Joanna Burgess

“This work is not about healing others. We can’t heal another human being. We can only heal ourselves until our presence is healing.” ~Irene Smith

A longtime mind/body and healing arts enthusiast, I left my professional “day job” in 2012 to pursue a career as a bodyworker. I completed 500 hours of training at McKinnon Body Therapy Center and 168 hours of training at the Hendrickson Method Institute (both in the Bay area). I also completed Zen Hospice Project's 40-hour volunteer training and served as a volunteer caregiver at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco for a year.


I have experience providing massage for a wide array of individ...

A longtime mind/body and healing arts enthusiast, I left my professional “day job” in 2012 to pursue a career as a bodyworker. I completed 500 hours of training at McKinnon Body Therapy Center and 168 hours of training at the Hendrickson Method Institute (both in the Bay area). I also completed Zen Hospice Project's 40-hour volunteer training and served as a volunteer caregiver at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco for a year.


I have experience providing massage for a wide array of individuals, including working professionals, everyday athletes, new moms, disabled/alter-abled individuals, people managing chronic illness, elderly individuals, and people in palliative/hospice care settings. In addition to my private practice, I work as a massage therapist at Bliss Fitness (in Oakland) and at the Hendrickson Chiropractic Clinic (in Kensington), as well as providing chair massage in various workplace and special-event settings.


I feel there is somewhat of a polarization in how various bodywork modalities are often perceived: as either primarily therapeutic ("sports massage") or primarily relaxation-based and balancing ("spa massage" and "energy work"). My bodywork is dedicated to bridging this spectrum, by facilitating my clients’ functional/rehabilitative needs while always offering opportunities for deep relaxation at the level of the nervous system.


Along with my formal bodywork training, I bring ten years of personal study and practice with self-awareness, embodiment, and spiritual teachings. These have included trainings with groups such as Heart of Now and Possibility Management; martial arts training; and Buddhist/meditation studies, with an emphasis in somatic meditation practices. I’m a fitness and movement enthusiast, and I also love spending as much time as possible outdoors and in the wilderness.

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Where I Work
Available Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Licenses
Massage

CA # 51096

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Rory on Oct 12
Joanna is an excellent and knowledgable bodyworker. You can feel her precision and care for your body's state and needs. She is happy to share information on what she is doing, as well as home stretches and exercises that are supportive.
by Greg on Oct 01
It's been very successful in trading my malady. Unique experience.
by Anonymous on Oct 01
caring, nurturing therapeutic touch in a lovely and covid-safe environment!
by Anonymous on Aug 29
Joanna is helping me heal from an injury. The injury has scar tissue and she is helping to open my range of motion and reduce long term discomfort.
by Anonymous on Aug 19
Super knowledgeable!
by Anonymous on Aug 02
This was my first time doing massage therapy and I highly recommend Joanna for any first-timers!
by Cherri on Jun 24
Joanna is amazing! Her skills are unmatched and I’m so glad I found her.
by Laura on Apr 22
Joanna was very professional and skilled in her touch. I really felt like the session helped some of my injuries. Thank you! Laura
by Anonymous on Apr 18
Joanna is a beautiful bodyworker with so much wisdom, knowledge, and heart.
by Dan on Jan 20
A skilled Hendrickson method therapist and caring practitioner.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Mobile Swedish Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Orthopedic Massage
  • Mobile Other
  • Mobile Hendrickson Method

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