Hello, I'm Valerie! I grew-up in San Francisco, am a graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork. My specialty is working with people who have chronic pain and tension using The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach.
I discovered Myofascial Release during my massage schooling and it changed my life. In my late 20's I had a fall and from that slipped two discs in my low back. I struggled with pain and discomfort for many years. During my first myofascial session I felt tons of pressure taken off of my low back. In the moment on the table I left like I had the freedom of a 10 year old, specifically in my low back and hips, in my body again. From that first session I knew this modality was different than anything I had received before. And from that first treatment I started my healing journey of total body freedom! In a short time I experienced profound changes in my physical body as-well-as my emotional well-being and life as a whole.
In my private practice I work with people who experience chronic pain and tension in their bodies. Some of the people I see have scoliosis, TMJ pain, pelvic misalignment, hip pain, Fibromyalgia, low back pain, whiplash, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, decreasing range of motion and pain in their entire body. I also work with people who are wanting a deeper mind-body connection.
In addition to my bodywork practice, I am an avid overseas traveler, have worked with children and youth in urban and rural areas, and have spent time working with the homeless. Today I enjoy riding my bike, hiking, kayaking, swimming, walking my dog, practicing yoga and cooking.