Akasa is a peaceful, light filled bodywork studio in SE Portland dedicated to the practice and study of the traditional Thai healing arts. We specialize in therapeutic Thai massage and bodywork sessions, tailored to meet each client's unique wellness goals - from deep relaxation to injury rehabilitation. We also provide training and continuing education for both beginning and advanced practitioners of Thai bodywork.
Gretchen Hogue LMT
thai bodywork therapist & instructor
Gretchen first headed to Thailand to study Thai bodywork in 2004, where she discovered what would become her lifelong passion. After many return trips to Thailand as well as continued studies here at home, Gretchen has dedicated herself to ongoing deep exploration of this unique healing art and the traditional medical theory in which it is rooted. In addition to her bodywork practice, Gretchen also teaches privately and at East West College. She is endlessly grateful to the many teachers that have inspired and supported her studies and practice over the years, particularly her primary teacher Tevijjo Yogi as well as Pichest Boonthume and Nephyr Jacobsen.
In her bodywork practice, Gretchen finds great joy in working collaboratively with her clients to discover new levels of freedom and balance in their bodies through effective individualized treatments. She loves working with a diverse and varied clientele each with their own unique needs and goals. Gretchen is endlessly wowed by the many ways that Thai bodywork can bring balance, flexibility, and newfound vitality to every body.
As an instructor, Gretchen is committed to supporting students at all experience levels in gaining confidence, intuition and creativity in their Thai bodywork practice while providing a strong foundation in the traditional roots of this healing art. In her classes, Gretchen aims to create a relaxed and fun learning environment with a strong focus on individualized support and feedback.
Cricket Strominger LMT
thai bodywork therapist
Cricket is a California native living in the Pacific Northwest. Through her own healing journey, she found that holistic lifestyle practices – integrating body, mind and spirit – are essential to achieving health and wellness. When Cricket began studying and practicing Traditional Thai Bodywork, she discovered her passion. She is filled with gratitude to have the opportunity, through Thai massage, to work collaboratively with her clients, to provide deeply healing bodywork that facilitates a holistic lifestyle for others, and to support their journey towards living vibrant lives, filled with deep relationships, adventures, happiness, and gratitude.
For more information about Cricket and her services, please visit her website.
Kaley Birch LMT
apprenticing thai bodywork therapist
Kaley’s initiation into the ancient healing arts began while recovering from an unsuccessful surgery in 2010. Embarking on a transformative healing journey, she moved from Virginia to Oregon to study herbalism and massage, where she discovered Traditional Thai bodywork.
Her first experience with Thai massage brought a level of space and fluidity within her body like never before. Her greatest aspiration as a practitioner is to empower her clients by improving ease of movement and body awareness. Through the inspiration of her teachers and the timeless wisdom of this tradition, Kaley is honored to study, practice and share this unique healing experience.