Serena Scaglione has dedicated her life to a world of teaching and healing, inspiring women and men to awaken into their bodies, move from their souls and shine from their hearts!
Her passionate nature has led her down many different rivers of creativity, investing her heart in animation/graphic design, circus arts, performance, yoga and healing arts. She is a twice certified Hoop Dance Instructor, certified Danyasa Yoga Instructor (a fusion of Vinyasa Yoga and Expressive Dance), certified AcroYoga Instructor and licensed massage therapist with a focus on Structural Integration, Lomi Lomi, Ashiatsu, Thai Massage, Somassage and Craniosacral therapies.
Serena has traveled to Thailand 5 times and has had the opportunity to study Thai massage with some master teachers and healers.
Her love of healing arts brought her to the Soma Institute in Buckley WA, where she dove deep into Structural Integration and Somassage. She studied Craniosacral with Hugh Milne in Ashland, OR, Ashiatsu and Deep Tissue at Mudra Massage in Portland and Lomi Lomi and Hot Stones on Maui!
Serena is a compassionate and loving therapist that invests her time and energy into the well-being of herself and others.
She fully understands the need to slow down and create time for self-care, love and nourishment. She offers a deep sense of presence and can blend her wisdom of many modalities to create a very special session designed with your needs in mind. She is extremely knowledgeable about the body, from both an anatomy as well as an emotional stand point. Working with old traumas can be the key to unlock chronic tension and tightness in the body. Her intention is to offer healing touch, inspire self-reliance and a greater sense of trust within our own bodies.
AcroYoga has taken her passion for play, creativity and flow to all new heights!
She is very excited to help grow the AcroYoga community here in Hawaii and share this magic with as many souls she can touch! It has been a powerful and transformative practice for her.
Her AcroYoga/Contact Improv classes focus on self-love
Her AcroYoga/Contact Improv classes focus on self-love, tapping into your inner child, taking care of your temple, celebrating your health and existence, and the knowing that you already have everything you need to feel good! She teaches from the heart, and you can feel her love and dedication in her presence. She invites you to let go and come PLAY!!!
Serena is hands down the most intuitive and talented massage therapist I have ever met. She is trained in 12 different modalities of massage and gives you the option of choosing what style you prefer or gives you a combination of massage type. I highly recommend the ashiatsu massage as there is something about the weight of her feet and legs that really provides the perfect amount of pressure. She is genuinely one of the nicest people I have ever met and her upbeat personality sets the tone for a really positive experience. She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii where you can hear the sounds of the birds chirping during massage and it's a peaceful and serene atmosphere to receive body work. I usually receive a 90min or 2 hour massage because one hour is not long enough �� I would recommend her to ANYONE who is in need of relief or relaxation from compassionate and divine touch. She is worth every penny!
Serena is seriously a master at what she does. As an acupuncturist and energy body worker myself, I know the anatomy well and can feel Serena's knowledge through her skillful touch and techniques. More or less she kicks butt.
This is really top tier; anatomically and structurally correct! Very lasting pain and tension relief, and a real loosening of tissues and joints. I started with a Somassage; I'm signing up for the full "Structural" series. My qualifications to comment:I've had a lot of massages in my 56 years, given a bunch, and studied a bit (informally, especially Shiatsu) as well. I'm also in a semi-medical mode as I try to get past a second herniated disc without surgery. I've been busted up in a couple of motorcycle accidents, and play hard in this body (ultramarathons, skiing hard). And I'm a family doctor and a teacher. *Updated review* Midway through the full Structural Integration series; I'm looser, taller and better balanced enough that my acute L5-S1 disc/sciatica issue seems to be improving in a consistent way… I measured a half inch taller on my doctor's scale, too. Onward….
I was lucky enough to get an Ashiatsu massage yesterday from Serena Scaglione. Let me tell you folks, that woman has some serious skills! I went in with a lot of pain in my lower back and upper shoulders, today that pain has diminished so much. I would highly recommend talking to her if you ever need any body work done. So blessed to be in a community of such talented friends!
If Serena was a superhero, bodywork would be her superpower. She's both strong and gentle, firm yet sensitive. Her style is less about crushing your knots and more about letting your own body do the work. I'm very happy with her work, and feel direct relief after a session with her.
Serena really got in where it counted for me. Top recommendations. I look forward to our next session.
I loved my Somassage session with Serena. She made me feel at ease and comfortable right away! Her touch is powerful, grounding and comforting. I felt amazing. I highly recommend body work with Serena. You will love her!
Serena is a truly gifted healer. Her vast knowledge and awareness of the physical form combined with her intuitive touch and healing, work together to create deep healing in your system, on a physical, mental, emotional, and physical level. I left feeling like we touched on something very deep and I am excited to start my healing process with her. The container she holds is safe and sweet, and my body feels melted, more relaxed, and more aligned. I can't wait to go back!
Serena is wonderful at being simultaneously gentle and strong. She goes deep enough to get real work done while being sensitive to the tenderness this creates. She's rooted enough in her self and practice to hold space to allow me to feel comfortable to go deep into myself on the table and do the real inner work that body work is truly valuable to me for.
Serena is truly a gifted healer. She is incredibly knowledgable and made me feel so comfortable from the moment she greeted me. Immediately after my session I sensed a world of difference in my body, mind and spirit (at the end of the session I felt like I was floating!). This morning I'm waking up feeling like I have my body as I used to know it back – less pain, better posture and so much more connected. She really takes her time and went above and beyond my expectations. I will definitely be back and would recommend her to anyone. So happy I found her!
If there was a major league massage team, Serena would have the record home runs. The therapy begins when she invites you into the space she's set for the massage- perfect aromatherapy, beautiful lighting, and uncommon, relaxing world music. Then, Serena starts the session by a gentle yet inquisitive check in about your feelings in your body and your goals for the massage. One thing I love about her sessions is that she prefers to provide longer sessions, which typically result in feeling transformed. Her technique is strong, intuitive, long and slow and deep compressions, and she always encourages breath and making whatever noise comes out of you. All in all, she's a safe choice for deeply healing body-mind-spirit awakening.
