RSI Past Speakers


March 9, 2009

Feldenkrais Method

Kathy James

February 9, 2009

The Truth About Repetitive Strain Injury

David Russell, L.Ac., CMT, combines acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine at his private practice in Petaluma, where he helps people with pain, illness and injury return to health gently and effectively. He will speak about the anatomy and physiology of how our body’s structures are designed to work, how stress and strain injuries occur, and ways of prevention and healing. Visit David’s website

January 12, 2009

The Body Tells the Story

Talia Shafir, PhD(c), CCHt, has a practice in Cotati specializing in body-centered and transpersonal approaches to acute and chronic trauma and post traumatic stress. She’ll talk about the therapeutic bridge between body and spirit – past, present, and future – exploring its connection with some of the latest findings in neuroscience and pre- and perinatal psychology. More about Talia on

October 13, 2008


Mary Gillis Reins MFT is a psychotherapist in private practice in Petaluma, specializing in mood regulation, anxiety, learning disorders, post traumatic stress, the autistic spectrum, and traumatic brain injury. She will discuss her use of the LENS neurofeedback technology to reduce excessive brainwave frequencies and encourage healthy brainwave frequencies. For further information visit or read the book The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: the Revolutionary LENS technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function by Stephen Larson

September 8, 2008


Bruce Barth, BA, CMT has been in private practice as a bodyworker for 21 years, specializing in energy work and somatic integration for clients with a wide range of physical difficulties. He will discuss and demonstrate Quantum-Touch, in which the practitioner‚s special breathing technique and somatic (body) awareness amplifies the life force energy being transmitted to the client. For further information visit QuantumTouch

Aug 11, 2008


Molly Hogan, RN, CBPM, will demonstrate how Myotherapy can relax muscle spasm, improve circulation and alleviate pain from: headaches, back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis pain, "whiplash," TMJD, and sports injuries. Hogan is a Certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapist with North Bay Myotherapy and Fitness.

July 14, 2008

Pain Free Posture

Dana Davis, MA, will demonstrate the healthy, pain-free posture of people in less industrialized nations. She will teach you the secrets to pain-free sitting and include some Balanced stretches as well. Davis is a Certified Balance Instructor and Certified Yoga Teacher, studying with Jean Couch, author of The Runner's Yoga Book, since 1996. See to learn more.
Are you tired of struggling with nagging back pain?
Do you have trouble keeping the benefits that you get from massage or chiropractic?
Do you want to take charge of your health and learn practical tools that you can use anywhere, at any time, to find comfort?

June 9, 2008

Ease and Freedom of Movement

Mark Bauman will return and bring his background of 27 years as a Trager® Practitioner . He'll lead an experiential evening that will include teaching of Trager Mentastics and a demonstration of Trager table work (bodywork). Go to for further information on Trager Mentastics, a pleasurable, freeing self-movement approac

May 12, 2008

HeartMath® Biofeedback

Sunjya K. Schweig, MD practices Integrative Medicine at Hill Park Medical Center in Petaluma, and in Santa Rosa. As part of his practice he teaches patients to use the HeartMath® biofeedback system to help treat chronic pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. Dr. Schweig will explain and demonstrate how HeartMath® works. See also and

April 14, 2008

Prolotherapy for Joints, Ligaments, and Tendons

Robert Jay Rowen MD, t he nationally known editor of Second Opinion Newsletter on alternative medicine, Robert Jay Rowen, MD,, is in private practice in Santa Rosa. Dr. Rowen will speak about his successful use of prolotherapy for reconstructing joints and for all types of arthritic and musculoskeletal pain, including neck and back pain.

March 10, 2008

Acupoint Integrative Testing for Your Nutritional Needs

Dawn Dolan, MA is a certified AIT practitioner who practices both Nutritional Testing and Jin Shin Jyutsu energy work in Cotati. Dawn will discuss and demonstrate Acupoint Integrative Testing, which assesses what toxins, if any, are challenging the body‚s ability to heal itself and what nutritional support is needed.

