"I have been to many of the Rolfers and advanced bodyworkers in the Bay Area and Govinda is my favorite. I consistently walk out if his office highly satisfied, transformed and happy. He has a great balance of being analytical and practical, as well as intuitive and creative. But most of all, I feel listened to – both in my requests, as well as through my tissues. I crave deep work, and he will go as deep as I allow him to – I love that!"
- Bettina Schneider, Certified Rolfer & Rolf Movement Practitioner
"I first came to Govinda after dealing with years of chronic neck and upper back pain. As a medical doctor, I had exhausted the standard approach and although I practiced lots of yoga, I was still suffering. This was about four years ago. In our first session together, Govinda was able to identify the causes of my chronic pain and he showed me how my postural misalignments were causing my symptoms. His assessment was holistic in that we discussed all of the the factors in my life that contributed to how I was feeling in my body. And, within that first session, I was amazed that such a profound change could take place in such a short amount of time."
- Dr. David Pakter, M.D.
"Like so many other folks in the Bay Area, I work in front of a computer 40+ hours per week. The toll that the tension and repetitive stress takes on my upper body is huge. Over a year ago, I started getting monthly deep tissue massages to alleviate the pain, particularly the large "knots" I had around the shoulder area, especially on the right side. The relief never lasted more than a few days.
Then, my masseuse moved away and I had to find a new bodyworker. Somehow, miraculously, I found Govinda. After one session of The Barefoot Method, the chronic pain I had had in my right shoulder for several months was 85-90% improved. I couldn't believe it. And it stayed improved.
Subsequent sessions had me feeling like I had a whole different body. One without knots. I have been recommending him to everyone I work with or who I know has musculoskeletal pain. Just try one session. Just one . . . He truly has made a huge difference in my body, and in my life."
- Pidge M.
"I been getting massages for over 30 years, and you just don't get any better than Govinda. I've seen him a number of times and will keep going back. He is professional, grounded, skilled, creative, and attuned. And each session I have with him feels very individual, depending on where I am and what I'm needing at that particular time."
- Dale S.
"Seriously, I was scared to try Rolfing... all I could imagine was that it would be a very painful experience, which would be ongoing for at least ten weeks. I had been putting it off for years and as the time passed my back + shoulder pain just kept on getting progressively worse. A few months back I bit the bullet and because of the recommendation of my massage therapist -- I chose Govinda!
Govinda is great. The sessions are intense, but not painful, and his process/style is all about being in communication with what your body is feeling/experiencing. The huge noticeable differences for me are: (1) my ability to stand in the same position and not have shooting pains in the back, in addition to that (2) a lightness, feeling almost effortless, when I walk. I stand taller and straighter, I never knew these sensations were possible.
If you're afraid to try Rolfing, like I was... there is nothing to fear, Rolfing is not painful and in the end you feel as light as a feather walking out of your sessions! Give Govinda a try, he's fantastic!
"Long ago I looked into Rolfing because I could never get a massage that was deep enough and the massages never seemed to be working towards something (it felt decent at the time but after multiple sessions I still left the room with the same aches and pains). So I tried Rolfing and was hooked. The first Rolfer I went to (for a series of ten times) proved to me that Rolfing was good for my body but the actual practitioner I went to left something to be desired. Last year I went to Govinda and now I'm hooked on Rolfing and Govinda as my Rolfer. First of all, his presence is calming and comforting and he has a sense of humor. Second, he knows what he's doing and how to work towards correcting whatever is ailing you. I highly recommend Rolfing and Govinda."
- Lauri K.
"I went to Govinda after a back surgeon recommended I give Rolfing a try for helping manage my pain with herniated discs & degenerative disc disease. With yoga on my own & weekly sessions with Govinda, in 6 months I was back to being me. Pain-free! The yoga helped a lot but I definitely plateaued... and couldn't get back to 100% pain-free. Govinda brought the goods.
Govinda's approach (with a strong nod to thai massage & asian acupressure) is unorthodox and extremely creative, which is great for that moment in life when you realize that the orthodox way, the traditional way of doing something...just isn't going to work anymore. Plus, he tracks with the mind-body connection flow. Half-shrink, I say. And he's reasonably priced. 8-10 sessions and you'll stand straighter, you'll be more aware of your body's ebbs & flows, and your pain & pressure points will recede. After that, it's about fine-tuning your body to feel better-than-right."
