Tanya Woods has been teaching yoga since 2000, and continues to deepen her own practice both on and off the mat. She is a certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor, and has finished an additional 200 hour yoga alliance certified training with Sarah Joy Marsh in Portland, OR. Tanya teaches an intuitive flow based in therapeutic principles. She specializes in prenatal and mama and baby yoga classes. Tanya works as in a variety of modalities in her massage practice that include cranio-sacral, reiki, shamanic, bodywork, Motor vehicle rehabilitation, swedish, prenatal and postpartum. Each of her sessions is unique since it is based on intuitive as well as logical assessment. Tanya's intention is to create a space where clients feel safe and nurturtured in an environment where we work together for their healing and ultimate health.
Based on the thinking of Japanese style acupuncture, I try to bring a balance to a person as a whole in the beginning of the treatment session, then move onto specific local areas that need an attention at the given moment. I usually spend a good amount of time to listen to the patient at each session, and the majority of a treatment session is done in a hands-on style. I combine various axially modalities in addition to needle acupuncture including moxibustion, cupping, Tuina massage, gua sha, Teishin, Sotai movement therapy, electro-current therapy, dietary & supplement education, and Qi Gong therapy to customize my treatment in order to achieve the optimal guidance for the individual patient. Additionally, I am also a certified practitioner for NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques). With NAET treatments, I hope to help patients with complicated and/or severe allergies and sensitivities, which significantly affect quality of life for many. Native from Japan, I have been enjoying living in Oregon for over two decades. Before choosing the path of Oriental Medicine, I practiced a various styles of yoga including Astanga and Shadow Yoga for years and completed a 3-year yoga teacher training at Yoga Shala in 2009 with Matt Huish. Having worked in corporate environments, I understand how easy to get into a potentially self-destructive habitual pattern. I hope to work with people who seek for a transformation toward more grounded perception and receptivity in order to enjoy their lives more deeply while enhancing individual’s innate healing capacity. I graduated from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with an MAcOM and also holds an MA in Asian Studies from University of Oregon. While I am not engaged in medicine and healing, I enjoy rock climbing, yoga, qigong, being in the nature, craft work, sewing, cooking and calligraphy.
My approach to wellness is inspired by cultivating a loving connection among the body, mind, and spirit. While there are many ways to construct these bridges, I believe that massage is truly a special healing experience. Each of us is a unique being; our feelings and emotions are dynamic and this is reflected in our physical bodies. No one knows you better than you do, so my goal as a massage therapist is to listen to you, to meet you where you are, and together, discover what balance is for you and your body. I draw energy and inspiration through movement, spending time in nature, and allowing time for stillness. My time spent as a yoga instructor, working on a farm and providing child care has cultivated a sense of compassion that informs this work. In my practice, I enjoy the integration of relaxation, deep tissue, the breath, myofascial release, Thai massage, aromatherapy, sound healing and energy work to create a holistic and therapeutic experience. I love the authenticity and personal connections that this work inspires. Each day I get to discover something new, and I am humbled to know that my learning has just begun. I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to share healing touch. I believe that our bodies have the inherent wisdom to heal. When this patience and space is honored, wellness can reveal itself and we can truly thrive as human beings!
My intention through all of my work is to facilitate and support individuals in realizing that they are the source of their own healing and well-being. No two massages that I give are ever the same; they are each specifically tailored to individual needs, and are a blend of all of the modalities that I have been trained in providing. I have over 10,000 hours of training and clinical experience since 2002. As my practice has grown, I have had the opportunity to successfully treat many conditions and alleviate symptoms associated with a wide variety of musculoskeletal pain, hormonal imbalance, and digestive issues.
I have been practicing facets of holistic wellness for over a decade, with much of my early work centering around sustainable food systems and food relationships as an integral part of health. I became passionate about helping others with digestive assimilation and sought out massage therapy to be of better service. Through this process, my focus expanded from solely abdominal work to seeking balance in all tissues, energies, and emotions, using Chi Nei Tsang as a key tool. In 2012, I graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR, with focus therapies in Tui Na and structural bodywork. Shortly after, I interned with an Ayurvedic bodyworker on Kauai, learning Abyhangha and Ayurvedic treatments. Additionally, I have received training in Reiki I and II, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. Using intuitive sense, I approach every session uniquely, holding a grounded and safe space for each client. I value the therapeutic potency that comes from blending multiple healing philosophies, allowing me to focus on supporting connected and balanced relationships between mind, body, and nourishment. Through this, my aim is to help clients develop a deeper personal awareness and step more fully into the power of their own health.
A Portland native, I am head over heels in love with this city and committed to the service of bringing healing to its residents. In working with each patient, I explore physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects contributing to the current imbalance. I have a particular focus on gentle, yet effective, treatments. My first Master’s degree was in genetics and I worked as a prenatal, pediatric and cancer genetic counselor before realizing that while I was helping others, my true calling was in healing others. Or rather, helping others heal themselves by tapping into the body-mind’s innate wisdom to heal itself. I received my second Master’s degree, a MAcOM, from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. While at OCOM, I studied tuina, foot reflexology and shiatsu styles of bodywork, and became a certified Qigong instructor. Following graduation, I did an internship at several hospitals in Nanjing, China, as well as an herbal internship in Bozhou, China. I have volunteered with the Acupuncture Relief Project treating patients in rural Nepal and my hope is to volunteer there again soon. Among the things I enjoy are travel, reading, sunshine and construction projects. My pronouns are they/them. I accept motor vehicle accident and workers compensation claims and am in-network with many health insurance carriers. Please contact me before making an appointment if you plan to use insurance benefits.
The body gives us constant feedback that can inform our vigor. My gentle, focused approach combines Eastern and Western modalities led by intuition and deep listening. I support you toward pain-free wellness, increased immune health, and potential for ease and joy. Touch leads to keener awareness and gives us information about the past and present. All forms of work with the body: exercise, stretches, breathing, nutrition, and massage support our vitality. In most traditional cultures their importance was considered fundamental to health care. Supporting others along their journey is a delight. I will support you through transitions of all kinds and understand the nature of our lives as constant change. Diagnosed with a brain tumor at a young age, I was forced to choose how to cope. I like working creatively with you toward your best self and welcome the opportunity to work with children and their families. Along the windy path, I taught writing and integrative studies, have volunteered with Hospice, worked with immigrants and refugees, and lived as a Peace Corp Volunteer in the Philippines. I continue to offer the occasional creative workshop. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, dog, friends and family―especially hiking in the forest and wandering beaches. I like to cook, garden, read, write, and be near water.