An Abhainn

Occupied Land of the Chinook People and Many Others
Portland, Oregon
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Affordable Yoga, Bodywork, and Somatic Coaching

About An Abhainn + Muir

An Abhainn means "The River" in Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic). Muir, (the practitioner behind An Abhainn), is a student of Gaeilge and has an enduring fascination with recovering and reconnecting to the fragmented and historically suppressed wisdom held by their ancestors. They are inspired by working peoples' solidarity, abolition, Indigenous liberation, and anarchism: they seek to find opportunities for collective liberation in all their work.Muir is a licensed massage therapist, conflict mediator, and yoga teacher living and working on occupied Chinook land.
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Since their original bodywork training in 2017, Muir has loved helping people with their pain. Both ancient wisdom and contemporary science tell us that pain, stress, and trauma are complex and intersecting forces that, when left untended, can wreak havoc on our lives and well-being. However, when given the proper care and attention they can also be powerful sources of personal insight and collective transformation. Muir's goal as a practitioner is to help clients access a growing sense of bodily agency and somatic awareness, while finding relief, empowerment, and resilience around potentially challenging experiences like anxiety, grief, and pain.

Education and Training

Core Education

Trauma-Informed Awareness Oriented Connective Bodywork | The Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork
Unfold 200 hour yoga teacher training | Unfold Portland
(In progress) BS in Anthropology, with a minor in Indigenous Nations Studies | Portland State University

Additional Trainings

Transformative Justice | Spring up
Grief Mentorship Program | Lawrence Cole
Chi Nei Tsang for the Abdomen | Saumya Comer
The Burning Times Never Ended | Rain Crowe / The Village Mystery School
Doula Certification Training | The Sacred Birthing School
Foundations in Rewilding | Rewild Portland
Introduction to Pregnancy Massage | The Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork
Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy | Oregon School of Massage

Professional Memberships

-American Massage Therapy Association
-Yoga Alliance

Certifications Maintained

-Licensed Massage Therapist Oregon: LMT #24599
-Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED/First Aid
-Yoga Alliance RYT 200


Below is a very incomplete list of the folks whose work, teachings, and mentorship have supported me in developing my understandings and practice.the ancient live oak in my grandma's front yard, the pond minnows who taught me about transformation and death and grief, the moon over the gulf, the homelands of the Apalachee people, all the domesticated animals who taught me about subjugation and emotion and who helped me to envision new futures, Shambhavi Sarasvati, joanna macy, D'ana Valenzuela, Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Michele Gamburd, adrienne maree brown, jessi radovich, Diane Chancy, Rain Crowe, Ahlay, Michael Yellow Bird, Bear, Miss Sivvy, Meenadchi, Irish Grounded Connections, Patricia Hill Collins, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Deborah A. Miranda, Michael Polon, Conrad, Sade, Ida Rolf, tsongkhapa, queer nature, my bone ancestors, Peter Michael Bauer, Barbara Essman, Audrey Smedley, Jeannine Meis, Angela Davis, John Newman, Helen Kesler, the monks of the Bhavana Society, peter gray

Bodywork and Somatic Coaching

General Info

The fundamental goal of this work is to help you come into deeper relationship with your body. We can use a variety of tools and techniques to accomplish this goal-- ranging from table-based massage work, to movement and biomechanics coaching, to yogic techniques and somatic awareness building, to consulting tarot cards.The bodywork I practice is gentle, but with enough depth to meet your body's needs for pressure. It focuses on alleviating chronic and acute pain, reducing stress, mapping boundaries, encouraging mindful awareness of the body, and creating new patterns of movement. My original training is in mindfulness-based structural integration, and my work is also informed by yoga, pain gate theory, trauma-informed care, and many other scientific and wisdom traditions.


The standard cost for one-on-one sessions is $140 for a two hour session, with a booking deposit of $50 for first time clients. I can take some insurance on a case-by-case basis: ask me about it.For repeat clients, I offer one hour sessions for a standard rate of $70, or for 1/2 of the agreed upon sliding scale fee for a full session.If you make a lower income (earning below ~40,000 for a single person) or otherwise face circumstances that cause you to struggle to meet your needs, my sliding scale is $50-$160. Contact me with any questions.


