Therapists

Jason GarciaJason Garcia

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 TalbotMichael Talbot

Confronting his struggle with cancer, having been given a 30% chance for survival prognosis, Michael was losing ground. That is, until he began a program of restorative bodywork. Within a year, he had recovered. That was all it took to convince him of the power of human touch; nine months after being declared cancer-free, he had earned his CMT.

That was in 2002. By 2007, he had been studying and practicing NeuroMuscular Reprogramming® (NMR) for five years, and had become the lead therapist at the Neuro Rehab clinic at Healus Institute in Corte Madera. At this point, he became one of the charter members of the then-new NeuroKinetic Therapy® (NKT) study group, about twenty therapists meeting and working together with the founder, developing their knowledge and the scope of that modality more fully.

Since 2009, he has been at Psoas Massage + Bodywork in San Francisco, continuing his development of neurologic bodywork. Over the course of attending to thousands of clients’ movement dysfunctions, brain trauma, and pain, his work has evolved into a new, cutting edge modality called Motor Control Therapy® (MCT).

MCT taps into the neural pathways our brains use to transmit directions to, and receive information back from, our muscles. This continuous, ongoing neurologic conversation between our brains and our muscles is where all movement begins. By accessing the source of movement kinesthetically, MCT can be the ultimate solution to pain and movement problems, whether one is a high performance athlete, a hardworking mom, or a desk jockey who just wants to be fit and comfortable.

Michael is currently teaching a Level 1 class in MCT in concert with his life and work partner Beverly (also a MCT therapist). They live in San Rafael’s West End, where Michael reports the weather is perfect! Wildlife and birds abound all around their home, and they garden with a passion, bringing both joy and grounding to daily life.

David BacomeDavid Become

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.

Sarah DaySarah Day

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 fasciitis, 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 StevensonWilliam Stevenson

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, meditating, and studying many different philosophies of martial arts, which he believes goes hand-in-hand with massage.

Ginger WilliamsonGinger Williamson

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
  • Swedish
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Reiki Energy Work

K.C. WassnerKC Wassner

K.C.’s work aims to create fundamental change in his clients’ bodies. As a Certified Rolfer™, he assesses the body in motion and then responds to each client’s structural and functional patterns. With a more moderate approach than most Rolfers™, K.C.’s manual therapy can often feel like deep tissue without the lotion – complemented by slow and subtle Osteopathic techniques. Through single sessions or the traditional Rolfing® 10-Series, he helps clients increase awareness, reduce pain, and find the alignment that allows the most possible ease.

K.C. studied at the California Healing Arts College in 2013 before graduating from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. He loves working with clients committed to changing the way they feel and move, and works particularly well with postural and alignment issues. He’s also had a great deal of success with cases of carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and more. He loves to read, plant trees, and – once upon a time – he used to be a monk.

Some of K.C.’s specializations include:

  • Rolfing®
  • Repetitive Stress Disorders
  • Deep Tissue
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Myofascial Release
  • Spinal issues

Chris Ludwig

Chris utilizes his expertise in deep tissue, sports, and trigger point massage to help clients achieve optimal health and physical performance. Blending various techniques and often working with deep pressure, Chris’ style focuses on creating space, length, and relief within congested tissue. Using his extensive knowledge of biomechanics and an intuitive touch, he tailors his sessions to each individual’s needs and goals – working to relieve pain, increase range of motion, and improve overall health with sustainable and holistic techniques.

While pole vaulting in college, Chris discovered the role tissue restriction can play in causing injuries and inflammation throughout the body. This knowledge, along with his genuine belief that it is possible to live life free of chronic pain, inspired him to pursue bodywork. Since graduating in 2013 from the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Chris has developed a deep understanding of the various factors that can help promote tissue and muscular repair — including nutrition, sleep, and daily movement practices. While he works with a wide variety of clients, he particularly enjoys helping athletes to prevent injuries, balance the stress they put on their bodies with maintenance massage, and ultimately achieve their performance goals. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, skydiving, surfing, and traveling.

Some of Chris’ specializations include:

  • Deep tissue
  • Lower back pain
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Glute pain/piriformis tightness
  • Sports massage

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Julie Penrose

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Kieran Haller

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Alex Lindo

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Sica Bajada

Sìca’s work is both highly-informed and nurturing. She blends deep tissue, myofascial release, and stretching techniques to support the body’s optimal movement and healing. Using a wide range of pressure and approaches, she combines her trust-based approach with years of technical skill to benefit each client.

Sica’s belief in massage stems from years of rigorous dance training, cycling, and the tumultuous process of recovering from a knee injury after a bicycle crash. In 2010, she funneled these experiences, along with her background caring for persons with disabilities, into her studies at the National Holistic Institute. Her clients range from professional athletes (including the Raiders, Olympic Swimmers and Fencers), Expecting and Postpartum Moms, Desk Workers, and those who cope with Chronic Pain and Injury Recovery. She loves the work of tailoring sessions to satisfy and meet each individual’s needs, and is looking forward to training on new techniques like Cupping and NKT.

Sica is a 6th generation San Franciscan. She fosters community through dance, playing the ukulele, creating and sharing raw foods, and storytelling/listening. Hiking through redwood forests, frolics at the beach, swimming and dancing are her preferred enjoyments.

Some of Sica’s specializations include:

  • Psoas and Iliacus Release
  • Dancers
  • Deep Tissue
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Weight-lifters
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Sports Massage