Every member of the DTMC team is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the highest quality of care and attention, and achieve an optimal state of health.
My Practice: For the last 20 years I’ve worked full-time as a massage therapist, refining and perfecting my craft, and deepening my understanding of structural bodywork. I am deeply devoted to the treatment and alleviation of both acute and chronic pain, helping athletes to increase performance, and helping my clients live pain-free, balanced, and healthy lives.
I’ve developed a unique and highly specific form of bodywork focused on pain relief and optimal performance. My integrated approach to Orthopedic Massage includes postural evaluation, structural alignment, hands on treatment, alignment exercises, and exercises specifically designed to speed the healing process.
For the past three years I’ve incorporated Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) into my treatment protocol. NKT is a cutting edge system for quickly tracking down and correcting muscular and movement dysfunctions and their compensation patterns. NKT focuses on getting to the source of the problem instead of getting caught up in only treating symptoms. Often called “the missing link,” NKT is now being used by top healthcare practitioners across many disciplines.
I am honored to receive ongoing referrals from physical therapists, chiropractors, and orthopedic surgeons. They put their trust in me because of my strong commitment and ability to successfully alleviate muscular pain and enhance muscular performance for my clients. I work closely with other practitioners to ensure our joint clients receive the highest quality of care.
I am fortunate to work with professional athletes from the NBA, MLB, as well as competitive athletes in mountain biking, golf, tennis, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, and the martial arts. There is so much joy in working with these top athletes, seeing the improvement in their performance, and the role I play in mitigating further injuries.
Background: My fascination with muscles and body mechanics began at the age of nine when I started practicing martial arts. I’ve had the privilege of studying and teaching numerous styles of martial arts over the years, and it’s allowed me to examine the body mechanics and physics that makes each style uniquely effective. I went through a ten-year period of intense weightlifting which also deepened my understanding of individual muscle functions and joint ranges of motion. These experiences have allowed me to internalize and visualize the way our musculature works, and is instrumental in my ability to get the best results for my clients.
However, it wasn’t until the mid 90’s when I left a successful career as an art director (to devote my energy to helping others) that I became truly interested in the healing arts. I began my massage studies in Northern California and moved to Santa Barbara to continue studying at the Body Therapy Institute (BTI). At BTI I studied Neuromuscular Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and Myofascial Release. At that time I was also enrolled as a full time student at the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine. My massage practice became so busy, that I after two years at SBCOM, I chose to focus all my energy on massage, taking with me the theory and principles of Chinese Medicine. I was and continue to be highly motivated to improve my skill set in order to best serve my clients.
Personal Life and Causes: In my spare time I enjoy teaching and training in martial arts, reading and studying, drawing and painting, kayaking, SUPing, and spending time with my wife and family. Giving back to the community is important to my wife, Jill, and me so we support a local non-profit, AHA! (Attitude.Harmony.Achievement). AHA! is an educations program committed to transforming the world by empowering teens to create peaceful and connected communities. I am so blessed to live in such a beautiful community, and it is an honor to be of service to all our amazing clients!
My practice: My approach to massage is structural and functional. While acute pain reduction is always an important goal, I believe it is a bodyworker’s duty to address the root cause of pain and to provide lasting relief. As a former student and now instructor at the Body Therapy Institute in Santa Barbara, I’ve received extensive training, and now I am teaching others to be effective massage therapists as well. My assessment skills come from the combined experience of working alongside many chiropractors and physical therapists, and my formal training in massage, NeuroKineticTherapy (NKT) and medical Qigong. My treatments combine Deep Tissue Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Trigger Point, passive release and joint mobilization, and myofascial release to balance optimum muscular tension and length. From my background in dance and my experience as a physical therapy aide I also suggest exercises, stretches, and lifestyle modifications that may offer ongoing relief and injury prevention.
Background: As a dancer, my fascination and passion for bodywork came from years of first-hand experience with injury and a desire to understand and heal my pain. I first developed back pain at age 15 and I got substantial relief from a medical Qigong practitioner. I then went on to pursue a BA in Dance and Holistic Health at Chapman University and a CMT at Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute, where I am now an instructor in anatomy, kinesiology, and pathology. Additionally, I am a professional dancer and physical therapy aide, both of which greatly inform my experience of the human body and develop empathy for those experiencing injury and pain. Because I am passionate about furthering my education, I am in furthering my certification in NeuroKineticTherapy (NKT), as well as pursuing a future goal of a doctorate in physical therapy.
Personal life: In my spare time, I love reading, cooking/baking, rollerblading, gardening, and spending quality time with my partner and friends. You can sometimes catch me performing professionally in Santa Barbara with Nebula Dance Lab and Selah Dance Collective!
