Better Body Posture
Chronic Pain Free
January 24th, 2011 by Mike Boggess
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April 05, 2021 at 10:00 am, Nicole K. said:
Last night around 9:45, my dog dislocated her jaw while chewing on a hard bone. She is a pitty w/a very strong bite. She was in pain and her jaw wouldn’t function correctly. I called 3 different 24hr pet hospitals that had wait times of 3-8 hrs. In looking for an alternate solution, I remembered the work Joachim had done on me in the past & that he had worked on horses & other animals too. I called him at 10:00 to see if he’d be willing to help us. He came right over and worked on our dog’s jaw, with noticeable improvement. Today, we drove the dog to his office for a follow-up. After the 2nd session, the dog’s jaw is completely normal. I am amazed at the work he did and the vet trauma my dog (& I) avoided.
April 04, 2021 at 2:18 pm, Terri B said:
Joachim is truly amazing!!! With all my heart I would highly recommend him to athletes, musicians, hikers, any body who has repetition in their life, but especially for anyone with Scoliosis. He has taught me how to walk in my own body and open up the twisting that takes place from my curved S shaped spine. The first time I met Joachim, he spent a lot of time watching the way I stood, walked and sat. He was very attentive to what I had to say.
I am of 64 years and have had my spine fused for 43 years due to Scoliosis. I am very active as I love to ski, hike mountains and ride my road bike. Last year I had a ski accident that resulted in many torn ligament (Meniscus, MCL, ACL), fractured Tibia and dislocated Fibula. I spent many months in Physical Therapy which was exactly where I needed to be but at the end of PT I still wasn’t able to walk normal and my lower back became very sore. I’ve seen orthopedics, chiropractors and physical therapist . They all had their benefits but nothing lasted for long until I met Joachim, an advance certified Rolfer who has also studied Scoliosis in his practice. I just finished my 10 sessions and there is so much improvement in my whole body and daily life. Thank you Joachim for what you do!!! Again, truly amazing.
December 23, 2020 at 4:11 pm, Claudia H. said:
I had the pleasure of working with Joachim for the past year and have to say the changes that have occured with the physical work that he does and the mental shift that has happened in me are significant to me. Being able to perceive the the change in body and mind are uplifting. If you are ready to see this happen Joachim is the person to work with.
December 23, 2020 at 4:10 pm, Tom W. said:
Joachim was highly recommended to me but I was somewhat skeptical of Rolfing. I have a unique gait abnormality that has plaqued me for over 10 years. Several therapists, neurologists, and trainers have all been frustrated at its diagnosis and possible corrective actions. Joachim saw things others had not seen and was able to introduce simple but effective modifications to my walking. They have dramatically improved my situation. Joachim is insistent yet compassionate in his approach; he listened to what I said AND to what he saw and modified as appropriate. A good experience..
November 23, 2020 at 5:18 pm, Daniel M. said:
Joachim is amazing!!! He is a top notch specialist at what he does and knows exactly what he is doing. He carefully listens to all the pain you are experiencing and addresses those issues with high knowledge. I had a severe case, My right shoulder was noticeably lower than my left and was causing a lot of pain in my upper traps. After just a few sessions, my shoulders were leveled and the pain was gone! I have been to many chiropractors and physical therapists In the past and have just felt temporary pleasure and no real lasting results. If you are looking for someone to get down to the root of your problem and experience long lasting results, this is the place to go!
November 20, 2020 at 7:15 pm, Mela D. said:
I went to Joachim after having weeks of low back/hip pain that was so constant, I could not sleep through the night. I’d done yin yoga, stretching, massage, and chiropractic and still the pain would not go away. After my first session with Joachim, my pain was reduced significantly-maybe 70%. After my second session, the pain was completely gone. In addition to the resolution of the pain, I also feel more at ease when moving, more in tune with my body and more peaceful after a session. I highly recommend him.
