Welcome to Restore
Los Altos and San Francisco
We are a healing arts center with two locations; on the SF peninsula in Los Altos and in the Bernal Heights district of San Francisco, CA. We specialize in therapeutic massage and other
holistic health services to bring
well-being to your body and mind.
Our services include:
- Therapeutic and Relaxing massage
- Swedish and Shiatsu massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Sports massage
- Traditional Thai massage
- Peri-operative massage
- Chronic pain management
- Massage cupping
- Skin care
- Personal training
Please enter our site to learn more about each of our therapists. We look forward to hearing from you
Combining Massage and Personal Training
by Steven Rice, CMT, CPT
Two great ways to care for your body are massage and exercise. The importance of each is familiar, but less well known is how the two complement each other. In fact they are often both
required to resolve common pain, posture, and movement issues. NB: First check with a medical professional to diagnose the problem.
Massage and other forms of soft tissue bodywork have benefits including reducing tension in muscles and fascia, and breaking down undesirable adhesions which can form within the tissues.
This release can help restore mobility and range of motion. The body and mind relax and feel at ease.
Exercise serves to strengthen and build new efficient muscle and connective tissue by using controlled deliberate stress. The body is energized, and the capacity to deal with unintentional
stress is increased. Together with the physical changes, good exercise develops new motor patterns- neurological conditioning of how the muscles work together to create movement and stability.
Often muscular pain and dysfunction are caused by a combination of over-active, shortened muscles in one area and weakened, over-stretched opposing muscles. Resolving the problem in these
cases requires treating both sets of muscles with a combination of massage and exercise.
It is also essential that as flexibility in an area increases, the ability to support and protect the body in that area is also developed. Increasing the range of motion without increasing
strength and control in that range can cause susceptibility to injury and joint dysfunction.
A commonly successful strategy is to begin with focused soft tissue work, including massage and facilitated stretching, at the beginning of the treatment program. This is to alleviate pain
and release tissue. Specific corrective exercises are then added to address muscle imbalances and deficiencies. As progress is made the program transitions to more general "maintenance"
massage and integrated, functional strength training.
By combining the release of massage with structured growth from personal training, soft tissue is remodeled and the body becomes less painful and restricted, stronger and more mobile, and
less likely to be injured.
Steven Rice is a Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer. He uses both
approaches to help people improve and excel at health and fitness.
This article is from his blog Steven Rice Fitness.
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Serving the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Woodside, Portola Valley, Mountain View,
Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, San Jose, Los Gatos, San Franciso, Bernal Heights.
895 Sherwood Ave., Suite 101, Los Altos, CA 94022
815 Cortland Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110
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Or, you may contact our therapists directly to make your appointment.
Stephanie Lee, CMT
Stacey Cook, CMT
Robin deGroot, NCMT
Diane Evans, NCMT
Chai Nari, CMT
Daniele Petton, NCMT
Steven Rice, CMT, CPT
Irma Stalder, CMT
Rosen Method Bodywork
Stephanie Lee, CMT
Beth Binegar, CMT
Jim Donak, CMT
Melitta Hoder, CMT
Maria Medvedska, NCMT
Anna Severn, CMT