1. Mobility
Accessing my office requires ascending and descending a set of stairs. If this is not possible for your body, contact me to discuss alternative arrangements.
2. Covid
I will ask you about your masking preferences when you book and let you take the lead. I am happy to mask for any client who wants or needs this, and I also have an air purifier that I can run in the space.
3. Scent
I do my best to keep my office relatively scent-free; however, it is not entirely scent free-- it is, however, largely free of artificial scents. Additionally, the building I work out of is non-smoking, but sometimes people do smoke regardless. This doesn't impact the working space, but you might encounter smoking smells in the hallway.
4. General Sensory Stuff
I keep the lighting in my space relatively dim and friendly to people who are overwhelmed by bright lights. The fabrics I use are soft cotton, and the space is usually quiet. There may be noises from neighbors or the outdoors that are outside of my control.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a mental health therapist / do you offer psychotherapy?
No to both!
I am not a licensed psychotherapist, and I do not provide psychotherapy to clients. However, I do think that the kind of awareness-oriented somatic bodywork I offer can be very complementary to the work that is done with a skilled psychotherapist (or an elder, spiritual advisor, etc), and vice versa. In fact, I recommend that clients who come to me for bodywork also be in some kind of therapy, particularly because deep touch and presence with the body can bring stuff up for people that would be best handled through the support of a wise therapist, elder, spiritual teacher, etc. If you are not seeing a psychotherapist but would like to be and want some recommendations feel free to contact me.

Will you massage me with your clothes off and/or perform other sexual services?
The work that happens at An Abhainn involves uni-directional touch and is currently non-sexual in nature, for legal and ethical reasons. While it is perfectly normal and natural for many people to experience sexual feelings and physiological reactions during bodywork, acting on these feelings is not acceptable in this context and would be a serious violation.
Inquiries of a sexual nature will not be considered or responded to, and any potential clients who make such inquiries will be blacklisted and/or referred to another provider. (Please note that requests to work intentionally with sexual trauma are perfectly fine and would not result in a ban.) Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in my practice.

Do you take insurance?
I'm working on it! So far, I have successfully billed Kaiser for bodywork services. I was not able to get credentialed with CareOregon. If you want to try using insurance for a bodywork session,
contact me about it and let's talk.

Do you have any openings today?
Probably not, that's generally not how I work. I usually book sessions at least four days out, especially with new clients. However, you're always welcome to try popping me a text or an email and seeing what happens.


Currently on hiatus. If you're interested in attending a yoga class with me, contact me and I'll be sure to let you know when they start up again~~~Fill out this form to receive the class link and attend your first online class.
Mondays from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays from 8:00am-9:30am
Classes held over video chat and by donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Arising out of a rigorous and rich inquiry into the nature of self and reality, and passed down from teacher to student in South Asia for thousands of years, yoga is a practice of unity and insight. It is both a mystical wisdom tradition and an empirical practice designed to alleviate suffering and to help those who practice it attain a clearer understanding of themselves and their world.The yoga I teach is rooted in disability justice and accessibility: this means that everything we do is opt-in and designed with flexibility in mind so that almost anybody in any body can get something helpful out of the practice.
I also hold a weight-neutral space, meaning that the goal of our work isn't to lose weight, we don't uphold diet culture, and we aim to honor and work with our bodies, not critique and pathologize them.
This practice of yoga is centered around Patanjali's eight limbs and in particular incorporates asana (movement), pranayama (breath practice), dharana (concentration), and dhyana (meditation). We discuss yamas and niyamas and how they pertain to our own lives.

Resources for learning more:
-Embrace Yoga's Roots- Susana Barkataki
-Your Body, Your Yoga- Bernie Clark
-The Radiance Sutras- Lorin Roche
-The Bhagavad Gita
-The 8 limbs of yoga
-honor (don't appropriate) yoga summit

