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.
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.
In her early years, Leslie had very sensitive skin, which instilled a desire to understand the ingredients in products and their effects on skin, particularly those with healing benefits. Becoming an Esthetician LFT was a natural life path, along with the wellness and healing arts. She enjoys creating beauty with her hands and heart and stays balanced through creating art and as a Reiki Practitioner.
Drawn to helping people take time for self-care, healing and renewal, she deeply values being a part of the transformative process as people allow themselves to slow down and receive healing touch.
Leslie has practiced in health and wellness for over 20 years, and in Esthetics for nearly seven years. Before coming to the Overleaf Spa, she worked in the Rogue Valley at wellness spas. “I love being here at this inspiring spa on the Oregon Coast, surrounded by the majestic beauty of ocean and forest.” She enjoys taking long walks by the sea and in the woods and breathing deeply. She and her partner recently moved to the Oregon Coast and are loving living here. In her free time, Leslie likes to visit the art galleries and crabbing with her partner, which is her favorite pastime and fascination.
Kandice Allen, LMT
Helping, guiding, encouraging people’s bodies to release tension and heal, thanks to intentional touch, is what Licensed Massage Therapist Kandice Allen brings to the massage tables here, at the Overleaf Lodge & Spa.
A licensed massage therapist since 2013, her experience is wide-ranging, with 20 years in health care and expertise in a variety of modalities, which she adapts to meet clients’ needs. She practices a Swedish-based massage “very intuitively.” She also has studied or attended workshops for acupressure, trigger points, Hawaiian lomilomi, Thai massage, cupping, aromatherapy and myofascial release.
Allen has practiced massage in chiropractor offices, spas, a park recreation center, in private practice and care facilities, even at music festivals.
Born in Alaska, Allen moved to Gold Beach, Oregon, when she was 7 years old. She has lived in Eugene since 2006 and is thrilled to be practicing massage therapy at the Overleaf Lodge & Spa.
“Yachats has always been my favorite Oregon Coast town. I love the vibe, the architecture of the homes, the artsy feel, the views and the beaches,” she says, adding, “I love being in nature, hiking in the mountains and walking on the beach.”
Krista Fleming, LMT
Drawn to movement, art and healing, Licensed Massage Therapist Krista Fleming is committed to engaging her body and spirit while helping others to do the same at the Overleaf Lodge & Spa.
A graduate of the East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Fleming is also a certified yoga instructor. She credits her years as a Trails Technician with the National Forest Service for teaching her “the importance of maintaining the wellbeing of our bodies.”
When working with clients, Fleming is drawn to Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy, both techniques that she considers slower and more subtle in providing “deep and long-lasting relief.”
Fleming feels rewarded when her clients relax and enjoy the massage experience, taking that mellow state of mind with them out of the spa.
Originally from Minnesota, Fleming loves the Oregon coast, finding Yachats a serene “yet playful place to live.” She loves to explore the local tidepools and sea caves, finding the aquatic life fascinating.