- Juliana N.
"I went to a Chiropractor for almost 3 years before seeing Govinda. His unique approach to Rolfing and bodywork in general has been much more effective in dealing with my lower back problem. He really is a miracle worker!"
- Jake A.
"Rolfing with Govinda has been full of pleasant surprises. I initially checked out Rolfing to address pain in my neck/shoulder area. I had my own ideas about the source of the pain, which turned out to be off. The actual source was a dislocated rib, which Govinda happily moved back into place! His method of using his feet is very effective and I feel an overall sense of tranquility in his presence. I have learned a lot about my body and it's "default" structure, and where my body needs attention....and through his work I have developed new somatic awareness."
- Justin M.
"I had sciatic pain for the last year from a twisty surfing injury. I have seen a doctor, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, a massage therapist, a stretch instructor, an acupuncturist... with unsuccessful results all around."
- Clint T.
"Govinda was able to go directly to the root of a ten year old injury and alleviate it. His personality and technique were without any superfluous elements. I felt seen and accepted at the deepest level, and my sense of optimism for healing was bolstered at every glance. He was very clear about what I could do to take a proactive role in the sessions to customize each minute and get the most from the treatment. If it were not for Govinda, I would have gone on with this injury for an unforeseeable amount of time. After working with him, my quality of life has become unmarred by constant pain."
- Patrick O.
"I am a professional athlete and have had a problem with my shoulder for over a year. Since I have been working with Govinda, my shoulder is feeling many times better. His combination of classical techniques as well as his innovative approach and willingness to let me and my body guide the treatments have been exactly what my shoulder was needing all this time."
- David Meyer, Martial Arts Competitor and Coach
"I'm gonna have to get surgery," I thought as I rubbed my right shoulder for the hundredth time. The knot in my back was such an annoying, painful ache that I had convinced myself that I had a growth on, or inside my shoulder blade.
Carrying a backpack, picking up heavy objects, running, even doing a yoga class, I would leave with a small agitation in my right shoulder which would turn into full on inflammation and pain within a few hours.
It had been over two years and I had been to chiropractors, been treated by tons of massage and other eastern medicine, even went to a sports rehabilitation specialist. The chiropractic work would help for that day only; the massage would feel great and I would have some relief but it was only temporary; sports rehabilitation said that I need to been more mindful of lifting things and try to keep pressure off my right shoulder.
None of this was actually "fixing" my problem and so I was finally coming to grips with the reality that I had a bone growth or calcium deposit or something, and I'm going to have to go get it removed.
Thankfully, my awesome partner treated me to a session of Rolfing (something I had been hinting at that would be nice but never booked it for myself). I ended up in a beautiful space in San Rafael with an amazing practitioner, Govinda. I have had a good amount of bodywork done in my life and even been certified myself at one point long ago at a great massage school in San Francisco. In all that time I have never met someone with such confidence about the human body, how it works and functions and structurally how it is supposed to be aligned.
After a quick standing diagnosis and a few questions, Govinda had already intuitively guessed that I had a rib that was out of place. I laid down and within 30 mins of the 1 hour 15 min session he had popped my misplaced rib back into alignment. It was a magical experience.
Govinda worked with me by asking me what angle "feels right" and helped me get in touch with my body's natural alignment (we were working together for this moment). Then with one good amount of pressure, I felt and heard my rib slip back into place. I started laughing with the release and felt surges of energy up and down my spine, especially in my upper back. I was like a rock that had been underneath my shoulder for over two years had been removed and so much flow returned to my body. We continued to work on that area to break up scar tissue and make sure that my rib had a good chance of staying in its new home.
I am writing this a week later and still feel like a new man. My energy is higher, I am not afraid to carry a bag or pick up heavy objects, and my shoulder is finally, permanently fixed. I was a little sore for a few days after, but now my back feels great and I know that I don't need surgery.