November 20, 2020 at 7:14 pm, Shelly B. said:
Life-changing bodywork for me. My body underwent physical and emotional trauma from multiple surgeries 5yrs ago and after my first session with Joachim, my body felt brand new. Stagnation has movement now and when I take a deep breath of air, it feels like I can breathe for the first time. It was a very emotional shift for me in the most positive way and I am forever grateful for his work. I look forward to my next session.
November 20, 2020 at 7:13 pm, Eleni D. said:
Joachim is amazing at what he does. He’s released a lot of my tension and alleviated my back pain. I often fall asleep with the lights on after a session with him because I am that relaxed. Highly recommended!
November 20, 2020 at 7:13 pm, Soheila S. said:
I saw Joachim once for overall body correction and a had an amazing experience. I learned a lot and my pain was gone after one visit. I always have so much respect for any health care provider who is committed to excellence in their field and I felt that from him. I have referred several people to him and they all have been extremely happy with their visits.
November 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm, Isha S. said:
With just 2 sessions with Joachim, I’ve seen a very positive change in the way I move. I’m so much more deeply connected with my body now and aware of my posture and movements. He has exceptional observational skills coupled with therapeutic hands on skills. I highly recommend him to anyone who has had chronic body pain and wants to maximize their body’s function and activity still.
November 20, 2020 at 7:11 pm, Kim B. said:
I’m on my 2nd of 10 treatments, but so far, it’s been amazing. He worked on my ability to breath. I knew something was wrong with my breathing because my pulsox has been 93 for the last 6 months. My PCP indicated I had no lung pathology. He worked on the muscles constricting my lungs. It was a noticeable improvement. When I got home, I tested it with the pulse oximeter. My pulsox was 98! I was a normal person, again! Thanks Joachim.
November 20, 2020 at 7:10 pm, Megan G. said:
Joachim is a wealth of skill, knowledge and experience. I looked forward to each appointment of the series and would do it all over again without hesitation. Besides the immediate pain relief from each session, this therapy brought awareness to consequences of an old injury and I was given solutions to correct over a decade of poor alignment. My headaches are better and migraines are essentially gone. My jaw clenching and grinding is reduced, and my sleep is better. There was a meditative nature to this bodywork which was incredibly valuable. I am much more aware of and connected to my body compared to before. These sessions were a haven of reprieve from my physically and emotionally demanding job as a critical care nurse during COVID-19. I would recommend Joachim specifically because of the physically gentle yet incredibly thorough and effective technique that is his.
August 25, 2020 at 12:58 pm, Nancy N said:
I just completed my 10 sessions with Joachim and my body and mind are very grateful for having this experience. It is important to pay attention to the body/mind connection and be present with it. That is one of the primary take aways for me working with Joachim. I now focus on my posture working from home as well as when I am walking and exercising. During Covid, Joachim adheres to all the protective protocol. Rolfing has been a great experience and I will do it again because of the results to my body, posture, and mindfulness.
July 10, 2019 at 6:42 am, Donna said:
I had never heard of a Rolfer until a friend of mine suggested trying Joachim. I had been to 6 different specialists and they still are unable to figure out what is wrong with me . My pain level was extensive, swelling and could hardly move my arm. After my very first visit Joachim was able to take my pain level down from an average of 6 to 8 daily to a 1. I can move my arm around. I am very impressed with Joachim and after 12 months of not being able to move it’s like a whole new me now.
January 07, 2019 at 10:07 am, Ben S said:
Amazing Rolfing experience! Joachim is incredibly attentive and careful practitioner. He makes sure to understand where you are coming from and what you are hoping to gain from the treatment. He gives you the space to check in with your own body and adjusts his treatment accordingly. I left my first session already taller and feeling so much more freedom in my neck and back! Would absolutely recommend to anyone!
September 26, 2018 at 2:02 pm, Karen Joy Campbell , LCSW said:
Due to compounded Auto injuries, I only had been able to sit for 15 minutes at a time 5 times a day and driving
for 10 minutes caused pain that further aggravated my low back. This went on for the last 6 plus years . I had to see my Chiroptactor EVERY week, to keep my back from TOTALLY “seizing up” , the adjustments just didn’t hold , even though I have an amazing Chiropractor . After the 3rd session of the 10 session protocol, my back seemed to unwind faster on its own and I began skipping a few Chiropractic sessions to my amazement ! After the full protocol, I am driving more , sitting without pain and rebound pain and sublexation in my spine . I now go only 2 x a month my Chiropractor and She sees more alignment in my spine than ever before. I only wish I had met Joachim years ago and fine this Rolfing protocol sooner !
