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PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Tara Clasen, whom has opened a new manual therapy practice in Lake Oswego, has a particular focus in helping women with issues stemming from their pelvic floor.
By Clara Howell
November 12 2021
When Lake Oswego resident Tara Clasen was in her early 20s, she experienced such intense pain she could hardly get out of bed.
As a child, she was involved with sports and even skated with former American figure skater Tonya Harding. Clasen remembers fracturing vertebrae and cracking her tailbone, among other injuries.
Now, at her manual therapy practice, Clasen uses the techniques she received during her healing process from chronic pain.
Clasen decided to open a manual therapy business for women in Lake Oswego Nov. 5. Her practice, Tara Lee Clasen, is located in Westlake at 3689 Carman Drive, Suite 300.
"What excites me the most is education," said Clasen, adding that working with women on their pelvic floor health can be revolutionary. "I absolutely love working with people and I love working with women. I receive an intense joy from doing this type of work."
While Clasen grew up in Lake Oswego, she resided in Bend for the last 17 years and has been practicing manual therapy since 2004. Her practice in Bend primarily focused on neck, jaw and shoulder treatment, and separately she worked with athletes and cyclists. Clasen would travel with cyclists on coast-to-coast tours, providing them with manual therapy treatment for acute and chronic injuries on the road.
"Even throughout all of that, even my work throughout athletics, I've always been very drawn to working with women," said Clasen, adding that as a society and culture, people aren't educated as to "how important the pelvic floor structure is."
Along with a pelvic floor focus, Clasen still offers treatment for neck, shoulder and jaw chronic pain as well.
"Most women don't know how to identify pelvic floor dysfunction, which ranges from difficulty starting a urine stream to emotional symptoms of stress and anxiety," read Clasen's press release. "And because our bodies are biomechanical machines, with every part affecting the next, women that suffer from low levels of chronic pelvic floor dysfunction will have other symptoms as well."
While pelvic floor therapy is nothing new in hospitals, it wasn't always widely accessible. Now, pelvic floor education is on the rise.
"Using therapeutic touch, I work directly with hypertonic muscle tissue in the pelvic floor," Clasen said in the press release. "This direct therapy restores blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the affected area and allows muscles and nerves to slide and glide past each other as they should. Women's core muscles become stronger, they can breathe easier, and it relieves pressure on nerves and organs, affecting urinary, bowel and sexual health functions."
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Peace & Love,
Tara Lee Clasen