I was fortunate enough to have my first structural integration session with Serena Scaglione this evening. I feel like I've been calmly and slowly reborn into my body, and I'm so ready to begin this journey of nourishing the mind/body/spirit. #gratitude Several months and several sessions later. Bodywork with Serena has become a very personal and very integral part of my well-being and self care. She is extremely knowledgeable about the anatomy and connectivity of the human body and the very deeply understands the connection between physical health and mental, emotional, interpersonal well-being. As a family doctor, I have been thoroughly impressed by her work with me, and she has taught me so much more, beyond my medical training, about how to care for the body and for the self. From a medical perspective and from personal experience, I really believe she is one of the best massage therapists, body workers, and healers in Portland. Be good to the form you inhabit; spend time with this healer.
I can't speak highly enough of Serena's practice. I found her to be knowledgeable, present, and skilled. She had confidence working with my chronically painful injured wrist, and 1 day later my wrist feels great. I'll be scheduling another session to target this injury specifically. She also did some structural integration work with my back and pecs, which I found to be very therapeutic and helpful with my posture and back pain. Thanks Serena!
I feel a lot taller than I did two hours ago, my spine feels more spacious and upright, and my neck has been dramatically unbound from tension making my head feel like it is floating lightly as I walk. I just finished session 3 of an 11 session series of SOMA Structural Integration with Serena Scaglione of Awaken Integration. This is freakin' amazing. I can actually see a dramatic, visual change in my posture and length after each session. Moving toward the best, strongest, most free, feel-good version of me with every opportunity these days.
Serena has become a tremendously talented bodyworker. I consider myself a massage and bodywork connoisseur, and she is definitely my favorite bodyworker that I've received from recently. I really appreciate the modality she is working with – specifically somassage – it's very deep and effective as a therapeutic modality, but it also really allows you to drop deeply into stillness and relax. It's not overwhelming with the amount of intensity, and yet it also really shifted things in some of chronic muscular-skeletal patterns… and put me into a sublime altered state of deep relaxation. I loved my session and am looking forward to more!
I went to Serena for a Structural Integration session. …and whoaaaa, did it release a lot of stuff in my body! Feeling the difference before and after the work was amazing. I felt so much taller from finally having some separation between my vertebrae, and my neck felt like it was where it was supposed to be. After my concussion about a year and a half ago, it has been very important for me to find a bodyworker who can be sensitive to the needs of my spine. One of the most powerful moments was when Serena was massaging my sternum and opening up the front of my chest. I felt a huge emotional release and realized I was holding so much old energy there, and it had been causing my shoulders to curve inward. It was an amazing session, and I definitely plan to look into the whole series.
I am so happy when I find a bodyworker who has the intuitive touch. Serena's got it. She works with presence and just the right amount of good solid pressure. I received structural integration from her and I really felt places in my body as they were able to release and unwind, especially where I was experiencing pain in my neck and shoulders. I can't wait to go back and receive more structural integration, or perhaps I will try a Thai yoga massage! Serena is a woman of many talents – a licensed massage therapist, an acroYogi, a Thai massage therapist, a hoop dance instructor, and a structural integration practitioner. She really knows the human body well! And it is so cool how she integrates all of her experience with movement into the hands-on techniques. I am so lucky to be able to receive work from her! And I highly recommend her to anyone seeking deep, present bodywork.
Serena is one of the greatest gifts and inspiring teachers I've ever known. I met her through Acro Yoga classes she teaches last year and since then I've learned how to be a better communicator, leader and teacher. As a movement artist and aspiring teacher I need the type of support, wisdom and healthy living guidance she has to offer. Serena's classes leave me feeling capable of strengths I never imagined. Strengths within my heart and physical abilities. I'm always fulfilled and yet eager to learn more. When Serena worked her structural integration on my shoulder's there was an immediate noticeable change. Not only did my shoulders look more even; I felt more balance from the inside out. I highly recommend her services to anyone who can appreciate her gift of holistic mind and body work.
Serena is a skilled and caring acrobatics instructor. She is very attentive to the needs of her students and offers clear instructions and personalized advice. Her classes are very fun!
You can't see, touch, taste or smell it.
Yet we can feel its effects every day and experience its cumulative damage on our bodies over a lifetime. No other force affects us so dramatically.
What force are we referring to? GRAVITY.
Gravity is a constant downward force on our bodies, and its something that many of us might not think about too often.
It pulls on our face, shoulders, back, neck, legs, and organs, and over time we can begin to see and feel its dramatic effect and toll it takes on our bodies. Whatever activity we are engaged in, be it sitting, walking, driving our car, or playing, we also have to keep ourselves from falling over from the pull of gravity on our body.
How we come to terms with this problem relates directly to what we commonly think of as posture.
Moment by moment, below the level of consciousness, sensors are informing our brain of the location of each limb while the brain anticipates minute changes in our center of gravity as we move. At many levels data is collected and coordinated. The brain and nervous system orchestrate the perfect response to maintain our integrity, our uprightness, for the most part without our even noticing.
It usually starts with your head.
As we text on our smartphones, tap on our laptops, or type on our desktop computers, we're unconsciously leaning our heads forward. As the head leans more and more forward, the resulting pain and tension cause your body to compensate with even worse posture and misalignment. Over time, this position can become permanent, and the head stays thrust forward even when you're engaging in other activities. You see, your spine follows your head, and where your spine goes, your whole body follows.
Did you know the average human head weighs between 8 and 10 pounds, and for every inch that your head is tilted forward, it adds another 10 pounds to the weight your neck is holding up?
So if your head is pushed forward just 3 inches, that's 30 extra pounds!
The resulting misalignment spreads from your head to your spine, and then to your pelvis and eventually throughout your body.
This means impact and friction are occurring in all the wrong places when you move, creating pain and inflammation instead of increasing bone density.
