Therapists

Jason Garcia

(he/him)

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.

Some of Jason’s specializations include:

  • Clinical Deep Tissue
  • Feldenkrais
  • NKT & PDTR
  • Acute Injuries
  • Pre/Post Natal Massage

D Bacome

(they/them)

D’s passion for bodywork began at the young age of seven, when their grandparents’ complaints of shoulder soreness and painful headaches inspired them to massage their grandparents until they felt better. When their grandparents remarked that their discomfort continually decreased, D was so thrilled with their recovery that they dedicated themselves 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, they focused their training, assistant teaching, and extracurricular studies on structural, neurological and movement-based bodywork methods.  They 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 their family achieved, D 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, D 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, D 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, their attention to detail and knowledge of the interconnectedness of the body, along with their integrated style of bodywork, allows them 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 them to be selected as a sports massage therapist for the America’s Cup Oracle Racing Team in 2012 and 2013. They bring this experience and 4 years of clinical bodywork experience treating pain and movement imbalances to their sessions. An avid swimmer and hiker, D loves to explore natural spaces in the city and find new running trails.

Some of D’s specializations include:

  • A.R.T. (Active Release Technique)
  • Myofascial Release/ Structural Integration
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Acute Injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Issues

Sarah Day

(she/her)

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.

Sarah’s specializations include:

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Structural Alignment
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Pre-natal Massage
  • Post Operation (Scar and edema treatment)
  • Dancers
  • Hand/Wrist/Arm injuries

 

K.C. Wassner

(he/him)

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

Derek Lozupone

(he/him)

Derek aims to do deep clinical work that doesn’t feel clinical. Focusing on releasing trigger points and facial adhesions, his sessions can also include Pilates mat training to help his clients follow through with their care at home. After leaving a career as a copywriter in advertising, Derek graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York City in 2011. He relocated to San Francisco in 2013 and began training as a mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor. For several years, Derek honed his clinical skills at a Physical Therapy office, drawing from his background in competitive swimming and tennis to support athletes through their recovery. Today, Derek loves using Pilates and bodywork to help all clients suffering with pain, recovering from injuries, or looking to keep their bodies at peak performance for the activities they love. Aside from his work, he’s an active member of the San Francisco indie theater community and is often sitting at a piano.

Some of Derek’s specializations include:

  • Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
  • Athletes
  • Pre-natal Massage
  • Mat Pilates & ROCK Taping
  • Scoliosis
  • Rotator Cuff Issues

Mark de Mesa

(he/him)

Mark’s work brings a combination of manual therapy, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, stretching, and sports recovery into his bodywork along with some of the firmer pressure in the clinic. If you need someone to put the power down, Mark’s here to help! His sports background and his education in both bodywork and personal training give Mark the expert tools he needs to provide highly customized treatment and maintenance plans. He’s ideal for any athlete looking to stay in top shape, especially bodybuilders, anyone trying to work through serious tension, and anyone who finds that most therapists aren’t able to give them a deep-enough session. Mark discovered his passion for bodywork after going through his own injury recovery. He graduated from the National Holistic Institute and received his certification in 2016. Since then, he’s built up his professional knowledge at busy chiropractic offices and fitness centers. Mark enjoys supporting athletes with injury recovery, recurring issues and maintenance to improve their performance and stability regardless of the sport, and when Mark isn’t doing bodywork, you’ll probably find him in the gym! He enjoys weight lifting and is always working hard for improvement.   Mark’s specializations include:

  • Sports recovery (sport flush)
  • Deep Tissue
  • Myofascial therapy
  • Cross fiber, longitudinal gliding, friction
  • Trigger point
  • Active/passive/PNF stretching
  • Rock Pods cupping      

Robyn Mack

(she/her)

 Robyn combines Swedish relaxation with acutely detailed trigger point release. She helps her clients find the “good hurt”, and the satisfying release from painful knots in muscle tissue. She will show you how everything is connected, how pain can travel from its source, and the littlest details that make the biggest differences. She is quick to “Nancy Drew” her way to a pain-solution with in-session questions and a tag-team approach with her co-workers! Robyn has held a license in massage therapy since 2016, and earned certification as a neuromuscular therapist from the National Holistic Institute. She is a creative who embraces the healing, burden-lifting power of loving touch. Having earned 1,350 hours of initial education, she is a pain management specialist who builds comprehensive bodywork plans and a friendly, safe space for her clients. Robyn enjoys working with her fellow dancers and performers, and loves to support athletes of all kinds through highs and lows. She is currently pursuing more knowledge of pre/post-natal therapy, and deeper treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, and shoulder ailments. Robyn loves to read, devours podcasts daily, and finds her strength in ballet and tap dancing.   Robyn’s specializations include:

  • Trigger Point Release
  • Swedish/Deep Tissue
  • Myofascial Release
  • Neck + Shoulder Pain Relief
  • Headache/Migraine Management
  • Pre/Postnatal Massage

Benjamin Brewer

(he/him)

Benjamin approaches bodywork as a means to improve a client’s connectivity between their body and mind. Using a combination of muscle testing, deep tissue, myofascial release, and neurological feedback training, Benjamin works to improve a client’s natural orientation as a physical being in a fluid and sequenced manner.
 
