- Jason Garcia
- Michael Talbot
- David Bacome
- Sarah Day
- William Stevensen
- Jeremy Galvin
- Ginger Williamson
- Leigh Erickson
- Jenny Schaffhouser
- Luke Karamol
Jason, often known as the "massage guru" at Psoas, began his journey with massage in 1997 at the prestigious National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, California. He immediately gravitated towards learning about more challenging clinical situations and was soon asked to mentor with one of his instructors, Erik Beavers. For the next 2 years, a passion for trigger point, myofascial release and deep tissue skills was born and honed, working at the Recreation Center for the Handicapped. These abilities, combined with in-depth assessment and superb listening skills, allows Jason to customize each session to meet his clients’ needs.
Since 2005, Jason has taken an interest in neuro-scientifically based techniques. He became a certified Feldenkrais practitioner in 2009 and a NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) practitioner in 2011. His emphasis on the brain’s ability to make changes and adapt to new patterns of movement has given him a unique insight into clinical conditions. By seeking the root of the problem, his clients enjoy long lasting results.
Jason joined the Psoas team in 2006 and immediately knew he had found a home that shared his passion and high standards for massage. He is extremely versatile and considered an expert, whether his client is pregnant and dealing with low back issues, a desk worker troubled by carpal tunnel syndrome, a professional athlete sidelined with recurring knee pain or just normal Joe/Jane looking for the best deep tissue massage they have ever had. He is considered a senior therapist at Psoas.
With over 1,800 hours of training and over 20,000 hours of massages under his belt, Jason is one of the most experienced practitioners in the Bay Area. His education, skill, and experience, combined with a teaching and public speaking background, made Jason uniquely qualified for his promotion to Clinical Education Supervisor at Psoas. He works closely with Psoas therapists in their ongoing growth and development as practitioners.
Jason is happily busy with his wife Melanie and three daughters Kylie, Amelia and Liliana. He continues to teach both new practitioners and advanced workshops in sports and clinical massage to seasoned therapists around the Bay Area and enjoys shaping the future of the profession. He has thoroughly enjoyed his work since day one.
Michael Talbot has an innate curiosity about what causes our bodies to become stuck in painful, dysfunctional states — and what can be done to return us to a comfortable, capable state. Educated originally in a 720-hour Conscious Bodyworker program at Alive & Well in Marin County in 2002, Michael's focus has always been on overall structural integrity. Since 2005 he has been doing neuromuscular work and in the last few years has been employing an advanced form of it, called NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT).
NKT is a neuromuscular modality, meaning that it is about working along the neural pathways that the brain uses to cause movement in the muscles. Painful muscles are usually over-contracted, and in this state they will compromise the flow of electrical information along neural pathways to other muscles, causing dysfunction – this is called compensation. Using the NKT protocol, sore compensating muscles are released while dysfunctional muscles are reengaged in a way that eliminates compensation patterns and replaces them with natural movement abilities.
During his years of practicing NKT, Michael has worked with many athletes and non-athletes, helping them resolve difficult problems with sciatica, neck and rotator cuff impingements, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, hip dysfunction, and more. Michael's clients experience immediate improvement in both strength and ease of movement, beginning with the very first session.
Michael grew up in southern California, spending most of his free time in the ocean swimming, sailing, and body surfing. After receiving his BA in Physiological Psychology at the Claremont Colleges, he moved to San Francisco and subsequently became a resident of Marin in 1975. Running and backpacking became his new joys, and for the next twenty-five years Michael's profession was film and television production.
During a challenging bout of illnesses at the end of that time, he was introduced to the power of healing massage and bodywork; it was a transformative experience. Only months after his full recovery from colon cancer in 2002, Michael was certified as a massage therapist, and began his career working in the same UCSF hospital where he had formerly been a cancer patient.