If you feel like you have a knot under your shoulder blade or feel like you have a growth that is rubbing muscles in your back, you probably just have a slipped rib that needs to be put back in alignment, and this is possible in the amazing practice of Rolfing. It helps to bring the body back to its organic, natural state.
I recommend Govinda for his knowledge and skill, but more importantly his developed intuition of the human body."
- Lachlan S.
"Structural alignment and integration coupled with a strong desire to release holding patterns and somatic tensions led me to Rolfing and Govinda. All of these have been deeply and therapeutically addressed by him.
Since having met Govinda at the beginning of the year, I can't eloquently express enough the extent to which I have benefited by his skillful, careful and personally tailored Rolfing style. A special and unique feature of Govinda's Rolfing excellence worth mentioning is that he uses his feet to Rolf. Having personally experienced Govinda's innovation, I feel the efficacy of which to be substantial and impressive. Being Rolfed in this way allows the range of pressure on one's body to be far greater and further enables the degree of pressure to be accommodated according to one's varying needs.
I have now been Rolfed for little more than half year by Govinda and I can honestly say that I feel that I am now embodied differently - my posture is remarkably better and the overall tightness and tension within my body is virtually gone. Moreover, I feel that my ability to relax and feel into my body and emotions has deepened and I am gradually becoming more aware of my unconscious holding patterns.
In comparison to other forms of bodywork (deep tissue massage, shiatsu etc.) I feel that Rolfing made a greater impact on me. Yet to be sensitively Rolfed bespeaks a need for a sensitive Rolfer; one that is fully present and aware while handling another's body and in this respect, Govinda is impeccable. Govinda is personally easy going, articulate, listens deeply and is genuinely interested in the unfolding processes of his clients. I highly recommend Govinda as a Rolfer and would urge anyone to be Rolfed by him."
- Sonera J.
"By the time I first saw Govinda, I had previously had severe back pain and had seen two other local Rolfers. I found that Rolfing helped get me back on my feet again, but it was Govinda who taught me the tools I needed to stay on my feet."
- Rob R.
"I have had chronic low back tension and pain for the past year and tried two physical therapists, two chiropractors and two massage therapists before finding Govinda. The Barefoot Method has been by far the most effective therapy for my issues. I walk out of every session feeling more space, more range of motion, less tension and less pain."
- Stacie F.
"I first came to Govinda with shoulder pain that I had been living with for over 15 years. I had all but resigned to living with the pain and then someone told me to try a few sessions with Govinda. The deep pain (which I described to him as an alien under my shoulder blade...) turned out to be a rib that was stuck out of place. In three sessions, it was completely fixed and my whole world was changed. I am so grateful to have found Govinda. He is a very skillful practitioner."
- Heather G.
"I've had chronic pain and tension on my right side from my neck down through my leg for years. One session of The Barefoot Method was more effective at relieving this than any other bodywork that I've tried. It's been over a month since then and the tension has not returned."
"Govinda works magic with his feet. By using his feet and hands plus a little shea butter, he stretches out my muscles, realigns my bones and opens my joints. With his unique method, I have greatly increased my flexibility. My yoga practice has improved significantly and no more back stiffness when I get up in the morning. In seven weeks, I have gone from feeling consistent tension and pain in my body to almost none. Incredible!"
- Doug M.
"I have had chronic hip problems all my life which were made worse by an injury several years ago. At that time, I went to a Rolfer who I had been working with and to several other trusted practitioners to alleviate the pain and increasing immobility. Nothing seemed to work. The condition progressed to the point where walking was extremely painful and difficult. I began to fear permanent loss of mobility.
I started working with Govinda one year ago. At our first visit, I was impressed with his willingness to listen to what I believed was going on with my body. He was able to focus his energy on working through the frozen muscles and scar tissue around my hip and I felt results immediately.
As time went on, Govinda introduced The Barefoot Method into our sessions and that's where I have seen the greatest improvement. With his feet, he is able to apply greater, sustained pressure on the large muscles of my leg, while encouraging me to move in resistance to his pressure. This technique has empowered me to be more active in my own healing. Today, thanks to Govinda's skilled and open approach, I can walk comfortably. I have begun to work out again and recently, took my first hike in years."
- Alia A.