Elya Rowa

"Focus not on the outcome but the process, not on the perfection but on our courage to learn from our mistakes...trust life to be a constant, willing, and wise teacher." Dr. Shefali Tsabary, PhD

BRINGING YOU BACK TO CENTER


I have had the honor of working with hundreds of people of varying backgrounds through the years. Bringing this experience to you and your session, listening to your body, what it needs, and how it can be brought to a sense of ease and back to center is always a remarkable discovery. I look forward to YOU!


When I was about six years-old, I remember being on an airplane. A nice older woman sitting next to me started a conversation...eventually, asking me what I wan...

BRINGING YOU BACK TO CENTER


I have had the honor of working with hundreds of people of varying backgrounds through the years. Bringing this experience to you and your session, listening to your body, what it needs, and how it can be brought to a sense of ease and back to center is always a remarkable discovery. I look forward to YOU!


When I was about six years-old, I remember being on an airplane. A nice older woman sitting next to me started a conversation...eventually, asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I thought about it for a moment and then I said, "I want to serve." This premise has carried me on so many adventures throughout my life; from pulling a wagon collecting canned goods for the hungry in my neighborhood, to helping with nonprofit organizations since I was thirteen, to eventually, co-directing one in my early thirties. And, the most satisfying way I have found in serving others is one-on-one, through healing and massage therapy. I find the body is the most honest vehicle to healing. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to assist one along their journeying in this way.


I graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage, named one of the nation's most prestigious massage schools by USA Today, in 1990. I maintained a thriving practice in Wisconsin and continued to deepen my skills through the years, working with a pediatric chiropractor and later at a wellness spa. I specialize in deep tissue and prenatal/postnatal massage therapies. Being a passionate learner, I will forever be adding more modalities to my toolbox. Most recently, I completed the Trager® Approach Level One training www.tragerus.org.  My body has changed so much – long-held tensions and pain melting away, replaced with healthy doses of ease in movement and peacefulness of mind. After receiving this work, I cannot wait to pass it on. The Trager® Approach is an innovative movement re-education modality developed by Milton Trager, M.D. over a 65 year period. Dr. Trager says, "there is no tight muscle, only a tight mind." The intention is to bring you to a state of deep relaxation, in which you feel loose and limber, free and easy. In this state old physical and mental habits begin to release, allowing for new, more efficient choices to emerge.  


I am beyond thrilled and honored with the opportunity to rejoin my passion for working with others in the healing arts. I look forward to our journey!

                                                                   

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Where I Work
Licenses
Massage

MA # 13480-MT

Education
1990

Atlanta School of Massage

Professional Certification Program

1991

BodyTherapy Education

Carole Osborne's Seminars - Bodywork for the Childbearing Year

2015

US Trager Association

Trager Approach Level One

2006

University of Wisconsin

International Relations/Religion/Jewish Studies

2003

Piedmont College

Marketing and Business

2015

Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Applied Kinesiology

Experience
Coaching

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner 20-day Certification Course

NLP Comprehensive, Boulder, Colorado (nlpco.com) In 1979 the founders of NLP Comprehensive, Steve and Connirae Andreas, began by creating the first standardized Practitioner Program. Widely licensed, it became the foundation for many of the NLP trainings conducted worldwide over the next decades. NLP Comprehensive Practitioner Curriculum: Section 1: The Fundamentals: Sensory Acuity, Rapport, Anchoring Section 2: Precision Language: Meta-Model & Outcomes Section 3: The Language of Influence: The Milton-Model Section 4: Representational Systems, Perceptual Filters, and Strategies Section 5: Submodalities Section 6: Reframing & Negotiating Section 7: Ecology and Metaphors Section 8: Integration and Closing Patterns

Seminar Leader and Coach 2001-2006

Seminar Leader Lead personal growth/communication seminars for individuals and organizations. Taught process communication strategies. Seminars were held in New York, San Diego, Houston, Atlanta and Milwaukee. Personal Growth Coach I gave half-hour coaching telephone calls to thirty participants every two weeks with interim support for a yearlong self-development course. Note: A few of the participants were at-risk teens who I helped encourage in completing high school. Online Course Engineer Designed two three-month online courses, transforming the seminar format into a long-distance learning course using the Blackboard software.

Co-Director of Nonprofit Organization 1998-2005

I helped take the organization from gross yearly income of $85,000 in 1997 to $490,000 in 2002; from one paid employee to eight paid employees (four on salary full-time). I raised $300,000 annually for the last three years of employment. Other "hats" I wore included: Volunteer Coordinator, Marketing, Enrollment Coordinator and Project Team Leader.

Bodywork

Essential Massage

Purchased existing practice in 1990. Sold it in 1994 at three times the size; it still exists today. Saw thirty clients a week for 1-1 ½ - hour sessions on average for 3 ½ of the 4 years. Membership: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Chamber of Commerce, American Massage Therapy Association

Massage Therapist at Shorewood Family Chiropractic

Shortly after my baby was born in 2006, I began working with Dr. Monica Maroney, pediatric chiropractor extraordinaire (www.shorewoodfamilychiro.com). It was a deep honor to be in her presence and to offer massage therapy to many of her clients, honing my prenatal/postnatal skills in massage therapy.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Mila on Mar 06
Elya is amazing. She has the right touch and intuition about both body and soul. You come out relaxed, rejuvenated, and in touch with your body.
by Steve on Feb 06
Elya's consistently one of the best and most experienced massage therapists I've ever used. Her attention to detail, communication skills, and expertise are all incredible.
by Anonymous on Jan 25
Elya is generous and lovely - she combines a variety of different techniques including movement and deep tissue work to make her massage treatments very special.
by Leda on Jan 23
I have recommended her to everyone I know. She could run her business just off recommendation. She is terrific!!
by Anonymous on Jan 05
Very focused, intuitive, skillful.
by Michael on Dec 24
Elya is flat-out the best massage therapist I have ever had. Lots of massages can feel good the moment, but the effects of hers truly last.
by Grace on Dec 02
I came in with hip pain and Elya took great care to help my healing process.
by Yvette on Nov 13
Amazing massage!
by Anonymous on Nov 06
I am so pleased to know Elya and work with her in such a wholistic whole body way. She is very gifted with her healing practice!
by Susan on Nov 02
the best!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Deep Tissue
  • Trager Approach
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Other

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