Tom Pettengill Massage


* by Keesha Standley, massage practitioner since 1993 and teacher since 1997, Sacramento, Ca.       - After taking several thousand hours in bodywork classes myself and having received many of Tom's bodywork sessions over the years, I highly value his work. He is very effective with pain relief, calming the nervous system and repetitive motion injuries. If you need therapeutic work or relaxation, Tom knows what to do and is very intuitive about it. Tom joined me in teaching massage classes in 2007 as an assistant. He was very popular with the students for being able to hold space, his relaxed demeanor and ability to demonstrate and explain clearly the material of the class. He was very effective in his instruction and taught a 4 hour segment of muscle energy techniques which were highly valued by the students.

* by Stephanie C., office manager, Personnel/HR, Board member at Mt. Madonna Center, Watsonville, Ca.      - Tom has a wonderful intuitive healing touch, which he uses right alongside his vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology. He worked on me for 2+ years, and in that time, besides improved physical alignment and health, I gained a better understanding of the body mechanics and root causes of some of the issues that I was having, which he discussed with me and also showed me with textbook images. I also felt I gained a more subtle, but powerful, energetic awareness which I experienced in that deep relaxed healing state of his treatments. I enjoyed his orthopedic treatments as well as the oil massages (with his homemade infused oils!) he provided. He is truly a generous, knowledgeable, professional practitioner. 

 * by Kamalesh Hooven, Ayurvefic Yoga Therapist, E-RYT500, Guatemala, Central America:           - Tom has a gentle approach and manner which allows me to relax and sense what was happening in the muscles as he works.  His thorough knowledge of anatomy and his willingness to explore a problem area with me (looking up things in books, investigating on the web) gave me the confidence to ask questions and try new approaches.  He truly has a collaborative spirit.  I highly recommend him!!! 

* by Jarica B.,  massage practitioner now training to be an acupuncturist, Oahu, Hawaii:     - Tom's bodywork allowed me to enter a pleasant state of relaxation. His working knowledge of anatomy and physiology along with his presence facilitated a support in which stillness could arise. His gentle manipulations were skillful and effective when certain acute issues were present in the body. I would recommend more than one session to feel the long term benefits of this work, especially when addressing structural patterns. Tom is very passionate about his work and I always felt a dedication and warmth emitting from him which made me feel welcome and safe in his care.

* by Chenli Chang, accounts receivable manager, Mt. Madonna Center, Watsonville, Ca.       - Am so pleased and grateful being able to be under your treatments especially on my neck/shoulders issues. This is rather unexpected as it's more than just massage to me - it touches the delicate constricted point of the muscle/vein/nerve altogether to release it - if my understanding is close to the effect. Your expertise has a lot to recommend it. I look forward to the next session soon.....Much appreciated.

* by Carrie S., Watsonville, Ca.       - Before our sessions begin, Tom and I discuss any pain or tension I am experiencing in my body. He asks thoughtful questions, getting to the specifics of the pain: the location, the sensation, when it occurs, how often and the degree of intensity. Whatever the physical issue may be, he doesn't focus on analyzing it while he's working on me so neither do I. Tom creates a safe space for me let go, and this enables me to experience the deeply healing effects of massage.  

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* by Chelsea, Oakland, Ca:         - Tom is a truly gifted healer. As a yoga teacher who needs lots of support (so I can best support others), I have had many, many practitioners work on my body. Tom is by far one of the top therapists I have had the pleasure to work with. Working with him is like having my own personal somatic therapist, masseuse, and chiropractor rolled into one! He seems to use his vast knowledge, as well as intuition, to locate the places where my body is holding both physical, energetic, and emotional tension. He then creates the most compassionate and effective pathway into these bones and tissues to move what is stuck or stagnant back into healthy flow. He custom-designs each session just the way I need it to be in that moment, and leaves me feeling truly nourished on all levels. I notice that for weeks after our session my body is pain free and my heart is lighter. This is essential in order to show up in the best possible way for my friends, family, students, and myself. Thank you Tom! You are an important member of my mental and physical healthcare team :-)

* by Alisha, Oakland, Ca:        - I have been seeing Tom on a weekly basis for a year now, and I've been incredibly grateful for the progress that we've made in treating my chronic pain and muscle tension. Tom's manner is warm and sincere, and I always feel at ease in his kind presence. He has been very attentive throughout each and every session, and he always remembers what's been going in for me in many dimensions of my wellness. I've been fortunate to experience Tom's skillful approaches, and I have benefited from his extensive knowledge of the body; Tom's practice of Muscle Energy Techniques has been a real game changer for me! Because of working with Tom I have experienced the following: better pain management, decreased neck and shoulder tension, decreased joint pain, increased somatic awareness, mood improvements, improvements in digestion, better sleep, and so on. I have so benefited from Tom's caring support, and I cannot recommend him enough! Thank you, Tom!

* by Dr. Jessica Lips, chiropractor in Berkeley, Ca:         - Tom has been really great for helping with different tensions that I have in my back.  I always feel extremely relaxed and loose when I leave the office each week.  Tom has a strong touch that seems extremely intuitive and thoughtful. I was new to orthopedic massage and although it is much different than "regular" massage, I have ended up really liking it and Tom is great with instructing you on how to get the most benefit out of the experience.  He is also located in the Berkeley Acupuncture Project location so you can conveniently go get acupuncture afterwards or beforehand if you'd like! Highly recommend Tom!!

* by Ashwin, San Francisis, Ca:       - I came in with a snowboarding injury and over two sessions am able to move, swim and exercise again. Tom offered me targeted sports massage to get my shoulder, neck, and back to release tension. It's exactly what I needed. There are many other approaches to body work, and I've tried a few but Tom's has been the most effective. I'm back at 75% and hopeful for a full recovery. It can be hard to find the right healer on Yelp, but if you need a powerful, targeted massage with a deep understanding of physiology and anatomy, Tom is a great choice.

* by Mama G, licensed midwife, El Sobrante, Ca:       - Intune with the ways of the body- musculoskeletal and nervous system. Tom's technique of muscle contraction holding and pushing release is amazing. My body is responding effectively. He gives enough pause in between and always starts the session 'inviting me to receive & maintain attention to my body, should I choose'  I generally do not want male practitioners for bodywork, but I feel completely respected and recommend him to anyone who wants more awareness and comfortability in their body! He also had a great deal he offered me initially as a Birthworker!

* by Suzanne A, Berkeley, Ca:       - Tom has a very special combination of experience, intuition and skill. He is a great listener and really understands the body. He is helping me find pain relief after 5 years of chronic back/hip pain. After my first session, I had my first pain free night of sleep in months. He is also helping me develop strategies to stay pain free. I highly recommend Tom!

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