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 US BACK TO CENTER


Elya Rowa, licensed massage therapist and member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (abmp.com).


In 1990 I graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage, named one of the nation's most prestigious massage schools by USA Today. 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.  Additionally, I went on to become certified in Neuro-linguis...

BRINGING US BACK TO CENTER


Elya Rowa, licensed massage therapist and member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (abmp.com).


In 1990 I graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage, named one of the nation's most prestigious massage schools by USA Today. 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.  Additionally, I went on to become certified in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) at the NLP Comprehensive in Boulder, Colorado. For nearly a decade, I had the honor and privilege of teaching and coaching communication and mind/body alignment strategies with people in there ever-evolving  life transitions.


All my work and learning's seems to revolve around interrupting long-held patterns and bringing more mobility to all we do and to all we can be in life - increasing quality and well being from within. 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, and more efficient choices to emerge.  


Specializing in deep tissue, prenatal/postnatal massage therapies and studying the Trager® Approach, 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!


I bring all these modalities together to better tailor each massage session to your ever-changing needs; relieving muscle tension, transitioning stress and anxieties into ease while creating pathways that tap your innate sense of well being. Ultimately, my intention is for you to take your session’s progress with you as you integrate it into your day-to-day living.


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 Joe on Dec 09
Elya is highly intuitive and deeply skilled- a perfect combination. One of the best body workers I’ve ever had, and as a former Rolfer myself, I’ve known many.
by Anonymous on Nov 28
Elya gives the best massage I have ever had
by Marcia on Nov 24
Always wonderful
by Anonymous on Nov 23
Elya is always present.
by Anonymous on Nov 12
Everything.
by Anonymous on Sep 20
For my first visit, Elya customized the session to my particular needs. She was kind, calm, reassuring, and very intuitive, putting me at ease. Combined with this high level of service, she provided a stellar massage that gave resonance to their name -- Amherst Healing Arts. Her goal is truly to heal and not just simply to give you a massage to make you feel better for a just a few hours. Instead, she and the rest of her team seem very committed to heal your specific ailments for the long term.
by Geoffrey on Aug 01
I have nothing but good things to say about the quality of Elya's work. The results, as far as my body's sense of healing and well being are concerned, have been exceptional. I feel stronger and younger . . . definitely grateful for this important opportunity to "get healthy."
by Haiying on Jun 24
What an amazing massage I had. My body feel connected to each other and feel so much loose. Elya has magic hands and big heart of love for her clients.
by Alan on Mar 26
Not only was there relief from back soreness/stiffness, but really feels like there is progress toward a structural shift. Amazing.
by Anonymous on Jan 29
Best ever!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Other
  • Trager Approach
  • Deep Tissue
  • Lymphatic Drainage