August 29, 2018 at 10:13 am, Cary Smith said:
I’ve experienced pain 24 hrs a day for over 3 years now. I went to Joachim and in one session my pain was gone for a few days and now is only minor. I’m able to sleep through the night, walk, and move more.
I can’t wait for another session. I HAVE HOPE AGAIN!
He’s very gentle and attentive.
Super great experience.
July 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm, Adrianna d.B. said:
Joachim is amazing. He listens and understands how the body works to make a difference in your everyday movements.
July 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm, Autumn F. said:
Joachim is an exceptionally skilled practitioner. His obvious knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics makes any work he does that much more effective. My family and clients have been coming to him for years with spectacular results in increased health and comfort!
July 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm, Emilie B. said:
He answered all my questions. Explained everything that he was trying to fix. I am sleeping much better than I ever have. I am standing on both legs more evenly after the session. I am breathing much deeper again after the session.bi will definitely schedule another session in the future.
July 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm, Gail G. said:
After a review of my gait and posture, Joachim went to work on my body. He kept a running dialog of what he was doing and why. Because of a serious trauma 12 years ago, Joachim had a “mass” of scar tissue to try to sort through and after 1 session I could see and feel a HUGE improvement. I have scheduled future appointments for me, as well as, two other family members.
Joachim then worked on my horse. My horse totally relaxed into the body work and showed multiple signs of release. This was not the first experience I’ve had with equine Rolfing, but it was by far, the best. My horse has more appointments scheduled too.
July 25, 2017 at 1:20 pm, Aj. L. said:
Joachim is fantastic at what he does. He is very knowledgeable and this career is his passion, not just a way to make money. He takes this passion to the next level and I would most highly recommend that he be visited! I think that anyone who sees him will be very impressed with his abilities!!
October 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm, LynDee said:
Initiated by a chronic neck issue I decided to get the full Rolfing treatment from Joachim. I have experienced far more positive results than I expected. I stand more solidly, jog and walk with a total different and easier stride and have almost solved the chronic issue. Joachim’s knowledge of musculature is remarkable as is his skill and technique. He utilizes his wide breadth of knowledge and his passion to make things right to work to positive outcomes. The experience is different than massage but the result is awesome. As I continue to age, he will help me keep active, comfortable and in great alignment.
January 03, 2014 at 11:03 am, Marianna said:
Joachim worked with me on the full 10 sessions in the Rolfing series plus 3 movement sessions. From our first to last meeting, I was impressed by his sensitivity and skill ability to determine what needed attention and to pick up on how I was doing. A month later, I am still enjoying and benefiting from the growing body awareness I have as a result of my very special Rolfing experience with Joachim.
September 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm, Liz said:
My husband and I have seen Joachim about three times now. We drive 21/2 hours to do this and has proven to be worth every minute. Joachim has helped both of us immensely. My husband has chronic low back pain which has shown marked improvement since his treatments with Joachim. Personally I am now able to run again! Prior to seeing Joachim, I was experiencing immediate tightness and restrictions in my hips, hamstrings when running. Joachim’s knowledge and expertise approach is a rare find in the body work field.
September 09, 2013 at 3:03 pm, Marilyn said:
I had been training for a half marathon to celebrate my 60th birthday and had chronic pain in my legs. This was a message to me that I needed bodywork as I am a massage therapist myself. Joachim observed my walk and from there began the most effective massage I have experienced. He draws on his extensive skills to customize your session to meet your needs. I had no pain at the end of the session and successfully completed my Half Marathon three days later.Thank you so much.
February 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm, Rhae said:
As a professional cyclist – body work is a must have, and good body work on the road can be hard to come by. But it turns out that Santa Ynez not only has great roads for riding, there is a fantastic massage therapist there too.
I visited Joachim while on a recent training trip in SYV and had a great deep tissue session. I strongly recommend him for athletes and i will definitely be back to see him next time i am in the Valley
January 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm, Carol said:
Upon returning home, I noticed that my right shoulder was completely free of soreness that had been bothering me for months. By morning, it was a little sore, but feels far better than before. I had slight tingling in my hands yesterday and have rearranged my desk with the monitor directly in front of me as suggested. Less tingling today. I also purchased a new keyboard and mouse with the ball.
Overall, I am very pleased.
November 14, 2012 at 7:33 am, April said:
I found Terra Massage by chance while passing time in the Valley between jobs. I had seriously bruised ribs and many other old traumas that had caught up with me, giving me big pain.
The deep tissue massage was one I the most effective, purposeful massages I’ve ever had. I get massages once a week and I’m picky…this was awesome!
I like to have results, not just relaxation…I got it!
Thank you for being so accommodating as well 🙂
November 07, 2012 at 11:59 am, Lynette said:
I broke my back seven years ago and have had treatment and massages frequently with minor relief. Joachim was able to target problem areas faster than anyone else. I’ve only had one massage and he performed the perfect technique on the needed areas and provided much relief. I’m looking forward to more sessions!
September 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm, Bill D. said:
I went in with a spasm in my upper back, and in a half hour I felt so much better. Joachim found several areas that were tight, and worked them out. The next day I felt looser than I’ve felt in years. He has a great deal of professional knowledge, and I recommend him highly.
August 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm, Meghan M. said:
My massage with Joachim was the most beneficial massage I have ever had! Among other issues, he was able to relieve my neck pain and stiffness and my hip and sacral pain. I felt like he really cared about my pain issues and he expertly targeted the sources to help relieve my tension and pain. I wish I could take him with me to Florida! I will definitely be back when I am in town next summer!
June 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm, Terri said:
I’ve had hypothyroidism for many years. For the last year my medication hasn’t been working properly and all my muscles and joints have gotten stiff and sore.
Joachim was able to get to the bottom of what was going on and provide the right kind of body work to resolve the muscle tension and the pain and stiffness. I can finally walk and bend normally again! Thank you Joachim.
June 21, 2012 at 4:50 am, Sue M. said:
After a long illness, much of it spent in bed, my muscles had shortened and gotten very tight. It was hard to stand up straight and impossible to touch my toes. Joachim is an incredibly skilled health professional and was quickly able to detect the restrictions in both muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding the muscle) and was able to resolve them so that I regained my normal posture and use of my muscles. I didn’t think I would find such a resource in our small valley!
May 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm, Margaret Corbett said:
I arrived for our 6 day bike trip with Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours with terrible back pain. Joachim said he would be pleased to get me fit to ride, and he did! Thank you for your expert care.
May 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm, joachim said:
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May 01, 2012 at 7:09 pm, Patrice said:
Thank you, Joachim, for taking the time to explain what was causing my discomfort! You have tremendous knowledge and are willing to share to help others feel better. I know that you will take care of my “issues in my tissues.” I’m looking forward to my next appointment!
April 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm, julie said:
Joachim took our intake conversation to heart. After effectively working every muscle, with my permission, he address my chronic pain issues with great care and shared much knowledge with me, helping me to understand this long endured condition. Thank you, Joachim. Next time we’re in the area, I’ll see come see you!
April 02, 2012 at 9:33 am, Matt said:
Joachim provided me with a massage after each of the 5 days I rode with the Carmichael Training Systems camp. My legs felt refreshed each morning and I was able to recover quickly. Thank you Joachim!
March 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm, Mia C said:
After suffering with a sore front neck for 2 days, it was time to get it worked on so I can enjoy more riding in the beautiful area of Solvang. Joachim was able to book me in on the same day I called within a few hours and focussed on my neck. His persistence and attention to my pain resulted with leaving his clinic with fantastic results. The next day, I felt 100%. Highly recommended and will hopefully visit with you next year when we return!
