Galina Urrutia

I believe massage is a highly effective preventative treatment for achieving optimum health by relaxing and connecting body, mind and spirit.

About


After 18 years in the healing arts field, and what I have absorbed not only thru my massage therapy training but also what I have experienced from each one of my clients; I have learned a new philosophy of life. I have realized that giving reverence to each living being and making every connection count embodies my attitude towards a wholesome life.

Holistic Massage Therapist

Galina Urrutia has been a Holistic Massage Therapist since 1999, achieving her national certification in 2004. She is now a Certified Massage Therapist licensed by the State of California, with an office in Albany. She completed most of her training at the School of Healing Arts in San Diego. To deepen into the eastern bodywork, she has also taken classes at the Ohashi Institute in New York and did a Thai Massage training at the Wat Po School of Traditional Thai Massage in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition, Galina has also taken Ayurveda basic classes in India to expand her knowledge in traditional medicine.

 

 

Body-Mind-Spirit

Body-Mind-Spirit is Galina’s major focus and she dedicates much of her time off work expanding her horizon in these three aspects. She has been practicing Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga) since 2009. In 2012, she traveled to India to enroll in an intensive yoga teachers training. In 2015, Galina did a mindfulness meditation retreat at Plum village in Bordeaux, France.

 

 

 

 

Experience

Much of Galina’s experience as a massage therapist comes from client needs and desires for healing, derived from almost two decades as a holistic massage therapy practitioner. Cases range from cancer patients; before, during and after chemotherapy. Also, those with some kind of soft tissue damage caused by accidents, people with fibromyalgia condition, people that need to slow down and just relax, and those that “all they want is a wholesome good massage”. Galina believes that massage is a preventative treatment for achieving optimum health. Stress weakens the immune system, opening the door for body inflammation and additional long-term health issues. That is why Galina believes that massage therapy helps prevent body deterioration and is conducive to healing.

Credentials

1999 – 2003

Certified from School of Healing Arts now International College of Holistic Studies.

2004 – 2010

NCBTMB Certified.

2006 to Present

Licensed in Berkeley

2016

Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist.

2017

CAMTC Certified.
Experience

2011 to Present

Massage Therapist, Total Health Dental Care (Independent contractor), Berkeley, CA.
Performing 30 to 40 minutes chair massage to dentist patients.

2006 to Present

Massage Therapist, Self-employed, Albany, CA
Performing 60, 90 and 120 minutes massage therapy, using modalities such as, Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Pre-natal, Swedish, Hot Stone, Energy Balancing and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
Thru the years I have seen clients relaxed and feel relief from pain. I have helped some of them recover from injury or dial back the stress that might be contributing to other health issues. I have helped cancer patients with relaxation and quality of life during and after their chemotherapy treatments. I have also worked with chiropractors using massage to complement their treatments and reporting the work and progress of the treatment using C.A.R.E. notes.

2004 – 2006

Massage Therapist, San Diego salon and spa at Grand Hyatt Salon and Spa, San Diego, CA
Performed 50 and 80 minutes massage sessions as well as body treatments such as, Body Scrubs, Herbal Wraps and Hot Stone.

2003 – 2006

Massage Therapist, Balance Point Massage Clinic (Independent contractor), San Diego, CA.
Performed 60 and 90 minutes massage session, Sports, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue and Swedish.
Education

2016

Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Monarch continuing education, with Carmen Thompson. Christiansburg, VA (120 hours)

1999 – 2003

Certified Massage Therapist, School of Healing Arts, now International College of Holistic Studies, under the supervision of Seymour Koblin. San Diego, CA (970 hours)

2001

Thai Massage, Wat Po School of traditional Thai massage, Bangkok, Thailand (60 hours)
Affiliations

2011 to Present

AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
Community Services

2013

Chair Massage, Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center.
Women’s daytime drop in center. Berkeley, CA. Chair massage to homeless women.

2007 – 2008

Massage, Cancer Awareness Resources and Education, C.A.R.E. San Francisco, CA
Contributed to C.A.R.E. experiential sessions focused on the healing power of touch working on cancer patients.

2002

Massage therapy, YWCA, San Diego, California.
YWCA, a multicultural women’s organization. Performed shiatsu bodywork on sexually and emotionally abused women.
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