Myofascial Release Massage

Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress. First, an assessment is made by visually analyzing the human frame, followed by the palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches.

These Practitioners can offer  Myofascial Release Massage in their Sessions:

Adrian Kyle

A good massage will activate a deep state of relaxation and well being throughout the whole body. It is my hope to facilitate a pain-free, balanced state of being for each client. I use an integrated and compassionate approach that combines over eighteen years of professional experience. [Read more...]

Barbara Roettger

Barbara is a graduate of the Atlanta School of Massage. She has been doing massage since 1983 and has over 1500 hours of bodywork training. Barbara uses an eclectic approach to massage. Her massage is specifically chosen to fit the client’s needs. Pressure used follows the spectrum, from deeper techniques suchy as Myofacial release, Deep Tissue, and Neuromuscular, Shiatsu and Acupressure. 
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Cecily Heath

I truly believe in the work that I do and I put my heart and soul into every massage. My passion comes through in my touch. I have a very compassionate and intuitive touch that allows me to feel patterns of tension in the body, often finding tight spots my clients didn’t realize were there. I use intuition, breathwork and mindfulness techniques, to increase my clients’ awareness and assist the body in its natural ability to heal and relax. The work I do is rooted in my belief that the body already knows how to heal itself, all I do is facilitate that process.

My love for massage began very early in life. I come from a family of massage therapists and grew up giving and receiving massage and understanding its therapeutic benefits. I decided to turn my interest in massage into a career. I graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Boulder, Colorado, in 2010 and have been loving my career ever since.

I lived on the front range of Colorado for four years while attending massage school and college, but I couldn’t stay away from my home state for long. In 2012 I decided to move back to California and surround myself by the beauty of Santa Cruz. Since moving here, I’ve worked in several high-end spas, including The Ritz Carlton, but none have ever been as nice and as welcoming as the Well Within. I love looking out onto our tranquil Zen garden and hearing the trickling of water while I work. I have built a community of clients, colleagues, and friends at Well Within that I hope to nourish for years to come.

When I am not at work I likely have my nose in a textbook or my feet in the sand. I am currently studying Nutritional Science at San Jose State and will be a registered dietitian by 2020. The relationship between food and health is fascinating to me. My education allows me to have a more holistic perspective on the body and informs my approach to massage. I also enjoy walks on the beach, meditation, running on West Cliff drive, hiking in the redwoods, and cooking for family and friends.

I am so delighted to be a part of the Well Within family and to be contributing to this beautiful sanctuary for our community.

Chris Hutcherson

Chris studied at Mueller College of Holistic Health in San Diego, where he focused on Shiatsu, Tuina and Chinese Meridian Theory.  He incorporates this into Myofascial, Deep Tissue and Sports massage, helping to facilitate muscle relaxation, stress relief and calming of the mind.  He is also trained in Craniosacral Therapy.  Chris has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 2005.

Gianluca Ciulla

Gianluca has been doing massage and bodywork on and off since he graduated in 2006 from the Arcata School of Massage in northern California. At ASM, he learned many different bodywork modalities including Deep tissue, Swedish, Trigger point, Myofacial, Shiatsu, and Cranial sacral as well as Somatics and Trauma work. Aside from working on bodies, he also likes to fix and build things. The fascination of how things work, and problem solving how to fix them when they stop working, carries over into how he sees the movement and function of the human body. 

Gretchen Retka

Gretchen Retka is a Cypress Health Institute Certified CAMTC massage graduate and University of MN Music/Theatre graduate with a passion for healing and performing arts. Gretchen finds joy in the articulation and cultivation of refining the body as a tool to simultaneously evolve the mind, emotions and spirit for healing or personal expression! Massage techniques include Swedish, Thai, Myofascial, Prenatal, Postnatal, Abdominal massage and energy work in Reiki and Cranial sacral. 

With 13 years of yoga practice and teaching since 2008, Gretchen’s training (350 hours CYT) includes Living Yoga Program with an emphasis in yoga combining ideokinesis, Prenatal Yoga with Hannah Muse at the Mount Madonna Center, Baptiste Power Yoga, and Yoga Behind Bars. Gretchen has dived deeply into Iyengar, Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Tao Yoga, while traveling to India and Thailand for Thai Yoga Massage training and Eastern Secrets of Love (Tao & Tantra)

Prior to moving to Santa Cruz, with a love for travel, Gretchen has attended births in a variety of settings ,including home births with traditional midwives, hospitals alongside nursing staff, and birth centers internationally. Passionate to provide care which empowers each and every family leading to healthy birth outcomes, Gretchen is very grateful to be a part of the diverse Santa Cruz community, as a prenatal yoga teacher, massage therapist and doula. When she is not helping families through this life changing transition, she loves to play music, read, dance salsa, be in the ocean, hike, be with family, and travel.

Jessa Steinman

Jessa studied massage at Cypress Health Institute and the Monterey Institute of Touch. She specializes in deep tissue and myofascial release and draws upon the foundations of cranial sacral to calm the nervous system and invite the client into deep relaxation. Her study and practice of Yoga & Ayurveda initially inspired her to become a Massage Therapist — as a path to continue learning about the human body and expanding within the field of Healing Arts. Jessa enjoys integrating her education in movement therapy with massage in order to guide clients in caring for their own bodies.