Meet Your Therapist: Jeremy Galvin

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Bodywork Techniques, Careers

This week we introduce Jeremy Galvin, our deep tissue specialist extraordinaire. Not only has he graced the studio with one of the coolest goatees Psoas has seen, he is also a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher with training in Yin Yoga and martial arts. Jeremy has been practicing his bodywork for well over 13 years and brings his knowledge of kinesiology and movement to his work. Read more about Jeremy below and get to know why we think he is so awesome!

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How long have you been a massage therapist? 

May 2016 will mark 14 years.

What technique(s) do you use and why?

My base training comes from the Ben Benjamin style of massage therapy which taught me my manual skills that I have now honed into my refined deep tissue style. I am also passionately studying a method called The Hendrickson Method, an orthopedic modality that combines soft tissue release, with joint mobilization and muscle energy techniques. The majority of techniques I use fall into these two categories of deep tissue and Hendrickson release which help me to address a wide range of issues.

What is different about working at Psoas versus other massage places you’ve worked before?

The level of skill, knowledge and support is amazing here at Psoas. Being surrounded by great colleagues who work as a team is priceless.

Are there any skills you use here that you haven’t been able to use elsewhere? Is there anything really cool you’ve learned? 

Working at Psoas I have been able to incorporate more orthopedic style work that fits with the culture here more than a spa setting. The most important “cool” thing I have learned at Psoas is learning how to think differently. Being more aware of specific anatomy, systems, conditions and how they can affect the whole person has been really helpful. These days, if I am not doing bodywork on a certain day, I am studying about the body or a different modality.

Can you give an example of a great success you’ve had at treating a client?

I treated a client recently who had gone through many life transitions and as a result was having a high level of tension and pain in their shoulders and neck. Using deep tissue massage and some Hendrickson Method techniques, we got the client’s symptoms to be greatly reduced just in the first session! The client left with less pain, more movement in her neck and in a much better mood.  The subsequent sessions brought the client to a place of pain free motion of their neck and shoulders, and now we are keeping her there by figuring out a maintenance plan for her.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not relieving tight muscles and getting people out of pain?

I am a lover of being outdoors everyday: walking, bicycling, Yin Yoga and riding motorcycles when I get a chance. I am also a musician who loves to play electric bass and guitar, and I love traveling to Hawaii when I get the chance!

What are you reading?

Right now I am reading Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions.

Where are you from? How long have you been in San Francisco?

I am from Massachusetts and have lived in San Francisco for about 2 years now.

What’s one piece of advice you would give people to stay loose and limber, healthier?

Small changes over time with consistency can be more powerful than big, quick change sometimes. Even just the simple act of walking can bring cardio and spinal health to someone. I often encourage people to try a gentle yoga class with a knowledgeable teacher you connect with.