Faces in the crowd: Eliza Cloven | SierraSun.com

Faces in the crowd: Eliza Cloven

Name: Eliza D. Cloven

Age: 26

Occupation: Certified Massage Therapist

Place of birth: Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Moved to Truckee: 2000

Eliza D. Cloven has what you call a “niche” clientele.

But it works for her, and she modestly shrugs off the market specialty as something she does because she likes it.

Cloven, who recently joined Truckee Massage and Wellness Center as a massage therapist, may have the largest registry of skydiving clientele around. She has set up her massage chair next to Skydive Arizona, what she describes as the biggest “drop zone” in the world, where she began working on skydivers with her business partner.

Her national and international skydiving clientele now make special trips to receive her particular massage techniques.

Cloven moved to Truckee from Arizona about a year ago so she and her boyfriend could pursue career opportunities and a lifestyle they both enjoy.

“I love the mountains – hiking and camping,” says the Steamboat Springs, Colo. native. “So I was ready to come back.”

Cloven was in Arizona briefly, about six months. Before that, she lived in San Francisco and Japan where she practiced international communication skills and massage therapy when she could.

“I came back to Arizona to regroup,” she says of her decision to move from the coastal climates to the landlocked, semi-mountainous state where her boyfriend lived.

The two moved to Truckee because it was one of the few mountain communities next to a major airport.

“My boyfriend loves it here, and there is a drop zone too – Skydive Tahoe,” Cloven said.

Cloven brings a range of national and international experience with her to the Wellness Center.

She attended Ithaca College in upstate New York where she received a BA in political science. After graduating she moved back to Colorado and then decided to attended massage therapy school in San Diego.

She moved back to Colorado after receiving her certification, and began skydiving as a hobby, which is how she met her boyfriend, Dave Donnelly.

As to whether or not she and her boyfriend plan to stay in Truckee, Cloven isn’t totally sure. She has been investigating graduate school for international relations, but hasn’t signed on yet.

Besides, graduate school is expensive, she says, and there is a small – albeit dedicated – group of airmen and women who would miss her healing touch if she moved on.

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