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Meet Andrea, our newest massage therapist

Andrea Massage Therapist Vancouver WAWe're delighted to announce the addition of our newest massage therapist, Andrea. Andrea will be available for massage Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She specializes in deep tissue and sports massage and has been trained in Swedish or relaxation massage, prenatal massage, myofascial release and cupping. She is also fluent in Spanish and knows some Russian.

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Andrea ♥♥ ♥♥      
Chelsea           ♥♥    
Cieara   ♥♥ ♥♥  
Eddie ♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥      
Gail ♥♥   ♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥
Kathy ♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥      
Lauren ♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥    
Shelby ♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥     ♥♥ ♥♥
Suzanne ♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥   ♥♥ ♥♥
Teresa ♥♥ ♥♥   ♥♥   ♥♥ ♥♥

♥♥ = therapist specializes in this modality.
= therapist is trained in this modality and incorporates it into other massage styles.

Andrea - Massage

Andrea Massage Therapist Vancouver WAMassage for me started as a part time career but quickly turned into my life journey. As a college student with aspirations of a Law degree, I took a detour and enrolled in Body Mechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage in Vancouver, WA. I fell in love with the healing arts and the instant gratification that comes from helping others find relief from pain and stress.

In school I specialized in deep tissue and sports massage and have been trained in Swedish or relaxation massage, prenatal massage, myofascial release and cupping. My work is primarily focused on deep tissue and treatment, and I enjoy working with people from all walks of life. I’m fluent in Spanish and know some Russian, helping me breach the language barrier.

I became a licensed massage therapist for the state of Washington in April 2017. As I continue my massage career, I feel so blessed to be able to keep growing and learning, while meeting amazing people along the way.

Teresa - Massage & Craniosacral

Teresa Massage Therapist Vancouver WAI am originally from Chicago, half Native American, half Swedish and a mother of 2 grown daughters.  I love all types of physical fitness.  I survived a traumatic brain injury from a car accident, but suffered physical limitations from neck pain and migraine headaches, which altered my life.  Chiropractic care was not sufficient.  After relocating to Washington in 2002 with my new husband, my chiropractor suggested I try massage.  My life completely changed after receiving 20 massages in a 3-month period!  I went from limiting chronic pain to living relatively pain free naturally!  My massage therapist encouraged me to become a body worker as I really know the body, have experienced the life-changing effects of massage, and am highly intuitive.

I aspired to be an artist, studied interior design and architecture, yet along the way I became a medical transcriptionist so I could work at home when raising my girls.  Feeling unfulfilled and confined to a desk, that is where I was stuck until I took my foot off the brake.  Finally following my mentor’s advice, in 2010 I studied massage and bodywork at the Universal College of Healing Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.  Today, I am going on 6 years as a licensed massage therapist.  I moved back to beautiful Washington State November 2015.  My hobbies are natural health, working out, hiking, cooking, and I make unique necklaces with healing stones for healers.

I have experienced many different types of body work and natural therapies as I believe healing is a journey not an event.  At this point, I feel myofascial release and craniosacral-type work have the deepest effects that last the longest.  I study these under John F. Barnes.  I also have found great benefit from acupuncture, which activates the myofascial system.  Massage and bodywork are my art, which I scientifically study as well.  I customize each session with a blend of techniques using Swedish, trigger point search and deactivation with medium firm to deep pressure, sports, acupressure points, and reflexology.  I do facial rejuvenation massage along with craniofacial massage.  I also offer essential oils that can aid in the relaxation process.

I believe in taking health seriously and being responsible by striving to live more consciously.  I believe “you can only take your clients as far as you have gone yourself” and “the key to healing is feeling” to quote two phrases by John F. Barnes.  When we know better we do better.  Massage helps to improve health and well being in extraordinary ways.  I am so excited to be a part of the family here at Breathe Yoga and Massage and to be able to offer massage and bodywork here in Vancouver to help others relax and let healing happen!

Lauren - Massage

I’m from Florida, where I studied financial mathematics at Florida State University. During my college career, I suddenly had some health conditions that were misdiagnosed by my doctors. Since the prescriptions didn’t help, I took healing into my own hands. I started taking yoga classes and immediately noticed positive changes in my body and mind.

Wanting to learn more about yoga and the human body, I completed yoga teacher training in 2014 and continue to practice as well as teach others.

In 2015 I moved to Washington with the hopes of adding more mindfulness and vitality into my life.  I enrolled in massage school and became a licensed massage therapist in 2017.  Throughout my education, I learned the intricacies of the human body that I’d been craving to know and how to manipulate soft tissues in a healing manner. I attended the Bodymechanics School of Massage and Myotherapy in Vancouver, which focuses heavily on the treatment of injuries and goal-oriented focus work. I learned Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Lomi Lomi and Injury Treatment styles, all of which I incorporate into my massages.

I use my intuition and analytical skills to guide treatment sessions, and I enjoy working with a wide variety of people. I am grateful to work with such incredible healers at Breathe. It is a gift to come to work and feel loved, as we all do here.

