Iona River, LMT

Portland's choice for deep, intuitive healing

I have been on a beautiful, blossoming journey as a massage therapist and healer for over two decades. I'm very fortunate and grateful to have found my soul purpose and calling. I opened my private practice in 1996 in the Hollywood District, where my studio is still located.   

Please scroll down for highlights of my education, experience and specialties. 

My training and experience is diverse and my style of bodywork is intuitive, creative, grounded, eclectic and spiritual. I enjoy listening d...

I have been on a beautiful, blossoming journey as a massage therapist and healer for over two decades. I'm very fortunate and grateful to have found my soul purpose and calling. I opened my private practice in 1996 in the Hollywood District, where my studio is still located.   

Please scroll down for highlights of my education, experience and specialties. 

My training and experience is diverse and my style of bodywork is intuitive, creative, grounded, eclectic and spiritual. I enjoy listening deeply to clients verbally, non-verbally, through touch, heart and energy to customize each session to individual needs. 

I offer Craniosacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release for infants through adults, family-centered infant bodywork and infant massage and yoga instruction, relaxation/restorative/deep tissue Swedish massage for all, prenatal/birth/postpartum massage, Chi Nse Tsang abdominal massage, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Mayan Spiritual Healing, soul awakening/blossoming support, and guided meditation. I am an LGBTQ-affirming and competent practitioner, with a special focus on supporting transgender and gender diverse individuals. 

Connect with your authentic self and innate healing wisdom while being held gently in a state of rest and repair. Spending the majority of our time in the autonomic nervous system's parasympathetic state (rest and repair), along with heart and soul connection, is how we heal, love, blossom and thrive. My style of intuitive and holistic Craniosacral Therapy provides support, balance, and deep healing for the nervous system, thus all body systems are able to balance, align and heal. 

Benefits of receiving a healing session from Iona:
Alleviate symptoms of chronic illness (such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowl syndrome, arthritis, etc.)
Increase self-compassion and love
Awaken and connect with your innate healing wisdom
Reduce stress and learn how to shift into a normal baseline state of rest and repair
Heal trauma and release unhelpful patterns
Birth and gestational trauma healing (for infant and/or parents)
Birth empowerment 
Infant-family bonding through connecting and communicating with all the senses
Embodiment - a felt sense of being more fully in your body

Areas of specialty:
LGBTQ-affirming and competent practitioner
Trauma-informed care
Craniosacral therapy and SomatoEmotional Release for infants through adults
Prenatal, birth and postpartum craniosacral therapy and massage
Infant massage and yoga instruction
Guided meditation and Hypnotherapy
Limbic system repair and support to release chronic stress
Empowerment
Existential, gestational and birth healing
Intergenerational/ancestral trauma healing and wounding repair and release
Mayan spiritual healing
Soul awakening and purpose

I am committed to ongoing education, personal growth, spiritual practices, and daily self-love and compassion through self-care. I have continued to learn and grow through coursework and through receiving many different types of massage and other healing services (craniosacral therapy, chiropractic care, floatation tank floats, acupuncture, spiritual healing, mindfulness practices, yoga, personal retreats, etc.). I served as an independent birth doula for 13 years and I also taught infant massage group classes for over a decade. I am honored to be one of the pioneers of prenatal, birth, postpartum and infant bodywork in Portland, Oregon.

A few of my most beloved and impactful teachers and guides include my teenage son, infant clients, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amma, Rosita Arvigo, Kalena Babeshoff, Dr. Sheila Murphy, D.C., Mayan Spirit Goddess Ix Chel, and, of course, my wise and compassionate therapist. 


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Licenses
Massage

OR # 5728

Education
1996

East West College

Massage Therapy

1996

East West College

Transformational Hypnotherapy (150 hours)

1996

East West College

Polarity Therapy

2017

East West College

Chi Nse Tsang for the Abdomen

2015

East West College

Cupping and Gua Sha

1999

Upledger Institute

Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy; Craniosacral I & II; SomatoEmotional Release I & II; Therapeutic Imagery & Dialogue

2000

Sheila Murphy, D.C.

