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, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Licenses
Massage

CA # 51096

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Dan on Jan 20
A skilled Hendrickson method therapist and caring practitioner.
by Dori on Oct 29
Joanna is excellent, especially in pandemic times. I am so grateful that I can receive therapeutic massage from her. Her COVID safe protocols are exceptional. I feel safe in her care and am able to relax into the massage. She remembers what we have worked on in previous sessions and has helped me make progress on an old shoulder injury. I wish I had been seeing her when I was doing PT. It would have helped a lot to have the combo of her massage skills to add to the PT work. She also gives me feedback on ways to release tight areas in my body between sessions. I highly recommend her.
by Ray on Oct 22
Always enjoyable and relaxing :) I appreciate you
by Robin on Oct 16
I have been seeing Joanna for almost 4 years for massages. She's an anatomy nerd who is highly skilled with the Hendrickson method amongst other techniques, and she always meets me where I'm at during a session. As a person with chronic pain it's essential to me to feel heard during any bodywork as pain or discomfort pops up and Joanna is an expert at being adaptable and supporting me when I need extra attention or slowness or gentleness in an area. I couldn't be more enthusiastic in recommending Joanna for anyone who needs a massage!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

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

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