Resources and Readings

Biomechanics Resources
-Pain Gate Theory
-Better Movement by Todd Hargrove
-Katy Bowman's work on movement nutrition
-Painful Yarns by Lorimer Moseley
-Your Body, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark
-Natural Posture for Pain Free Living- Kathleen Porter
-Lost Posture: Why some Indigenous cultures may not have back pain - Michaeleen Doucleff
Embodiment and Trauma
-About Trauma-Informed Care
-"Embodiment Means Being Torn Apart and Flying Away" - Joshua Schrei
-Decolonizing Trauma Work by Renee Linklater
-The Neurodecolonization Work of Michael Yellow Bird
-The Body Keeps the Score
by Bessel van der Kolk
-Healing Sex and The Politics of Trauma by Staci K. Haines
-Healing Developmental Trauma by Laurence Heller, Aline Lapierre
-Radical Dharma: talking race love and liberation by rev angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D
-The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's legacy of enduring injury and healing_ by Dr. Joy DeGruy
-Embodiment Basics Course from The Embodiment Institute
-Somatic Snacks by TacoCat Wellness
-Insight Meditation Society Retreats (online and in-person)
-Open Dharma Talks and Meditations
-Yoga Nidra and Deep Rest Practices
-Generative Somatics
-Start Here, Start Now by Bhante Gunaratana
-Unfold Portland
-Somatic IFS

Basic Needs Resources
-Rose City Resource Guide from Streetroots
Other Resources of Potential Interest
-a Haudenosaunee thanksgiving prayer
-the village mystery school
-Joanna Macy on world as lover, world as self / the work that reconnects
-kohenet hebrew priestss institute
-queer nature
-people's echo
-irish grounded connections
-Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
-Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta
-Radical Dharma by rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah
-the work that reconnects
-The Radiance Sutras translated by Lorin Roche.
-Oyology by Minna Salami
-Nordic Animism
-invasion of america
-A Peoples' History of the United States by Howard Zinn
-the construct of resilience: a critical evaluation
-quality land acknowledgements for the portland area
-cession 352, the treaty between the "calapooia" + "confederated bands of willamette valley" and the united states government (you can read more about willamette valley treaties here)
-turtle island
-oregon's indigenous history
- An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
-Kalapuyan history
-Gendercide in Spanish California
-racist and classist eminent domain seizures in portland
-POC history in Oregon
-race exclusion laws in oregon.
-Unsheltered peoples' demographics in Portland
-spring up
-call on me, not the cops
-"what is transformative justice" from the Barnard Center for Research on Women
-the abolition and disability justice coalition
-mad survival tools: stay mad, stay together
-mad maps for the pandemic
-rethinking mental health: history of the mad movement and alternatives to biomedical approaches
-Laziness Does Not Exist- Devon Price
-Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times by Carla Bergman
-inquisitive human classes
-emergent strategy and pleasure activism: the politics of feeling good by adrienne maree brown
-decolonizing nonviolent communication by meenadchi
-animist arts
-bridging complexity collectively: individualism as a system of oppression
-relational uprising
-queer attachment: an anti-oppression toolkit for relational healing
-emergent liberation collective

Pain Gate Theory

"Pain gate theory" is the evidence-based cornerstone of the work that I do, and the basic idea is that the "no pain, no gain" approach people often take to massage therapy is actually harmful for chronic pain outcomes in the long run. When you sit through a massage that hurts, you're reinforcing the pain patterns in your body (this pain can still feel good in the moment due to pleasurable neurotransmitters released in the nervous system in response to human touch, due to the experience of the pain itself, etc.). When we work together to keep your session as deep as you want, but non-painful, you’re allowing your body to re-pattern its relationship to pain-- and, ultimately, it’s often the case that we will be able to do deeper work in the long run because we’ve moved at the pace of your body and built embodied trust, rather than fighting your body and creating more layers of tension.For more information on pain gate theory, this video provides a brief but fairly technical overview, and this video provides a longer but more simple overview. I emphasize this because in my years of practice I have found it to be true that many of us have a misconception regarding what pain is and how to manage it, and as a practitioner it is my job first and foremost to do no harm. In this case, doing no harm means informing my clients about the harm that can happen when reinforcing pain patterns over time through massage therapy and working to mitigate that potential within my practice.