The Structural core is myofascial and includes the layers designed to maintain the body's internal support over time, while making subtle self-adjustments as the body moves.
Ida P. Rolf, who created Structural Integration, referred to this structural core line as the "Line" (of inertia), which runs anterior and vertical to the spine. This Dynamically mobile line allows the body to align within the field of gravity. If our bodies are not vertically aligned, the effects of gravity will distort the suspension mechanics causing imbalance, in our body and in our sense of grounding. As this imbalance occurs it effects us psychologically, and in turn we feel more chaotic in our being.
Whatever our balance and relationship with gravity- what follows is interrelated with our fundamental perception.
It has to be our choice to bring awareness into our daily lives, moment by moment, and pay attention to how we sit, stand, and walk on this Earth. Our movement sense is one of momentum, mobility, optimizing the downward pull of gravity in a forward direction.
There is nothing that is so right or so wrong that we would like everyone to do it. What we really encourage is that you choose something, and then line up with your choice.
Awaken Integration has moved to MAUI!
06-29-2018; Aloha! I have moved to the Island of Maui due to Lava flow on the Big Island that forced me from my home in Puna/Opihikao area. I am literally "going with the flow" and I am so excited to bring my love and massage services to this incredible Island! I am located in Haiku on the North shore and I am also available for outcall massage (ill ask for a little extra money for gas depending on how far away you are.) Please help me spread the word! Mahalo and blessings!
Awaken Integration is moving to the Big Island, Hawaii!
01-21-2018; A dream come true! I have found a wonderful home for myself on the Big Island of Hawaii where I will be offering my Massage services and AcroYoga Workshops! I live at a gorgeous retreat center called "Sacred Source Springs" and we can do sessions here on the property, or we can do out-call sessions where I come to you, depending on where you are located on the island. Send me a message and we can set it up! Stay tuned for upcoming AcroYoga workshops as well.
Serena is now offering Ashiatsu Massage!
08-7-2017; Serena received her training from Mudra Massage, the TOP rated place for Ashiatsu in Portland, OR. Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique in which the therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight. Working with gravity instead of against it, Ashiatsu therapists are able to provide an effective therapeutic massage without causing discomfort to themselves or the client.Warm infused oil is applied to the body making this deep massage very luxurious and relaxing. Parallel bars are used above the massage table for balance, support and client safety.
NEW CLASS! Thai Massage and doTERRA essential oils
01-11-2017; Come learn the art of Thai Massage!! Serena Scaglione is a Licensed Massage Therapist and doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Thai massage is a style of bodywork that is traditionally done on a mat on the floor with the receiver fully clothed. Some of the techniques that will be shared are Thai deep tissue, passive stretching, range of motion, as well as clear focused intent to open up the energy layers of the body. It can be fully relaxing, and can also relieve the body of pain and acute tramatic injury. You will practice your newly learned techniques by exchanging Thai masage with others in the room. Serena will also feature a "doTERRA essential oil of the week", where you will get to use and experience the oils through aromatherapy and topical applications for the massage. You will leave here rejuvenated, happy and whole!
Awaken Integration is moving to a new Location June 1st 2016!
05-24-2016; Carrie Renee and myself (Serena Scaglione) are very excited to announce that we are partnering up and relocating our massage practices to a new joint location in Portland Oregon! Our start date is June 1st and the new location with be at the Knott Street Health Center. The address is 443 NE Knott Street, Portland, OR 97212. It has been a dream for many years for us to share a room for healing and collaborate and support each other in the growth of our individual massage and bodywork practices. So please schedule a session with Carrie and another with myself and help us jump start our healing art offerings at this new location!
Shakti House AcroYoga video released!
03-3-2015; Check out our video! We have been building a wonderful AcroYoga community at the Shakti House for 2 years! Thank you to all the beautiful souls that come to our classes to celebrate, play and have fun!! We love you!
The Fuzz Speech by Dr. Gill Hedley
12-2-2014; Gil Hedley, Ph.D., of GilHedley.com gives a lesson on the importance of movement and stretching to maintain the sliding properties of tissues (Fascia) in the body.
Structural Integration / Somassage
Why Do I Have to Wear Underwear to My Structural Integration Or Somassage Sessions?
This style of bodywork is different than your regular massage. The client participates in the session. They are requested to bring their self into a focused presence; to feel into their body. Usually we work one half of the body first, and then have you stand, walk and notice the shifts/changes you feel from side to side. We also do a holographic body reading in the beginning and end of the session, to observe the bodies structure so we can cater the session to the needs of the particular client, and witness the shifts after the session. Women will be given a tube top to wear.
What Is the Ideal Time Frame for the Structural Integration 11 Session Series?
Ideally we do each session once a week, and complete the series in 11 weeks. If you are planning on taking a trip, you can skip a week or two here and there if necessary. Please communicate any planned upcoming trips so we can plan the series around your schedule!
How Is Somassage Different than Deep Tissue Or Swedish Massage?
Somassage is NOT deep tissue massage. It is about holistically balancing the body in gravity. The goal of most swedish massage is relaxation. Most clients enjoy resting after the massage. The goal of Somassage is mobilizing relaxed energy, which is effective for clients before athletic events, a speech, or any time the client needs a clear, centered and present energy. The direction of Swedish massage is usually towards the heart, which aids in circulation. Somassage works with tensegrity in the structure which supports the suspension mechanics of the body. The intention of the directionality is to help the body be the most upright/aligned it could be in gravity, to experience ease and grace in all our movements in our daily life.
What Is the Difference Between Soma (Structural Integration) and Somassage?
SOMA addresses all connective tissue, specifically fascia and the relationships that create long lasting change in the tissue. Somassage addresses myofascia and muscle generally. SOMA utilizes a series of 11 sessions- with each session having a particular focus. Somassage is a one session full body massage that utilizes breath, movement and awareness to heighten the client's relationship with themselves. Both SOMA and Somassage use the Holographic Body reading.
Does Structural Integration Hurt?
