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Our team


Helene Shoen, LMT, MMP

As a partner in Body in Context, Helene helps clients get out of pain and reconnect with their body and boundaries.

Helene is a health and wellness geek and has extensive training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and manual therapy modalities, including everything from cadaver dissections to in-depth training for whiplash, nerve entrapment and rotator cuff issues and beyond.

She really loves understanding how the human body works and ways to help it return to balance. She’s always on the lookout for specialized therapeutic training that will allow her to better help her patients get out of pain and regain their lives.

Over the last decade Helene has been an instructor and guest lecturer at top therapeutic massage schools including Maui School of Therapeutic Massage, National Holistic Institute, and Ashland Institute of Massage.

 

 Teaching Breath and body workBrian Shoen, LMT, MMP, NCBTMB

As a partner in Body in Context, Brian works with a variety of clients from athletes to weekend warriors to desk jockeys: anyone in need of a new way to relate to the stresses of daily life. He helps his clients learn to actively re-pattern their stress response towards higher strength, adaptability and pain resilience and re-educate the way their neuromuscular system responds to daily demands.

Brian graduated from Maui School of Therapeutic Massage (MSTM) in 2011 with an 800 hr diploma in Massage Therapy and Integrated Medical Massage. He quickly was brought on staff at MTSM where he taught a variety of academic, bodywork, and movement classes. A dedicated lifelong learner, he has continued his massage education through a wide range of workshops and advanced training in both Eastern and Western bodywork systems. Brian also has a background in martial arts (Karate), yoga, tai chi and qi gong. Brian also has a BA in philosophy and an MA in second language education which he utilizes to help him communicate with his clients in whatever “language” they best understand.

As a NCBTMB Board Certified massage therapist, ADAPT certified movement educator, and Union Yoga certified partner yoga teacher, Brian employs a variety of bodywork, movement and mindfulness modalities selected to honor the individual as a whole, helping his clients to integrate body and mind for balance and health.

Maureen Boksa, Lomi Lomi, Therapeutic and Medical MassageMaureen Boksa, LMT

Moe believes very strongly in the body-mind connection and tailoring treatments to the needs of each client. Whether the time is right for deep overall relaxation, specialized injury work, improved body alignment, or movement of emotions, her approach is teamwork based. Working together with the client to achieve specific goals, treatments may always be modified before or during a session. The focus is to provide work deep into the tissues in a comfortable and productive way.

Moe uses integrated techniques, strongly influenced by traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. This work is characterized by long flowing strokes of the forearms, bringing deep therapeutic work all the way through the layers of the body to the level of the bones, which are considered the ‘mana’ or origin of life force, in Hawaiian tradition.

This style of work is fluid and soothing, each movement having specific intention. There is constant attention to detail and the entire body is addressed, acknowledging the importance of the anatomical, physiological, and emotional connections that extend from head to toe. This work is suitable for all types of massage clients, from those looking to relieve and reinvent chronic body pattern stressors, to those with acute personal, sport, work, or motor vehicle injuries.

 

NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED HEALTH & WELLNESS COACH (NBC-HWC)Kathy Damas, Be Light Health Coaching

National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)

Have you ever taken a step toward a healthier lifestyle but found yourself right back at the beginning after a few weeks? Whether your goal is to eat better, increase physical activity, reduce stress, or get a better night’s sleep, Kathy partners with you to develop a tailored plan and creates small, smart goals to get you where you want to be. Kathy does not diagnose, treat, or prescribe but is there to work in tandem with your Be Light Health Coaching, Kathy Damas, Talent, Southern Oregonhealthcare team if needed.

Kathy is an ever-curious late-blooming runner and founded Be Light Health Coaching after making mid-life health changes of her own. This experience makes her especially patient and passionate about supporting others on their unique wellness journeys. She encourages experimentation, small steps, and the 80/20 rule, which she defines as “doing our best while embracing being perfectly imperfect”.

Kathy is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), one of just 2,300+ in the world and the only coach with this credential in the region., Kathy’s training and experience is administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners and meets the national standards for her profession. She’s a Master Certified Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in biology and is currently studying to become a certified Lifestyle Medicine Coach through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Find out more about Kathy and schedule a free 20 minute discovery call at: belighthealth.com

 

 

Sam Vittoria, CHP

Create Lasting Change

Sam Vittoria Mindfulness-Based Somatic Counseling Ashland OregonAs a Mindfulness-Based Somatic Counselor, I offer an alternative to traditional psychotherapy. I use a mindful, body-based approach that is effective with a wide range of issues. Whether you are looking to heal old traumas, resolve difficult emotions, create healthier behaviors, improve your relationships, or live more from your true potential, I can help. This work gets to the heart of the matter where deep change is possible.

An Unconventional Approach to Counseling

Unlike traditional counseling, I spend more time working within the context of your present experience, rather than “talk” oriented therapy. I show you how to be mindful in ways that allows you to connect to the deeper parts of your self, which is essential for deep change to take place.

I teach you how to use your own strengths and capacities as a powerful pathway to resolve the inner obstacles that get in the way of fully engaging in life.

The scope of this work is also bigger than any single issue or event. Among other powerful tools, this work helps you identify your own inner wisdom and resilience to create lasting positive change in your life.


Sam Vittoria, Mindfullness based somatic counseling, CHP Hakomi, southern oregon

To connect with Sam, find out more about workshops, schedule an appointment or a set a time for a free consultation visit samvittoria.com