Trauma-Informed Care

The term “trauma-informed” nods to the understanding that trauma (personal, historic, generational, societal) impacts our relationship to our bodies, our health, our communities, our healthcare providers, our ability to feel safe and calm, and our ability to heal and feel better. The word "trauma" here is referring to any event that one's nervous system experiences as overwhelming: this can be events form childhood or adulthood, things you directly experienced, things you have witnessed others experiencing, etc. People often feel the impacts of trauma through experiences like numbness, anxiety, anger, addiction, physical pain, fatigue, hyper-vigilance, frightening alternate realities, and many other feelings and coping strategies.In all my work, I seek to offer a space where we acknowledge that trauma, in one form or another, is in the room with us. Knowing this, we do our best to work at the pace of felt safety, not pushing past our embodied boundaries. We seek to cultivate a space where we invite ourselves, at our own pace and in our own time, to move toward embodiment and agency and away from chronic numbness, dissociation, and fear. In bodywork sessions, this can look like slowing down and not pushing through embodied boundaries to "do a massage" in the way we might have been taught massage is supposed to look.
Finally, in the spirit of trauma-informed care, I aim hold a space that acknowledges and works to minimize the power dynamic that arises between practitioners and clients in health care settings. In our session, I will seek to hold myself as an advisor and collaborator, not an authority, and I ask that you work to see yourself as the authority on your own body and to take ownership of your session.


Drop me a message, and I'll get back to you on my next office day (Monday-Thursday).

Call or Text at (503) 750-4134

Message sent to An.Abhainn@pm.meGo raibh maith agat
(Thank You)

Testimonials and Reviews

To see more reviews, check out my google listing and massagebook page

"I really appreciate how they are able to gently coax my mind to the process. It feels more collaborative than other practitioners I've worked with. The pressure and long holds help me tune in with how that piece of me is connected to the rest of me and just breath into it...I've never felt more seen and understood by a practitioner before and it makes a big difference in feeling safe."
- J

"Muir is amazing! i've had multiple sessions with them and leave feeling rested and back to equilibrium each time. Muir is thoughtful, and caring from start to finish. I felt comfortable and held."

"Muir is an exceptional bodyworker. I have traded bodywork with them on multiple occasions.....
I recommend Muir to everyone looking for myofascial work as well as anyone who wishes to find a quiet mind from a genuine, caring and intelligent being."

"I had the experience of safety and atunement that is so necessary for me when I receive this type of work. muir has an intuitive sense of what our bodies need to open up and activate their own inherent resources. Thank you!"

"Muir is amazing! Every aspect of the experience is so thoughtfully curated. I always leave feeling relaxed and back to a state of balance. I haven’t experienced anything like it."

"Muir is extremely knowledgeable about the body and explained different processes thoroughly. I left the session feeling much more relaxed. They also followed up after with recommendations and different things that might improve the pain that I have. Looking forward to more sessions."

Muireall Brown

Portland, OR | (503) 750-4134 |

I use trauma-informed somatic and insight practices, conflict resolution interventions, and decolonial anthropological frameworks to help people better understand themselves, their relationships, and their communities.I live and work on the occupied land of the Chinook people, among many others.
(Portland, Oregon)
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Academic Work

Skills Demonstrated
Research Project Development and Implementation | Critical Thinking and Writing | Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis | Anthropological and Indigenous Studies Subject-Specific Knowledge | Competence with Trauma-Informed Frameworks

Degrees and Certifications

University Settings

(In progress) BS in Anthropology, Minor in Indigenous Nations Studies | Portland State University

Explore The Law 2023 Cohort | Portland State University

Practitioner Settings and Community-Based Learning

Licensed Massage Therapist

Unfold 200 hour yoga teacher training | Unfold Portland

Trauma-Informed Awareness Oriented Connective Bodywork | The Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork


College Transcript

Indigenous Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge (ITECK)

Over the course of my time completing an Indigenous Nations studies minor at PSU, I completed about 100 hours of community-based learning focusing on ITECK. These experiences took the form of attending webinars, helping with campus re-Indigenization projects such as PSU's Oak Savanna, and attending community gardening and planting events rooted in ITECK: for example, The Native Gathering Gardens community work day in Cully and the Wapas nah nee shaku volunteer days.