David's passion for bodywork began at the young age of seven, when his grandparents' complaints of shoulder soreness and painful headaches inspired him to massage them until they felt better. They remarked that their discomfort continually decreased, and David was so thrilled with their recovery that he dedicated himself to therapeutic bodywork from then on. Viewing bodywork as a direct way of improving peoples' quality of life and reducing the causes of discomfort and pain, he focused his training, assistant teaching, and extracurricular studies on structural, neurological and movement-based bodywork methods. He graduated from the Sierra Massage School in 2006, the San Francisco School of Massage in 2009, and the California Institute for Bodywork Education in 2010.
Inspired by the pain reduction his family achieved, David began a blend of sports massage, deep tissue, and myofascial therapy in 2010, working primarily with people who had pain, injuries, and soreness that had not been successfully treated by other professionals. In 2016, David became fully certified in Active Release Therapy (A.R.T). Using a blend of sports massage and deep tissue that's greatly informed by intensive study in fascial release, physiology, and neurological bodywork or full A.R.T sessions, David has had great success in helping athletes and people in ongoing pain and discomfort find relief and increased performance through massage. By actively listening to each clients' needs and asking about their daily activities, his attention to detail and knowledge of the interconnectedness of the body, along with his integrated style of bodywork, allows him to catch and retrain subtle movement patterns that keep people in pain, and perform deep tissue that addresses soreness and discomfort while treating their underlying causes.
This attention to detail and passion for truly therapeutic work led him to be selected as a sports massage therapist for the America's Cup Oracle Racing Team in 2012 and 2013. He brings this experience and 4 years of clinical bodywork experience treating pain and movement imbalances to his sessions. An avid swimmer and hiker, David loves to explore natural spaces in the city and find new running trails.
Since 2003 Sarah has been facilitating the balance, awareness, and ease of clients through hands-on bodywork and movement education. Sarah’s sessions are tailored as collaboration towards each clients optimal desired potential. She compassionately integrates structurally oriented Deep Tissue massage, functional alignment balancing, and Myofascial Release with Swedish massage and subtler modalities. Her bodywork emphasizes a respect for natural biomechanical design and encourages an approach of loving-kindness for one’s body. Sarah also offers Lymphatic Drainage work, as well as caring Pre & Postnatal massage.
Having studied with an array of wonderful faculty at the Monterey Institute of Touch in Carmel Valley, she continued her training at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts, took clinical anatomy courses, and invested many years in studying biomechanics for dancers. She spent the first years of her massage practice teamed up with a PT and chiropractor, experience that provided a basis for addressing specific issues such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, plantar fascitiis, tension headaches, structural imbalances, and working with myofascial restrictions from both patterns of use and from scar tissue.
A Certified Axis Syllabus Teacher, Sarah brings to her work a background in dance and movement arts, many years of experience that deeply inform her approach to bodywork. Her first hand understanding of the body in motion has been an asset in caring for clients, whether they be athletes or individuals looking to feel more at home in their body. Gleaned from this training, some of the elements that inform Sarah’s approach in massage sessions include: functional alignment principles, healthy joint parameters, training the body for multi-planar activity, the mechanics of weight distribution, and the ways in which the body generates and harnesses kinetic potential for dynamic situations.
Sarah would love to assist you towards your personal wellness goals, whether addressing chronic, acute, or repetitive stress pain conditions, expanding your movement capabilities to deepen into your particular embodied practice, or simply creating space for the innate wisdom of your body to flourish.
William is a certified Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist who has been practicing bodywork since 2011. He specializes in trigger point, sports massage, and deep tissue work. From an early age, as a football player, martial artist, and wrestler, William has always stayed active and committed to functional movement. This commitment led him to the study of massage therapy, which has allowed him to help people heal their bodies in order to achieve heightened performance in anything from day-to-day life to aggressive professional training. He worked alongside chiropractors on the players of the San Jose Sharks Hockey Team, and has found his strong personal style by merging soothing Swedish techniques with the precision of deeper sports work.
