Isabel A. Spradlin
I opened my massage practice in July 2007 and from the beginning I have been committed to helping people resolve their injuries. This is my favorite kind of work and it's what keeps me interested and excited. I love what I do. I am truly engaged in my work and am constantly reading, learning, and practicing.
Teaching yoga didn't cross my mind until one of the fabulous women I practice with (Ellee!) suggested I take teacher training from her teacher, Diane Wilson. Three days later I had begun my training - that was in 2010 and we're still going strong. Diane as a human being and her four decades of teaching experience have changed my life in immesurable ways. There is no earthly way for me to repay what she has given me, so I am doing my best to pass it forward to others. I'm sure I will spend the rest of my life doing so.
In addition to my massage and yoga practice, I am passionate about helping practitioners connect with each other through Portland Health Alliance. I also spend as much time as I can hiking, biking, and generally enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I also regularly write fiction, as well as post genius missives on my wellness blog. I stay busy, apparently.
I received my B.A. from Lewis & Clark College and several years later attended East West College for my massage training. I was greatly influenced by my time with Debbie Taylor and Jonathan Primack, both of whom are highly accomplished therapists in their own practices. My style of massage reflects a melding of each of theirs, Jonathan's focusing primarily on the mechanics of the physical body and an innate and encyclopaedic knowledge of kinesiology, and Debbie's deeply rooted in Ayurvedic and East Asian tradition and learning. I am fortunate to have such deeply committed teachers and mentors and I strive to embrace the best of what they have taught me in my own practice.