Massage and Bodywork
Regular therapeutic massage plays a vital role in my own physical and mental health and is a pillar in my fitness foundation along with exercise and nutrition. In July 2017, I completed a 600-hour certification program at the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork and successfully passed the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). I am currently in the application process with the California Massage Therapy Council (CMTC) to become a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT).
As part of my study I worked in the school's student clinic Massage Lab where I integrated bodywork techniques including Swedish, myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point, energy work and sports massage. Massage Lab is a fully supervised massage student clinic located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission neighborhood (right around the corner from BART and MUNI) at 2973 16th St. #100. You'll work with a practicing massage student and receive a 60-minute full-body massage in a professional environment.
What My Massage Lab Clients Said
"A++. The words 'perfect massage' come to mind."
"Great pressure, very deep without being painful. I could feel my muscles releasing. The pace was perfect, not too fast and not too slow. I was able to reach a deep state of relaxation."
"JJ was amazing. This session was the best I've had in my entire life. Very, very impressed and pleased."
"JJ is amazing. It's not a standard or rote massage that feels pre-rehearsed or what everyone gets. He is exploring and addressing the issues at each part of the body. It feels highly bespoke and customized to my specific issues and body."
"Top percentile massage. JJ did great work on my upper back as well as my hips and glutes. It's clear that JJ enjoys his work as a healer and that really enhances the experience. JJ has a healing and attuned energy in addition to having technical skill. He's got it all!"
"I really enjoyed JJ's flow. It's hard to describe, but it felt like warm water was flowing over me at times. JJ was very clear and courteous which made me feel comfortable and confident."
"Since I had a pulled muscle JJ was very mindful of my injury and worked around it. The pulling and stretching method everywhere else was really helpful and loosened things up. I also appreciated the explanation and approach of what JJ planed to do. It was just what I needed today!"
"JJ was great again! Quality of touch was consistent and pace was excellent. Thanks for working my back and shoulders so well. Top notch! JJ is definitely skilled at his practice. "
"Excellent pressure and touch the whole time. The deep tissue was great and felt really good on my muscles. JJ was very professional and communicated with me just enough. Great massage. See you again soon."
Is Massage Right for You?
Check out this excellent piece about the benefits of massage from the Mayo Clinic. And ask yourself...
- Do you sit at a desk?
- Do you lift weights?
- Do you jog, run or hike?
- Do you cycle?
- Do you experience stress, anxiety or insomnia?
- Could you benefit from improved mobility?
- Do you experience muscle or joint pain?
If you have medical conditions, mental health issues or any doubts or concerns regarding massage always discuss with a medical professional before getting bodywork done. Massage therapists can be highly skilled and specialized professionals but are not medical doctors and shouldn't be treated as such. A good massage therapist may ask you to provide clearance from your doctor before working on you if you have notable health issues or concerns.