To us, massage is not a special occasion, but rather necessary self-care to help one take care of themselves and others. Therapeutic bodywork is a lifestyle choice that supports your body’s ability to stay healthy and flexible. Our therapists hold the intention and are highly trained to help you get relaxed, centered and remove any barriers that may keep you stagnant.
While we work to provide a multi-sensory experience once you’re here, Root is not a fluffy-slipper, flower-petal kind of place. Our intention is to provide the highest quality therapeutic massage, with the option for sauna or tea, surrounded by a peaceful, grounded environment.
Gabriel Springsnow, LMT *
My passion for massage began over twelve years ago. My observances and experiences with the mind-body connection have led me to believe that posture and well-being are absolutely linked. I’ve found it is often unconscious muscle recruitment patterns that contribute to chronic “stuff” in the body. Having worked on many individuals of various ages and fitness levels – each with unique ailments – I’ve concluded that keeping our energy flowing is the name of the game for long-term body happiness. I enjoy facilitating a nice muscular and/or connective tissue reset with my clients, while encouraging more overall body awareness. I’d love to share postural or muscle tone observations, form some body alignment goals with you, or simply let you drift off into a pleasant massage induced trance. It is your session.
My typical style is a slow, Deep Tissue massage with some initial connective tissue assessment. I try to be very diligent to not massage deeper than your breath allows. I encourage my clients to be present and work with their breath – and to actively communicate what they are feeling at any given time. I blend together a variety of different modalities for an optimal and holistic experience. I enjoy using Myofascial work to unstick muscle layers from one another via the connective tissue. I also incorporate Craniosacral techniques for more emotionally centered work, and of course Swedish massage for some blissed out relaxation time.
It is my belief that part of professionalism in massage therapy is engaging in self-care activities that keep one’s mind and body centered, healthy and grounded. I do this through many different outlets, including teaching acro-yoga and rich dance scenes, exploring musical projects with my cello, and so much more.
It is truly my intention to help make the world a better place – one massage at a time. I look forward to working with you.
Aimee Lasich, LMT *
Aimee graduated from Portland Concord Career Institute massage program in 2008. Her education included 750 hours of training in different modalities – with focus on Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release. She has completed courses of continuing education in her areas of specialty and is constantly striving to grasp new techniques in the field of massage.
Aimee specializes mostly in Deep Tissue and injury treatment. Although she works deeply, her clients stay relaxed because of her slower, intentional style of mixing in Myofascial Release and Swedish techniques. She is very proficient in giving a relaxing massage to target muscles and smooth out the fascia while encouraging her clients to slip into a peaceful state. Aimee also enjoys working with pregnant mothers to target and relax areas that are in a contracted state to alleviate any pain or tension.
Through compassionate and careful listening she addresses physical and energetic issues, gently ushering your body toward its own natural healing abilities and opening up the potential for deep releasing of all kinds. Aimee strives to make each session on her table meaningful for your life that day, guiding your body toward peace, balance and relaxation. She encourages longer sessions to allow more time and space to explore these concepts and techniques.
Aimee is a native from Portland who enjoys all the hidden gems it has to offer. She has a 12-year-old son who is her complete world. In her free-time she enjoys candle making and crafting, playing softball and going to the batting cages, movie going, reading books and baking. She believes that true wellness involves harmony of the body, mind, and spirit and looks forward to meeting and working with you.
Katrina Meyer, LMT *
It was from injuries sustained during dance that Katrina tapped into her lifelong interest in healing and decided to pursue a career in Massage Therapy. Katrina moved to Portland from Boston where she graduated from a 750-hour Massage Therapy program at the Cortiva Institute, focusing on Swedish, Deep Tissue and Thai massage. She is also Reiki I and II certified. In her practice, Katrina focuses on relaxation and flow with Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue work. When not practicing massage, Katrina is a dancer, specializing in blues and Middle Eastern dance and is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction.
Tracy Mattner, LMT *
Licensed Massage Therapist & Certified Yoga Instructor
Tracy is a lifelong athlete, with a fascination for the human body and how it moves and changes. She brings this curiosity to every session, tailoring each treatment to the unique anatomy and specific goals of her client. She believes every person is an expert in their own body, and views massage as a partnership between client and therapist. Tracy encourages her clients to communicate their needs and desires at any point before, during, or after the treatment. She also respects the power of silence and wants her clients to have the rare opportunity to be fully immersed in their experience.
