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:

Benya 'Ning' Ridenoure

Benya "Ning" Ridenoure CMT, CFMT

Certified Massage/Lymphedema Therapist
Orthopedic/Sports Massage Therapy
Complete Decongestive Therapy (Lymphatic Drainage) & Medical Cupping
Visceral Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy

Ning was born and raised in Thailand. Ning's father was an artist and Chinese doctor. She came to the US in 1983 and graduated with B.S. in Mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles. During the 90's, Ning worked as a research assistant at the Caltech/NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She then developed chronic wrist pain resulting in three surgeries rendering her dominant hand completely disabled. As a result, she found her own combination of massage, medicinal use of essential oil, and movement exercises to improve her condition. She was able to regain most use of her hand after some time and felt compelled to share her experiences with people suffering from chronic injuries. Ning feels there is much more to learn about our body and by applying these new insights we can help resolve more problems in our soft-tissue system. She finds it very rewarding to work with her patients and the SportsFit team to improve quality of life by alleviating pain and suffering and facilitating the body's ability to heal itself.

Treatment Philosophy:
To heal our injuries, we could find greater and more complete results by looking at the whole big picture, not just where the pain is. There are many components that contribute to the injury, such as, deficiency in strength or nutrients; imbalanced posture; overuse; hidden trigger points, etc. Treatment should approach from all directions, not only to heal the injury but to prevent the recurrence of those injuries as well.

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.

Jonathan Akva

Jonathan Akva, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Jonathan’s interest in the art of massage began when he was just 14 years old. Massage therapy quickly became a passion after learning about the human body and anatomy. The positive feedback received from his friends and clients motivated him to choose a career in massage therapy. In Jonathan’s words “people enjoyed my massages as much as I enjoyed giving them”. Jonathan was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2013 which completely changed his life. For the first time as an injured individual, he was able to see what massage therapy can do to help one’s recovery. This breakthrough motivated Jonathan even further in his quest to provide healing therapy. He attended the Baltimore School of Massage where he was taught the holistic side of massage therapy and its healing effects. Since then, he has been introduced and practiced a vast array of massage techniques in order to remedy different ailments of the body. After completing his education, Jonathan has spent all his focus and energy helping the rehabilitating of as many souls as he can touch.

Treatment Philosophy:
A healthy mind and body is the recipe to a happy life.

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.

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.