Chula offers unforgettable, deeply healing bodywork. Her dedication to helping others heal and her understanding of anatomy are effective in releasing muscular and emotional tension. Within every session lies the message of  love and acceptance. Through Chula’s nurturing touch, rediscover your body’s original state of grace.

Through her years of working with the human form and spirit Chula developed her own bodywork method, Dynamic Fascial Response™ and is an instructor of massage, offering continued education units for professionals through the National Board Of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 

From broken hearts to broken bones, healers can help us find ourselves again so we can restore.  In addition to massage, Chula is a somatic healer and offers somatic dialog sessions for those who wish to address emotional/behavioral patterns.

Sessions can be for general well-being or can address specific issues:

  • Rotator Cuff / Frozen Shoulder
  • Sciatica / Lower Back Pain / Congested Hips

  • Neck / Tight Jaw / Headaches

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Emotional Stress / Trauma Relief / Depression

  • Structural Work for Pregnancy (physical and emotional stress relief for prenatal times,  postpartum and at-birth massage)

Chula Linda Gemignani has been a bodyworker for 15 years+ and a prenatal specialist since 2009 after studying under Carole Osborne.


    Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

    Why Seek a Specialist?

    by Chula Gemignani, Bodyworker, Instructor/NCBTMB

    When it comes to pregnancy, why is it so hard to find a good massage? Your regular therapist used to get to it and knew just what you love. Suddenly they touch you with a sense of uncertainty and give you a light massage. Perhaps it is because they forgot that brief segment taught in massage school on prenatal and are concerned they might do the wrong thing or maybe it is because the prenatal client is so often and wrongly deemed “fragile” and therefore given a light, superficial massage. You are a human about to birth a baby and though you may have some aches and pains and may be experiencing hormonal mood shifts, I would hardly call you fragile. If you are pregnant you will know what I am speaking about when I say: You are dynamic! Most likely you’re wanting a bodywork session that will help integrate the plethora of structural changes you have experienced to date and one that will leave you feeling physically relieved and emotionally relaxed.

    And why seek a prenatal specialist?

    Most people know that pregnancies sometimes do have complications. A pregnancy massage specialist has been trained in pregnancy complications and conditions and will not only have the knowledge to support you safely in your prenatal journey, while still giving you a session that makes you feel the relief you were hoping for, they also may hear signs of a condition and guide you to consult your care provider.

    If you request, the prenatal specialist bodyworker might attend your birth and also serve in a supporting role postpartum.

    A prenatal massage specialist has a foundational understanding of correct positioning and they will never put you in a cut out table or scooped out cushions only to further stretch your uterine ligaments that may already be strained or put extra weight on your baby.

    A continued education training in prenatal teaches the full array of contraindicated modalities and points on your pregnant body that were never taught in the 500 plus hours of massage school.

    A prenatal specialist already has experience with a larger population of pregnant clients and is well aware of the emotional stages you might be experiencing throughout pregnancy.  They have deep listening experience and may have even been trained on how to support you.

    Benefits of Prenatal Massage

    • Maintaining regular prenatal care will help the circulation remain healthy throughout pregnancy.
    • Promotes relaxation, lowers cortisol, stress and anxiety and promotes a good sleep.
    • Promotes a healthy inner environment for the client to grow a baby in.
    • Promotes body awareness, mobility, flexibility and preparedness to birth the baby.
    • Offers the client a listening ear to voice any concerns or emotions.
    • Addresses and treats deeper physiological responses to the stages pregnancy (Digestion, breathing, high blood pressure, blood and lymph circulation).
    • Prepares the client’s somatic syncing of body and mind for an easier birth.
    • Addresses and solves bodily pain and tension.
    • Reduces ligament strain. Opens the thoracic lumber and ribs, allowing for deeper and easier breathing.
    • Helps musculoskeletal structural alignment and integration throughout pregnancy, during birth and postpartum.
    • Strengthens posture.
    • Prenatal and Postpartum massage grows a peaceful, touch-based core understanding of connection that can travel from massage therapist to client/mom and then from client/mom to baby.
    • Reduces swelling and cramping.
    • Reduces carpal tunnel symptoms.
    • Reduces back pain, sciatica, ribs out, neck, shoulder and jaw tension.
    • Reduces stretch marks.

    Benefits of At-Birth Massage

    • Reduces ligament strain, and body pain.
    • Gives the birthing client and team specialized support.
    • Prepares the mothers’ body for an easier, quicker birth.
    • Opens pelvic floor, takes pressure off sacrum and sacral ligaments.
    • Can help induce a late term pregnancy.

    Benefits of Postpartum Massage

    • Promotes relaxation and lowers cortisol.
    • Improves circulation.
    • Reduces back pain, sciatica, ribs out, neck and shoulder pain from nursing.
    • Postpartum massage helps with milk production.
    • Releases muscle strain due to labor and delivery.
    • Balances hormones which can help decrease the onset of postpartum depression.
    • Helps the postpartum client heal from birthing the baby through natural childbirth or cesarean.
    • Offers the mother a listening ear so she can decompress and voice any concerns or emotions and share her birth experience.
    • Prenatal and postpartum massage grows a peaceful, core understanding of connection that can travel from massage therapist to mom and then from mom to baby and also to partner/family.
    • Promotes peace.

