SportsFit Physical Therapy & Fitness | Therapeutic Massage | Santa Monica CA

Massage Therapy

Complement your physical therapy treatment with various forms of manual therapy including Rolfing™, Neuromuscular Massage therapy, Craniosacral therapy, Osteopathic massage therapy, Advanced Muscle Reconditioning, Myofascial movement therapy, and Active Release Technique at SportsFit Physical Therapy.

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The combination of our physical therapy and the above listed manual therapy techniques have shown to have many benefits including but not limited to the following:
SportsFit Physical Therapy & Fitness

  • Help athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
  • Alleviate low back pain and improve range of motion
  • Increase flexibility
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue
  • Reduce post-operative adhesions and inflammation
  • Reduce muscle spasms and cramping
  • Help reduce stiffness and pain from arthritis
  • Improve blood flow and circulation
  • And much more

Meet our Therapists:

Jivan Singh

Jivan Singh, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist, Diplomate of Osteopathy

Jivan studied Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University, giving him extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. With over 500 hours of Osteopathic clinical training, Jivan looks at the human body as an integrative unit and engages to treat the underlying cause of the issue. With over 4 years of experience in Sports Massage, he has developed a detailed sense of touch, and confidence in his bodywork. His family comes from a background in natural healing including energy work from India where Jivan has traveled many times, only to become inspired and spiritually grounded. His special interest is with patients suffering low back issues, neck & shoulder pain, headaches and stress relief. He comes from an athletic background having played Basketball at college level, and a strong passion for tennis & yoga.

Treatment Philosophy:
To approach treatment with unity of the body and identify the underlying issues, and creating an individual treatment session, custom to the patient’s need.

Jivan Singh

Michelle Panameno, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Michelle is a Los Angeles native who studied massage therapy at the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts in Norcross, Georgia with emphasis in sports massage and neuromuscular therapy. Since 2012 Michelle has developed a particular interest in working with athletes who suffer from rotator cuff, neck, hamstrings, and glute injuries. Her massage therapy sessions are tailored specifically to her patient’s needs and as she puts it “no routine is THE routine”. Her goal is not simply to have her clients feeling well until they reach the parking lot, but instead to have them feeling well for longer periods of time and to have consistent improvement after each massage session. Michelle currently attends Santa Monica College with a goal of receiving a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

Treatment Philosophy:
Everything in the body is connected. The biochemistry as well as the biomechanics of each individual person contributes to his or her wellness and unless the source of the issue is found, a person cannot truly be treated.

Nirmala Heriza

Nirmala Heriza, BA, CYT, CMFT, CaC

Licensed Travell Myofascial Triggerpoint Specialist
Certified Medical Acupressure and Yoga Therapist

Nirmala is a pioneer in Integrative Medicine, with over 20 years combined CLINICAL experience in Orthopedics, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Medicine and as a Yoga Cardiac Stress Management Specialist. Nirmala has the knowledge, skill, and experience to recognize myofascial impairments, and apply the most appropriate therapy through acupressure and trigger point therapy. Nirmala is also the author of the bestselling book, “DR YOGA: Medical Benefits of Yoga (PenguinTarcher); with a Chinese edition; documenting the world recognized Cardiac/Stress Management Program she created for CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL Center, where she served on the Medical Staff as Yoga Cardiac Therapist for 17 years. DR YOGA is based on the traditional Integral Yoga Teachings of Legendary WOODSTOCK GURU and Yoga Master Sri Swami Satchidananda.

Treatment Philosophy:
A comprehensive therapy is my goal with each and every patient.

Kimberly Christopher

Kimberly Christopher

Certified Pilates Instructor

Kimberly is native of California. She brings with her over 16 years of experience as a Massage Therapist and has been Practicing Pilates for over 12 years. Kimberly has worked extensively with medical practices, medical spas and fitness facilities assisting patients with various physical challenges. Her area of expertise is with those who suffer from chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain, postural deficits, and sports injuries. Kimberly had practiced dance and movement just about her whole life, so Pilates was just a natural addition to her practice. Kimberly’s passion for what she does is best described in her own words: “I love to be a positive part of someone's day. I love to work with people on achieving goals, from a simple goal such as mastering a specific exercise to longer term life-goals such as getting in shape for an event down the road or healing the body through correcting imbalances in the body.” She enjoys being with family and friends, travel, anything outdoors, hiking, being in or around water, scuba diving, snorkeling, and has a passion for fine art, architecture and design.

Treatment Philosophy:
My goal is to help you strengthen your core and obtain proper alignment and balance on your body. This is the key to a strong healthy body. It's like building a home. You need a strong core structure/foundation so that it will last a lifetime.

Kachiri Irizarry

Kachiri Irizarry, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Kachiri noticed early on in age that she had a unique gift for body work, when her father suffered with chronic back pain and she would massage his back. As time passed she volunteered to massage relatives with headaches and foot pain. As she started to observe and learn more, she realized that studying how to heal the body would be her lifelong passion. Kachiri has been a practicing massage therapist for 10 years and is currently pursuing her studies to become a doctor of physical therapy. She specializes in sports and orthopedic massage, stretch therapy, pregnancy/prenatal massage and reflexology.

Treatment Philosophy:
To reduce pain is to reduce stress and with reduced stress you achieve a higher state of consciousness.

SportsFit to integrate osteopathy with physical therapy:
In order to manage a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, techniques such as joint mobilization, isometric mobilization, muscle energy, active release, myofascial release techniques and craniosacral therapy are integrated in patient treatment at SportsFit Physical Therapy. The science of Osteopathy has been credited in developing many manual therapy techniques. Concurrently, most of the research supporting the use of manual therapy techniques in clinical practice are published by physical therapists. Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy encompasses the bridge for the plausible gap between the two professions. While osteopaths work under the somatic dysfunction model and physical therapists under the pain and movement model, recent treatment models for musculoskeletal pain emphasiz the “biopsychosocial model.” The biopsychosocial model demands both the professions to work hand-in-hand in order to create the most optimized treatment approach for patients. It has been clinically demonstrated that such inter-professional teamwork will henceforth facilitate better patient recovery and care. At SportsFit we aim to be on the leading edge in offering mutil-disciplinary inter-professional treatment approach in order to enhance the recovery and healing of our patients.