Myofascial Release

Covid-19 Update:  If you are in a high risk category, CDC advises that you continue to stay at home and social distance at this time.   If you are not high-risk, have not been travelling in a high risk area, and you do not have any symptoms of illness, you are welcome to book an in-person session.  Please observe all policies posted in the office and outlined in your confirmation email, in compliance with CDC and CDPH guidelines.

 

 

 

Myofascial Release is a powerful and effective form of soft tissue release that uses sustained pressure to release the fascia (connective tissue).  The fascia, which runs both as a layer under our skin and as a “webbing” throughout our whole body, is what gives our body its shape and structure.  Releasing restrictions in the fascial network allows longstanding muscle tension to release, facilitating greater ease and flow of energy in the body.

I’ve been working with various forms of bodywork and massage for twenty years.  Ten years ago, I moved into specializing in Myofascial Release because I found that it was consistently bringing the most effective and long-lasting results for my clients.

My work is informed by my training in Somatic Experiencing (nervous system regulation and body-based trauma release).  The effects of stress and trauma can manifest in the body, often contributing to patterns of tension and pain.  In addition, I work with Neurokinetic Therapy, which is a system of assessing muscular patterns of function and dysfunction, so we can correct imbalances and bring you into better alignment and optimal functioning.

Your session(s) will be customized to your needs, and I highly encourage you to let me know all about your goals, intentions, and hopes for your sessions.   The better I understand your unique goals and needs, the more effectively I can facilitate our work together!

For your session, please wear comfortable clothes or bring something to wear on the table, such as: shorts for men, shorts and sports bra or tank top for women.

 

The results clients typically report include:

  • release from longstanding muscle tension
  • deeper, more restorative sleep
  • greater range of motion and freedom of movement
  • greater connection, relaxation, and ease in their body

 

New clients: please fill out an intake form and send that to me 24 hours before your first session.  Please be sure to read policies and terms on the booking page, including 24 hour rescheduling policy.

I look forward to working with you!

 

Please note current office policies in response to Covid-19:

  • Please wear a mask or cloth face covering to your session.
  • To allow social distancing, please wait in your car (or outside the building) until the time of your appointment.
  • We’ll do a contactless temperature check before your session
  • Please observe all posted information in the office, in compliance with CDC and CDPH guidelines.
  • Observe good hygiene practices including frequent hand washing with soap and water as recommended by CDC.
  • If you have a fever, are experiencing any symptoms of illness (even mild), or have any reason to believe you may be ill, please reschedule your appointment.  The 24 hour rescheduling policy is always waived in case of illness.

Be well and take great care of yourself! I look forward to working with you.

 

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"I came to Rachel after years of surgeries and physical therapy, pretty much on my last glimmer of hope for a present and future not completely ruled by chronic pain and tension.  I got so much more.

I got things I did not know I needed, and things I knew I needed but I was not sure they could be asked for...
5.0
2020-01-21T20:47:06+00:00
"I came to Rachel after years of surgeries and physical therapy, pretty much on my last glimmer of hope for a present and future not completely ruled by chronic pain and tension.  I got so much more. I got things I did not know I needed, and things I knew I needed but I was not sure they could be asked for...
...Rachel is a master technician, but what is exceptional about her is her insight, her ability to listen and link what the words say to what the body needs.

She is a phenomenal guide through the meanders of the mind/body connection, and if you want to go there, she will help you find the places where the source of the physical symptom is stored (be it physiological or psychological trauma), and unlock it, with care and compassion.

I am truly, mightily grateful for her work, for her curiosity, and her willingness to reach for better, clearer planes."

      -  Barbara M.
5.0
2020-01-21T20:47:33+00:00
...Rachel is a master technician, but what is exceptional about her is her insight, her ability to listen and link what the words say to what the body needs. She is a phenomenal guide through the meanders of the mind/body connection, and if you want to go there, she will help you find the places where the source of the physical symptom is stored (be it physiological or psychological trauma), and unlock it, with care and compassion. I am truly, mightily grateful for her work, for her curiosity, and her willingness to reach for better, clearer planes."       -  Barbara M.
"Lasting results.   I've been other places that were helpful, but the relief never stuck and progress was wavering at best. Rachel got right to the issues, and the work did stick.

To people suffering from chronic pain or injuries, this is literally a life saver."

Scott P.
5.0
2020-01-21T20:48:17+00:00
"Lasting results.   I've been other places that were helpful, but the relief never stuck and progress was wavering at best. Rachel got right to the issues, and the work did stick. To people suffering from chronic pain or injuries, this is literally a life saver." -  Scott P.
"I wanted to say thank you. You helped me so much. I have been exercising a lot recently and I have regained so much of my motion.

I am happy to report that I am basically entirely pain free.

By combining yin yoga, simple bodyweight training, and your healing work, I've gotten to a place I didn't think was possible. I still have a little work to do on strengthening the atrophy in my left leg from the years of chronic pain but my hope is high and I feel like I've gotten my life back."