Several factors determine the level of comfort or discomfort during a Structural Integration session. One is the degree of trauma in the system; another is how long fascial distortions have been in the client's body. Long-term distortions create more tenacious and widespread compensatory patterns, which may require more sustained pressure to release. Another factor is the degree of emotional charge associated with an area of injury or strain. Dr. Rolf made the point that during the therapeutic process, emotional pain is often experienced when deeply held emotional traumas and memories are brought to the surface and processed. Similarly, she reasoned, deep touch can result in a transitory experience of pain that is healing and transformative.
Is Structural Integration Suitable for Children Or Infants?
A common misunderstanding is that Structural Integration mainly focuses on correcting long-standing structural patterns. Structural Integration can also serve as a preventative measure to minimize potentially problematic patterns in the young. One of the things children learn from watching us is how we carry ourselves, and they will naturally imitate their parent's language, movement and other modes of expression. These patterns can be seen in family photos and are as much a part of a child's makeup as his hair color, height and predisposition to certain hereditary illnesses. Structural Integration can begin to correct patterns, such as posture imbalances which may limit the child's development and mobility.
When I Come to your Acroyoga Classes, Do I Have to Have a Partner?
No, in fact, most people come solo. "Building community through divine play" is the mission statement for AcroYoga. When you step into one of Serena's AcroYoga classes, you will make a ton of new friends! There is always someone to play with.
Do You Offer Private Acroyoga Lessons?
Yes indeed! You can sign up for a solo "one on one" lesson, or you can bring friends to join in on the fun! Please see her Private Lessons page to inquire!
What Kind of Clothes Are Good to Wear for a Thai Massage?
Think loose comfy clothing- like something you would wear to a yoga class. The pants should have some stretch to them, so I would leave the jeans at home. Also, if you add a Therapeutic Flight to the end of your Thai Massage, you will need a cozy stretchy pair of pants that doesn't require a belt to keep them on!
Deepak Chopra - "For everyone, well being is a journey. The secret is committing to that journey and taking those first steps with hope and belief in yourself". Sessions are 1.5-2 hours in length.
Growth is always in the direction of greater love and happiness.
It is an awakening to what we truly desire inside. In order to experience health and well being, one must be able to embrace the process of growth that requires change in our lives, both psychologically and physically. Structural Integration, or "SOMA", is an 11 session format that supports the body and being to live harmoniously within an ever changing environment. It is a system of deep bodywork that works by way of the fascial (connective tissue) network, to release chronic, stored structural aberrations, and effectively realign the entire body.
SOMA Neuromuscular Integration® is a balance between structural work and neurological work.
The intention is to shift imbalances in the body that were created by either physical pain as well as emotional pain or stored trauma. Many of us might not realize how emotional trauma from our earlier years might still be affecting us.
There must be a "letting go" of what is no longer serving us, and an invitation for something new.
For many of us, there is an attachment to what is known and familiar, however painful or unsatisfactory this may be. With that attachment come fears and anxieties of the unknown as well as resistance to the changes that might take us there. If we open up and create space for change, a new sense of self-love and happiness can emerge.
Imagine a life that has a deeper sense of self-reliance, a body that can process experiences more effectively, with greater ease and awareness.
As the body rebalances itself in gravity, it becomes more efficient in function, with greater resistance to disease and injury. Improved posture, pain relief, more coordination and grace are just some of the many benefits that people experience after receiving the 11 soma sessions.
Structural Integration uses the Holographic Body reading, as well as movement re-education exercises.
We look at the body from a place of awe, and observe how gravity is affecting this individual structure. Please wear underwear to your session! Women will be given a tube top to wear.
A brief description of the Structural integration 11 session series:
Focus: Free the tissue surrounding the rib cage and lengthen the lower back. Result: Feeling a lightness and well-being, a more upright posture, and fuller, deeper breathing.
Focus: The body's foundation, the lower legs and feet. Result: Feeling of being firmly grounded and in touch with reality.
Focus: Lengthen the sides of the body and free the shoulders. Result: Expand breathing, greater relaxation and more immediately available energy.
Sessions 4, 5, 6
Focus: Adjust and lengthen the body's vertical center line, or core. Result: Better balance and freedom of movement. Walking takes a fraction of the energy typically expended.
Focus: Release the muscles of the neck, face and head. Result: More softened, relaxed appearance in the face, increased self-reliance and personal power.
Sessions 8, 9, 10
Focus: Integrate the whole body in a new and more efficient manner. Result: Less stress and more energy as the body's structure is better aligned with gravity.
Focus: The arms, the movement of energy through the arms and down the back. Result: Increased rotary function. Energy moving through the elbows, shoulders, scapula to sacrum. Arms swing relaxed.
Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique in which the therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight.
Working with gravity instead of against it, Ashiatsu therapists are able to provide an effective therapeutic massage without causing discomfort to themselves or the client.
Warm infused oil is applied to the body making this deep massage very luxurious and relaxing.
Parallel bars are used above the massage table for balance, support and client safety.
Lomi Lomi is an ancient Hawaiian healing art passed down from master Kumu (teachers) and Kapuna (elders) that incorporates long flowing strokes and dance-like movements that penetrates deep to the bone. Hawaiians believe that the bones carry the genetic content of who we are at the soul level. Lomi practitioners pour love and aloha into the body, and sing Hawaiian oli (chants) to call upon the guides and ancestors to support the healing transmission occurring. It is said that the Lomi practitioner is the bridge between the spirit above and the being on the table. While most Lomi Lomi is done on a massage table with organic coconut oil, "Kua Lua" is back walking done on a mat on the ground with the client fully clothed. Lomi is beyond massage, Lomi is a way of life, to be "pono" (in right relations) with yourself and those around you.
Please inquire with Serena about the different styles of Lomi she offers.
Ua ola loko I ke aloha
Healing comes from within by means of love.
Receivers should come prepared wearing loose comfortable clothing.
Sessions are 60 min, 90 min or 2 hours in length.