February 11, 2008
Feldenkrais®-based Movement Therapy

Cynthia Calmenson practices Feldenkrais®-based Movement Therapy at the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa. Cynthia will lead us in self-observation movements that reveal areas of strain and imbalance and guide us toward improvements in our patterns of movement. For more information about Cynthia and her work, go to

January 14, 2008

Pscy-K Mind-Boby Communication

Psych-K is a method of accessing the innate wisdom of your body to change fear-based programming and install new beliefs into your subconscious mind. Trudy Bhaerman is a Psych-K instructor and facilitator in Santa Rosa and has a background in clinical nutrition and holistic health. She was certified in Psych-K by its originator, Rob Williams (see

November 12, 2007

Guided Imagery for Pain Management

Experience several simple Guided Imagery techniques to relax, reduce pain, and cope with physical discomfort. Ruah Bull, Ph.D. is a Guided Imagery Specialist and Spiritual Director who works extensively with the physical, emotional, and spiritual impact of chronic pain. She is in private practice in Petaluma.

October 8, 2007

Rehabilitative Exercise for RSI

Victor Gagliardi CMT is a personal trainer and rehabilitative exercies specialist at Real Results Fitness in Petaluma. Vic is a graduate of the Meir Schneider School for Self-Healing, We will learn and experience new ways of moving to improve circulation and prevent the tightening and overuse common to RSI.

July 9, 2007
Marina James Galvin, N.C. is a nutrition consultant and personal trainer in Santa Rosa. She will discuss how any given nutrients (fat, carbohydrate, vitamins) can have virtually opposite effects in individuals of different metabolic types.
June 11, 2007
Sandi Cullinen, OTR, CHT is a Registered Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist. She will discuss and demonstrate self-care and adaptive techniques for hand and arm injuries, including contrast baths, heating pads, splints, stretching and exercise.
May 14, 2007
Sandra Gustafson, RN, ND is a certified practioner and instructor of the Bowenwork bodywork method. Bowenwork is a soft tissue relaxation technique which releases dysfunctional muscle and nerve tensions and reorganizes the energy patterns in the body to facilitate healing. She will speak about and demonstrate this gentle bodywork method which she has been practicing for 16 years.
April 8, 2007

Gayla Larson, BA, CCHT, CMT practices hypnotherapy and massage in Sebastopol. She will lead us on a guided meditation to experience the power of our inner healer.

March 12, 2007

Yoga for Gardeners (even with RSI!)

Gail Dubinsky, MD, has practiced in Sebastopol for 15 years, specializing in soft tissue orthopedic injuries, including RSIs. A passionate gardener and yoga teacher for many years, she brings her expertise in medicine, yoga and gardening to her 2006 DVD release, "Yoga for Gardeners." We will view brief clips of the video, discuss the common ground between yoga, gardening, and healing in general, and practice a few yoga postures and flows with RSI in mind. Bring a yoga mat or a blanket.

Feb 12, 2007

Nutritional Supplements for Inflammation

Dina Handley, CDC, is a certified diet counselor, student of Ayurvedic nutrition, and supplement buyer at Whole Foods in Petaluma. She will discuss diets and nutritional supplements for inflammation, Ayurvedic body typing, and eating for the season.

Jan 8, 2007

Medical Massage

Patricia Rose-Wagner, CMT and Samuel Wagner, CMT practices Lymphatic Drainage, Circulatory Massage, and Neuromuscular Technique in Sebastopol and will demonstrate self-care massage.

Nov 13, 2006
Siota Belle, Nutritional counselor
Oct 9, 2006

Yoga for RSI

Jean Grant-Sutton, RYT, CMT, is the director of BodyWorks Integrative Yoga and Stress Management Center and has been practicing, studying, and teaching yoga and bodywork for over 20 years. Bring your yoga mat or a blanket, as we‚ll learn about and experience the physiological, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga for RSI.

Sept 11, 2006

Fluid Movement and Stretching

Elizabeth Crowley, CMT, CYT, has been a practicing bodyworker since 1993 and has studied Continuum Movement for 14 years. She will guide us through movement and breathwork appropriate for releasing the patterns of our repetitive strain injuries.