Infant Bodypsychotherapy/Craniosacral Therapy, family-centered approach and trauma healing

1997

Foundation for Healthy Family Living

Infant Massage Communication Instructor Certification Training

1997

Frank Coppieters, Reiki Master

Reiki I

1997

Oregon School of Massage: Portland

Prenatal and postpartum massage; Massage for Birthing

2008

Hypnobabies

Hypnobabies Childbirth Educator

2009

Itsy Bitsy Yoga

Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor

2011

The Arvigo Institute, LLC

Spiritual Healing in Belize with Rosita Arvigo

Experience
Bodywork

Craniosacral Therapy

Specializing in infant through adult Craniosacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release since 1999.

Swedish

I have been developing and honing my skills and techniques as a private practice LMT offering many forms of massage since graduating from East West College of the Healing Arts in 1996. Please see my Education section for specifics.

Pregnancy

I have specialized in prenatal, postpartum, birth, fertility/pre-conception, and infant Craniosacral Therapy and massage for over two decades. I am proud to be one of Portland's pioneering LMTs specializing in prenatal, birth, postpartum and infant care.

Breitenbush Hot Springs

Served as an on call LMT providing bodywork services to Breitenbush guests and staff from 1997 to 2001.

Private Practice LMT

Owned and operated a private practice since October 1, 1996. Currently operating as Rainbow Spectrum Healing Arts in the Hollywood District of Portland, Oregon since Spring 2019. Previously operated as "River Healing for all stages of life" from 1996 to 2019, and my former name was Carol River, LMT.

LGBTQ, Sex-Positive and BDSM/kink aware

I'm a queer woman with a passion for supporting fellow LGBTQ identifying individuals, with a special focus on bodywork for transgender and gender diverse individuals-- tweens through adults. I also support sex-positivity and I'm a kink/BDSM accepting and informed practitioner.

Meditation

Guided meditation

Student of meditation and spiritual awakening for over two decades, most notably with teachers Thich Nhat Hanh and Amma. I also began practicing the Dynamic Neural Re-training System-- DNRS-- techniques as a student of Annie Hopper in late winter 2019 to re-wire my limbic system and to release old patterns and trauma held in my nervous system.

Wellness

Birth Doula

I served as an independent birth doula from 1999 to 2012.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork or Hypnotherapy services

by Ösel on Dec 02
Transformational! She is pure magic—patient, gentle, tuned-in, authentic, and joyful. I can’t say enough good things about Iona. I felt safe and held enough to do some deep releasing and am so grateful. One thousand stars!
by Anonymous on Oct 21
Made my back feel so much better! Thanks!
by Jennifer on Oct 17
A very lovely experience from a trusted and very skilled, intuitive practitioner. Location, space, ease of scheduling, and above all, the masterful abilities of Iona are some of the many reasons I will be returning. Thank you!
by Anonymous on Sep 30
I have been going to Iona for over 20 years and she is always warm and caring. Nice extra touches i.e. hot packs to warm you and scents that relax.
by Anonymous on Sep 27
Iona is so soft spoken. And flexible. I loved that! Plus, I really needed my body touched therapeutically! Thanks again!
by Amanda on Sep 26
Iona brings so much love and care through her massage! It is a powerfully healing and revivifying experience!
by Anonymous on Sep 25
Iona has a calming presence that made me feel at ease. She has great skills and intuitive touch, and she listens. I left feeling so much better and I will be back soon!
by Anica on Sep 25
Iona was so in tune with what my body and mind needed that she adjusted her method as she went through my service. The result was that I left there feeling more grounded, refreshed, and balanced mentally but also had less pain physically. This was the first massage I’ve had that felt like both bodywork and therapy. I highly recommend Iona! Additionally, I definitely suggest adding the CBD oil to your service if you need extra relaxation or pain management.
by Anonymous on Sep 24
I found Iona to have a gentle yet intelligent and direct touch that let me have my own inner emotional and physical experience. I would go back and I recommend her.
by Marcy on Sep 21
Best massage ever! Iona is very intuitive and has magic hands. She listens, is nurturing and has mad massage skills. Pure bliss!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Mobile Craniosacral Therapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Mobile Pregnancy Massage
  • Other
  • Medical Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Reiki
  • Myofascial Release

Hypnotherapy

  • Other

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