Sessions are 60 min, 90 min or 2 hours in length.
Somassage is a full body deep massage that was developed from the principles of SOMA Neuromuscular Integration.
The body is worked in a specific direction that supports the sense of greater suspension and verticality. Somassage works with Tensegrity to address the suspension mechanics and any compensations that the body is experiencing in order to right itself in gravity. The intention is to create an easeful upright posture that feels really wonderful to live in!
The body is approached through a holistic view, both physically and psychologically.
We see the body not as a collection of parts, but as a whole, reinforcing a global awareness of how connected the body really is. Somassage is client-centered, and the body is more sacred than the recipe. It can be combined with treatment work to develop a session that focuses on the specific needs of the client.
Since Somassage is NOT Structural Integration, the work is not permanent and must be repeated regularly like other massage techniques.
Many people that have gone through the 11 session series receive a monthly Somassage afterwards as a "tune up" session, while the body continues to integrate the new balance from the series work. Even if you have not had any Structural Integration work, Somassage is highly effective and beneficial for everyone! You will experience a new sense of verticality, release of tension, increased flexibility, relaxed energy and a deeper sense of awareness.
Somassage uses the Holographic Body reading.
We look at the body from a place of awe, and observe how gravity is affecting this individual structure. Please wear underwear to your session! Women will be given a tube top to wear.
Receivers should come prepared wearing loose comfortable clothing. Sessions are 60 min, 90 min or 2 hours in length.
Thai massage is a style of bodywork that is traditionally done on a Thai mat on the floor with the receiver fully clothed.
It is one part of a whole system of Traditional Thai medicine. Some of the many techniques that are used are Thai deep tissue, passive stretching, range of motion, hot herbal compresses, as well as clear focused intent to open up the energy layers of the body. Thai massage can be catered to the needs/desires of the receiver. It can be fully relaxing, or just like Structural Integration, it can restructure our body alignment and relieve pain from acute traumatic injury.
Serena has traveled to Thailand 5 times
Doing in depth study of Thai massage and Thai medicine from many wonderful schools in the Chiang Mai region, in Northern Thailand. Thai massage is a beautiful dance with the body. Serena will move your body into different positions and tune into the subtle energy body. With Thai massage, you can never go too deep, you can only go too fast. Slowing down, listening, breathing, and opening are some of the key elements to unlock tension and trauma to inspire self awakening.
Therapeutic Flying Massage
Please inquire with Serena when you book your session.
Therapeutic flying can also be viewed as an inverted aerial massage.
The receiver, or "Flyer" is lifted and supported in the air and experiences a sense of weightlessness, trust and surrender. Their only job is to remain passive and receive.
The giver, or "Base" uses gravity to stretch and open the flyer's body.
The key to being a base is finding balance and alignment in the structure, and centering your flyer's center of gravity over your own.
Serena is very skilled in finding such alignment and can lift people of all shapes, weights and sizes, using the support of gravity and the earth beneath her.
Therapeutic flights usually last around 10 minutes, and can be "added on" at the end of your Thai Massage.
What Is Visionary Craniosacral?
Sessions can be 30, 60 or 90 minutes, and can also be added on at the end of a Somassage or Structural Integration Session. Please inquire with Serena.
This is a healer's work; it specializes in matters of the heart and soul.
Visionary Craniosacral Work® combines sensitive, hands-on bodywork with meditative use of the inner eye and inner ear.
Techniques are drawn from three principal traditions: osteopathy, energy work and Taoism. A supremely gentle approach, it is a way of "doing non-doing." It honors both the analytic perception of how things happen and the intuitive perception of how things really are. Combined, the soul can be touched and real healing can occur.
The craniosacral system includes the brain, the cerebrospinal fluid, the system of membranes inside the cranium, all 22 cranial bones, the spine and the sacrum.
Our cranial bones reflect our attitude; they sometimes get stiff because we are stiff and stubborn. Conversely, the more attitudinally relaxed and open we are, the more mobile our cranial sutures will be. This is a positive-feedback loop: being free and open in the head helps us have free and open attitudes, which helps the head be more free and open.
The cranial wave is an intelligent form of communication.
It is a form of movement that enables the sensitive observer to detect what body and spirit need. The breath is the most obvious rhythm of the body. The heartbeat is a little less obvious, but recognized by everyone. The third force, the cranial wave, is the most discreet, and so subtle that it can not be felt except in a meditative state. It is possible to listen to this field. The ability to do this is called 'the heart of listening'.
A visionary knows how to touch a client with precise and gentle contacts that help the client feel more aligned, and more at home in themselves.
Sometimes, by touching just the right place in just the right way, a visionary can help the client understand what troubles them, and what they need to reclaim their equanimity, and their place in life. Such work can also help the client access and release their healing potential. It is a deep and powerful unwinding of the body, mind, spirit and soul.
"This is the kind of Friend You are - Without making me realize My soul's anguished history, You slip into my house at night, And while I am sleeping, You silently carry off All my suffering and sordid past In your beautiful hands".
Stay Tuned For Upcoming Workshops And Classes On Maui!
AcroYoga is a holistic body practice and movement art that combines Yoga, Acrobatics and Thai massage in a safe, supportive environment.
We step away from a "solo" practice and connect with each other through Partner Yoga stretches / warm ups and fun "flying transitions" that can be both invigorating and therapeutic for the body and soul. AcroYoga invites a deep listening of your body and how you move through space.
Through play and connection, you will unleash a new sense of alignment and balance within yourself, as well as alignment and balance with another being
All while being supported by the ground beneath you. AcroYoga is a community-based practice. We ignite our potential as we support each other to reach new heights. Please allow your curiosity to come discover the full spectrum within yourself and try one of our classes on for size!! We build community through divine play.
No Partner? No Problem! We group you up with fun people to play with! Many people come solo, and it gives you a chance to make new friends!
Serena is a skilled and caring acrobatics instructor. She is very attentive to the needs of her students and offers clear instructions and personalized advice. Her classes are very fun"!