Aug 14, 2006

Improve Your Posture, Eliminate Your Pain

Dana Davis, MA, Certified Balance Instructor and Certified Yoga Teacher, has been studying with Jean Couch, author of The Runner‚s Yoga Book, since 1996. Dana will demonstrate the healthy, pain-free posture of people in less industrialized nations with a unique and amazing slide show, and experiential learning as well.

July 10, 2006

Balance Your Life & Arms

Dr. Terri Turner, Sebastopol OD is an osteopath and internist in Sebastopol who spearheaded the integrative Relationship Centered Community Care program at Palm Drive Hospital.

June 12, 2006

Decreasing Chronic Muscle Contractions

Dr. Eleanor Criswell is a Professor of Psychology at SSU, yoga teacher and founder of The Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training Learn how Hanna Somatics and other approaches can help decrease chronic muscle contraction.

May 8, 2006

Five-Element Qi Gong

Joe Park, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. is a licensed acupuncturist & herbalist in Penngrove. These exercises, consisting of five movements --metal, water, wood, fire, and earth, are a simple but effective system for maintaining health and harmony and enhancing balance, mental alertness and digestion and releasing tension in the body and the mind.

April 10, 2006

Natural and Nutritional Ways to Alleviate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

George Wagner, DC, Petaluma chiropractor.

March 13, 2006

Five-Element Diet for the Spring, Joe Park, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.

Joe Park, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., a licensed acupuncturist & herbalist in Penngrove, will discuss how the Spring season within the Five Element theory of Chinese Medicine relates to RSI. Learn how specific foods and herbs in a seasonal diet function as both preventative and therapeutic measures for soft tissue injuries.

February 13, 2006

Sedona Method Emotional Releasing Technique, Susan Sanford

Susan Sanford is an RSI group participant and a certified life coach in Petaluma. She will teach us the basic releasing technique, which she has found to be a profoundly helpful tool in her own life and the lives of her clients. Many find Sedona Method to be effective for releasing physical discomfort as well as emotions. Her web site is Also, RSI Group Feedback & Planning for 2006

January 9, 2006

Energy Psychology, Dawson Church. Ph.D.

Dawson Church Ph.D., will demonstrate some of the latest and best techniques of Energy Psychology. These techniques quickly clear the emotional component of physical conditions. Once the emotional aspects behind symptoms are resolved, the physical ailments often disappear. This will be an experiential session, and you will see some amazing changes in people right there and then.

November 14, 2005

Reichian-Myofascial Release Therapy, Peter M. Bernstein, PhD

Peter M. Bernstein, PhD, will discuss how Reichian bodywork combined with Myofascial Release therapy relieves both physical and emotional pain. Bernstein and staff members of the Reichian-Myofascial Institute for Healing (Petaluma) will explain how Reichian-Myofascial Release therapy treats painful symptoms while releasing the muscular armoring (tension) and fascial tissue restrictions (stiffness) that cause pain. Learn about the connection between chronic pain and emotion and self-help techniques.

September 12, 2005

Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu

Deborah Myers presented an introduction to time honored self-help techniques, including acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu, which are designed to help reduce stress, relieve pain and promote healing. Good health is as close as your fingertips. She demonstrated energy warmups to increase vitality, relieve pain and discomfort, reduce inflammation, to compliment your exercise program. Deborah Myers, founder and director of Health at Your Fingertips provides individual and group consultations across the country. She is a licensed continuing education provider for California Board of Registered Nursing.


Feasible Occupations for Injured Workers, Joel Greenberg, MS

Vocational consultant Joel Greenberg, MS, will discuss alternative careers, assessing transferable skills and self-employment options. He will discuss available resources for people with tendonitis, carpal tunnel and other repetitive strain injuries.


Biofeedback To Treat RSI

Peter Behel, MA, will explain how biofeedback can reduce pain, relax muscle tightness and improve circulation. Behel has successfully trained computer animators to regulate their autonomic nervous systems and diminish overuse symptoms. Biofeedback can rectify many common nervous system-related health concerns.

For more information about biofeedback and Peter Behel, please visit and perhaps view the related link, "My RSI Story" by Nate McNamera.

January 10, 2005

Typing without Pain
Vivienne Fleischer, Performance Based Ergonomic,
Replace injurious typing habits with a rhythmic, pianistic technique.