Eddie - Massage

Eddie Massage Therapist Vancouver WAI have come to the field of massage therapy after two enlistments in the US Air Force as a heavy equipment operator and 22 years in the high tech sector. After many years working behind a computer monitor, I wanted a change and felt a strong desire to migrate into the medical field.

I came to appreciate the value of body work while recovering from a shoulder injury. I knew the cortisone shots and surgery weren’t the answer and began to find viable alternatives in chiropractic, physical therapy, and of course massage therapy. After six sessions with an exceptional massage therapist, my shoulder went from nearly frozen to nearly normal. I could sleep at night again, I could reach for things on the top shelf, and I could catch a baseball, too. I began to learn so much about my body. I saw new possibilities and a whole new world opened before me. I now regard my body as more of a functional piece of equipment comprised of consistent systems with reliable inputs and outputs. And like any equipment, the body functions best with regular care and maintenance.

I’m a 2017 graduate of the BodyMechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage in Vancouver WA. Their curriculum is heavily focused on treatment in a clinical setting, such as motor vehicle accidents and sports injury. My additional studies have included Active Isolated Stretching, Deep Tissue, and Lomi Lomi. I’ve had exceptional mentors and highly regarded instructors, and some of them are employed at Breathe Yoga and Massage! My technique blends and borrows from these sources.

It gives me a tremendous amount of joy to help others get relief from maladies such as chronic pain, tension headaches, lower back pain, muscle strains or injury, and post-surgery recovery. But I equally enjoy helping others to simply relax, check out, and release that pent up stress we all tend to accumulate. I provide a gentle touch with medium pressure which I tune to the response of individual muscles, because appropriate deep tissue therapy is most effective when the body *relaxes*. I respectfully factor emotional aspects into my work, and I adapt each session to the specific needs of my client.

My wife and I live in Battle Ground, and our children have grown into wonderful educated and busy adults who reside locally. I love living and playing in the Pacific Northwest - yup, I even love the rain :) My interests include mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, surfing, swimming, and traveling.

Suzanne - Massage & Reiki

Suzanne Massage Therapist Vancouver WAMassage was something that came to me naturally. I rubbed my family and friends' feet when I was younger, then at 19 years old, I received my first full body massage and was hooked. From then it took me 10 years to finally attend and finish massage school.

Since my licensing, I have immersed myself in all things massage, from massage politics to loads of educational classes on different types of massage, treatments and working with various physiological and anatomical disorders and conditions. I have also had the privilege of working in diverse therapeutic facilities.

I have been an instructor and campus manager at Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage in Vancouver since January 2017 and a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist and educator for over 18 years. I trained in Hawaii at the Honolulu School of Massage in 1999 and attended Evergreen College of Healing Arts in Vancouver Washington in 2009. I have been teaching anatomy/physiology and massage modalities in workshops and vocational colleges since 1999.

My specialties include integrated deep tissue, working with injuries and various conditions, Swedish, pre/postnatal massage, pediatric and infant massage, sports massage, chair massage, and working with those with special needs. Also, I am a Level 1 Reiki practitioner. I have studied and strongly believe in the body/mind connection which I bring into all my massage and instruction. My style of massage is an integration of modalities and techniques to make each client's massage a unique experience.

I fully believe that massage can heal the body, soothe the mind, and restore one's spirit. Massage therapy is the best way to de-stress and let go of worries along with aches and pains, and an excellent complement to other therapies.

Shelby - Massage & Reiki

Shelby massage therapy Vancouver WAI'm from North Carolina, where I completed my training in therapeutic massage at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. There I practiced many modalities of therapeutic massage, became atuned and certified in Reiki and studied hands-on with therapeutic grade essential oils.

Since January 2014 I have been licensed and practicing professionally as a massage therapist and continue to work with Reiki and essential oils.  Over the years my massage has evolved into a unique mixture of Swedish and deep tissue techniques as I learn from and approach each client with intention and intuition.  For many years I have also practiced yoga and have learned from both yoga and massage how to be balanced, strong and loving.

Life is an amazing journey, and I am so grateful for all the magic in our universe, our world and ourselves.  Here's to the pursuit of our highest potential, our highest selves, full of love and gratitude.

Cieara - Massage & Craniosacral

I’m delighted to be part of the fabulous team here at Breathe. I believe in following my heart and true intuition. These beliefs have led me to become the loving massage therapist that I am. Kind-hearted and a good listener, I view each and every individual soul as an opportunity to connect with empathy and understanding. 

As a graduate from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2014, I have been educated in modalities consisting of Swedish, Craniosacral, Myofascial release, Geriatric and Tui Na Massage. As I am always seeking new opportunities that compliment who I am, I have been enjoying developing a specialty in Craniosacral work. I believe in our bodies' natural ability to heal ourselves, and as a therapist, I will gently assist this organic process.  

Growing up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest has been absolutely inspiring in many ways. I love being surrounded by the beautiful forest, rivers, mountains, flowers and animals of our area. Nature is my second home. I love Yoga and have adopted this physical and spiritual practice into my lifestyle with so much joy. Other ways I love to spend my time include Art (acrylic painting or recycled art creations), playing tennis, long boarding, identifying plants, birds, trees, mushrooms, and of course being in the presence of the people I love.

