Brenda Stebbeds – Massage Manager
Brenda has a special skill that we are thrilled to have at Overleaf Lodge & Spa. With deep experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), she also has an extensive background helping other massage therapist succeed in our common goal of serving clients.
“Massage is not just a ‘back rub’ that anyone can do,” says Brenda. “Professionally trained and skilled therapists perform magical work that you cannot experience at the massage chairs in the mall. Massage is unique, in that it takes strong focus to set aside one’s personal agenda each day and meet each client where they are at, in that very moment.”
Brenda began her journey over 13 years ago with an initial goal of helping others feel better. Today, she is an adjunct instructor for the massage therapy departments at both Lane Community College and Rogue Community College. She is also the owner of Urban Therapeutic, a wellness and therapeutic products boutique in downtown Eugene, Oregon.
Brenda lives in Eugene, with her family and dogs, Waldo and Frida. Several times each month she travels to Yachats to breathe the fresh air, enjoy the beautiful views and work, here at Overleaf Spa.
A Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) since 2003, Karen enjoys her profession where she can be physically active and work with clients who look forward to receiving her care. Karen always wants her clients to feel they can direct their massage experience. “I ask my clients if they would like more or less pressure, or if they would like the table to be warmer or cooler. I hope by asking what they want they will find the voice to let me know what they are wishing would happen.”
As a resident of Newport, Karen enjoys walking on the beach and seeing boats enter and exit Newport Bay. Watching wildlife play, especially birds and seals, is centering for her, and she enjoys going to plays and listening to live music. Her favorite thing to do, however, is hanging out with her two grown sons.
Renee has been a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) for over 20 years and enjoys the opportunity it creates to meet people from all different walks of life. She also loves to learn and is fascinated with anatomy, physiology and energy. “I feel lucky to be in a profession that requires me to always be learning something new,” Renee shares.
Having always been drawn to the ocean, she feels Yachats is a very special place. In her spare time, she enjoys photographing life, hiking, practicing hot yoga, and paddle boarding.
As both a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Energy Healer, Maria Erskine values being able to help people heal and relax. Maria utilizes a variety of techniques to release tension, increase circulation and promote overall well-being.
She is passionate about the connection between the mind and the body and what bringing these two into harmony can do in our lives. She shares, “Too many people are unaware of what this harmony truly feels like, which is why I’m so dedicated to and excited about the work I do every day.”
Maria recognizes massage as a tool for easing pain, healing injuries, and restoring you to your core self.
A resident of Eugene, she has always been drawn to the ocean ̶, its mesmerizing waves and the peace and tranquility of beautiful coastal towns like Yachats. For Maria, exploring the coastal trails is one of her favorite ways to enjoy nature and observe the variety of vegetation.