My name is Beth Fuegy. I am a Massage Therapist and Structural Integration Practitioner. I received my bodywork education through East West College of the Healing Arts and my Structural Integration training though KMI (Kinesis Myofascial Integration). Born and raised in Portland, I attended art schools where I focused in dance. I used my dance experience and energy to teach children ballet, tap, movement and preschool activity programs through Portland Parks and Recreation. During that time I began studying to become a licensed massage therapist and graduated from East West in 2008. After a wonderful time teaching preschool and being a childcare provider I focused on massage and bodywork. My practice has focused on how the body works and how to help it work better through massage. Although I love the work I do in massage, Structural Integration(SI) brought a new kinesthetic awareness more akin to what I felt in my earlier years of dancing. SI continues to drive me forward and push me to learn more about anatomy, and proprioception, the way our bodies sense the world. In massage I specialize in Deep Tissue bodywork to help people release pain, stress and tension and to better balance the body as a whole. Whether the issue is a specific injury or general relaxation, my goal is to improve each client’s well being.
In December 2013 I graduated from KMI to become a Board Certified Structural Integration practitioner. The focus of this work is to initiate change for better posture, easier movement, increase in energy and resilience in the body and to heighten awareness of how your own body works. It has a set framework and set amount of time to work with the body, but the effects and changes continue on even after we are done with each session as your body begins to change itself.
My own story with Structural Integration(SI) really began with the book Anatomy Trains by Thomas Meyers. I was trying to find a book to help me look at injury patterns differently. A teacher recommended this book. It wasn’t quite what I had in mind, but I kept reading and found something new and different and intriguing. In Anatomy Trains he had mapped out a new way to look at the body through fascial connections. I wanted to be able to use this information to help me work better and more efficiently, but needed guidance. I was lucky enough to have the KMI program, which Thomas Meyers had founded, come to Portland for a year to get my training. Before I started the program I received an SI 12 series. It is a series of 12 SI sessions which are taught through KMI (there are other schools of SI such as Hellerwork, Soma, Rolf Inst.). I had been having an issue with my neck. Besides the fact the it always hurt it was starting to seize up occasionally, to the point that I could not move my head. I kept stretching and doing my core exercises and everything that I thought I should be doing. Neck massage didn’t make a difference for more than short period. It was one of the issues I wanted to be addressed in the series. By the end of my series, which took place over about 7 months my neck was no longer seizing up. A year and a half later I have not had an episode or even an inkling that the issue is coming back. I am 1/4 inch taller than I was before starting my series and I find many of my exercises that are based in dance to come to me more easily.
I look forward to working with you as a therapist in bodywork or as a partner in changing your body through SI.