My name is Anastasia Brencick and I have been a massage therapist here in Washington state since 1996. I enjoy it so much and can’t imagine doing anything else! I received my training at Seattle Massage School in Seattle with my focus in mind/body integration.
I received a bachelor’s degree in social work and studied in Mexico and Central America . I spent 10 years in the domestic violence field, offering advocacy to women and children, leading support groups for lesbian/bi/questioning women in violent relationships and became an educational coordinator for new employees and volunteers at a confidential domestic violence shelter.
As a massage therapist, I have worked in a chiropractic office, integrative clinic, a health center and am now in private practice in Anacortes. I have a background in treatment focused medical massage. I have been so enamored with the opening and unfolding that often accompanies a good bodywork session for folks, that I got my Masters degree at Lesley University in 2008 in an independent study integrating applied psychophysiology and massage.
I have certifications in Thai massage, pre and postnatal massage and am a Focusing teacher certified with The Focusing Institute. I’m currently finishing my studies in Somatic Experiencing, another method working with those who are suffering from the effects of trauma, be it from personal, social, cultural or intergenerational origins.
Within the last few years I have used writing as a way to express what I am experiencing, both personally and professionally. Writing has been a gift, allowing me to find clarity and a new voice or perspective that I might not have otherwise known. As a woman who has dealt with years of infertility, I found myself often at a loss for words when describing how I was doing. How does one articulate the feel of loss and grief of someone you have never met? I share this with you, a kindred spirit in the quest for wholeness, for joy, for peace and for the deep connection I know we all have. We are intricately connected to something with infinite grace, love and compassion.