My practice: For the last 8 years, I’ve been working as a massage therapist in Colorado. I recently moved to Santa Barbara where I am continuing to work with clients. I’ve received over 1,700 hours of extensive instruction and practice at the highly respected Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado, a school founded by a student of Ida Rolf. Rolf was possibly the most impactful pioneer of modern structural integration, and her approach focused deeply on the alignment of connective tissue, bones and muscles to realign posture, relieve pain and restore functional movement. In my work with clients I also use an integrative approach by combining the following modalities: Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Work, Myofascial Release, Orthopedic Mobilization, and Acupressure. After a session I often give clients stretches, and myofascial releases that they can do at home to complement their treatment.
Background: From a young age I’ve been drawn to massage as a way to connect with others and help friends. After traveling overseas and seeing the universal need for bodywork, my passion to dive into the profession was ignited! I’ve received multiple series of deep fascial work (Rolfing), and my first-hand experience of the profound changes and pain relief that is possible with effective bodywork informs my own practice. With this internalized information, my goal is to facilitate positive change in others on their journey towards a pain free life.
Personal life and interests: I’m most happy being active outdoors, so I’m so grateful to be back in Santa Barbara! I enjoy making art, nerding out on music, cooking, and connecting to the community. My dream is to one day teach high school students about posture, movement, and various other western and eastern approaches to self-care.
Christina Klein (Not seeing clients until January 2, 2021)
As a Certified Massage Practitioner and as a Certified Personal Trainer, It is my mission to help you get out of pain and injury and help you live a functionally sound life. The human body craves and needs movement to survive and when we develop pain as a symptom, the body is asking for change. It is my ultimate goal to help bring your body back into alignment and to create an environment that promotes positive change. My practice is a combination of muscle and connective tissue work, and muscular and movement re-patterning.
I’m certified at the highest level in Neurokinetic Therapy, and I often assist in instruction at seminars.
I’m also certified in Active Release Technique, Anatomy in Motion, and Scolimethod. In a session I combine these modalities into a powerful and adaptable treatment plan that focuses on discovering the source of pain and finding the root of the problem, versus just treating the symptom. By re-patterning the motor control center within your brain we can change compensatory movement patterns and recreate functional movement within your body.
I grew up in Maui, where my mother earned a living as a massage therapist. I saw firsthand the difference she made in her client’s lives, and the importance of body work in treating and preventing injuries. Little did I know that I would soon find out first-hand the benefits of body-work. I began playing competitive tennis at the age of nine, and I was ultimately awarded a scholarship to play collegiate level tennis at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. During my freshman year I experienced a low back injury that prevented me from playing at my optimum potential. At that time, I was told that I may have been suffering from a bulging disk, and that I needed an MRI to determine what further treatment I would need. I opted out of the MRI (although I do feel in some cases it is a valuable tool), and while home for winter holiday, I received two weeks of Active Release Technique therapy, along with other massage modalities. This resulted in a dramatic increase in range of motion and a significant decrease in my pain level. I was able to return to the tennis court in no time!
Although I battled lower back and repetitive-use shoulder injuries during my next three years as a college tennis player, I learned how much difference it made to prepare one’s body through training, and how massage and movement therapy could dramatically increase one’s range of motion, functionality, and performance.
I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at Westmont College, became a Certified Massage Practitioner, and a Certified Personal Trainer. I believe that taking care of oneself, challenging yourself to learn new things, and improving your mind and body is the key to progressive growth, success, and well-being. My training in Orthopedic Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Neurokinetic Therapy, and Deep Tissue Massage allows me to help clients live up to their potential, live pain-free healthy lives, increase their athletic performances, and have fun!
I currently live with my husband in Santa Barbara, and I enjoy playing recreational tennis and Ultimate Frisbee on the weekends. My daily exercise routine includes functional training, suspension training at home, and yoga.
Jill Silverman comes from an 18 year background in patient advocacy in the medical non –profit sector, and concierge primary care practices. During the years she worked with the Scleroderma Research Foundation and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Jill created and facilitated patient education and support programs, providing patients with critical information on treatments and clinical trials, as well as providing psycho-social support. She honed her skills in navigating the health care system and helping patients receive the quality of care they deserve. In 2012 she joined, her husband, Colin Silverman, to expand the Deep Tissue Massage Center (DTMC). Her goal was to increase the number of clients benefiting from the exceptional therapy and results that are the hallmark of DTMC.
She is dedicated to bringing her expertise and experience to our Center, and has helped develop a client-centric philosophy and practice where each client is treated with respect, and each client receives the time and attention necessary to achieve optimal health. Together, she and Colin have built a team of exceptional therapists dedicated to improving the quality of our client’s lives. She looks forward to meeting you and making sure your experience at the DTMC brings balance and joy back into your life.