Gail - Massage & Thai

Gail massage therapy Vancouver WAGail enjoys working at Breathe and meeting all the wonderful people that walk through the doors.  She has been practicing massage for over 10 years. 

She has experience working with a diversity of clients across all ages and special needs. She even spent time teaching in a village in Japan.  That is also where she had an apprenticeship in Shiatsu (an Eastern Modality of Massage that focuses on Acupressure, stretching techniques, and restoring balance to Meridians throughout the body). She also studied Reiki techniques while in Japan.

Gail has advanced training in Aromatherapy, Thai Massage, Reflexology, & Kinesiology.  She practiced yoga for over 18 years and taught classes in Alaska.  She enjoys Partner Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. She loves to utilize her positive energy and skilled techniques to provide professional, therapeutic care to each individual she comes in contact with. 

Gail loves yoga, dancing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, and taking in the beauty of the world.  She also loves to sing, write, and garden.

Kathy - Massage & Reiki

Kathy massage therapist Breathe Yoga and Massage, Vancouver WAKathy has been practicing massage since 2003, and has training and experience in a wide variety of modalities.  Elements of her technical training include Swedish massage, shiatsu, myofascial release, deep tissue, yoga, tai chi, and reiki.

Kathy has an intuitive, slow, gliding, holistic style of massage bringing deep relaxation to the entire body.

Kathy works at a therapeutic depth and incorporates various stretching techniques.  She is an amazing therapist, both sensitive and flexible.  Ask about her first-hand experience with chronic pain and how you can beat it.

Chelsea - Thai Massage

Chelsea Massage Therapist Breathe Yoga and Massage Vancouver WAI am Chelsea, and I am one of the fun and easy going Massage Therapists here at Breathe Yoga and Massage in Vancouver, Washington.

I graduated from East West College of Healing Arts in Portland, OR in April 2008. I have experience with Deep Tissue, Swedish Relaxation, Pregnancy, Auto/Injury, Sports Massage, and Massage on children from ages 8-17. I believe in many different kinds of Bodywork and Massage Modalities, such as Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and other Massage Specialties.

I enjoy combining Deep Tissue treatment with relaxation, depending on the patient's individual needs, to reduce muscle tension, increase peace of mind, and reduce possible postural issues that affect us all. I tell many people that the world of massage, health and wellness has changed my life and has become my lifelong Passion. The human body is simply amazing and self healing. Educating people about their body is fun and exciting!

In my first year doing massage I believe that I learned more about myself and more about people than I ever have. My experience so far with going to school and working on clients has shaped the kind of Massage Therapist and person I am today.

I try very hard to be understanding and sensitive to the many traumatic or emotional issues we face that have a major impact on our body as a whole. I also believe that building trusting relationships with clients and other Health Care Providers will help the overall health and well being of our clients. That is why I am here, to help people like you and point them in the right direction of Healing and Wellness. I look forward to every new person I meet and I am always willing to talk to anyone about the many great benefits of Massage Therapy, Yoga and Acupuncture!

In my spare time I enjoy getting outside with my 3 year old Ridgeback pup, Tanner. He always brings a smile to my face with his playful and excited personality, and, in other words, he is totally like my child. I also enjoy doing creative hobbies such as pottery, mosaic tile work, glass fusing and painting. I would consider myself a very hands on person that enjoys learning while doing! I try to enjoy all of the great things the North West has to offer, such as hiking, riding bikes through Portland and generally enjoying the wonderful food and many fun places to go.

I look forward to helping in any way I can and truly being there for you!

Tenaya - Massage, Yoga & Qigong, Meditation & Rebirthing

Tenaya is one of the owners of Breathe Yoga and Massage, along with his partner, VeAnne.  Tenaya has had a successful private practice in massage therapy in Vancouver since 1992, with almost 30 years in practice.  In addition, he has been teaching yoga since 1996.

Certifications: Nationally certified in massage therapy (licensed in Washington), Tenaya received his training from the International Professional School of Bodywork (an Institute of Psycho-Structural Balance) and the Oregon School of Massage.  He also received training in counseling and facilitation from the Sage Corporation and holds an Applied Behavioral Science degree from George Williams College (George Williams was the founder of the YMCA) in Downers Grove, Illinois. He received his Reiki certification through Usui Reiki Ryoho in 2006.

In addition, Tenaya has studied with Sathya Sai Baba in India, learned rebirthing/breathwork from Leonard Orr and Sondra Ray, studied yoga through the Self Realization Fellowship of Paramahansa Yogananda, studied yoga with the Nityananda Institute and Qigong with Supreme Science Qigong.

Tenaya has worked with chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists and medical practitioners.  In addition, he has experience as a Master Massage Therapist at the well-known Ritz-Carlton Spa in Laguna Niguel, California and has worked for Club Corporation of America at the Renaissance Club in Phoenix, Arizona and the Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos, California.

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