Alex was born and raised with his twin sister in the golden hills of California’s Central Coast. He moved to Eugene in 2012 to pursue a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies on the Guitar, but changed courses when he made a startling discovery.
He noticed that his playing was always affected by whatever was present in his body and mind. If he was anxious, his playing would sound anxious and strained. But when he began his sessions with breathing exercises, his playing took on a completely new quality.
Over time, he began incorporating a philosophy into his practice routine called “Do Easy”.
The idea was simple: Get relaxed. Practice effortless action. Play as slow as needed for this. Don’t judge it. Don’t rush the results.
In just a week of practicing this way, he found himself playing effortlessly at full speed. He had discovered the virtue of practicing ease.
It was out of these experiments in the practice room that Alex began to think “My body is the first instrument. The guitar is the second. If I practice being relaxed, flowing, and full, then my playing will follow suit.”
He set out to learn as much as he could about the human body and mind.
A graduate of Lane Community College’s Massage Therapy program, Alex’s bodywork is rooted in traditional Swedish Massage, and incorporates elements of Myofascial Release, Structural Integration, Trigger Point Therapy, Connective Tissue Therapy, and Acupressure.
Along with his Massage practice, Alex has been immersed in Meditation, Martial Arts, and Medical Qigong for the last four years. He is currently training in a 200 hour Medical Qigong Practitioner Certificate program with Eric Shaffer, Doctor of Medical Qigong (China), and looks forward to offering energetic treatments and prescription Medical Qigong self-healing exercises.
His experience in these mind/body disciplines informs the compassionate awareness he brings to the treatment room.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys teaching a small studio of private guitar students, having a hearty laugh with friends over home-cooked meals, and going for long, long bike rides.