Marcia Degelman, CMT
- Massage Therapist, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health
Clinical Specialties at the Osher Center
Marcia Degelman has been practicing the healing art of massage therapy for over 30 years. She incorporates many styles of massage into her work, including deep Swedish, gentle shiatsu, lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy, and orthobionomy, a system of muscle-tension release through positioning. She is also certified in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum massage therapy, and has been in private practice in San Francisco since 1980.
In addition to her work at the Osher Center, she provides inpatient massage therapy for pediatric patients at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay, as part of the Stad Center Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Team (PPIM). She is also the massage therapist for the inpatient UCSF pediatric oncology staff.
Ms. Degelman developed Light Touch Acu-Therapy, a very light touch along the acupuncture meridians for cancer patients undergoing difficult treatments, such as chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant, to alleviate pain and discomfort. She has also developed a “soothing circles” light touch protocol on the lower back in a side-lying position for patients with digestive disorders.
She was the massage therapist for the clinical trial Massage for Children Undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: A Qualitative Report. She has authored the book Explaining Health: What You Need to Know to Stay Healthy, a comprehensive guide to basic health management strategies, stress reduction, diet, exercise, and sleep, along with a primer on heart health and a guide to meditation. In 2016, Massage Magazine published an article about her work at the Osher Center, “A Day in the Life of an Integrative Medicine Massage Therapist.”
She teaches the Restorative Yoga class on Zoom, Monday mornings at 10 am. Anyone who wants to learn how to relax deeply is welcome to join.
Education and Training
Certified Massage Therapist, 1000-Hour Certificate, Boulder School of Massage Therapy
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Lasiter, 2019
Masters-level Integrative Health Coaching, Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, 2023
Personal Statement and Approach
Massage therapy is the perfect antidote to stress. Relax the body, and the mind will follow.