About Damiana

Bodywork, Cranialsacral Therapy, Somatic Inquiry, Yoga, Embodied Mindfulness

I have been practicing bodywork and exploring yoga, meditation and diverse embodiment modalities for more than 15 years.

Through years of study and my own profound path of self healing, I’ve come to understand that the body is the topography of the unconscious as well as the ‘portal’ and ‘filter’ through which we perceive reality and receive our experience of the world.  The body is also the gateway to Spirit and our vehicle for connecting to what is sacred.   Our bodies tell the story of our lives and this story is imprinted in our embodied form and tissues. When strong imprints such as physical or emotional trauma are not fully processed or released, physical pain and dis-ease occur.

Through the attuned listening touch of cranialsacral therapy, Esalen Deep Bodywork & soft tissue manipulation, as well guided somatic inquiry and mindfulness, my sessions help clients connect deeply to their own bodies, restore and settle the nervous system, unwind stored imprints, release muscle tension, bone or myofascial restrictions, and feel profoundly held, seen and nurtured.

The experience of giving and receiving bodywork is, in my eyes, not simply deeply therapeutic but also a way of celebrating and enhancing the gift of embodiment. In my Oakland and Berkeley based massage therapy practice, I aspire to continue this celebration, as well as thorough everything I do.

“Our hands imbibe like roots
So I place them on what is beautiful in this world,
And I fold them in prayer
And they draw from the heavens light.”
~St. Francis of Assisi

Credentials:

-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner

-Licensed Bodyworker (CAMTC registered)

-Prenatal Massage Therapist (Kate Jordan Seminars: Bodywork for the Childbering Year)

-Certified Deep Bodywork Practitioner (Esalen School of Massage)  

-Certified Cranialsacral Therapist (Colorado School of Energy Studies)

-Therapautic Yoga Teacher (Anusara System)

-BA in Language Studies (UCSC)

 

To read what clients are saying about my work, check out my *massage testimonials.