Why We’re Different
Voted “Best Massage Portland 2017” by the Willamette Week reader’s poll. Thank you for this honor!
Our massage therapists have unmatched skills and experience in a wide array of advanced massage techniques. Collectively, we have thousands of hours of training. On average, our massage therapists have twelve years’ experience, with some as many as twenty years.
Clare Katner LMT - Founder
For over twenty years, Clare Katner has been an intuitive and holistic facilitator of healing. A licensed massage therapist since 1995 and a certified hypnotherapist since 1998, her professional scope is truly mind-body, and her long-term enjoyment of this work comes from witnessing transformation in her client’s lives.
While living in England and working at Cambridge University, Clare had her first massage and it was life-altering. Its value as a healing art was immediately evident to her, and curiosity lead to her first acupressure class while at Cambridge. In further travels around Europe, she became exposed to and learned about many other healing modalities.
Upon her return to the United States, she completed her training in massage therapy. Among her teachers was Sandy Fritz, one of the first inductees into the Massage Hall of Fame, from whom Clare took valuable lessons in assessment and an understanding that each patient needs customized care. She received additional training in myofascial release at the John Barnes Institute, and her continuing education in the field has focused on injury recovery, deep tissue, muscle testing, structural integration and ashiatsu.
A graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s of science degree in education, Clare quickly developed a massage practice fusing her interest in teaching with her love of bodywork and has become a teacher and mentor to other massage therapists. She is a founder and owner of her dream clinic, East Bridge Massage.
When she’s not working, Clare enjoys being a fitness and food nerd with her young son and husband. Having always enjoyed an active lifestyle, she grew up with gymnastics, track, soccer, mountain biking, and “two big brothers,” the latter from whom Clare light-heartedly says she learned many lessons via “real-life experiences in the pain and recovery department.”
Andrea Hallock LMT - Lead Therapist
Andrea graduated from Seattle Massage School in 1998 and went directly into clinical practice, focusing on auto injury recovery. After gaining this insight into the recovery process, she was exploring modalities to decrease length of recovery and address the anxiety that often accompanies accidents. This search led to her specialty for the past nine years, Craniosacral therapy. This modality releases restrictions in the central nervous system, the connective tissue, and cranial structures as well as calming the CNS. In Laguna Hills, California, Andrea worked closely with a chiropractic functional neurologist as a massage therapist and Craniosacral specialist.
She moved to Portland in 2014 and joined East Bridge Massage, quickly becoming an integral part of the practice. Andrea has brought her compassion and talent to the wellness center, enhancing the our philosophy of excellent patient care and follow-up.
As a youth, Andrea pursued ballet and various other dance forms, introducing her to an early fluency in body mechanics. She is an avid traveler, her favorite voyages having been to Cambodia and Peru. When not doing massage therapy, she enjoys adventuring with her husband and their Australian Shepherd/Labrador mix.
Elsbeth Villa LMT
Growing up among the redwoods of California’s northern coast, Elsbeth established a deep love of beauty in the natural world. This would later translate into her adventuresome spirit.
After years of hard work in the food industry she found herself in San Diego, recovering from a serious and painful injury. Massage was a key element in her full recovery and inspired her to help others find healing through bodywork.
Her focus then wholeheartedly turned to education in therapeutic massage. She attended Muller College of Holistic studies in 2007 and embraced their one-thousand-hour integrated massage therapy program, which combined eastern and western philosophies and techniques. Learning about the central nervous system was an exciting highlight of Elsbeth’s school experience, as it brought about a better understanding of the actions we can take in order to successfully cope with stresses our bodies can encounter. Now, she is delighted to use her experience and empathic nature in helping others to overcome obstacles of injury and pain. She firmly believes that to nurture a balanced and healthy relationship with one’s own body will set the course for healing both within an individual and exponentially outward, positively affecting the world community.
In early 2013 Elsbeth followed her path, after some epic world traveling, to the lovely city of Portland, where she finds the people, landscape, and food to be peachy-keen! Education in the area of massage among other subjects, community involvement, and trying new foods are her exciting adventures. Moving to Portland presents opportunity for it all.
Trained in a number of massage techniques including Swedish, Ashiatsu, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Table Thai, and Sport Massage, Elsbeth pulls from her “tool box” combining these modalities to create an individualized therapeutic massage that is tailored to suit the unique needs of each client. Her philosophy on bodywork centers on this kind of “holistic recipe making” to nourish the whole being. And that figures, since she is also a passionate cook!
Sumuki Sweesy LMT
Sumuki graduated from Everest College and became a nationally certified massage therapist. She is licensed to practice massage in both Oregon and Washington. With her natural ability to do deep tissue, trigger point, prenatal, myofascial release, and sports massage, she found herself working alongside some the most skilled doctors and massage therapists in the Portland area. Since then, she has helped people recover quickly from auto injuries, sports injuries, stress related pain, and general discomfort. She is a results-oriented person who goes the extra distance for everyone, deeply caring about the final outcome. She is a driving force at East Bridge Wellness, encouraging everyone to keep learning and collaborating.
