Amber Van Winkle LMT
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and have always considered this my home and the place I love. I have lived all over the Western US but I always knew I would return to live here. As a young person, I swam competitively and unfortunately injured my shoulder at age 16. I was told by my doctor that I could either give up the sport I loved or I could be in pain for the rest of my life. Massage and bodywork were not even on my radar at that time. Despite the pain, passion eventually called me back to coaching and teaching swimming which I did for 11 years. While I loved it, the pain was ever-present. I knew there must be a better way, I had not yet discovered it.
One day a loved one bought me a gift certificate for a massage for my birthday. The therapist worked on my shoulder and I was pain-free for the first time since I was 16. I was hooked! I decided to go to school and become a massage therapist. I attended The Milan Institute in San Antonio Texas. There I was very blessed to have exceptional teachers who helped me feed my new passion for therapeutic massage. Since then I’ve had the privilege of working with some highly experienced massage therapists who have been generous enough to mentor me. This kind of hands-on mentorship has been pivotal to my growth as an LMT. In 2014 I finally made it back to Oregon. Since then I have spent 4 years learning a form of shamanic healing based on somatic experiencing, and three years learning craniosacral therapy. I have also been enjoying the trails, lakes, beaches, coffee shops, and music here ever since I came back.
In 2011 I was trained as a reiki practitioner and have been a massage therapist since 2012. Since then I have experienced enormous shifts in my way of thinking about and applying massage and healing arts. I have moved from a thought process of deeper and harder techniques being most effective to a place of deep respect and awe of the body's own wisdom. My journey of the last 6 years has been in coming to see how the body can return to balance with gentle touch and facilitation from a caring and supportive practitioner. I’ve become fascinated with the mind, body, spirit connection and how recognizing ourselves as a holistic organism rather than a compartmentalized one, leads us to deeper healing. I have special training and skill in craniosacral therapy, a unique form of myofascial release, somatic work, prenatal massage, gua sha, cupping, neuromuscular therapy, burn scar release, and more. I am passionate about continuing to learn and evolve as a practitioner.
For me, healing work is a calling, every time I have tried to move away from it I have been called back. This world of alternative healing is big, expansive, and can be confusing. I’ve committed to navigating it with intention, intuition, and critical thinking and that is how I’m committed to showing up for each client who steps into my treatment room.