Inquisitive by nature, Benjamin will ask his clients many questions to help them engage with their bodies in new ways. A session can be mostly neurologically focused or include a combination of neurological work and some traditional massage moves, all with the aim of unlocking a body’s natural movement patterns. Benjamin will often instruct his clients through breath work and posture focused exercises during his treatments.
 
Benjamin began working as a personal trainer in 2012 and completed massage school in 2017. Seeing the body as designed to move effortlessly, Benjamin uses his sessions to emphasize the accessibility of one’s naturals activities to reach, breathe, stand, walk and crawl. Unlocking the body’s innate potential for mobility and strength is an ongoing source of inspiration for Benjamin in his quest to uncover the primary restrictions holding a skill at bay. In his free time, Benjamin enjoys reading, studying, writing, and fitness training.
 
Benjamin’s specializations include:
  • Posture and breath training
  • Muscular activation
  • Gait analysis and correction
  • Deep tissue
  • Trigger point
  • Myofascial release

Chrissy Scardina

(they/them)

Chrissy became a Therapist at Psoas in the Fall of 2022 after starting in the Psoas Intern program in early 2022 with the goal of advancing their clinical massage skills. For the past two years, they have been practicing in a multidisciplinary clinic focusing on wellness, injury recovery, and pregnancy,  alongside acupuncturists and chiropractors. Their passion for rock climbing and all things aerial, combined with anatomical/functional knowledge of the human body, translates to supporting athletic clients in their goals to increase mobility, and address muscle pain and dysfunction. Whether an athlete or a client dealing with tension, most sessions begin with a fascial stretch that warms up the tissue before applying deeper strokes in a slow steady pace to allow for the well executed release of the muscle tissue throughout the body.

Chrissy’s specializations include:

  • Swedish/Deep Tissue
  • PreNatal
  • Sports Massage

Graham Gautschi

(he/him)

As a seasoned professional of over 20 years, Graham is joining Psoas to provide a “Specialized Full Body Reboot” – a strong session that integrates the whole system – meant to support you between other treatments you are having at Psoas AND as a way to provide same week appointments where we have less availability. He has worked at several of the finest high-end spas working with some of the most influential business people and athletes in the world, and most recently perfecting his therapeutic skills with the tech/desk workers at Apple’s Wellness Center. With impeccable listening skills to match his refined bodywork, Graham’s love for building up other people in the world makes him the perfect choice for this role – being an integral yet mediary part in their Psoas program with the intention to direct clients to the most appropriate Psoas therapist for their on-going treatment.

Graham’s specializations include:

  • Full body Deep Tissue
  • Trigger Point
  • Pre + Post Event Sports Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Foot Reflexology Massage

David Liao

(he/him)

David is an Intern-Trainee at Psoas, offering 60-minute sessions at the rate of $100. David’s work uses gentle deep tissue techniques to help relieve tension and help your nervous system relax using medium pressure, going gentler or firmer as needed. He offers both full body and more focused sessions for areas of extra tension. David seeks to integrate the Clinical Deep Tissue approach with his Acupressure techniques to support his clients with finding relief, smoother range of motions, and recovery from the rigors of their hobbies, jobs and everyday stress. Can provide either clothed or lotion-based sessions.

Since David is continuing to develop and hone his skills, anyone who books a session with David is also agreeing to complete a therapist feedback form within 48 hours of massage.

David’s specializations include:

  • Swedish/Deep Tissue
  • Acupressure
  • Lymphatic Drainage (In training)

Isabel Umali

(she/her)

As a professional dancer for over a decade, Isabel brings a unique skill set, knowledge of the physical moving body, and sensitivity to her bodywork as a newer massage therapist joining our Internship program.

Her rigorous life makes her no stranger to injuries, injury prevention, and the demands of a high-performance career. Isabel sustained two concussions in her dance work which brought her as a client, and subsequently as a practitioner, of biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST). This work has helped her develop acute and sensitive listening abilities, allowing her to be a present, grounded, and body-oriented practitioner.

Isabel went on to complete the 1000-hour massage therapy program at Pacific College – New York. Isabel works comfortably across mediums to utilize her orthopedic, deep tissue skills along with her trauma-informed verbal and craniosacral practice.

Isabel’s specializations include:

  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports Massage
  • Orthopedic Massage
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy