by: VERN UYETAKE - Owner Rick Snook and manager Carisa Smith are excited for the community to see the upgrades and renovations at Elements.It's all about you at Elements Therapuetic Massage — your aches, your pains, your tension — your general well-being. From the owner to the therapists, the folks at Elements care about each and every client and their health.

Rick Snook recently took over the Central Village location at the beginning of this year. Manager Carisa Smith also recently came on board. Along with them are new renovations and features at the location.

From the warm welcome at the front door to the serenity in the tranquility room, Elements is sure to relax both the mind and the body.

Snook is quick to point out that Elements is not a spa — there are no facials, manicures or pedicures or products to sell. Instead, they focus strictly on therapeutic massage.

"Regular massage is great for your health," he said.

Along with dealing with aches and pains, massage can also benefit those with:

  • Sleep disorders
  • by: VERN UYETAKE - Massage therapist Ramona Diprofio helps a client relax and relieve pain at Elements Therapeutic Massage.

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Lower back pain
  • Immunity suppression
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Autism
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Post-operative care
  • Age-related disorders
  • Infertility
  • Eating disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • by: VERN UYETAKE - The tranquility room at Elements is the perfect place to unwind before heading into a massage.

    Besides loosening muscles and just feeling great, massage has many health benefits.

  • Increases circulation, which allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
  • Stimulates the lymph system, the body's natural defense, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
  • Releases endorphins, the body's natural painkiller. For this reason, massage is incorporated in treatment for chronic illnesses, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
  • Improves range of motion and decreases discomfort associated with lower back pain.
  • Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
  • Reduces muscle spasms and cramping.
  • Increases joint flexibility.
  • Reduces recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent risk of muscle strain.
  • Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
  • Reduces post-operative adhesions and edema, as well as reduces and realigns scar tissue after healing has occurred.
  • Contributes to shorter labor, reduces the need for medication and aides in quicker recovery in pregnant women.
  • No matter your reason for seeking massage, the people at Elements will take the time to get to know you.

    "The biggest message we want to get across is that we listen to our clients and address what they want," Snook said. "We just tailor to what they want."

    Every client is matched with one of 11 therapists based on their needs and wishes, and each massage is customized to address problem areas or health conditions. From marathon runners to gardeners to moms chasing after young children, each client gets individualized VERN UYETAKE - The therapists at Elements work with each client to develop a customized treatment to address specific health conditions.

    The variety of massages and treatment ranges just as much as the customers. There are trigger point massages, pre-natal massages and hot stone massages to name just a few.

    Elements really does focus on the people, from each individual client to the entire community. They regularly partner with the local schools and nonprofits.

    "It's not just an appointment. We are part of the community at this point," Smith said. "Our focus is community and being part of West Linn."

    Elements is planning an open house in October for the community to come in and see the improvements and meet the new management.

    For more information, visit or call 503-722-8888.

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