Integrative Massage Therapy is tailored to clients’ specific needs and request, pulling from a variety of massage modalities to alleviate muscular tension, increase relaxation and overall well-being, and facilitate healing of any discomforts and injuries.
Trigger point massage therapy focuses on the release of tension around specific nerve centers found throughout your body. Also known as neuromuscular therapy, it consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle tension. The therapeutic pressure and massage typically produces initial soreness and "good pain" in muscle tissue. It is great for relieving overused muscles, decreasing chronic pain, and improving mobility and range of motion in muscles. Trigger point is usually focused on specific muscle groups that are needing attention, and is not a full body massage.
Prenatal Massage focuses on addressing the special needs of expecting women. Extra pillow support and side-lying postures are used to prevent putting pressure on the abdomen. Prenatal massage is beneficial in aiding soon-to-be mothers through the dramatic transitions and changes happening within their bodies.
Bobbi Knowles, CMT
Bobbi Knowles is a massage therapist certified in the state of California (Cert. #54990). She is a graduate from the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA, where she stayed on as a teaching assistant after graduating. She has over 5 years of massage experience. Bobbi specializes in delivering focused, therapeutic bodywork while providing an experience that is deeply relaxing. Integrating a variety of modalities such as deep tissue, trigger point, shiatsu, and more, she customizes her sessions to address clients' areas of discomfort while creating a space which allows them to let go of stress and tension collected in their bodies. Her touch is strong, nurturing and effective long after the session has ended. Bobbi works with folks experiencing pain and immobility, muscular issues, sciatica, carpal tunnel, as well as those seeking relaxation and stress relief.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
Dr. Charisse Balance, DPT, RYT
Dr. Charisse Balance is a physical therapist licensed in the state of California. She has always been fascinated with the interactions between the body and mind, leading her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from UC Davis, and later a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. She has many years of experience treating patients with chronic pain and has found that treatment of the pelvic floor is often the missing link. She appreciates the interconnected role the pelvic floor plays in mind/body interactions and treats the muscles of the pelvic floor to more comprehensively address her patient's symptoms.
In 2015, she obtained her yoga certification (RYT-200) and pursued specialization in Restorative and Yin yoga. She appreciates the physiological benefits of the quiet, restful, supportive practice of restorative yoga and the physical and energetic benefits of a slower yin practice brought not only to the fascia, but also to the overall sense of wellbeing. She now uses the connection between the disciplines of yoga and physiotherapy to empower her clients to build physical awareness and to minimize and prevent injuries. As a yogi, she incorporates an individualized holistic approach to treatment, addressing the body, mind and spirit. As a physiotherapist, she informs her offerings with the science of movement, biomechanics, kinesiology and anatomy.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle but profound form of healing with roots tracing back to the American Osteopathic tradition developed in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It’s primary orientation is that of health as expressed in the inherit wisdom of motive and organizing forces alive in all beings. These forces are commonly recognized and seen in the mysteries of human embryological development as well as in the body’s ability to heal from trauma whether impact or otherwise. Through gentle meditative touch, these forces are engaged and inspired to initiate movement deep into fluid dynamic and nervous system functions allowing dynamic balance and deep healing throughout the entire system.
Jonny Nobleza, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Jonny Nobleza, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. is an acupuncturist licensed in the state of California. He practices East Asian Medicine, Acupuncture and Craniosacral Bodywork, and teaches Shadow Yoga. His studies in yoga and consciousness began over 20 years ago as a young teen. He has since trained and taught various forms of healing arts, music, movement, and cultivation practices. His current focus is a continual deepening relationship with the living wisdom traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, East Asian Medicine, Osteopathic, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy traditions. Jonny’s practice in the healing arts has been influenced and shaped by select teachers, mentors, family, friends, and colleagues who have naturally led through example by their unwavering devotion to their hearts, art, and craft. With gratitude to his teachers, Jonny dedicates the practice of medicine to be in service and benefit to all beings. Jonny holds a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.