Workshops / Events
Full Pink Moon Solar Acroyoga Workshop!
In april 2017 we are in the energy of the full pink moon! "Pink is the color of beating hearts and flowers. Tongues that kiss and taste are pink. People with pink auras are said to crave relationships. Pink colored rose quartz is healing to the heart and stimulates love, warmth, largess, comfort, care and compassion. The sand in Bermuda is pink. Also cotton candy clouds and pink flamingos. Strawberry ice cream, summer wine and bubblegum are pink. Comforting, soft and sweet or fiery fluorescent, pink is the color of life. When we are in perfect condition and glowing health, we are "in the pink." When we are flushed with pleasure or embarrassed, we get pink in the cheek. When we are deliriously happy, we are "tickled pink." We toast with pink champagne. And dance with pink elephants." Come celebrate this full pink moon with us by Wearing Something Pink to this colorful fun-loving AcroYoga workshop! We will design it for all levels, so both newbies and intermediates can all come play under the same roof! We will demo easier poses and transitions for the newbies as well as offer more challenging flows and transitions to the intermediates that want to grow and push the edge of their practice. Most importantly though. We gonna have FUN! Bring your silliness and open heart vibes. Saturday Apr 8th, 2017, Time: 2-4pm. Please come 15 mins early so we can start right at 2pm! No partner or experience necessary! Beginners very welcomed! Please pre-register by contacting Serena: 503.805.3394; Location: Hawthorne Movement Center (located behind the Wellness Center) 3942 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
At the Door$30.00
Spring to Action! Full Worm Moon Solar/Dynamic AcroYoga Workshop
Serena and bee have a super fun workshop in store for you! At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. It is also the day before "day light savings", where we gain an extra hour of sunlight in the evening in the months ahead to take a walk, enjoy nature and play ACRO! We are calling this dynamic AcroYoga workshop a Spring to Action! It will be uplifting and invigorating and will get you flying high! We will design it for All-levels that way both beginners and intermediates can all play together under the same roof! We will demo easier Acro poses and transitions for the newbies in the room, as well as offer challenging flows and transitions for those intermediates wanting to grow and push the edges of their practice. Everyone will have spotters for safe acro play! We have thick puzzle mat flooring so no yoga mats required. What are you springing into in your life? Come PLAY with us! SATURDAY MAR 11th, 2017, Time: 2-4 PM. Please come 15 mins early so we can start right at 2pm! No Partner Or Experience Necessary! Beginners very welcomed! Please Pre-register by contacting Serena: 503.805.3394; Location: Hawthorne Movement Center (located behind the Wellness Center) 3942 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
At the Door$30.00
New Moon Solar Eclipse Lunar AcroYoga/Thai Massage Workshop
Join us for this very special workshop to celebrate the new moon solar eclipse! "The solar eclipse February 2017 astrology is dominated by the spiritual planet Neptune to bring hope of a brighter future. Good fortune and lasting happiness come from the stars in this region of the sky. It means that all possibilities are on the table and you can rightly put yourself in the forefront of new plans for the future. Old habits, behaviors and beliefs can be questioned as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress. This is the ideal time to make a fresh start by writing a to-do list on a blank sheet of paper. This is a solar eclipse for making wishes come true." In this workshop we will circle and set our intentions and put our visions and wildest dreams in the stew. We will connect through partner yoga stretches, therapeutic flying and Thai Massage.This is the "Yin" side of our practice, It will explore nurturing and healing vibes and gentle flying. Intention is what orchestrates the fulfillment of our dreams. Say YES to that vision in your heart. Ask yourself this question "What do I want?" Don't seek the answers at this moment, just ask the question. Saturday Feb 25th, 2017, Time: 2-4 Pm. Please come 15 mins early so we can start right at 2pm! No Partner Or Experience Necessary! Beginners very welcomed! Please Pre-register by contacting Serena: 503.805.3394; Location: Hawthorne Movement Center (located behind the Wellness Center) 3942 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
At the Door$30.00
Full Flower Moon AcroYoga Workshop!
Serena and bee are co-creating an intentional acroyoga workshop to celebrate the full flower moon and blue moon! May brings bright brushes to paint the earth canvas with infinite flowers. In the full moon light of this month, the flowers are said to grow at night, and even dance in honor of the moon. Join us for a high flying fun AcroYoga workshop where we attune our energies with the full moon and honor all the budding dreams and visions within us that are ready to bloom! This workshop is designed for both beginners and intermediates to play under the same roof as a community! We will teach it in levels and everyone will have something new to try. Yoy can bring a partner or come solo, there will be lots of fun people to play with. Please come with an intention of giving flight to a dream or vision you are ready to manifest! Saturday May 21st, 2016. Please PRE-REGISTER by following this link: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=30887 Location: Shakti House 1401 se Morrison st www.shaktihousepdx.com 503-972-2929
At the Door$40.00
Trio Flow AcroYoga Workshop with Serena and Bee!
Serena and Bee Are Super Excited to Create and Share a 2 Hour Trio Flow Workshop That Will Inspire Many New Ways to Connect, Play and Move with an Ever-growing Amazing Acroyoga Community Here in Portland Or! Trio flow AcroYoga is when you have 3+ people all playing together! Experiment with tons of fun poses you can create with 2 bases 1 flyer, 2 flyers 1 base, and a base middle and flyer! You will have multiple spotters for safe Acro Play. We will design a super fun flow to share! Trio flows are always a blast! Be prepared to have a huge smile on your face! Pre-requisites: 3+ months of AcroYoga experience or teachers approval. Able to Base OR Fly: Bird, Throne, Shoulder Stand, Star, Straddle Throne and Foot 2 Hand. (If you are unsure of the names please reach out and ask!) Saturday March 5th, 2016 4-6pm; Please pre-register! Follow this link: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=30887&stype=-8&sView=day&sTrn=100000053&date=03%2F05%2F16; Location: Shakti House 1401 se Morrison st www.shaktihousepdx.com 503-972-2929
Lunar AcroYoga Workshops in Dec and Jan!!
