Women's Pelvic Health
Community Somatic Movement
Advanced Bodywork Classes (ceu)
Roxanne O'Hara she/her
LMT, Herbalist, Educator
OBMT license #18908
Please note: My schedule at this time is quite full. I am accepting new clients on a case-by-case basis. If you are working with pelvic health issues, trauma healing, post breast cancer, chronic pain issues, or are a student of mine please contact me to consult and decide if I'm the right fit for you. Otherwise please take a look at the offerings of my colleagues who, at this time, have openings sooner than I will.
I've been practicing massage and bodywork since 2002 when I graduated from Heartwood Institute of Massage in the mountains of Northern CA.
I grew up in a small farm town in eastern CA and had very little exposure to massage or natural healing. I was given the gift, however, of spending a great deal of time outside in nature as a young person and found that I had a strong connection with places and plants.
I've studied somatic approaches, cranial sacral, myofascial release, prenatal/postpartum, and women's health at length. I have also studied how trauma is stored within and released from the body and worked with many many people over the past 19 years to reshape their relationships with pain, their body experience, and their ability to be present in the world using simple and profound methods of bodywork. Over those years I have developed and deepened my relationship with plant medicine and spent time as a clinical herbalist in a medical clinic in addition to developing a strong personal practice of working with herbs. For me the healing work I do is very much my life's work. It embodies my spirituality, creativity, intellect, and connection. I am humbled and grateful to be able to practice healing as a profession.
Early in 2020 I relocated from Eugene, OR to the Portland area. It has been a difficult but fruitful year of transition. I've recently begun teaching massage at East West College, and am developing RituaLuna Wellness as a beautiful, safe, and inspiring healing space that I can share with the community.
For nearly 20 years I have devoted myself to healing arts practices including subtle bodywork, energy work, embodied anatomy, dance, somatics, and herbal medicine.
I have gradually synthesized my offerings into a method of gentle and intuitive myofscial bodywork that holds and respects the whole person; always meeting clients where they are while gently encouraging profound growth, deep lasting change, inner and outer freedom, and a renewed relationship with body, mind, and spirit.
I have found that when we are allowed and witnessed in the full depth of our existence we are able to return to freedom and ease. There are many pieces to put back together to create the wholeness that we seek. Thinking, feeling, relationships, livelihood, physical restrictions in our bodies, biochemical factors, nutrition, sense of place, personal traumas and intergenerational traumas all play a part in our healing work. The healing journey is complex and ever-changing but it can also be profoundly simple. We are strong and resilient beings descended from untold generations of survivors. It is in our very essence to become whole, to live life with vigor, greatness, and joy.