March 12, 2012 at 11:56 am, Chelsey Williams said:
Ive been receiving professional massage since I was 12… I now know the difference between therapeutic and relaxing massage. He quickly moved into the top of my ranks, with his keen sense of the body and his amazing ability to heal… Cannot wait for the next one. He is a true gem and he’s got personality plus!!!
March 01, 2012 at 5:33 pm, Sybil said:
Thank you, Joachim!! You have greatly alleviated pain and discomfort in my feet–they feel much better than they have in a long time. I am so pleased with the work you have done on them, and I look forward to returning soon. You have given me renewed hope!!
January 29, 2012 at 9:41 am, Hank Blanco said:
I have been fortunate to experience many massage professionals and i have to say that Joachim ranks at the very top of those who trully understand the physiology of sport injury and how to rejuvinate those muscles/nerves that had been impacted. I recommend him highly!
January 09, 2012 at 2:33 pm, Laura DeJohn said:
Thank you for the best massage I’ve ever had. Joachim did a wonderful job and helped relieve me of pain, even working past the hour mark to help get one more spot in my neck. Thank you again for a great experience. I will definitely be back!
December 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm, Amy K Musson said:
Joachim is one of the rare healers who sees the bigger picture of your body and health – he is not just a masseuse but a gifted body whisperer. Highly recommended!
December 27, 2011 at 9:18 am, Dr. Brian Phillips said:
As a Chiropractor I have hired many massage therapists in the past and have two that work for me now. I received a coupon to have a massage at Terra Massage from my sister while visiting here for Christmas.
I can say without doubt that Joachim gave me the best massage that I have ever had! He is very good and knows where all the “sweet” spots are…..I wish he lived in Kentucky!
December 13, 2011 at 9:40 am, Julie S. said:
After several weeks of back pain, one massage with Joachim and I was no longer hunched over and uncomfortable. Now I know that his hands work wonders!
October 11, 2011 at 11:06 am, Christy N. said:
I came to Joachim for his wisdom regarding a long-term running injury in a tendon near my ankle. His interest in sports, anatomy, and movement make him a fabulous resource, and as it turned out, his analysis of my specific issue was enough to get me in his office five more times. I improved markedly after each time he worked on me. Our weekly sessions focused on gross and subtle movements and running form. He was able to learn that the issue in my foot was in no way local to that area, but instead connected to tightness and imbalance higher up in my hip flexors and glutes. My running today is completely different. I credit Joachim’s keen attention to the body’s interconnectedness as well as his incredible care for posture and alignment.
September 06, 2011 at 12:29 pm, Christina Rodriguez said:
Amazing- Regular massage person and I have never had a better experience!
September 06, 2011 at 10:47 am, Franc Giner said:
Thanks for the excellent care and terrific massage(s). Everyone in my group was very satisfied and will definitely try again when in the area! We already recommended you to people we met in Santa Ynez and to our local friends who may travel through your valley! Thanks again….
July 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm, Rachel said:
Great little gem in Santa Ynez! Eleanor was awesome! Definitely a go-to place when visiting the SY Valley– my husband and I will be back next time we’re in town:)
July 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm, Robin Dene said:
“Joachim is the Michelangelo of massage therapy! Not only is his body work masterful, but he’s personally generous, savvy and chic! His craft becomes his art when he melds the two worlds of massage and healing.”
July 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm, Patrick Farrier said:
I believe Joachim at Terra Massage has helped me avoid the need for surgery on my neck and spine (Drs say I have spinal stenosis). Last summer, he worked overtime (literally) until every last knot was released in my back. Three days later, he phoned me to see how I was doing and I literally had forgotten about the pain I was feeling prior to his massage.
In between full body massage appointments, I love to partake of his chair massages. He comes to our business and works on our customers during our 3-day quilting retreats.
The ladies LOVE his work and his great sense of humor!
Joachim is terrific. You can’t find better care anywhere.