- Jason C.
5.0
2020-01-21T20:48:41+00:00
"I wanted to say thank you. You helped me so much. I have been exercising a lot recently and I have regained so much of my motion. I am happy to report that I am basically entirely pain free. By combining yin yoga, simple bodyweight training, and your healing work, I've gotten to a place I didn't think was possible. I still have a little work to do on strengthening the atrophy in my left leg from the years of chronic pain but my hope is high and I feel like I've gotten my life back." - Jason C.
"While it's still early in this journey, the effect of your  work has been profound.

There has been a huge release of pressure from my shoulders and back.  My posture is more open and upright, yet still relaxed. And, I feel much more aware and present in my physical self.

With that new awareness, I am also seeing how my emotional state is both presented and informed by my physical state...The new found physical and emotional language that I'm learning  is very much born of, developed by and enriched through your intuitive and empathetic work.   Thank you!"

Danny W.
5.0
2020-01-21T20:49:13+00:00
"While it's still early in this journey, the effect of your  work has been profound. There has been a huge release of pressure from my shoulders and back.  My posture is more open and upright, yet still relaxed. And, I feel much more aware and present in my physical self. With that new awareness, I am also seeing how my emotional state is both presented and informed by my physical state...The new found physical and emotional language that I'm learning  is very much born of, developed by and enriched through your intuitive and empathetic work.   Thank you!" - Danny W.
"I get migraines often, but they have significantly decreased since coming regularly.  

I also recently pulled a muscle which threw my whole body off; after an hour with Rachel, the pain had almost completely melted away.  She is a gem.  I recommend her to all of my friends."

 

- Erica S.
5.0
2020-01-21T20:49:41+00:00
"I get migraines often, but they have significantly decreased since coming regularly.   I also recently pulled a muscle which threw my whole body off; after an hour with Rachel, the pain had almost completely melted away.  She is a gem.  I recommend her to all of my friends."   - Erica S.
"Rachel is an experienced and very nurturing Somatic Coach… I came to her to work on some dysfunctional patterns, especially my difficulty setting clear boundaries in some of my relationships.

I now feel much more empowered, clear, grounded, and solid in my ability to set boundaries, say no, and take care of myself. Rachel is profoundly knowledgeable when it comes to the nervous system and how to release trauma on a physical level. Working with her has brought up important insights and shifts for me - even things that I wasn't able to heal in years of talk therapy!"

 

- Josephine H.
5.0
2020-06-23T17:19:01+00:00
"Rachel is an experienced and very nurturing Somatic Coach… I came to her to work on some dysfunctional patterns, especially my difficulty setting clear boundaries in some of my relationships. I now feel much more empowered, clear, grounded, and solid in my ability to set boundaries, say no, and take care of myself. Rachel is profoundly knowledgeable when it comes to the nervous system and how to release trauma on a physical level. Working with her has brought up important insights and shifts for me - even things that I wasn't able to heal in years of talk therapy!"   - Josephine H.
"I feel you understand where to go and how to release tension I didn't even know I had... There has been a lightness in my body/spirit and a sense of relief/release and clarity after my sessions that I really enjoy experiencing.

Even if I get myself all tense in one hour, I still feel I get the benefits of something deeper and know that I can't 'mess up' what you've been able to unlock."

- Jamie L.
5.0
2020-01-21T20:50:09+00:00
"I feel you understand where to go and how to release tension I didn't even know I had... There has been a lightness in my body/spirit and a sense of relief/release and clarity after my sessions that I really enjoy experiencing. Even if I get myself all tense in one hour, I still feel I get the benefits of something deeper and know that I can't 'mess up' what you've been able to unlock." - Jamie L.
"I had a major physical fitness test coming up. Unfortunately, I had just strained my back in a freak accident, and I was experiencing extremely painful spasms.

Rachel did incredible body work around the strained region and got everything re-aligned.  I was successfully able to complete a grueling four-hour pack test immediately after two consecutive weekly appointments with Rachel. She's fantastic."

 

- Wayzie C.
5.0
2020-01-21T20:50:57+00:00
"I had a major physical fitness test coming up. Unfortunately, I had just strained my back in a freak accident, and I was experiencing extremely painful spasms. Rachel did incredible body work around the strained region and got everything re-aligned.  I was successfully able to complete a grueling four-hour pack test immediately after two consecutive weekly appointments with Rachel. She's fantastic."   - Wayzie C.
" You make me feel at ease, because it's obvious that you have an understanding of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and know how they interact....  You are able to address the real problem areas.    When we found you it was such a dramatic improvement!!"

 

- Kelly C.
5.0
2020-01-21T20:51:25+00:00
" You make me feel at ease, because it's obvious that you have an understanding of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and know how they interact....  You are able to address the real problem areas.    When we found you it was such a dramatic improvement!!"   - Kelly C.
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