Our Massage Therapists
As a young man, Alex realized that it was his mission in life to be a healer. He took his initial massage training in 1992, when he was only 23. A key thing he’s learned is that healing is a simple combination of intention and attention, a realization that freed him to develop a massage that both feels great and heals physically and energetically. His work tends to be deep, and is great for active people and athletes. Alex offers Deep Tissue, Sports, Esalen, Swedish, Trigger Point, and Polarity Therapy. He also incorporates energy work, Shiatsu, Acu-pressure, and fascia release. Alex’s hours are Thursday and Friday: 9am-3pm.
Aurora graduated with honors from Winter Park Technical Institute in beautiful Winter Park Florida in 2013. She is highly accomplished in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal, and AMT. Massage is her passion and it shows.
Candace, CMT, CEO
After six years in the tech industry, Candace turned away from the cold world of computers and pursued a more people-oriented career. In 2000 she completed a basic Shiatsu course at the San Francisco School of Massage, which piqued her interest in bodywork. She continued to study a range of healing modalities, including Cranial Sacral therapy, Watsu, prenatal massage, and, most influentially, structural bodywork. Since 1999, massage has been her passion and driving force. She recognizes the critical importance of human touch and therapeutic bodywork, and strives to keep this valuable health service accessible to all income levels and walks of life.
After 10 years of working in child and family services, Catherine moved from the east coast to California to study massage. She transformed her passion for helping others to a passion for bodywork. She is proficient in the modalities of deep tissue, sports, acupressure, hot stone, pre-natal and relaxation massage. Her style is a therapeutic massage based on the various modalities that she has studied and her understanding of body assessment mixed together to meet clients individual needs. Her motivation is for each client to walk away from the massage feeling relaxed, balanced and rejuvenated. Catherine’s hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 3pm-9pm, and Sunday: 1pm-7pm.
Cory is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, HHP, from Mueller College based in San Diego. He approaches every therapeutic session as a problem solver; viewing the body as if it were a puzzle, and piecing the puzzle back together in symmetry. Keeping this in mind he meticulously works on the body correcting deviations and poor posture alignment while creating a relaxing experience in order to cooperate with the muscle fascia release. Favoring the western therapeutic approach to body work, Cory utilizes Myoskeletal Alignment, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Myofascia and Sports Massage, while integrating stretching and mobilization at the request of the client. Cory’s free time is spent cycling, hiking, going to the gym, rock climbing, and appreciating various genres of music while his choice instrument is the saxophone.
Deidre’s style of massage leans towards deep relaxation, focused detail work, and intuitive touch. She studied at the San Francisco School of Massage and is trained in Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point release, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, and prenatal massage. Whether you need deeper work or just a moment of relaxation, Deidre is here to create a space where you can enjoy, honor, heal, and learn about your body.
Ereene has been practicing therapeutic massage since 2007. Her approach to massage is a blend of deep tissue, acupressure and reflexology. She is also trained in Pre/Post- Natal massage therapy. Her intention is to help clients have a free flow of energy throughout the body so they can feel relaxed, balanced and ready to get back to their life and kick butt! She enjoys being active and has a passion for wellness. She is continuing education in health sciences. Ereene’s hours are Wednesday and Saturday: 3pm-9pm.
Holly has been working in the healing arts field for nearly 10 years. She began her education at the Healing Hands School of Massage, and acquired her certification through the National Holistic Institute here in San Francisco. Holly is currently a student at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, working towards her Masters in Oriental Sciences. Holly likes to integrate many tools she’s acquired over the years and throughout her worldly travels. She specializes in Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapies, Ayurvedic massage and Reiki, along with sound healings, including Acutonics. Holly also has a background in Herbalism, and enjoys getting out of the city and spending time in nature when she can. Holly is passionate about her field of work, and she will certainly create a safe space for healing, nurture, and magic.
Jen C, LAc, CMT
A Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of California and NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Jen’s unique blend of Classical and modern techniques promotes healing, balance, and greater well being. Her specialty is Tui na—an ancient Chinese style of massage that incorporates acupressure, trigger points, manipulation, deep tissue, and stretching. Jen has been helping people relax, manage pain, and recover from injuries since earning her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from San Francisco’s ACTCM in 2013. Jen’s hours are Thursday-Sunday: 3-9pm.
Madeleine, CMT, LAc
Madeleine has been providing integrative massage to a diverse clientele in San Francisco for ten years. She began her massage journey at the San Francisco School of Massage and has also studied with the Milne Institute and the Acupressure Institute. Areas of study include deep tissue, trigger point, prenatal, hot stone, Swedish, Thai yoga massage, traditional Ayurvedic massage and Reiki. In her free time, Madeleine enjoys hiking and yoga.
Michelle Richter has been a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist since 2005, when she graduated from the Florida College of Natural Health and began her independent practice in San Francisco. Having a strong background in various styles of dance and sports compliment Michelle’s understanding of human anatomy and physiology. With an integrative approach to massage therapy, various styles can be combined to build a more effective treatment program that caters specifically to each individual client. Michelle is proficient in deep-tissue, hot stone, swedish, myofascial release, sport, geriatric, pre-natal, and TMJ release. Catherine’s hours are Tuesday 3pm-9pm, Thursday and Saturday 9am-3pm.
Patrice studied Massage Therapy in both Tacoma Washington and Hawaii. He studied myofascial, sports massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, PNF, and Thai. He is certified both Nationally and in the state of California. He has been a body worker since 1996 and considers it his passion. He absolutely loves working with people and has an incredible understanding and appreciation of the art of bodywork. Patrice’s hours are Wednesdays: 9am-3pm, Fridays: 3pm-9pm, Saturdays: 4pm-9pm and Sundays: 9am-3pm.
Sarah B, CMT
After pursuing education in Western medicine Sarah decided to switch directions & head into holistic healing. She worked a desk job for many years at UCSF and felt the direct effects of sitting for long hours. At In-Symmetry she gives simple pointers on how to have more body awareness at desks and offers tools to relieve daily tension and stress. She also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House once a week massaging the parents of chronically sick children. Sarah feels connected to every person that she touches, and tries to listen and learn from every client that enters her room. Sarah B’s hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 3pm-9pm, and Sunday: 11:30am-6pm.
Taryn Barnard, CMT
Taryn is a graduate of San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork, a multi-discipline facility that prepares technicians in the art of professional massage therapy. She has accrued over 500 hours of training in the SFSM massage therapist program, including deep tissue and myofascial release, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, sports, lymphatic, pregnancy massage, Ortho-Bionomy®, anatomy and pathology. She is also a member of ABMP Massage Association. Taryn is a Thai native and U.S. permanent resident. In her practice, she blends an essence of Traditional Thai Massage with her formal Western massage therapy training.
After years performing, recording and touring as a professional musician, Wil returned to San Francisco in 2013 to pursue bodywork. A graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage, Wil developed a blend of modalities including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Swedish Massage. Wil utilizes a personalized approach and promotes mobilization and relaxation through integrated, therapeutic myofascial release.