Deep River Bodyworks

Experience transformative bodywork. Advanced massage therapy tailored for each session. Visit us at our Ballard Massage studio in Seattle.

Bodywork that Meets Your Needs

My focus is on you. 17 years experience with a capacity for depth paired with extensive anatomical knowledge and sensitive listening, I am able to get to the places that hurt and bring relief.

Modalities I employ include Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point TherapyMyofascial Release , Thai Massage, Massage Cupping and Prenatal Massage.


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“Whether it's repetitive stress, chronic pain, injury, or a desire to improve performance and health, massage can help."

Meet your Therapist

Elizabeth Panelo  -  owner

     I have been working in massage for over 17 years, and I still love what I do! After working with computers for several years, I found a more rewarding challenge in massage therapy, with the body as the ultimate puzzle. My technique has been described as "therapeutic pampering", thanks to 5+ years of experience at a Resort Spa and 12+ years at a Medical Massage Clinic.

I have worked with a variety of clients, including minors, seniors, cancer patients, "desk jockeys", and athletes, helping people overcome or manage chronic pain and injuries such as plantar fasciitis and whiplash. Beyond relieving pain I want my clients to walk away with a better understanding and awareness of their own body's patterns, which can change from session to session. No session is the same, unless you want it to be.

I was fortunate to have received my education from the Brian Utting School of Massage in 2005, broadening my skills with certifications in Cupping Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone massage, Chair Massage, and Neurofascial Release, which has become the foundation for my work. I have to add that becoming a mother myself also enhanced my prenatal massage work. For fun, I have taken introductory classes in Lomi Lomi, Shiatsu, Bindegewebs massage, Pranic healing, Reflexology, which all have inspired my practice (though I do not offer them exclusively). I have created workshops and taught continuing education courses in Cupping Therapy and Hot Stone Therapy, because of how much I love these modalities. If you have questions about those, ask me, I know all the fun facts! 

I joined Deep River Bodyworks in 2017, taking ownership in 2023 when the founder Brian Jose moved to Mexico to help open the resort Ocho. I'm honored to continue to offer the quality bodywork that Brian had begun in Ballard. It was a happy coincidence discovering that we had learned from the same teachers in Neurofascial Therapy.

When I'm not in the office, I enjoy time with my neurodivergent family and kids, dancing, playing couch co-op video games with my partner, nerding out on neuroscience, and stumbling through meditation.

MA # 00021705

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Our Ballard Location

Deep River Bodyworks is on the 4th floor of the Ballard Building, which has its entrance on Market Street, between Blendily and Annie's Art and Frame. The building is secured at all times, so please check your confirmation email for the door code. The 430 suites are 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, and help yourself to water or tea.


I accept PIP and L&I claims but 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.

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

– EJ, Bellingham, WA –

“Excellent deep tissue work”

– Lindy B, Seattle, WA –