Before beginning her career as a massage therapist, her journey began with the study of Hatha Yoga in which she became a certified instructor and taught for fifteen years. She maintains a daily meditation practice that provides her with a sense of balance, a compassionate heart, and the desire to help people. Sumuki is always seeking to learn more about healing the body. Her many years of experience in the field of wellness are quite evident in her dynamic approach to massage.
Raini McPhate LMT
Raini has been practicing massage for twenty years. In this time, she has explored a full range of the most effective styles of bodywork. She enjoys the unique puzzle of each individual’s body and finding ways to alleviate misalignments. Her main emphasis is deep tissue, structural integration, myofascial release, and lomi lomi. Her massage is transformative and her style inspires her patients towards long-term change and balance.
Raini takes pride in her work and the great trust her clients have for her. She has worked with “every kind of body,” from infants to mature adults to hospice, from the light exerciser to Olympic runners, from wheelchair-bound to prenatal women to amputees. She takes each person’s needs seriously and is devoted to helping the best she can.
She is a fourth-generation native Oregonian and a strong supporter of local community and small businesses. She is an avid nature lover. Her interests include the physical sciences, history, spirituality, and the arts. She is currently observing with Physical Therapists to learn more about the field. Lic. 3136
Jill Falk LMT
Jill wants to live in a world where creative genius is the norm and hi-fives are handed out freely in the streets. She believes that healing is a creative process and should be fun! Her perspective on massage is influenced by her background as an artist with a BFA in painting and years of studying healing modalities such as Matrix Energetics, Conscious Systems, and the Yuen Method of Chinese Medicine, which integrate varied disciplines such as quantum physics, NLP, anatomy, and physiology to create dynamic change in the body.
While studying massage at Oregon School of Massage, she pursued a dual focus in both traditional massage styles such as Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point treatment, as well as specialized training in Shiatsu. She has also completed advanced training in lumbar and upper body pain relief treatments that deeply transform people to a state a balance. She has combined her years of training in energetic modalities into a practice that is deeply centered in the body.
When she’s not helping people transform their lives or painting obsessively you can find her frolicking with her cat in the park, fiddling on her violin and surfing the Oregon coast.
Brittany Wilson LMT
Brittany received her massage therapy training in Kona, Hawaii in 2011. She has advanced Lomi Lomi training from a legacy of practitioners in Hawaii. Brittany provided massage for the Ironman World Championship in Kona for three years and had the privilege of working with triathletes from dozens of different countries. Once she arrived in Portland in 2014, she participated in more extensive training in therapeutic deep tissue and prenatal massage at East West College.
Most recently, Brittany has been actively training in Ashiatsu. Her massage borrows the deeply soothing and rhythmic approach of Lomi Lomi and applies it to deep tissue and trigger point work in order to create a highly effective massage that remains comfortable and relaxing. She enjoys tailoring each session to her client and prides herself on being a dynamic, creative therapist.
When she isn’t massaging, she’s either working on her Master’s degree in Counseling at PSU, in a dance class, or planning her next trip to Italy.
Phoenix Liu LMT
Phoenix attended East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland and became licensed in the summer of 2012. As her education progressed and her understanding of the benefits of massage deepened, she discovered that her passion lies in therapeutic massage.
Inspired by the knowledge of Structural Integration and Eastern medicine, her massage is a blend of deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point, Tui Na, and movement therapies. With each session she strives to provide her clients with an effective, therapeutic treatment to help release holding patterns and increase range of motion and circulation, bringing relief from discomfort whether it be caused by injury, chronic pain, repetitive movement or the stress of daily life.
She is a Portland native, having graduated from the Portland Waldorf School. Every chance she gets she escapes to the beautiful deserts and forests of the Pacific Northwest and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, camping, dance, language and travel!
Anne Tegtmeier LMT
Anne began her professional life as a modern dancer. After growing up in Denver and then receiving her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, magna cum laude, she went on to dance in New York and perform with a number of small companies in New England. Since she had experienced firsthand the benefits of massage and other bodywork on athletic performance, she decided to become a massage therapist herself, graduating from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2001.
Since then, her career as an LMT has led her to explore a variety of complementary modalities in addition to her foundation of deep tissue work. She has training in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, hip flexor and subscap release, sports massage, pregnancy, diaphragm release and Ashiatsu barefoot massage. Specific areas of intensive training include anterior neck and jaw, shoulder girdle, and the iliopsoas.
Along with massage she continues her life in movement by teaching dance as well as yoga and Pilates mat classes. Anne is also a theme party caterer, certified lactation consultant, writer, author of two cookbooks, and mom to the spectacular character known as Lily.