Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body through manual, hands on techniques. During a massage, a massage therapist will apply a fixed or moving pressure to the tissues to ease pain and tension in the muscles and joints of the body. Massage therapy can also improve blood and lymphatic flow throughout the body, enhance tissue healing, and affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation. At Portola Valley Chiropractic we offer 30, 60, and 90 minute massages.
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Ilan completed the DeAnza College Massage program in 2014. He added to his deep tissue education with a series of courses from Pacific Northwest School of Massage. He also has training in craniosacral massage from the Upledger institute. Ilan provides restorative massages with a focus on posture and range of motion improvement, as well as injury rehabilitations and prevention. Ilan is a member of CMTC (California Massage Therapy Council) and AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association).
Elana has nearly 20 years of professional experience in both yoga instruction and massage therapy. With over 600 hours of multi-modality training including Shiatsu, deep tissue, Lomi-Lomi, Cranio-sacral, and Neuro-Muscular Therapy, she has created her own style which could be described as firm, yet fluid; nurturing and intuitive contrasted with deeper, focused work. She integrates passive movement and stretching into the massage which allows for spontaneous release of muscles as well as better access to the muscle tissue. Her many years of experience as a yoga teacher has informed her abilities as a massage therapist in being able to recognize holding patterns in her clients and being able to guide them with appropriate stretches. Her bodywork strikes a necessary balance between structural therapeutics and soothing the nervous system.
Shantel received her education at UC Riverside, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology. She continued her educational journey in massage therapy and health education at the National Holistic Institute in 2016. During her senior portion of the program, she completed her sports massage therapy externship with the San Francisco 49ers. For the past 4 years, Shantel has served as a member of the body regeneration team for the SF 49ers, where she received extensive training in rehabilitative practices such as myofascial release and neuromuscular re-education techniques. Shantel’s massage therapy employs a balance of different healing styles, combining Eastern & Western modalities that are attuned to her client’s needs. She has developed her massage therapy in order to relieve patients pain, alleviate their stress, and enhance their healing process. She has a tremendous passion for helping people improve their quality of life through promotion of various manual therapies.