Serena and Bee Are Offering 2 Upcoming Lunar Acroyoga Workshops on the New Moons of December 2015 and January 2016! A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe." ~Rumi; AcroYoga is a holistic body practice and movement art that combines Yoga, Acrobatics and Thai massage in a safe, supportive environment. We step away from a "solo" practice and connect with each other through Partner Yoga stretches / warm ups and fun "flying transitions" that can be both invigorating and therapeutic for the body and soul. AcroYoga invites a deep listening of your body and opens you up to trust, connection and play! You will also learn how to give and receive a beautiful Thai massage flow. No Partner or experience necessary, just bring an open heart and YOU! Saturday Dec 12th, 2015 and Saturday Jan 9th, 2016 (Each workshop will have different Therapeutic AcroYoga poses/transitions and a unique Thai Massage flow.)Please pre-register on-line! Location: Shakti House 1401 se Morrison st www.shaktihousepdx.com 503-972-2929
Halloween Dance Party and AcroYoga Workshop!!
W/special guest djs: W/special guest djs: Saturday Oct 31st, 2015 We will have two incredibly fun djs, a bumpin sound system, a costume contest with prizes, Kombucha, raw chocolate, AcroYoga, a puzzle mat dance floor and high conscious vibes for your Halloween night! We are very excited to collaborate with these amazing DJs and friends of ours to create a high vibe conscious fusion of magic, acroyoga, dancing and PLAY! Location: Shakti House 1401 se Morrison st www.shaktihousepdx.com 503-972-2929
6-8pm All-Level Acroyoga Workshop$22.00
9pm-2am DJ Dance/costume Party$12.00
Advance / At Door$15.00
Pre-Register for Both Events and Save!$30.00
Aug and Sept Super Moon AcroYoga Workshops!
The august 2015 full moon is the first of three full-moon super moons in 2015. These full moons enjoy the super moon designation because the centers of these full moons and the center of earth are less than 361,836 kilometers (224,834 miles) apart. (they will be really big!) we are designing 2 acroyoga full super moon workshops in august and september to celebrate these lunar cycles and our relations to each other and mother earth! Join us! Full sturgeon super moon acroyoga workshop; August 29th 2015 4-7pm Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. The Sturgeon fish is so large that it could feed an entire tribe. Meaning of the sturgeon moon sign: Although you may have had to endure hardships in your life, you know intrinsically what it feels like to thrive. You have an expansive nature that magnetizes the very best the earth can offer. This makes it quite easy for you to attract the ways and means in your life to succeed in most endeavors. Let us come together through AcroYoga to celebrate our abundance and ability to grow and thrive as a community! You will learn an AcroYoga flow designed by Serena and Bee called the "Sturgeon Super Moon Flow"! This workshop is All-Levels! (Beginners and Intermediates) (No partner necessary, just bring YOU)!
Full Harvest Super Moon AcroYoga Workshop
This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn and barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores. Meaning of the Harvest moon sign: You have remarkable gifts for gathering people and energies together at optimal times. You have a knack for making outstanding connections. You can look out into the world and instantly see what partnerships/relationships will work. Our celebration this evening will honor the time of harvest and all the beautiful connections we make through this practice of AcroYoga. You will learn an AcroYoga flow designed by Serena and Bee called the "Harvest Super moon Flow"! This workshop is All-Levels! (Beginners and Intermediates) (No partner necessary, just bring YOU!) Location: Shakti House 1401 se Morrison st www.shaktihousepdx.com 503-972-2929
AcroYoga Workshop at the Hawaiian Sanctuary- Big Island, HI!!
We are sooo excited to bring our love of acro yoga to the big island!!! A high vibe infusion of AcroYoga Therapeutics, Thai massage & exquisite raw cacao treats!! Saturday May 2nd, 2015; 10:30-1:30pm; (we are grateful for all you can offer!) This is an all-level heart warming AcroYoga playshop designed to bring love, light and flight into your life! We connect through Partner Yoga, then raise our hearts and spirits with Therapeutic AcroYoga, then wrap it all up with some loving kindness of Thai Massage. After you melt into your mat, we will feed you exquisite raw cacao chocolates…yum! What a beautiful way to share with friends, all the things we love. No experience or partner necessary, just bring an open heart! Location: Hawaiian Sanctuary Hwy 130, Mile Marker 12, Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii www.hawaiiansanctuary.com 800.309.8010
2 day/4 part AcroYoga workshop in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii!!
Come experience the many sides of AcroYoga!! AcroYoga is a blend of the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and the healing medicine of Thai Massage. We connect, laugh and PLAY in a safe, supportive environment. This workshop will be in 4 parts: Saturday April 18th: Level 1 PART 1: 10am-1pm "Solar": partner strength training & dynamic flying transitions! This part is designed for everyone from newbies to seasoned AcroYogis to play and connect in some high flying FUN! PART 2: 2pm- 5pm "Lunar": partner yoga, therapeutic flying & Thai Massage! This part is our yummy healing side of AcroYoga, also designed for everyone of all levels! Give an exchange healing touch of Thai Massage, and go on a "Therapeutic flight" and surrender into BLISS! Sunday April 19th: Level 2 PART 3: 10am-1pm "Solar": take your acro practice to new heights! This part is designed for those that already have an Acro Yoga practice and want to build more skills, refine/smooth out some moves and increase their knowledge base!Pre-requisites: 3 months of flying or basing experience, or teachers approval; Able to fly OR base: bird, throne, star, cartwheel in and out, pasarita twist and shoulder stand. 1 minute headstand in the middle of the room; 1 minute handstand against the wall; Attentive spotting for safe play!; An open heart! PART 4: 2pm- 5pm "Solar": Pass the Flyer!!! This is one of our favorite acro games! learn how to transition a flyer from one base to the next! A whole new world of "weight shifting" is discovered when playing this game! Its Amazing!!! (Same Pre-Requisites as in PART 3!) If you are unsure if you can meet the pre-reqs, please message Serena Acro to ask any questions you might have! www.facebook.com/SerenaAcro Location: Hilo Shala 284 Keawe Street Hilo, HI 96720 808.443.1979 hiloshala.frontdeskhq.com; Pre-Register by April 1st and save $5 each part or $10 each day!
