Jaye Marolla began learning bodywork in Thailand where she lived for 3 years studying with master practitioner Ajarn Pichest Boonthume. Learning an Eastern modality while immersed in the culture from which it originated allowed her to travel deeply into the cultural, medicinal, and historical roots of the practice. She returned to Oregon to gain her massage license at the Ashland Institute of Massage’s intensive program which has a strong emphasis on both clinical and reflective practice.
Then, after completing a master’s degree of Complementary Medicine at the University of Westminster, London, Jaye returned to Ashland to establish the Ashland Center of Asian Bodywork with fellow practitioner Steven Glaser. The shared vision to offer traditional Asian bodywork treatments, classes and a community sliding-scale clinic is evolving into a thriving resource for health, study and self-development.
As a student of both Hakkoryu Jujutsu and Aikido, two traditional Japanese martial arts, Jaye finds endless links between the somatic inquiry of martial systems and bodywork. The martial path of body/mind awareness serves as an elegant and ancient balance to the healing arts. Thai Bodywork, Hakkoryu Jujutsu and Aikido are powerful lineage traditions which cultivate a level of self-awareness that allow her to offer more to her patients and community.