July 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm, Richard Cullen said:
Joachim went over and above giving me two massages after long days of cycling. The healing and recovery value of a quality massage is underestimated. There is no question that Joachim is a quality masseur and knows what he is doing
Enclosed is the press release and Race, click on the links
SCCA Press release http://scca.org/newsarticle.aspx?hub=1&news=3996
July 02, 2011 at 9:44 am, Paul Schaffer said:
Joachim is present, knowledgeable and gifted.
His work restored me to my center of being, as well as relaxed tight ligaments and muscles.
June 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm, jose villa said:
im so happy i took my friend’s advice about joachim my neck and upper shoulder was not doing too good and after my first session, I feel so much better.. Im not at 100% yet, but i look forward to continuing my sessions with joachim to get there, slowly but surly.
May 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm, Tom M. said:
I was going to the Santa Ynez area for a weekend get-away and wanted to book a massage in the area. After suffering a severe injury to a vertebrae 2 years ago I was looking forward two my first massage since the injury. I was hoping for an average but welcome massage, but what I got was much more than that and the quality of the work I received from Joachim has relieved longterm muscle tensions that were a result of the injury. Joachim is talented, has obviously received extensive training, and seems to really love his work. I won’t hesitate to drive up from Los Angeles to see him again when the need arises.
May 19, 2011 at 7:52 am, Christy said:
I was in excellent care with Joachim. His knowledge of the body and his passion for the athlete sets him apart. He is incredibly attentive and intuitive; for that reason I’ll start referring everyone I know!
May 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm, christina said:
I have to say I was a bit nervous having a massage by a man since they have a lot of upper body strength and I have a low threshold for pain. I was hoping I would be able to help Joachim understand how sensitive I am. He encouraged communication and was very understanding. I was so happy to have a relaxing massage that left me feeling flexible and limber that day and even the next! No soreness! It was great! I will definitely go back to Terra Massage~
March 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm, Laura V. said:
Amazing Massage ! I leave here feeling like a new person.
March 14, 2011 at 11:09 am, Carrie B. said:
Absolutely Amazing !
March 09, 2011 at 7:59 am, Patty E. said:
Lower Back Pain! Walked out Painfree!
February 25, 2011 at 11:34 am, Adrianne C. said:
Words are not enough! You are a genius 🙂 Thank you, Thank you Sooo Much.
December 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm, Tammy V. said:
The “Best in the Valley”- Thank you for being here to make me relax !
December 04, 2010 at 2:14 pm, Robin B. said:
Wow ! Feel relief from a 2 months injury.
September 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm, Chris C. said:
I really needed that, thanks.
September 09, 2010 at 10:07 am, Jill B. said:
No pain, no gain ! Feels Great !
September 09, 2010 at 9:58 am, Jay G. said:
Feel so much better… Top 3 massage in the all time !!! The Best kept secret in Santa Barbara County!
March 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm, Angela Naeth said:
“Long before I competed as a professional triathlete I was fortunate to have discovered massage and quickly found it to be the single best addition to my recovery routine. Now that I make my living by competing and abusing my body(!) its importance has become even greater. The human body must be healthy before it can be fit and massage (and good nutrition) allows me to achieve this. Joachim is an outstanding therapist who understands all this and more, as well as possessing a vast understanding of the individual. He has helped me get over a few niggling injuries and has reconfirmed my beliefs in the benefits of massage. I look forward to my weekly massages more than any other part of my training routine! Thanks Joachim!”
March 15, 2010 at 9:26 am, Rina Van de Kamp said:
“Joachim’s knowledge is amazing. He works with such detail into whatever area in the body that I am focused on at the time. His use of essential oils is great too. I have had great results with that. And, because he know so many body work modalities, he can work on whatever issue I’m having and whatever way my body needs including Canial/Sacral work.”
Rina Van de Kamp, Pilate Instructor, professional dancer. http://www.daughterofzion.net
August 10, 2009 at 11:23 am, George W. said:
When I first came here, I was stiff and had pain every where, that was about 6 months ago. Now, I feel about as good as I did when I was 30; by the way, I’m 72 and feel great!!