Loosen Up Massage Therapy  
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About Me

     Like so many people I know, I spent a lot of time wondering what I “wanted to be when I grew up.”  A tough decision for anyone, but even harder for someone with an eye disease. 

At age eight I was diagnosed with Stargaurdts, a juvenile form of Macular Degeneration.  From fourth to fifth grade, I went from being able to read the board across the room, to reading nothing in the front of the room.  This was a very confusing time for me, but I did adapt and figured out how to get by.  I still played sports for many more years, point guard in basketball, and pitcher in softball, where many people would ask me “how do you do that?”  I remember trying to explain to people that it's not about your sight, it is all in how it feels.  You know when you throw a strike by the feeling in the motion of your body, the catcher’s mitt was only there to catch my ball, not my guide.  I later stopped all other sports and began dancing in a company where I found my love for the human body and how it moves.  I eventually found my way to a Human Physiology major at the U of O, where I became obsessed with the body even more. 

Massage Therapy was always in my life growing up, it was the only treatment that really helped my dad overcome a shoulder injury.   I started practicing massage on my family and friends and realized what a gift I have been given, I touch to see.  This was the first time I could accept my eye disease, and then understood how I could use it to help others.  I have felt blessed every day since embarking upon this fulfilling new path in my life's journey.

I love giving massages and facilitating healing sessions and I am profoundly grateful for this ability and the opportunity to be of service. It is a joyful, creative and honest expression of who I am. I am passionate about and inspired by the effects of massage, touch, and breathwork to help people to relax and to heal.

          The techniques I use in my work include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Lomilomi, Sports Massage, stretching and body awareness.  I combine these with my knowledge and intuitive touch, making each session unique and hand-tailored to your individual needs.  To learn more about techniques I use please visit the services page.  


Thank you for reading! I look forward to working with you soon.

Emily Bartel

Oregon Licensed Massage Therapist

LMT #15893

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