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.
Morgan Willow is a warm hearted massage therapist with a joyful energy.
Her kind nature will put you at ease, while her professional approach speaks to quality care.
An avid adventurer, Morgan stays curious about life, and brings this aspect to the table as she and you explore your bodywork needs together.
Additionally, her intuitive touch along with solid anatomy/physiology knowledge, guides her throughout your treatment.
Inviting you into the experience of your own body, Morgan aims to support greater body awareness, increased mobility, as well as lower stress and pain levels. She custom tailors each experience to your current needs, and is invested in working with you to achieve greater health.
Focuses within her practice are myofascial release, deep tissue, injury recovery, nervous system support, swedish, neuromuscular therapy, and Reiki.
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 and was a teacher's assistant 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, and nutrition.
Gretchen Sumpter Irwin uses her 30 years of experience practicing massage and bodywork to help bring a sense of overall wellness and deep relaxation allowing the body and mind to find balance.
Gretchen’s education in 1991 at Harbin Hot Springs was based on Swedish, Esalen, Shiatsu and Watsu. She went on to practice in Denali National Park Alaska. In 2010, Gretchen attended another full 600 hour course curriculum at Orler School of Massage and Bodywork in Joplin, Missouri, and in 2017 became certified as a Medical Massage Practitioner, which deepened her knowledge of fascial release and treatment based massage therapy.
Witnessing health improvements by alleviating pain, reducing stress and increasing mobility is the most satisfying and greatest achievement of a bodyworker, she believes. Her compassionate, nurturing and intentional approach addresses both emotional and physical pain as well as injury.
Her knowledge of many modalities of bodywork aid in addressing the needs of each individual with a unique and specific approach. While well rounded for any need, Gretchen’s specialties and passions lie in prenatal, senior, and manual lymph drainage massage. As a breast cancer survivor herself, she understands the needs of those compromised due to illness or injury.
Life experience of being a mother, cancer survivor, and living a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska for years has shaped her love for nature and the beauty in us and in the world around us.