(for each day)$70.00
"Twin hoop (2 hoop) workshop with Serena of JuicyHoops! All-Levels
Come experience the wonderful world of hooping as we spiral into our juicy selves! This is a special workshop where you will learn how to play with 2 HOOPS at the same time, and open up a whole new world of hoop dance possibilities! We are designing this class for ALL-LEVELS, which means we will start with simple 2 hoop tricks and then work our way to more elaborate tricks and transitions. No matter what level you are, there will be something here for everyone to learn!! Be ready to laugh, have a ton of fun, feel sexy and inspired!!! Come sweat, dance and move and groove with us! Practice hoops are provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcomed! (Professionally made hoops available for purchase at the studio!) Pre-register here to hold your spot!Details: Sunday March 29th, 2015 3-5pm; Space is limited, pre registration required! ~Certified Hoop Dance Instructor~ Location: Shakti House 1401 se Morrison St. Portland, or shaktihousepdx.Com 503.972.2929
AcroYoga Workshop in Meridian, ID!!!
A 2 day all-level acroyoga/thai massage workshop designed to bring love, light and flight into your life! We are soooo excited to be returning to the Boise/Meridian Idaho area to offer another AcroYoga workshop!!!! Thank you for Welcoming us back to your community! Please join us for a very special 2 day AcroYoga workshop! AcroYoga is a blend of the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and the healing medicine of Thai massage. We connect, laugh and PLAY in a safe, supportive environment. We will share with you fun Acro games, partner yoga warm ups, strength training exercises, inversions, exciting flying transitions and some yummy therapeutic Thai massage! You will get to experience a full range of what AcroYoga is all about! Pre-register here to hold your spot! Details: Saturday Feb 21st- "lunar" 12-3pm - Lunar is the Therapeutic side of our practice! We will play with partner yoga, therapeutic flying and Thai Massage! Sunday Feb 22nd- "Solar" 12-3pm Solar is the high flying dynamic acrobatic side of our practice! We will play with partner warm ups and strength training, inversions and dynamic flying transitions! (to learn more about the differences between Solar and Lunar, please visit this link: http://shaktihousepdx.Com/classes/more-about-acro-yoga/) You can sign up for each day individually, or sign up for both! No Partner or experience necessary! Just bring you and an open heart! Location: Halo Hot Yoga 3055 e Fairview Suite 210 Meridian id www.Halohotyoga.Com 208.391.4878
For Two Days$75.00
Pre-Register by Feb 1st and Save an Additional
"Alchemy Of Love" A Valentine's Day Workshop
a High Vibe Infusion of Acroyoga Therapeutics, Thai Massage & Exquisite Raw Pie/cacao Treats!! This is an all-level heart warming AcroYoga playshop designed to bring love, light and flight into your life! We connect through Partner Yoga, then raise our hearts and spirits with Therapeutic AcroYoga, then wrap it all up with some loving kindness of Thai Massage. After you melt into your mat, we will feed you exquisite raw chocolate pie and Cacao chocolates… yum! What a beautiful way to share with friends, all the things we love. We are asking that you come with a friend/sweetie so we have an even number of attendees for the Thai Massage portion of the workshop!! SO find a buddy and come play with us! You can use the facebook thread to post if you are looking for a friend to team up with! No experience necessary, just bring a friend/sweetie and an open heart! Pre-register Here to Hold your Spot! Download Flyer Pdf Details: Saturday Feb 14th, 2015 4:30-6:30pm Workshop Location: Shakti House 1401 se Morrison St. Portland, or shaktihousepdx.Com 503.972.2929
Serena is currently teaching hoop dance private lessons in maui, Hawaii.
Hoop dance is a beautiful movement art and an incredibly fun way to connect and express yourself!
The hoop is simply a tool that helps us to spiral inward and peer inside ourselves and stir up our creative juices! It is an opportunity to listen to our inner child, that care free state where anything is possible! In Serena's classes, you will learn a ton of fantastic hoop moves, and with patience and dedication, you will find that sweet spot where the magic starts to flow. You will soon discover why hoop dance is so infectious and contagious!
Serena can teach anyone to hoop! She has a way of breaking down hoop moves that is easy to understand.
Her classes invite playfulness, laughter and bliss as you lose yourself in the hoop! Not only is it tremendously fun, its also an incredible workout! Come sweat, dance and move and groove with us!
No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an open heart!
Holly Hill - "Hollywood"
Serena is a fantastic teacher and hoop maker. Her classes are well thought out for all levels and she teaches her classes with progression in mind, building each skill to make dancers of us all. When it comes to artistic hoop making, Serena is a master. Her colors and designs are beautiful. I especially love her collapsible hoops which fit nicely into an overhead when I travel.
Serena Is Currently Teaching Private Hoop Dance/acroyoga Lessons on Maui, Hawaii!
Serena offers private lessons for Hoop Dance and AcroYoga!
This is for those that want more in depth study, as well as for those that her class times don't work out for your schedule. Her rates are designed so if you bring more friends, you all save money!
Serena Scaglione has dedicated her life to a world of teaching and healing, inspiring women and men to awaken into their bodies, move from their souls and shine from their hearts! Her passionate nature has led her down many different rivers of creativity, investing her heart in animation/graphic design, circus arts, performance, yoga and healing arts. She is a twice certified Hoop Dance Instructor, certified Danyasa Yoga Instructor (a fusion of Vinyasa Yoga and Expressive Dance), certified AcroYoga Instructor and licensed massage therapist with a focus on Structural Integration, Lomi Lomi, Ashiatsu, Thai Massage, Somassage and Craniosacral therapies.