About Us

At Connection Massage we utilize every tool in our book to help you maximize your quality of life. All sessions use myofascial release as a foundation, and will draw on other techniques as needed. Each therapist has their own focus and specialty, and we will find the perfect therapist for you based on your needs and preferences.

We prioritize working with fascia because it is so often overlooked, and tends to be hugely influential in the body’s healing process. If you think of bones as the foundation of the building, fascia is the steel rods in the walls. It is a huge part of your posture and range of motion. It is a huge network throughout your body – if we were to improve range of motion in your shoulder by releasing fascia in your hip, you would not be the first! By prioritizing release of your fascia, we maximize the body’s ability to do it’s own healing. Ultimately the body is the best healer out there, we are just giving it the proper tools.

Every body is unique and our team is trained to pick up on the subtle communication blockages. Whether you prefer gentle or deep massage, we will work with your body to maximize the benefits within your preferred massage style. No matter what your goals are – short or long-term – we will work with you to create a plan that will get you there!

Some of the primary groups and concerns we work with:

Athletes

From the weekend warrior to professional athletes, we know how to keep active bodies active! Our techniques will keep you limber and allow you to perform your best. We also have amazing techniques for acute injuries to bring down swelling and get you out of pain fast. Read more about lymphatic facilitation on our services page.

Chronic Pain

This applied to pain lasting longer than 6 weeks, and often people with chronic pain have tried everything to get out of pain. Think about what you could do if you were pain-free! Our focus in myofascial release will help address the underlying cause of the pain, and we see great improvements in our patients where other techniques have failed. We will work with you to decrease your pain, improve your posture and movement, and get you back to your life!

Chronic Illness

Illness can take tremendous tolls on your body and your life. We use our techniques to get your blood flowing better which will bring more nutrients to your muscles and get them working again. Regular massage also decreases stress and improves quality of sleep, thereby immediately improving your body’s ability to heal. We will help your body’s systems re-balance to decrease flare ups and give you more and more good days. Call us today and see just how much better your life can get with regular massage.

Read about each therapist below to learn more about our specialty’s!

Our Team

Everyone in our office, from our office staff to your chiropractor, has one goal in mind–to help your body run with no interference. We know that when your body isn’t in top shape that your entire life can be affected. That’s why you’ll always be greeted with a smile here and leave with an even bigger one on your face.

Susanna Bergin, Massage Director

Before entering the bodywork field, Susanna saw massage as a once-a-year birthday treat. In 2013, after spending months preparing applications for Masters in Psychology programs she had a conversation with a mentor in which she learned of people using massage and bodywork for treatment of both physical and mental health struggles. A lightbulb went on – she tossed her graduate school applications, and a month later she began the 1000-hour massage program at Cortiva Institute in Seattle. Within her first two weeks of anatomy class, Susanna was in love. She will tell you that massage school was where she found her inner nerd. Bodies are just so cool!

Susanna believes healing comes from a holistic approach. We are complex beings and we require complex care. Through this lens, she works with all of her patients to develop a massage plan that brings in both healing relaxation as well as specific treatment work to muscles that are out of balance. She comes from a fantastic training program that has prepared her with a wide array of tools ranging from incredibly gentle to very deep techniques. You can expect her to draw on every tool possible to achieve maximum healing in each massage. She absolutely loves her craft, and is so excited to share it with the Connection Chiropractic community.

Education Cortiva Institute Seattle – 1,000 hour program
Affiliations and Certifications Affiliations and Certifications
AMTA
Somatic Experiencing
Services Provided Myofascial Release
Lymphatic Facilitation
Positional Release and Trigger Point Protocol
Swedish Massage

Erin Durkee, Massage Practitioner

Originally from Minnesota, I moved to San Francisco 6 years ago and it’s truly become home to me. My path to massage work started while I was in bike shops learning about bike fitting and training as a competitive cyclist myself. I’ve been doing massage since 2013 and I love how much there is to learn every day about helping people find their own capacity to heal both neurophysiologically and emotionally. Even as I continue to gather experiences as a massage therapist, I’m also just beginning my newest adventure as a graduate student at CIIS in the Somatic Psychology master’s program and am excited to combine somatic psychotherapy approaches with massage.

Education
Affiliations and Certifications AMTA
Services Provided Myofascial Release
Lymphatic Facilitation
Structural Integration

Noah Volz, Massage Therapist

Noah has been a licensed massage therapist since 2008. He grew up in Southwest Colorado and completed his first yoga teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching yoga in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and California ever since. He continued to explore the peak performance of the human body through his massage training and now offers Neuromuscular therapy, Myofascial release, and intuitive deep tissue bodywork. Noah loves to write and he is the author of New Year Re-Solution: A 14-Day Ayurvedic Program to Lose Weight and Feel Your Best which can be found on Amazon. Noah is currently attending Life West Chiropractic College in order to become a NUCCA doctor.

Education
Affiliations and Certifications AMTA
Services Provided Myofascial Release
Positional Release and Trigger Point Protocol
Swedish Massage