Alexander Rosan

Chronic Pain Doesn't Have to Be a Life Sentence

Are you suffering from physical pain, stored trauma, or challenging life transitions?

Let me help you find release and get back to your self.

I can help you find a way through the pain, so you can live your life with more freedom, movement, space, and peace.

“The bodywork he did in a 2-hour session was more effective than dozens of hours of experienced, well-trained bodywork elsewhere.” Simone A.

Have you been to massage therapists, bodyworkers, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and physical therapists? 

Maybe you’ve tried all of the above.

“Alex is an amazing, intuitive, personable massage therapist and body worker.” Michael S.

It might be time to try another layer of help.

Join me.

“One session with him was more effective at healing my shoulder injury than 3+ months of weekly physical therapy appointments…” Corey B.

I'm Alexander Rosan

I’m a bodyworker and movement coach based in Portland, Oregon. I work with my clients to help heal body, mind, and spiritual pain through dynamic somatic-assisted therapies. 

So what does all of this mean for you?

Probably not a lot. 

But after more than a decade of doing this work and helping thousands of clients heal from various pain, here’s what I know for sure:

I can help you, too.

After working with me, clients have reported...

✨The absence of chronic neck/back pain and stiffness

✨Feeling lighter, happier, grounded

✨Enjoying the gift of deep gratitude

✨The release of old and new trauma

✨Increased energy, deeper sleep, more patience 

✨Finding a sense of ease in day-to-day life

Here's What Others Have Said


  • Please arrive on time for your appointment. so we can take full advantage of the time we have together.
  • Knock on the door when you arrive.
  • Please come to your session well showered and clean.
  • Make sure to drink as much water as you can for up to 2 days before your appointment.
  • Do not come to your massage under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Cover any fresh or recovering wounds with a bandage.
  • Try not to rush getting to your appointment. Stay as relaxed as possible before, during, and after.
  • Upon first meeting, you will come to my space, and we will sit down to talk about your body. You will fill out an intake form that gives me important information on where you’re at on a physical, mental, and spiritual level so I can cater our appointments to your needs. I may have you go through a few exercises so I can get a visual of how your body is functioning.
  • Before the massage, I will step out of the room to wash my hands, allow you to undress to your comfort level, and get under the sheet. I will knock before entering the room, start some relaxing music, make sure you’re comfortable, and begin our session.
  • During the massage, I will use a base oil of sunflower that I sometimes mix with essential oils (things such as lavender ylang-ylang, geranium, juniper) for your betterment. These oils are pure, organic, and safe unless, of course, you have specified allergies. I am always open to your feedback throughout the massage, as it is much better for you to speak up so you can get what your body needs.
  • After the appointment, I’ll step out of the room and allow you to take your time to let the work integrate. I will be waiting outside the door with some water for you. We will sit down with each other for a few minutes, allowing you to drink some water and me to give any feedback on things I noticed, stretches that might help your body and other suggestions that might help you in your process of health in all aspects of the word.
  • After you feel integrated, I’ll send you on your way in hopes we’ll see one another again.
  • If cancellation occurs without at least 24 hour advanced notice, full payment will be charged to the person with whom the session was scheduled.
  • If you come late to your session, we will do the best work we can within the time slot you were scheduled for. If you are over 30 minutes late and do not let me know you’re on your way, the session will be cancelled and payment will be due in full.

I accept payment in (preferred) cash, check, Venmo, PayPal, or Credit Card.

You get undressed to your comfort level. Yes, some areas might be more difficult to access or warm up if there is clothing in the way, and it’s far more important that you feel safe, comfortable, and at ease. I work with bodies, naked or otherwise, daily. I practice tight sheeting techniques, so you don’t feel exposed. I maintain a professional and safe environment for your well-being.

Yes, completely!  Anything you share with me will be kept private. There are a few outstanding circumstances where I may share your information with another colleague to enhance your experience and serve you better. If you share that you are planning on hurting yourself or someone else, by law, I’m obligated to report it. 

It’s important to me that my work maintains accessibility. There are trade possibilities, depending on what you’d like to trade. Discounts are always a discussion, and I’m open to having those discussions. 

Modalities Used

Myofascial Release

This technique works with the connective tissue, and some deeper layers of muscle tissue. Usually this helps to put the fascial layers of muscle tissue back into a place of homeostasis.

Work with Emotion and Trauma

This is a specific area of interest to me, and my work. We all have various forms of stored emotion and trauma. Some of us are told at a young age we can't emote, or express, so it ends up being suppressed and can even act out as disease in the body. Others of us have had very physical, or emotional traumatic experiences that creates a deadened sense of self, or a dynamic trigger that seems too overwhelming to breech on our own. By using various tools that I've developed, and learned over time (like somatic experiencing), together, we can help you to overcome those traumas, and gain access to emotions you haven't had access to, as well as give you a restored sense of strength, love, and strength, and love of self.

Postural Analysis

Essential to any bodyworkers palette. Observing the body, and how it is held allows both the practitioner, and receiver to engage in what the body is carrying, where, and how that effects the rest of the systems of the body. Then the practitioner can begin to help unravel where the body is wound in both physical, and emotional capacities.

Structural Integration

Otherwise known as, Rolfing. While it is deep, and sometimes painful work, it's highly effective in aiding the body to come to a neutral state, and allows the body to move more freely by releasing areas of highly restrictive tension.

TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises)

There are different ways to help the body process through the micro, and macro traumas we experience. Some of these things can be done alone,

Trigger Point

Trigger Point therapy involves finding a small point in a muscular region that when a firm pressure is applied helps to relieve that entire region. This sort of therapy works great for athletes, and people with RSI's (repeat stress injuries).

Visceral Manipulation

A work that incorporates physical, and energetic therapies to release tension of the various organs. Well known through parts of Europe but quite foreign to most people in the United States. A powerful, and immensely useful technique.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurveda is the Indian form of medicine. It deals with a combination of 3 'doshas' or body/mind types to discern how that specific body can be navigated for optimal care including diet, exercise, and ways to navigate your individual challenges.


Many traditions incorporate breath into their practices of self-care. There are so many layers of breath that function to help the body cleanse, open, sleep, focus, and charge. Not to mention other types that offer a deep, and intense look into ourself, and the way we hold our joy, pain, availability, and challenge.

Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine (TCM or 5 Element) deals often with acupuncture or needling (which I don't offer). However, the same system is applied with Tui-Na (Chinese style massage), qi-gong, and, Yin yoga to help open up the stagnant energetic pathways of the body. This also includes knowledge of diet, exercise, acupressure, herbs, and body types.


Herbs are a great way to supplement the process of health, and nutrition. There are so many herbs out there that can help with everything in the book! Our prescription medicine all comes from something natural right?! So why not try to heal, and aid yourself direct from the source of nature? Herbs can assist in sleep (and dreams), pain, male, and female related issues, immune response, and so much more.


If you have more questions than what’s listed above, please don’t hesitate to call or email.