Selected Class Papers

Midterm Paper for First Foods of the Pacific NorthwestStates of Exception and Threats to Democracy for The Anthropology of ViolenceClose Reading of Edge of the Knife for Horror and IndigeneityLit Summary for Indigenous ScienceFinal Explication Paper for Junior Honors Writing Class

Research and Writing

Preliminary Recommendations for PSU's Department of Emergency Management-- Collaboration with Culture, Vulnerability, and Disaster Resilience Class

Undergraduate Thesis (In Progress)

Professional Experience

Skills Demonstrated
Competence Working with Clients | Handling Confidential Information | Working Independently and in Teams | Application of Academic Skills in Practical Settings | Ethical and Values-Oriented Engagement with Hierarchies and Power Dynamics | Youth Engagement

Trauma-Informed Bodywork and Accessible Yoga

Since their original bodywork training in 2017, Muir has loved helping people with their pain. After a decade of personal yoga practice, they expanded their skillset in 2023 with a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Both ancient wisdom and contemporary science tell us that pain, stress, and trauma are complex and intersecting forces that, when left untended, can wreak havoc on our lives and well-being. However, when given the proper care and attention they can also be powerful sources of personal insight and collective transformation. Muir's goal as a practitioner is to help clients access a growing sense of bodily agency and somatic awareness, while finding relief, empowerment, and resilience around potentially challenging experiences like anxiety, grief, and pain.To learn more and view client testimonials, visit

Outdoor Skills and Education

Muir has been working as an outdoor educator on and off since they were in high school. Ranging from food security-oriented gardening projects to nature immersion programs, Muir has worked in a variety of contexts with mixed age groups-- they have also taught kids and adults how to swim. In addition to working for themself, Muir has worked for Rewild Portland, Trackers Earth, The Boys and Girls Club of America, and Treehouse Preschool.As an educator, Muir emphasizes personal and group empowerment and non-hierarchy as much as possible, especially when working with kids. They view outdoor education as both a vehicle for increased self-confidence and fulfillment as well as an opportunity to develop compassion and connection to other humans and to the more-than-human world.

Hygiene4All Internship
(In Progress)

As an undergraduate student, Muir worked for Portland, Oregon nonprofit Hygiene4All as a research intern. In addition to conducting qualitative research about cold weather injuries among local unsheltered individuals, Muir also assisted as an on the ground service provider at the hub. This experience required them to utilize their people skills, their experience with trauma-informed care, and their anthropological skillset.


Personal Profile

Skills Demonstrated
Emotional Intelligence and "People Skills" | Conflict Resolution | Values-Oriented | Strong Work Ethic | Resourcefulness

Activism and Volunteer Work

Volunteer | Forests for Climate Resilience and Cascadia Forest Defenders

Safety Coordinator | Clown as Protest

Volunteer | Student/Farmworker Alliance

Volunteer | Critical Resistance

Volunteer Street Medic | Portland Action Medics

Additionally, Muir has been involved in a number of projects and efforts in a less formal capacity. For instance, they participated in the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement while living on Kaua'i, assisting locals who wished to reclaim stolen land in the ahupua'a of Wailua; they worked with community members in Sarasota, Florida organizing around police violence; they have worked in numerous community gardens serving all kinds of people.

Mediation Experience

Muir has been volunteering as a peer mediator since 2019. Initially engaging from a place of necessity with low-resource and high-need communities and organizations they were connected to, Muir has spent the past five years deepening their education and cultivating their skill set through hands-on learning. Muir has experience with frameworks and tools like NVC (they particularly appreciate Meenadchi's decolonizing NVC approach), pod mapping, and accountability procesess. Their formal education consists of taking transformative justice classes with Spring Up, but they intend to continue cultivating their practice via more formal training after they finish their undergraduate degree.

Mediation testimonials coming soon.

Travel Experience

Muir has traveled fairly extensively throughout Turtle Island and Hawai'i, as well as a brief stint in Ireland. They are an experienced hitchhiker and have crossed from the Atlantic to the Pacific via hitchhiking more than once. Their favorite part of hitchhiking is the chance to meet people they never would have encountered otherwise: foreign business people, survivalists living off grid, concerned moms, Indigenous wood carvers, and traveling artists are just a few of the folks Muir has encountered on their journeys. Muir is also a member of a number of free trust-based hospitality networks (i.e. trustroots, BeWelcome, and Couchers) where they have hosted guests in their home and been hosted as a guest while traveling.