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Bodywork Therapy

Philip is a 
City and County of San Francisco licensed Massage Practitioner and 
Certified Shiatsu Massage Therapist with additional training in positional release techniques.

This enhanced training added to his fitness expertise allows him help clients who may only need bodywork therapy.  Clients have found his style of bodywork helpful in addressing acute or chronic issues of the neck, back, shoulders, hips or knees.  He has over 5,000 hours of bodywork experience.  By incorporating varying degrees of the following therapy styles in his sessions, he can meet his client's needs more effectively.


Shiatsu is Japanese for "finger pressure."  It is a massage therapy style developed in Japan and based on the Chinese medical theory that disease and pain are caused by blocked qi (life force, energy; pronounced chee) along energy pathways in the body.  By applying pressure to the blocked meridian, relief from pain and disease may result.

You can read more about Shiatsu Therapy here.

Positional Release

Positional release (counterstrain) is an osteopathy based form of manual therapy which benefits those with chronic stress, injuries and pain.  Gentle movements and body positions are used to encourage positive changes in stress and pain patterns.  Positional release therapy is very effective in helping alleviate certain types of acute and chronic muscle pain while relaxing the entire body.

You can read more about positional release therapy here.

You can read some client testimonials here.

Philip sees clients either at their home, office or Synergy Fitness Studio in San Francisco's Marina District. Click here for map and directions.

How much exercise do you need?  Click here for the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.