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 integrative approach to Orthopedic Massage includes postural assessment, myofascial and structural alignment, Deep Tissue Massage, trigger point work, and stretching and alignment exercises specifically designed to speed the healing process.
I am honored to receive ongoing referrals from physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, personal trainers, orthopedic surgeons, and current clients. They put their trust in me because of my strong commitment and ability to successfully alleviate muscular pain and enhance quality of life and athletic 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, martial arts, competitive weightlifting, and other sports. 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, which has allowed me to examine the body mechanics and physics that makes each style uniquely effective. I also went through a fifteen-year period of intense weightlifting that deepened my understanding of individual muscle functions and joint ranges of motion. These experiences allowed me to internalize and visualize the way our musculature works, and they are instrumental in my ability to get the best results for my clients.
The knowledge I gained from these interests and the understanding of how the body works would motivate me to leave a successful career as an art director in the mid-90s to devote my energies to the healing arts and helping others. I began my massage studies in Northern California and moved to Santa Barbara to continue studying at the Body Therapy Institute (BTI) where 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 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, and consider myself not only a professional therapist but a life-long student.
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 both me and my wife, Jill. We support many worthwhile causes including 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!
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.
As a certified massage therapist with a background in education and holistic health, I have made it my mission to discover the root of my client’s issues, addressing them through thoughtful and personalized treatments, and helping them learn how to move forward in a more harmonious, pain free, and joyful life.
I first became interested in massage in my 20’s when I had some health challenges arise that caused severe pain and discomfort, taking away from my quality of life. Feeling I was too young to be experiencing such symptoms, I went to multiple doctors seeking the cause. I never felt fully heard or supported, and after not finding any answers, I decided to take my healing into my own hands. I dove head first into the world of natural healing, studying herbs, nutrition, and then massage, where I found my passion. I attended a 750-hour massage program at the Cortiva Institute in Tucson, Arizona where I gained a thorough understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology and well as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy, injury management, neuromuscular therapy, and prenatal massage. Working with the body came so naturally to me, and combined with my in-depth education, I discovered a unique ability to tune in to client needs and tailor a massage combining various modalities during a session.
During my decade long massage career, I have had an independent practice for four years in a small mountain town north of LA, worked at chiropractic offices in Santa Fe, NM and Ventura, CA and at a membership spa here in Santa Barbara. My favorite thing about my work is establishing long term relationships with my clients, getting to know their specific issues and helping them live more pain-free and full lives. I have had many clients throughout the years that had been seeking relief from various musculoskeletal issues, had seen multiple doctors and other professionals who finally found relief with my regular treatments. It has been such an honor to assist in and witness their healing journeys, and it’s these transformations that keep me passionately engaged in my career. I find each person and each session to be part of my growth and education.
I currently live with my partner and four kids in Santa Barbara. Growing up in the Midwest, I don’t take for granted the beautiful climate we have here and I take advantage of it as much as I can. My favorite things are playing at the beach, taking a dip in a creek, or hiking up a mountain, usually with many kids in tow. I also enjoy doing yoga, drawing, writing songs and poetry, and playing the guitar and ukulele. I feel fortunate to be living and raising a family in this amazing place and be of service to the community through a profession that I love.
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.