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Massage, lymphedema clinic returns to Estacada

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Shileigha Stephenson and Tamara Nielson are excited about the Oregon Massage and Lymphedema Clinic's new offerings.

Estacada's Oregon Massage and Lymphedema Clinic has recently reopened its doors and expanded its services.

Originally opened in 2007, the clinic initially offered massage therapy and lymphedema care. It had been closed since March while owner Tamara Nielson recovered from a car accident. The clinic has partnered with Abundant Life Wellness and Trillium Midwifery and Women’s Health to further expand the scope of its services.

The clinic, 386 S. Broadway St., consists of practitioners Tamara Nielson, Shileigha Stephenson, Gwendolyn Shearer and Laura Bartko.

“We’re excited about being able to offer the pregnancy care for women who want it,” Nielson said. “It’s awesome to have that here in Estacada. We’re really excited about it becoming more of a women’s clinic.”

Bartko was inspired to expand her practice, Trillium Midwifery and Women’s Health, to provide more women with convenient and close-to-home care.

She noted that women often were not getting the health services they needed as frequently as required.

“Health organizations recommend Pap smears at least every three years, but many women in Estacada have gone much longer, in part due to the inconvenience of scheduling elsewhere,” she said.

Bartko also offers home birth packages, prenatal and postpartum support and breastfeeding preparation classes.

Shearer is offering Nutrition Response Testing. This non-invasive process analyzes the body to determine the underlying causes of poor health.

Shearer is offering free consultations to determine candidacy for the program.

Additionally, Shearer is a certified craniosacral therapist. Craniosacral therapy involves a light touch that accesses the cerebral spinal fluid rhythm to treat trauma and stress.

The clinic continues to offer a variety of massage treatments. Stephenson specializes in deep tissue, DeepFeet Bar Therapy for foot massage, migraine and headache therapy and Swedish massage.

Stephenson offers services that are beneficial “whether you need relief from chronic or immediate pain issues, or just need to take time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate.”

Nielson is not currently taking massage clients but continues to offer reiki treatment, which seeks to activate the body’s natural healing processes by channeling energy to the patient via touch, as well as lymphedema treatment.

Nielson sees the clinic filling a void in Estacada.

“We wanted to offer more of these kinds of services,” Tamara said. “We also wanted to offer a spa type of place for people to come and get pampered and treated. We’re excited to be able to offer that.”

She thinks massage is a versatile treatment.

“We’ve taken a lot of extra training to be able to help people in everything, in all of their injuries. A lot of people think massage is just this fluffy thing, but it really makes a difference in people’s abilities to break the pain cycle. It can make a big difference in someone’s life,” she said.

Nielson is glad to see the clinic open again and encourages anyone interested to stop by.

“We’re open again, and we’re really happy to provide a lot of services,” she said. “Come in and see our new people.”