HELPIN' YA' GET OUTTA PAIN AND BACK TO THE FUN!!!

Background


I’ve been a massage therapist for over 25 years, and I have never been more invigorated, inspired, and excited about my work. I have a great deal of intuition about massage therapy, and my style keeps evolving. There is also so much new research that I enjoy keeping up with. 


I have had my private office in San Francisco since 2004. I am licensed in the state of California and city of San Francisco, and a member of the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals.

 

I am originally fr...

Background


I’ve been a massage therapist for over 25 years, and I have never been more invigorated, inspired, and excited about my work. I have a great deal of intuition about massage therapy, and my style keeps evolving. There is also so much new research that I enjoy keeping up with. 


I have had my private office in San Francisco since 2004. I am licensed in the state of California and city of San Francisco, and a member of the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals.

 

I am originally from Baltimore, and back in 1998, I was voted Best Massage Therapist in Baltimore by City Paper of Baltimore.


I studied Neuromuscular Therapy/Structural Integration with Paul St. John and the Neurosomatic Educators. Under his guidance, I learned his technique of Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Posturology and Structural Integration for Low Back, TMJ, Cranial Decompression, Carpal Tunnel, and Cervical Issues. In 2012, I reviewed all the major NMT classes through the new St. John-Clark Neurosomatic Educators, Inc


In 2016, I had the honor of studying with Erik Dalton and his Freedom from Pain Institute. I completed a 30-hour certification in his Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT), and have found it to be the perfect complement to Neuromuscular Therapy. This year I had the opportunity to study Orthopedic  Massage with the world reknowned, James Waslaski. This work really spoke to me and has been a part of my treatments ever since learning the modality.


From 1998–2004, I worked in the Ruscombe Mansion Health Community Center with world-renowned homeopathic physicians Dr. Lorraine Fertsch and Dr. Peter Hinderbeger, as well as Rolf Institute instructor and practitioner Tessy Brungardt. It was a great experience to work within the Ruscombe community in such a historic mansion. 


I also had the awesome opportunity to work directly with Dr. Ariane Cometa at her Wellness Center; she is a front runner in Integrative Medicine and Women's Health (and a dear friend). I also worked with the Johns Hopkins Occupational University Occupational Health Services Department.


I am trained in Prenatal, Postpartum, Labor, and Infant Massage. While in Baltimore, I worked with OB-GYN Deborah Hebb, MD, who referred expectant mothers with low back pain and other muscular issues due to pregnancy. I had the joy of being a labor massage therapist for ten labor/births.


I am a graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage’s 500-hour program, and worked with patients at Maryland Chiropractic in Glen Burnie, MD.


I first learned the art form of massage therapy in 1992 from my best friend's mother, Diane Church, who was a certified massage therapist and esthetician.


I was originally studying Business at Towson State University and Essex Community College in Baltimore before I discovered I had an interest in massage therapy. The rest is history.


Fun Helen facts!

While in Baltimore, I worked as a massage therapist on several movies (including Enemy of the StatePecker) and on the HBO TV shows Homicide and The Wire. A great joy was having the opportunity to work with Olympic gymnast Elise Ray before she headed off to the Sydney Olympics in 2000! And for several years, I worked with competitive body builders, strong men competitors, and with a Mr. Olympia competitor and placer, Kevin Levrone. Rawr!


Additional training: 

-Prenatal & Postpartum Massage Certification/Bodywork for the Childbearing Year with Somatic Learning Institute

-Infant Massage Teaching

-Craniosacral Therapy with The Upledger Institute

-Myofascial Release Therapy with John Barnes

-Deep Tissue Passive Movements with Carolyn Osbourne-Sheets

-The Seated Massage Experience/Touch 4 Productions

-Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals since 1998


Helen at play

When I’m not helping people stand up straight, I am busy as a tour guide for students in SF, New York, and Washington, D.C.; making costumes and volunteering for Burning Man; gardening in my backyard; pickling something; hanging with my husband, Ben; or singing rock songs from the top of my lungs!


Make an appointment today so I can help get you out of pain and back to fun!!!


Helen


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Where I Work
Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Education
1995

Baltimore School of Massage: Baltimore

500 Hour Certification

1990

Towson U

Business

1992

Essex CC

Business

Experience
Bodywork

Best Of Baltimore - Best of Baltimore 1998

Voted Best Massage Therapist in Baltimore by the City Paper in 1998

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Julian on Jun 14
Helen really knows the intricacies of the body and is very knowledgeable, great work!
by Gizella on Jun 03
Helen is the most experienced and intuitive therapist I have ever worked with!
by Anonymous on May 18
Very thoughtful, good diagnostic skills, extremely relaxing and healing environment / words / touch. Highly recommended and will be returning.
by Steve on Apr 23
Knowledgeable, effective, and a pleasure to be around. Thanks Helen!
by Sheila on Apr 17
Helen made the pain on my neck and right arm go away after 1 session.
by Anonymous on Apr 02
Helen is magical! She will suss out your issues and do real work to make lasting change! I have worked with her for years and find that she not only gets me out of pain but enhances my quality of life with better mobility and tools to keep from getting into pain in the first place. I would highly recommend her skills to anyone who is dealing with chronic muscular, tendon, nerve, or any body pain whatsoever. If other methods don't seem to really be getting to the heart of the issue, she is the person to change that!
by AARON on Mar 26
Helen's knowledge, experience & bodywork is great. Our bodies are funny things (amazing too, but funny). How injuries present themselves often is a deeper story. This is when it is great to have a guide like Helen to work with.
by lewis on Mar 25
Happy with the session
by Anonymous on Feb 27
I love Helen!!! Days later I still feel so much better than when I went in. She is a true healer.
by Rennie on Feb 15
Helen is amazing! Her knowledge of functional anatomy and how to address immediate discomfort and help rebuild your body from trauma is nothing short of miraculous. It would be magic, except she studies intensely and regularly to offer the pinnacle of physical healing and comfort.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Neuromuscular Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage

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