He has a great deal of experience with marathon runners, cyclists, triathletes, and full contact athletes like football and hockey players and MMA fighters. Though athletes form the majority of William’s client base, he loves practicing full body deep tissue on anyone looking for powerful and thorough work, and excels at offering pain relief through focused trigger point work on the legs, hips, and neck. William believes deeply in a commitment to wellness as a lifestyle and thinks about massage as a crucial way to offer people the most well-rounded fitness experience possible. When he’s not at Psoas, he’s hanging out with his son, mediating, and studying many different philosophies of martial arts, which he believes goes hand-in-hand with massage.
Jeremy began his career in bodywork as a massage therapy apprentice in May 2002, just one month before graduating from the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since then, Jeremy has continued to study various forms of bodywork, yoga, martial arts, and the many connections among them. He is fascinated by the kinesthetic nature of these areas of study and applies knowledge from all of them in his bodywork. He has also studied reflexology for stress, Reiki, and pre-natal massage. Jeremy is a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor, and is also trained in Yin Yoga, which he teaches at our clinic on Monday afternoons.
Jeremy’s primary modality in the clinic is the Hendrickson Method developed by Thomas Hendrickson. This method uses joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques (MET) and soft tissue mobilization. This approach addresses soft tissue dysfunction such as weakness, pain, and tension in the muscles and joints. This work also helps bring about a calming effect to the nervous system — further helping the client to relax and allowing the body to begin to repair itself.
Jeremy moved to San Francisco in the spring of 2014 and joined the Psoas team in May of 2015. After 14 years of doing bodywork, Jeremy is as passionate as ever to help clients get out of pain, educate them about their bodies, and help them to get back to their lives!
Types of concerns that Jeremy has had successes with:
- Muscle pain and dysfunction
- Joint pain and dysfunction
- Recovery from surgery/scar tissue reduction
- Postural issues
- Upper-Cross Syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Ginger combines her training in deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point, and Reiki into bodywork that is profoundly healing and relaxing. She uses her excellent, intuitive touch to provide sessions suited to the needs of each individual, helping her clients connect with their bodies while also achieving deep rest.
Ginger received her certification in 2005 from the San Francisco School of Massage. Before beginning her career in bodywork, Ginger worked at a desk for over 25 years. Her deep knowledge of the stress office work can cause in the body consistently guides her approach to therapeutic relief. Today she continues to refine her skills, expand her knowledge of how the body works, and find new ways to offer her love of bodywork to her clients and community. She loves hearing her clients' stories, cooking, hanging out on the beach, and running in Golden Gate Park.
Some of Ginger's specializations include:
- Deep Tissue
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) Discomfort, Headaches and Sinus Stress
- Pregnancy and Postpartum
- Reiki Energy Work
Leigh followed the calling into therapeutic massage not only due to her belief in the importance of touch for health and well being, but also because massage offers such a variety of modalities to explore and employ. She graduated from a 1,000 hour training program in Seattle, WA where she was exposed to a wide range of modalities including Swedish, myofascial, neuromuscular, trigger point, and orthopedic massage. She draws from these and other modalities in her sessions, creating a very customized treatment for each client each session.
Leigh truly enjoys listening to and collaborating with her clients to create a session that meets whatever needs are present. Sometimes this means a deep, detailed session with lots of focus and specificity and other times it means relaxing, gentle, flowing work—most often it is somewhere in between. Leigh also enjoys offering stretches and other tools clients can be using away from the studio to support and enhance the benefits of the massage. She considers repetitive motion as well as occupational and lifestyle activities into her assessments and incorporates as much information as she can when collaborating on a treatment plan. She considers it a privilege to support people in their health and is grateful to be doing this work.
Leigh has a history in (and deep respect for) the food industry and knows the nagging reality of repetitive stress injuries first hand. While no longer professionally making food, she still loves to do so at home. When not at Psoas she relishes spending every moment she can get in the wood shop, hanging with her cats, immersing herself in both Western and Ottoman classical music, and continuing her study of herbalism.
Some of the issues that Leigh has helped her clients alleviate are:
Low Back General Tightness
Acute and Chronic Neck Pain
Glute Pain/Piriformis Tightness
Lower leg pain (front, side, back)
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