Gabriel Raven Goldberg*, LMT
* Specializing in Myofascial Listening and Release
* Trained in Lymphatic Massage
* Licensed in Intra-Oral Massage
* Certified in Breast Massage
Becoming a massage therapist has been a vital part of my own journey toward a positive, joyful, and thriving relationship with my body. Like so many others, I was steeped in body-negative messages, images and experiences while I was growing up. I internalized a lot of shame and pain in my own body. When I chose to become a bodyworker, it was a part of my path toward treating myself gently, prioritizing what feels good, and connecting with my own deep and intuitive body knowledge. Now, I have the great honor of helping other people discover what is possible in their own bodies. I am delighted that I am able to create a container for healing that is inclusive and body positive, and to offer my clients the opportunity to connect with their bodies in liberatory ways.
I strive to create a practice where people of all sizes, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, ages and abilities can experience healing. I am committed to understanding and unpacking the privileges I hold and the oppressions I experience so that I can show up well in my massage practice. I am a queer, non binary person (they/them pronouns). I am a white person, and I am continually in the process of healing and understanding my own racial identity so that I can hold an actively anti-racist lens. I live with a chronic health disorder, though in many circumstances I have able-bodied privilege. I am a straight-sized person committed to body liberation for myself and all bodies. I believe, deeply, that my own liberation is tied up with liberation of all oppressions, and I continually work to create a practice that promotes healing and thriving for all of my clients.
Before I was a bodyworker, I worked on a crisis line with survivors of domestic violence and as a Prevention Educator with middle and high school students, discussing issues of dating violence, bullying and healthy relationships. As an educator, facilitator and advocate, I deepened my skills in listening and holding space for people, and I gained a clear understanding of the impacts of trauma. I also developed an appreciation for the complexities and vital importance of practicing consent.
I have been a dancer all my life, and I bring my love of movement to my bodywork practice. In addition to joyfully practicing multiple forms of dance, I enjoy bike rides, long walks, home weight lifting sessions, and exploring new kinds of physical activity whenever I can. I am aware of the ways in which we sometimes push our bodies doing the things we love, and my bodywork practice is a place where I have learned to slow down and move from a place of deep connection with my body.
From 2014-2015, I received an excellent and comprehensive education in massage therapy at the Discovery Point School of Massage in Seattle, WA. Subsequently, I completed a year long mentorship in myofascial techniques, and additional training and certification in intra-oral and full chest/breast massage. I have been working as a licensed massage therapist since 2015, and opened Raven Bodywork in 2017.
* I am working on a legal name change; the name on my licenses continues to be Rebecca Goldberg.
Taylor Briggs, LMT
* Specializing in Holistic Medical Massage
* Trained in Hot Stones Massage
* Certified in Breast Massage
As a trans masculine person (he/him pronouns please), I have long had a complicated relationship with my body. The world sends us so many messages about what our bodies should look like, feel like, be able to do, and with that; how much dignity and respect we deserve. Becoming a massage therapist has allowed me the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the millions of complex processes that our bodies do for us every second of every day. Our bodies are amazing! Through massage therapy, I hope to help clients connect more deeply to their own bodies and give some much deserved love and care to these bodies that do so much for us.
Through all of my work, I prioritize clear communication and invite client feedback and collaboration to ensure that each session is exactly what you need it to be. Whether you’re looking to relax after a stressful week and/or have specific areas of tension or pain that you would like me to focus on, your massage session will be tailored just for you. My work has been described as intuitive, patient, nurturing, and confident.
Prior to becoming a massage therapist, I earned my masters in Student Development Administration, and served in various higher education and nonprofit roles supporting students through college. Most recent, I served as Scholarship Program Manager at a local non-profit that provided educational funding and community building for LGBTQIA+ students. I've always been drawn to service and am excited to serve my community in this new capacity as a massage therapist.
As a graduate of the Renton Technical College Massage Therapy Practitioner program, I am proud to have learned from long-time industry leaders to provide quality, client-centered, trauma informed care. I look forward to working with you!