Meet Tabitha

Natural Pain Relief Specialist & Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner

Tabitha Marsh

TABITHA MARSH

Founder & Owner of A Way of Being, LLC

Natural Pain Relief & Mind-Body Balance Specialist

ABOUT TABITHA MARSH

Biography

Tabitha is the founder and owner of A Way of Being, LLC. 

An expert in the realm of mind-body healing and pain relief for 24 years, her healing career has encompassed and melded the worlds of massage therapy, counseling, somatic psychology, acupuncture, energy-medicine, oriental medicine, personal growth practices, and mind-body movement such as qigong and yoga.

She is also the founder and owner of Impower Healing, LLC where she shares her skills as an online Coursebuilder, Educator, Writer and Wellness/Life Coach.

Formal Education

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 2012.  MAcOM (Master’s Degree) 
Oregon Board Licensed Acupuncturist, 2012. 

Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2007: MA in Counseling Psychology

Oregon School of Massage, 1994: Certificate in Massage Therapy Oregon Board Licensed in 1994, OR license#5104.       

Western Oregon University, 1990: BA Humanities Major coursework in Foreign Languages & Social Science.

Common Questions (for those who like details)

My first experiments with healing began at age two, when I terrorized my parents by getting into the medicine cabinet to explore and create my own “remedies”. Thankfully unscathed by these explorations, my curiosity around healing continued to be enriched by my father (an osteopathic physician) and my mother (a self-taught hobbyist of Natural Medicine). I never thought about a career in the healing arts, however, until a co-worker gave me a gift certificate for massage in my early 20’s. 

Within the first session, my practitioner was able to eliminate a shoulder condition that had affected me for a number of years. Like many people in today’s driven society, I had taken the pain and clicking of my shoulder as something I had to live with. This experience showed me otherwise and was a major wake-up call.  

Soon after, I decided to make a career change and entered the Oregon School of Massage. I instantly fell in love with it and have been pursing my interest in the healing arts every since.

As a massage therapist, I combine Western Orthopedic Testing, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and multiple styles of Shiatsu (acupressure) to address your complaints from all angles.  A teacher for several years at a regional massage school, I am also a Certified Shiatsu Practitioner, and Reiki Master with additional training in Chinese Reflexology, treatment techniques such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Pregnancy Massage, and the specialized needs of Cancer patients. I also have advance training in Zen Shiatsu (acupressure) and Tui Na (Chinese massage) from OCOM and pursued postgraduate work in Sotai (Japanese Neuromuscular Re-education) to help work with realigning the body in a gentle but profound way.  I also draw from my studies of somatic psychology and mind-body work., 

After completing advanced studies in Japanese Meridian Therapy, Zen Shiatsu, Tuina, & Advanced Herbal at OCOM.  I continued my studies by diving into the work of Kiiko Matsumoto and qigong (moving meditation).  Postgrad I completed a 54 hour program in integrative Koshi Balancing (Japanese Structure Acupuncture & Moxabustion), and am certified in 1000 Hands Buddha with the Lingui International School and Morning Medical with the Mogadao Institute.

My main focus currently is on what I call “palpation style” acupuncture – which means I actually feel for what is going on in the body and look for changes in the body to give me feedback.  I draw heavily from 
Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture, Meridian Therapy and other Japanese Styles while integrating styles that are appropriate from other systems on a case-by-case basis:  TCM, microsystems, Master Tung Points and more.  I also offer cupping, gua sha, and Japanese direct style moxabustion.

My degree had a focus on depth psychology, and I have been particularly influenced by the world of Jung, Carl Rogers (Humanistic), Self-Psychology, Imaginal Psychology, and Systems Theory as well as modalities like art therapy, archetypal work, psychodrama, energy psychology, somatic psychology and various world wisdom traditions – particularly of the Far East but also the Near East in forms of the poetry of Rumi and Hafiz.

Most recently I have been delving into the world of Integral Theory (Ken Wilber) and the Enneagram (personality system).

A Healer's Journey
Through the Dark Night of the Soul

One of the most important trainings that a healer can have is to be taken to the precipice of all they know so that they can become something more.  Maybe you have been there too.  Tabitha shares her journey here:

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Don’t Ever Become a Doctor

My father was a physician, and although beloved by his patients, he was frustrated by the limitations of the conventional medical system. “Don’t ever become a doctor.” He advised us – and I had no intention of ever doing so.

Sometimes life has different plans for us.

When I was 16 my mother suddenly fell ill from an inexplicable illness that affected her physically, neurologically and her ability to be present with us.  It was devastating to all of us, but as the eldest of four, I did everything I could to support her while trying to protect my siblings from the brunt of it.

Dark Night of the Soul

I had always been a philosophically and spiritually oriented child, but this experience took all I knew about myself and life and crushed it like steam roller over a soda can.  Eventually, exhausted, dispirited, with my reality broken all around me, I hit my dark night of the soul.

I realized at that point that I had two choices, to trust the light of wisdom inside of me that said that even if I didn’t know what was happening now, that someday I would — or to fall into the pit of despair.

To me, the choice was obvious — and my inner journey of healing began that day.

Perhaps you have has a similar experience of that dark night of the soul?

Finding The Gifts

Since then, I have spent 30 years cultivating that inner voice and exploring how we can heal and move through life with greater ease and less suffering regardless of the circumstances.  I also became what my father always advised against but on the natural side of things – an Oriental Medicine Practitioner. 

Through my personal search and experience as a practitioner, I have learned that inner healing and outer healing go hand and hand — that the very things which reduce (inner) suffering and give us the greatest joy and meaning in life, are the exact same things  that promote the most vibrant (outer) health.

I have a particular passion for helping those with chronic pain and stress-exacerbated illness to reclaim a connection with their inner self and to feel empowered in the healing process.

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