters the transmission of force by millidegrees and all of a sudden that’s why you have a headache. We need to expand our concepts of separate parts working in isolation and integrate the reality that the whole unit works together.
Dawn blends many different modalities in each personalized massage session. Myofascial release, cupping, shiatsu, and sports massage techniques are among the varied modalities that may be used in any given session to meet her client's goals. She specializes in deep tissue, results oriented techniques, but understands and has a great intuitive touch when it comes to knowing appropriate use of pressure. The most satisfying aspect of Dawn's work is the client who is relieved of their pain and on their way to better health. Working with a sports chiropractor for most of her career, this deep tissue Jedi has worked with pre-Olympians and professional athletes including the Anaheim Ducks, Dodgers, Angels, and football, tennis, surf, golf, and volleyball players to name a few. She understands sports injuries; works with pre and post op; and is knowledgeable in finding the source of pain.
Dawn Astrid graduated with honors from the National Holistic Institute (NHI) in Emeryville, CA in 2006. She has additional training in health education ans was a TA at NHI during her time as a student there.
Dawn received her yoga teacher certification in India in 2001. She loves travel and adventure. Surfing, snowboarding are a big part of her life along with dance, nutrition, and spending time with her side kick Mergatroid, the best dog in the neighborhood.