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Marcia Degelman, CMT

Massage Therapist


“Massage therapy is the perfect antidote to stress. Relax the body, and the mind will follow.”

Marcia Degelman has been a massage therapist for more than 25 years and is nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. In addition to doing massage therapy at the Osher Center, she is also the massage therapist for the inpatient UCSF pediatric oncology staff. She also does inpatient massage therapy on patients at Parnassus, with the doctor’s approval. Additionally, she gives chair massage to the parents of the pediatric patients at Parnassus. She also teaches Meditation and Guided Visualization to cancer survivors. Marcia was also the massage therapist for the clinical trial Massage for Children Undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: A Qualitative Report.

She has 1,000 hours of training from The Boulder School of Massage Therapy in Colorado and incorporates many styles of massage into her work, including deep Swedish, gentle Shiatsu, Lymphatic Drainage, and orthobionomy, a system of muscle tension release through positioning. She is also certified in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum massage therapy, and has been in private practice in San Francisco since 1980.

Marcia also developed Light Touch Acu-Therapy, a very light touch along the acupuncture meridians for cancer patients undergoing difficult treatments like chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant, to alleviate pain and discomfort.

She authored the book Explaining Health: What You Need To Know To Stay Healthy, a comprehensive guide to basic health management strategiesstress reduction, diet, exercise, sleep, along with a primer on heart health and a guide to meditation. You can read a sample chapter at explaininghealth.com.

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