Zen Hewn

Transformation through Movement

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Welcome to Zen Hewn. I hope you find what you are seeking, be it here or elsewhere.

My work is therapeutic movement through embodiment.
My process is one of letting the body speak, to let it sing its song, dance its dance so that its nature is fully expressed.
I believe when the body is allowed to freely express itself, health and healing naturally arises.
All it takes is the willingness to listen and trusting it will show you the way.


Lets connect

My Methods

Whichever tools we choose, whichever methods we use, our work will always be rooted in compassion to bring about joy within your body and reveal the rapture within.

  • Gyrotonic®

    The Gyrotonic EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a movement system designed to free your body from its restrictions. Inspired by yoga and dance, its movements are utilizes spiraling motions that flow with your body's non-linear structure. Unique to the GYROTONIC® Method is its specialized equipment. Each machine is designed to stimulate and challenge your body's fascial lines through your entire range of motion. By coupling spiraling motions with its unique equipment, GYROTONIC® exercises simultaneously lengthen and strengthen muscles. It frees fascia, improves flexibility, relieves pain, and improves function & performance to create a strong and invigorated body.

    Because Gyrotonic equipment is highly adjustable, it can be customized to fit each persons unique physique, and ability, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length and physical ability.

  • Bodywork

    The techniques of my bodywork practice is based in Swedish Massage and heavily influcenced by Shiatsu using focus pressure combined with shaking and streatching to release tension and adhesions in the body. I let the body guide me in directing where and how to work. By deeply listening to the body and following it's voice I am drawn to the parts of the body which calls for my attention and relief.

    My preference is to combine bodywork with movement modalities. My goal is to support your dialog between your mind and you body. My role is to be a guide on your journey. Bodywork can be a deeply moving and effective intervention. By physically bringing to your attention to parts of your body which have been asleep, it often provides immediate relief.

    In my experience, bodywork alone rarely creates long lasting change, especially for chronic conditions. It is passive tool. Lasting change requires your active participation in the work of integration into your day to day live. To this aim, I seek to find movement modalities which resonate with you to create a program of self work to support our body work.

  • Franklin Method®

    The Franklin Method® uses Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery™, anatomical embodiment and educational skills to create lasting positive change in your body and mind. The Franklin Method was founded by Eric Franklin in 1994 and is taught all over the world, including the Universities of Vienna, Cologne, Karlsruhe and the Juilliard School in New York.

    The Franklin Method® is recognized by the health providers in Switzerland and is a regularly seen at Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Physiotherapy conferences. One of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century is the plasticity of the brain; that the lives we live shape the brain we develop. The Franklin Method® is at the forefront of practical neuro-plasticity; showing you how to use your brain to improve your body’s function. It teaches you how to harness the transforming power of the mind. It can be applied to improve all of your abilities. It all starts with the knowledge that we have the power to change.

    The Franklin Method® teaches dynamic alignment and how to move your body with maximum efficiency to keep your body youthful and energized. Your whole body is part of a symphony of coordinated movement. In a sense, your posture is reinvented at every instant. In every moment, the ideal combination of limbs, joints, gravity, moving parts, connective tissue, and muscle must be found and directed by your brain and nervous system.

  • Social Dance

    Social dancing is what initially lead me down this journey into the somatic arts. The pursuit of freedom of movement through technique lead me to study numerous styles of dance from Ballroom to Ballet, West African to West Coast Swin, before branching out into the somatic arts. These studies has lead me to not necessarily master any dance but has allowed me see the roots of moveent as applied to all dances. What I have to offer is the global overarching and unique prospective of Dance as part of the human experience.

    Dancing is the physical expression of connection to the spirit. Social dancing is just the the physical social expression of that spirit. That connection serves as our wellspring for own authentic beautiful movement. As such, any lession in dance is ultimately a lesson in connection and the embodiment of that connection.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

My Rates

Individual Sessions

Each session has the option to contain a mix of bodywork, Gyrotonic, dance, or movement education depending on what is required by the client. Regardless of what tools are employed, the fees are the same. Sessions start at an hour with longer sessions available upon request. Longer sessions are prorated to the quarter hour (billed in 15 minute increments).

My primary mode of working is through one on one sessions. I find that this which allows me to tailor sessions to my client's specific needs and desires. Duos (groups of two) are an option. These are typically applied towards for dance couples, but may work well for two individuals with similar goals and objectives.

Private Sessions

Single $95*/$130
5-pack $450
10-pack $850

Duo Sessions

Single $65*/$80
5-pack $310
10-pack $580

* Discounted single rates reflect Time of Service discount. Invoiced bills are charged at the higher rate. All packages must be prepaid.


  • Cancellation made less that 24 hours in advance will be charged to the client at full rate.
  • Packages expires 90 days after purchase date.
  • For sessions outside of my studio, Center Gyrotonic, additional fees may apply.

Classes & Workshops

Classes are offered intermittently an are announced via my newsletter and on Facebook.

Contact me if you are interested in organizing a class or workshop.

Find your joyful movement

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About the Proprietor

Joseph Portait

I am is a Licenced Massage Therapist OMBT #24254, Certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Trainer, and Dancer in Portland, Oregon. My desire is that everyone can experience the nourishing ecstasy of movement and dance. Our work together draws upon my breadth of training to create a somatic experience to bring you in touch with your body's inner processes. My hope is that through the work of connection, awareness, eduction of the body, you will slowly unveil your body's nature to freely move, work, and dance.


Joseph's passion for dance and movement started at a young age watching ballroom dance competitions on public television. Their elegance and grace and led me to pursue studies in numerous social dances including Swing, Blues, Tango, and Salsa. His search for freedom of movement lead him to study body mechanics, the roots of dance technique, and somatically rooted movement. This lead him to study Gyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis® method with Master Trainer Emma Kingston and Franklin Method® with Eric Franklin.

Joseph is owner and operator of Center Gyrotonic®. He trains clients in Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, and the Franklin Methods. Joseph also teaches dance in studios througouht the Portland, Oregon area.

Embodiment involves contacting your own vulnerability.

— Mary Bond


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