Deep River Bodyworks

We are a collective of advanced massage therapists with backgrounds in various movement practices. Visit us in our Ballard Massage studio in Seattle.

Deep Tissue that Meets Your Needs

Our focus is on you.   With a capacity for depth paired with extensive anatomical knowledge and a sensitive listening, we are able to get to the places that hurt and bring relief.

Modalities we employ include Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point TherapyMyofascial Release , and Prenatal Massage. We have all worked in medical massage clinics dealing with pain management issues.

“Whether it's repetitive stress Chronic pain, injury, or a desire to improve athletic performance, we can help. Deep River Bodyworks has a therapist who is right for you.”

Meet our Therapists

The therapists at Deep River Bodyworks have powerful personal stories of physical challenges overcome through bodywork and physical practices.  All of our therapists have advanced training in anatomy and numerous massage modalities.

That is what makes the difference, a strong self-awareness and dedication to service create the unique quality that you will find at Deep River Bodyworks Ballard Massage practice.

Brian Jose, Founder

      Physical challenges early in life have shaped my world view and compelled me to evolve beyond limitations within my mind as well as my body.  Being a body worker has meant a life of discipline and attaining better health as a means of elevating the disposition of those who come to see me.  Now it has become broader, finding other body workers of a similar mind-set, joining forces, and creating a space where they can succeed together and bring high quality deep tissue and myofascial release to Seattle.

     The journey has never been a smooth one.  Congenital hip pain meant that I could no longer run or play sports as a teenager, and with the prospect of a lifetime of pain and potential for future surgeries, I suffered a long period of anxiety and depression.  Only later in life, with the aide of skilled body workers and incorporating many physical disciplines as well as meditation has great health been more than an intangible aspiration.

     My massage practice represents for me the daily challenge to “walk the talk” and share my knowledge from this journey.  Of late my work has been very myofascial release oriented as I have found it to be the most effective for relieving pain and restoring mobility.  I have training in Neurofascial Release, which is an approach that focuses on freeing nerves for greater ease of movement.  My work is particularly beneficial for those suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, pinched nerves, sciatica, compute workers whose pain is driven by adhesion related to sedentary lifestyle, and athletes wanting to maximize performance or restore lost range of motion due to poor stretching routines.  For those suffering from depression, anxiety, or trauma I offer breathework as a means of liberating trapped emotional energy.  Whoever you are I tailor what I do to meet your needs.


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Elizabeth Panelo

     After working with computers for several years, Elizabeth has found a new challenge in massage therapy, with the body as the ultimate puzzle.  Her technique has been described as "theraputic pampering", thanks to a solid education in injury treatment, certification in Cupping Therapy and Thai Yoga Massage, studies in Tensegrity Medicine, mixed with her beginnings at a resort spa.   For over 10 years she has worked with minors, seniors, cancer patients, desk jockys, and athletes, helping people overcome or manage chronic pain and injuries such as plantar fasciitis and whiplash.  Beyond relieving pain she wants her clients to walk away with a better understanding of thier own body.  She has taken multiple prenatal workshops and is a mother herself.  Another milestone was recieving cupping therapy which had the most profound effect on her own back and shoulders issues, (imbalances due to scoliosis) that she became certified to offer this service to clients.  She also studies dance and practices meditation.

MA # 00021705

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Our Ballard Location

Deep River Bodyworks Ballard massage practice is on the 4th floor of the Ballard Building, which has its entrance on Market Street. We’re located in the most immediate left-hand hallway as you come off the elevator.  There is no reception so please have a seat in the waiting area unless the door to our studio is open.  Because there is no reception we often miss phone calls but we are prompt about returning them if you leave a message.  

Looking for a last minute appointment? Give us a call! We may have an unlisted opening.

“Wow, best professional massage I've ever had.”

– EJ, Bellingham, WA –

“Excellent deep tissue work”

– Lindy B, Seattle, WA –


We accept PIP and L&I claims but we do not bill health insurance.  However, some of our clients self bill their health insurance providers.  Check with your insurance company to find out if this is an option.

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