Elizabeth Ruff

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”- John Muir

With a wealth of experience as an Certified Advanced Soma Practitioner, Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist, founder of SomaYoga Teacher Training and lifelong movement lover, I understand healing powers of play and love. Are you a CrossFit athlete in pain? A long distance runner wanting more speed and efficiency? A Licensed Mental Health Therapist needing to release the Somatic holding of the deep work you offer? A surgeon with strain and pain from holding peoples...

With a wealth of experience as an Certified Advanced Soma Practitioner, Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Licensed Massage Therapist, founder of SomaYoga Teacher Training and lifelong movement lover, I understand healing powers of play and love. Are you a CrossFit athlete in pain? A long distance runner wanting more speed and efficiency? A Licensed Mental Health Therapist needing to release the Somatic holding of the deep work you offer? A surgeon with strain and pain from holding peoples lives? Look no further. I can support you. 


I bring experience of my own physical journey through pain and dysfunction to support you on your path to your best self. Before I focused on yoga and bodywork, I sought to better understand and seek connection with the natural world. To that end, I earned a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resources from Colorado State University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. I have guided in the mountains of Alaska, massaged in Mexico, taught yoga internationally and been driven by a deep sense of my personal mantra: I Effortlessly Direct my Playful Light with Wisdom. 

In 2003 I completed my first massage and Reiki course at the Gate Key Institute of Mind-Body Therapy. I also completed my first yoga teacher training at Kalani on the Big Island of Hawaii. In Hawaii, I also finished trainings in Polarity Therapy and Thai massage. In the years since I have completed my E-RYT 500 yoga teacher trainings. In 2010 I brought all my previous experience and training to my studies with the SOMA Institute of Neuromuscular Integration. Today, I celebration the completion of my Advanced SOMA practitioner certification. I focus on a practice that helps people experience long lasting relief from pain and greater joy in life.  I have a bodywork practice, teach yoga, lead seasonal wellness retreats, practice aromatherapy, founder of SomaYoga teacher training, and am co-founder of the Shanti Center LLC in Bellingham, Washington. Playtime finds me with my 7yr old son, 3yr old daughter and partner outside as much as possible, enjoying all the maritime & mountain beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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Where I Work
Licenses
Massage

WA # MA60182357

Education
2010

Soma Institute

Soma Neuromuscular Integration

REVIEWS for my Bodywork or Yoga services

by Karen on Aug 30
Elizabeth always does a check-in and makes you feel welcome and heard. I feel better just stepping in the treatment room.
by Alaina on Aug 13
Elizabeth is gold. For years she has been the lynchpin in my health care team. Elizabeth is welcoming and vibrant and holds space for authentic healing. With decades of experience in a variety of modalities, Elizabeth is intuitive in her approach to treatment, which makes her highly effective at resolving pain caused by myofascial imbalances. She has helped me through two massive injuries, kept my body from breaking while I was pushing to its limits, and healed me on so many levels. She is deeply educated and committed to both sound movement biomechanics and physical-psycho-emotional connection as it relates to the tension patterns we hold in our tissues. In addition to her integrated body work, Elizabeth teaches the kind of yoga/breath work that changes you from the inside out and provokes a paradigm shift towards deep health. Her empathic awareness is unparalleled. Elizabeth is the most integrated practitioner I’ve met in Bellingham. She is pure wisdom and grace with a kickass ability to speak truth. It is a privilege to have her in my corner and recommend her to anyone committed to the process of learning a higher quality self care.
by Connie on Jul 30
Elizabeth is deeply skilled at her craft, and is additionally a truly wonderful person. If you have any knots of tension, she will find them! My husband always says I come home with a long willowy neck after a bodywork session.
by Tsena on Apr 02
Elizabeth is so knowledgeable about the health and disease states of the body. I know I am in good hands. I only wish I had started this series with her years ago!
by Ken on Mar 05
She is knowledgeable about many aspects of medicine and the mind/body connections. She can find places that are causing pain or need attention and make it better. I would give her 10 stars if I could.
by Steven on Dec 22
Elizabeth has amazing skill at reading the body and sticking with stuck tissue until it releases
by Stacey on Jul 29
I had hip pain since giving birth to my oldest child, met Elizabeth 6 years after and was out of pain after ONE session. If you want to address your pain pattern and see results, book an appointment!
by Emily on Apr 18
Elizabeth is great at addressing the areas of my body that need a bit more focus while teaching to my skill and ability level. She is wonderful to work with!
by Amelia on Apr 02
Elizabeth is extremely knowledgeable, professional and helpful, I can't say that enough. I've dealt with years of chronic pain and have seen countless providers, some with great insights and treatments, and others just as stumped as I was. I can honestly say my body has never felt the type of healing it has before being referred to Elizabeth and starting our bodywork sequence. I have far less pain, overall and after activity/working out, I walk with more confidence and I'm more present in my body. She has literally changed my life and I couldn't be more grateful or recommend her more highly.
by Beatriz on Feb 27
Elizabeth always listens to my concerns and does exactly what my body needs. I’ve been seeing her for over a year now and each time I leave, I feel amazing. Thank you! Xoxo

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  • Soma Structural Integration
  • Interoral Massage

Yoga

  • Hatha

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