Daniel has had an interest in bodywork since he was a small child. When he was 4 years old he was recruited by his Great-Grandmother to work on her neck and shoulders. It was gratifying to know that he could help her with the aches and pains she experienced often and, thus, began his career in massage.
Daniel grew up a two-sport athlete playing basketball and baseball. When his teammates in high school had injuries or needed stretching, they would come to him. They knew he liked manipulating muscles. The same thing applied in college while attending the University of San Francisco to play baseball. During his four years at USF, he studied to receive a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sports Science. Outside of studying and playing baseball, he worked as a Student Athletic Trainer. It was the perfect opportunity to work with athletes from all sports competing at an elite level.
After graduating from USF, Daniel was drafted in the 14th round by the Cleveland Indians. Playing at the Single A level for two seasons was a great experience, but provided an even better opportunity to work with athletes at the professional level. At that level, there is one strength and conditioning coach and one athletic trainer. Frequently asking the guys if they needed a good stretch and some deep muscle release, he began consistent stretching and muscle manipulation routines with several of his teammates. This sealed the deal for his career as a massage therapist. He learned very quickly that working with athletes was his true passion and he could relate to them on different levels. He understands their dedication, work ethic, their physical/mental stresses, and how hard they push their bodies, day-in and day-out, to reach their optimal level of performance.
At the completion of his career in professional baseball with the Indians, it was time to pursue his passion as a massage therapist. One year later, I graduated, with honors, from the National Holistic Institute making him a certified massage therapist. Following graduation until now, Daniel has worked with the UC Berkeley men’s swim team, in the training room at USF with athletes in every sport, at triathlons, and most recently, in Vanderhoof Sports & Wellness Institute in Palo Alto focusing on injury prevention and pain management.
Daniel's training includes 187 hours of continuing education in Neuromuscular Therapy, certification in Rocktape (Functional Movement Tapping 1 & 2), Neurokinetic Therapy (Level 1 certified), and certification in Cupping Therapy.
- Rocktape (Functional Movement Tapping 1 & 2)
- Neurokinetic Therapy (Level 1 certified)
- Cupping Therapy
- Neuromuscular Therapy