Jordanna GlueckaufCMT, MPH, Lead Massage Therapist at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher
My interest in the transformative power of touch began during my three years of residence at the Esalen Institute, a historic healing retreat center. I immersed myself in the study of a wide variety of somatic healing modalities including, Esalen Massage and Deep Bodywork, Feldenkrais, Craniosacral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, yoga therapy, and 5 Rhythms Dance.
My work is also informed by my graduate studies in medical massage. I am currently working as a Lead Massage Therapist at UCSF’s distinguished Osher Center for Integrative Health. I draw on my advanced training in oncology, neurology, pediatric, and palliative massage therapy to serve medically complex patients in the in-patient setting.
In addition, I am pursuing continuing education in Manual Osteopathy, Structural Integration, Craniosacral Therapy, and Visceral Manipulation. Immersive study in these approaches inform my body assessment and palpation skills, along with my ability to offer subtle body approaches that regulate the nervous system.
CMT, MPH, Lead Massage Therapist at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher
How I Work
With integrative, long flowing strokes and targeted deep tissue techniques, I draw on my years of somatic, experiential, and academic learning to assess and unwind chronic holding patterns in the body. My touch is intuitive, nurturing, and deeply therapeutic; my style is warm and approachable.
A growing body of research supports the benefits of massage therapy for a wide variety of conditions such as stress, chronic pain and illness, anxiety and depression, and auto-immune conditions. The research affirms what I have witnessed in my over 8 years of practice: massage therapy can have profound healing benefits that support the prevention and treatment of disease.
While massage therapy is still largely considered a boutique service that exists outside the traditional healthcare system, the standard of care is changing. Massage therapy is now increasingly being offered along with conventional treatments for a wide range of medical conditions. In an effort to support the inclusion of massage therapy and other alternative healing practices into traditional healthcare settings, I pursued a Masters of Public Health at San Francisco State University with a focus on health equity.
In the spring of 2022, I completed a year-long fellowship program in Hospital-Based Massage Therapy at UCSF’s distinguished Osher Center. I am now the Lead Massage Therapist for the program tasked with training the incoming class of fellows, in addition to coordinating service delivery and providing direct patient care. This program offers massage therapy, free of charge, to seriously ill and dying patients at UCSF. My hope is that this program will be replicated in hospitals and healthcare settings across the nation, giving all individuals access to healing touch as an integral part of allopathic medicine.
To learn more about my practice, please visit my website: www.esalenflow.com