Michele Stokes

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Hi,

    My name is Michele Stokes.  I have been a Massage Therapist and Movement Instructor and Trainer for over many years.  I got interested in these fields through my study of Dance.  I studied English and Dance in college and love movement and the way it made me feel.  After college I started teaching dance.  That led to teaching Fitness and Movement Classes, which then lead to doing Bodywork.  I haven't ever stopped.  I have trained in multiple modalities and plan on studying many more. 

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Hi,

    My name is Michele Stokes.  I have been a Massage Therapist and Movement Instructor and Trainer for over many years.  I got interested in these fields through my study of Dance.  I studied English and Dance in college and love movement and the way it made me feel.  After college I started teaching dance.  That led to teaching Fitness and Movement Classes, which then lead to doing Bodywork.  I haven't ever stopped.  I have trained in multiple modalities and plan on studying many more. 

For my undergrad studies, I went to the University of Oregon.  For Bodywork,  I attended East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon.   I hold an Oregon License in both Massage Therapy and Facial Technology.   For movement and Fitness, I have many YMCA certifications such as Fitness Specials and Strength and Conditioning.  For many years, I held group exercise certifications through the YMCA and ACE.   I hold Yoga Certifications through Yogafit, and I am a Certified Stott Pilates Mat and Reformer Trainer.  I have also trained and taught many classes that are specifically held for folks with Parkinson's Disease.  

The Bodywork techniques I specialize in are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Trigger Point, Pre Natal, Hot Stone and I also incorporate some Reflexology, Reiki and Myofascial Release into my work. 
For Movement modalities, I currently specialize in Strength and Conditioning, Mat and Reformer Pilates and Yoga.   I am also trained and can teach Dance Aerobics, Step Aerobics, Water Aerobics and I have also taught and worked extensively in Parkisons Exercise.  

I currently have my own Private Bodywork Practice in Portland, Oregon.  At this location, I also do Private Pilates/Yoga Sessions including a Pilates Reformer if needed or wanted by the client.  

I have quite a few hobbies and interests as well.   I love to walk and hike with my dog, take fun dance classes and Zumba classes etc.  I am also a huge reader.  My English degree comes out in that.  I volunteer at the Friends of the Library at our Central Library and could spend all day talking about and recommending good books.  I also love to cook great Veggie Food and study up on other Wellness practices.  I live with my husband and dog in se Portland and have a step- daughter in Grad School in North Carolina.  

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Where I Work
Available Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Licenses
Massage

OR # 5317

Stott Pilates Certified Mat and Reformer Trainer

# 5317

Yogafit Level 1,2, and 3

# 5317

Education
1992

University of Oregon

Bachelor's of Arts in English and Dance

1995

East West College of the Healing Arts

Massage Therapy

2012

Cosmotology Careers Unlimited

Facial Technology

2002

Marylhurst University

Psychology and Dance Therapy/ Post Back

Experience
Bodywork

Chair Massage

I have been performing Chair Massage at work sites and Health Fairs etc. for at least 20 years. I have watched Webinars, trained and onsite and have taken a 1 day training. I provide it all: music, lotion, essential oils, easy payment and a great Chair Massage.

Deep Tissue

I have attended many trainings on Deep Tissue and Injury related Bodywork. I have also worked in many Wellness clinics sharing knowledge and practice with Chiropractors, Naturopaths and Acupuncturists. I have worked on clients with Athletic injuries, car accidents, work injuries etc. I practice trigger point and myofascial release as well.

Myofascial Release

Both through my Pilates Training and my Bodywork training, I have a great knowledge of the fascial in the body and how it affects our muscles and pain and movement in our daily life. I always incorporate Myofascial work in my Bodywork Sessions.

Hot Stone Massage

I have been to 2 different Hot Stone Massage Trainings and have made my own version of the two. I have done a lot of Hot Stone Massage both in my Private Practice and at a Spa I worked out for a long time. It is a great treatment for the winer, and for releasing muscle tension and relaxation.

Sports Massage

I have been to trainings for Sports Massage and have worked on many Dancers and Athletes during recovery from injuries and before and after Sports Events. I have been a Massage Therapist for the Portland Marathon, Seattle to Portland Bike Ride, Hood to Coast Relay and for Dancers before and after performances.

Swedish

I have been doing Swedish Massage for over 24 years. I always incorporate some Swedish Massage in every Bodyworks Session.

Thai Massage

I have been through an awesome Table Thai Massage training. In this training, you incorporate Thai Stretches in with your table Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage. My clients love the big stretches. It is great for flexibility and releasing tension. I hope to do more Thai Massage Training.

Trigger Point Therapy

I have taken Trigger Point Therapy Training and still reread the book on a regular basis. There always so much to know and add to your work. I love to mix Trigger Point Work where needed intermingled with my Swedish/ Deep Tissue Bodyworks Sessions.

Pregnancy

I offer Side Lying Pre Natal Massage. I have been through training with Aveda with the Spa work I have had and love to work with this population. I have also work with this population with Yoga and Pilates Sessions.

Yoga

Hatha

I have been to many Yoga trainings and workshops over the last 2 decades and have done extensive training in Hatha and Vinyasa through Yogafit. I love Yoga and practice almost daily myself. I have taught group classes for over 15 years and offer Private Sessions in my office.

Fitness

Other

I have been a Dance, Fitness and Movement Instructor for over 20 years. I studied Dance in college and have taken dozens of trainings in all kinds of modalities, including Aerobics, Fitness Specialist, Step, Spin, Water Exercise, Strength and Conditioning, Yoga, Pilates and Parkinson's Exercise.

Pilates

Pilates/ Yoga

I am a Stott Pilates Certified Mat and Reformer Trainer. I have also trained through Yoga Fit and have taken a Pilates for Health Care Professionals Training. I have been teaching Mat Pilates for over 15 years and also do Private Sessions at my office. I also incorporate Yoga, Foam Rolling and other Strength work in my sessions depending on what the client needs.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Chair Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Deep Tissue

Pilates

  • Pilates/ Yoga

Yoga

  • Yoga

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