Tracy’s bodywork style blends Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point Therapy with Swedish Massage, often drawing on Thai and Craniosacral techniques. She’s also experienced in Prenatal and Sports Massage.
As a certified yoga instructor, Tracy skillfully recommends stretches and exercises for clients interested in taking their self-care experience to the next level.
Laura Taylor, LMT *
I’ve always had a passion for wellness, healing and stress reduction. I take an intuitive, comprehensive, holistic approach when looking at an individual’s wellbeing. My intention is to partner with you to help you accomplish your healing goals, integrating the body, mind and spirit (which I view as inseparable).
Utilizing a variety of techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage and Reiki, I design a unique plan tailored specifically to helping you rest, revitalize and rejuvenate. I also incorporate essential oils and aromatherapy into my sessions.
My journey landed me at East West College of the Healing Arts and I’ve completed over 800 hours of classes for my License of Massage Therapy. My background in health includes a BS in Health Promotion, with a focus on stress reduction. I also have an education in Regenerative Architecture, which examines how the environment can affect stress levels.
It is my honor and passion to use my knowledge to help others lead a life with better health.
Victoria Gates, LMT *
I got into the art of massage as a way to connect to my community and help heal through my hands. I like to listen to the body and let it tell me where to go. I utilize both intuition and simple technique, which flow together to create a harmony within, and help the body and mind communicate and find balance.
I find massage a time to quiet the mind, calm the nerves, let go of our daily tension, and simply breathe and be one with our selves.
Through a mixture of basic and comfortable therapeutic techniques and breath work, I try to create a smooth, steady and lasting experience for every client. I love to educate clients on the benefits of Deep Tissue and home care. I’ve been doing massage full-time for going on eight years now, and love that it continues to be a new experience with every client that walks through my door. I find there is something to learn from every individual, and human connection is the first step to communication. I’m honored to take part in your journey of a healthier and more balanced life style.
Kelly Conlin, LMT *
Kelly Lee grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Columbia University, and after graduating took a job at a New York City consulting firm serving nonprofits and foundations.
One day, staring into her computer screen as her upper back burned and her lower back ached, she decided to change directions and enroll in massage school in order to understand why she, and so many others, experienced pain just from sitting at a desk all day.
After receiving an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Studies from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, she began working in multiple settings – gym, day spa, and medical – and immediately sought further education to elevate her work. She has pursued extensive continuing study in goal-oriented modalities, long term mentorship with chiropractor Dr. George Russell, and is Certified in Medical Massage through the Swedish Institute, which she specializes in today. Having worked in several physical therapy and chiropractic settings, she loves helping office-workers, athletes and weekend warriors address their postural imbalances and aches and pains.
Kelly has a passion for getting the best results for anyone on her table. Clients comment that her work is strong, engaged, and thorough. Using both technique and intuition, she strives to get her clients where they want to go.
In her free time, she likes to swing dance, practice yoga, and eat her husband’s cooking. She recently moved to Oregon from New York City in order to be closer to the Pacific, her family, and trees.
Tressa Hoffman, LMT *
Licensed Massage Therapist & Chiropractic Assistant
Tressa was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up on a rhododendron nursery, which taught her to work with her hands at a young age. Surrounded by the aroma of flowers on the nursery, she was inspired to learn about Aromatherapy, which ultimately led her to a career in Massage Therapy. From a young age, Tressa developed a passion for assisting others a path of wellness.
A graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts, in 2009 Tressa completed her 801 hour program. Since then, she has worked in conjunction with chiropractors and other wellness practitioners focusing on acute and chronic injuries. Tressa specializes in Deep Tissue massage, GuaSha (IASTM, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), and Trigger Point therapy. With each session Tressa strives to be fully present with each client. She is passionate about listening to each client’s body and using the best combination of modalities for effective, therapeutic and relaxing work.
Tressa’s work has now inspired her to pursue a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant in conjunction with Massage Therapy and she is working towards this goal currently. In her free time you can find Tressa hiking, trail running, crafting and cooking.
*Currently accepts MVA (motor vehicle accident) clients