Lauren Swick LMT

Lauren graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon in 2004. She is a member of the Thai Healing Alliance International and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. In 2005 she began studying with Alli Lurie and the Baan Jai Center for Thai Massage and Education. In addition to her practice she also teaches privately and at East West College.

Following her passion to delve in deeper into the world of the Thai healing arts, she travelled to Thailand in September 2011 and again in 2015. There she studied Thai bodywork through the lens of Thai philosophy and the healing arts with master teacher Pichest Boonethumme in Hang Dong, Thailand and advanced Thai massage and bodywork techniques at Loi Kroh School of Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her main focus in continuing education studies are: advanced myofascial techniques through Advanced-Trainings with Til Luchau, and her focus — Thai massage & bodywork.

Why Thai massage?

I received my first Thai bodywork session in 2004 from my teacher Alli Lurie. When I floated up from the mat after the session I felt…transformed — like I was entirely free to move in which ever way I wanted to. I felt balanced and joyful and full of new energy. So began my journey to learn all I could about the Thai healing arts. I found that there is so much to learn, this journey will be life long.

Not only does Thai bodywork free up restrictions in the physical body, but it can also free up imbalances in the mental and energetic body, allowing for more profound change to take place. Clients often report feeling more mobile and ‘lighter’ after their session; as if an outer layer has been lifted away.

In my Thai bodywork sessions, I also incorporate elements from deep tissue/structural bodywork, guided proprioceptive awareness, breathwork, craniosacral therapy — whichever tools are called for the most benefit. The session unfolds as a conversation rather than a monologue. Whether you are recovering from an injury, dealing with chronic pain, looking to improve your flexibility / athletic performance or just wanting to maintain well being, we’ll work together to devise sessions that meet your particular needs. If you have any questions about any of these modalities, or any other inquires, feel free to call or send me an email.  

I feel incredibly blessed to work in a field where every day presents me with the opportunity to learn and transform. It is amazing how smart our human bodies are! They already know what they need in order to be well. My job is to be present, listen and find out what ‘language’ makes the most sense for each person, and their unique body. I feel so much gratitude for all of my amazing teachers and guides — some of the best being my clients and my students!