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
Available Wednesday, Friday
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 Anonymous on Sep 22
Massage Messiah
by Nina on Sep 13
Helen is so incredibly skilled and knowledgeable, I love her!
by Anonymous on Aug 19
She's the greatest! I love that she takes the time to explain what she's doing and how everything works. Excellent anatomy knowledge.
by Sarah on Jul 24
I came to see Helen for a postpartum massage. She hit places I didn’t know needed attention and my body felt sooo good afterwards! She’s amazing! Her hands work wonders ????
by Kevin on Jul 15
From beginning to end a wonderful experience. The care and compassion that Helen provides can be felt both though the work that is done, and also in the way she explain it. You can tell that she cares deeply about helping to reduce your pain, offering advise for actions and stretches, outside the studio that will help you in the long run, and explains them in a way that sink in. Making sure that you know what to feel for so you get the most out of the stretches.
by KAREN on Jul 06
Helen is professional and knowledgeable, I alway leave her table feeling better
by Ken on Jun 07
Incredible knowledge of spine and muscle connections and excellent communication about them and how to address pain and mobility issues
by Anonymous on Jun 06
Helen is a lifesaver! Her knowledgeability and skill is matched by her big heart and compassion. I am healthier because of her.
by Anonymous on Jun 04
Helen is warm, caring, and professional--and effective. I have recommended her to a couple of friends.
by Terry on May 20
Helen is wonderful. Her knowledge of the human body and how it works is second to none. She has helped me regain movement and remove pain better than all the specialists I've seen. Thank you Helen for using your magic fingers on my sore and broken body.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Neuromuscular Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage

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