    As an instructor and pregnancy massage specialist, I empower practitioners with a training so complete that they can offer a fantastic session, steeped in confidence and care.

    May peace be with you,

    Dynamic Fascial Response™
    creating a new paradigm in prenatal bodywork

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    or email: chulagem@gmail.com

    A Few of Our Graduates, Fall 2017

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    Discounted Classes, Bodywork and Somatic Healing Sessions

    Happy Holidays!

    Hope you are staying warm and cozy!
    Here are some coupons to help in gifting your family
    or friends a healing massage, classes or somatic healing sessions. I look forward to it!
    No need to print coupons, just mention them to me when purchasing.

    Take $20 off your gift certificates this year!

    $110 for 90 minutes
    $80 for one hour

    expires 12/31/17
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    May Peace be with you always,
    (530) 798-9998


    Take $20 Off Any Massage Training Course When Paid in Full.

    Education is a wonderful gift to give.  So many of us want to learn new skills but affording it can be a challenge. Gift a massage course to any bodyworker, doula or RN you know. These classes are approved by the National Therapeutic Board for Massage and Bodywork for continued education units.

    Link to 2018 Course Schedule

    Prepay before 12/31/17 for any class and get the earlybird discount PLUS $20 off!

    Offer Expires 12/23/17

    Somatic NLP Coupon

    Here we are, complex beings navigating this wild ride called life. Parenthood, careers, responsibilities, decisions, choices...
    Some days we catch the current, traveling merrily along and other times we struggle upriver in a vessel, heavy with it all. What we experience in life outside of ourselves shows itself in the mirror of our inner world. Polishing our self-relations from time to time helps our mental and physical health since so many emotions are stored in the body. In those tough times, having the support of someone who is trained to help you sort your strategies and inner reality is the key that may unlock resources already very alive in you. They may have been buried by the speed at with we live, by trauma or pain but they are there inside you, awaiting the reclaiming so you can live a fulfilling life.
    As a Somatic NLP practitioner, your story or 'what you do' is important to me and yet what I am mostly interested in is 'how' you do life. To help you identify and sort your inner parts, I integrate the sensitivities and knowledge of bodywork with the rapport, respect, confidentiality and dynamic tools of Somatic NLP to create an effective healing session for you that can help replace inner conflict with inner peace, supporting positive change in your life. I love this fold of my work. It is truly the deepest form of compassion I have ever felt and I am so happy to share it with you.
    Coupon: 4 Sessions/$450 when paid in full.
    Offer ends 12/23/17
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    Prenatal Training

    2018 Prenatal Classes are scheduled and here are what students are saying about this dynamic training....
    "Chula's class gave me a well rounded understanding of prenatal massage and postnatal care. Her teaching style is organized, focused, and kind. She will wait until every last person is on the same page before moving on. I will continue to take every class she offers and encourage fellow body workers to do the same!"

    “She was very patient and clear and very easy to pay attention to. Her enthusiasm for the subject was contagious"
    "I really appreciate the book and all of the reference material that was provided"
    "I loved all of the fascia techniques and Chula was very organized."

    See dates and sign up for the next training by clicking this link. 
    Class size is limited to 12.

    Client Testimonials:
    "Chula was such a helpful calming soothing presence during my pregnancy and at my birth! She worked with me prior to my birth multiple times, and her strong, skilled work helped my back stay out of pain, and my body adapt in a healthy way to the changes it was going through. At my birth, Chula’s talented touch and grounded nature helped me make it through the worst contractions and gave me rest and rejuvenation in between contractions. Her years of experience as a peri-natal therapist built trust, and her warmth and nurturing presence was a balm while I labored. She knew just where to apply pressure and how to work on my body to give the most support. Chula’s strength and stamina was amazing! In spite of a very long labor, Chula stayed by my side for several hours and continuously gave sustained deep work that made my experience easier. Chula’s presence provided more than massage therapy – she was counselor, unofficial doula, and even stayed after everyone else left to do the laundry and clean the house!
    My husband also appreciated her calm, healing presence, and her respect of our space when we needed it. I highly recommend Chula as a perinatal and at birth therapist!"
    "I was fortunate enough to find Chula as my prenatal massage therapist. I am also a bodyworker, and so appreciate a knowledgeable, effective bodyworker. Chula is not only both of those, but also very professional. Chula worked on me at the end of my first pregnancy, and so when i was pregnant again this last year, i couldn't wait to call her again. I can't begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for her! She helped me so much with extreme pains I experienced during my pregnancy. Her understanding of the body and her ability to apply that knowledge make her a wonderful therapist. Chula is also willing to unravel the layers that might be involved in the various discomforts of the physical body. She has listened to me share from my heart, and has offered empathetic and helpful reflections that enabled me to move through emotional blocks. Even now, after I've had my baby, I will use Chula to help me with an on-going hip injury. She provides thorough and effective bodywork, and is always willing to listen to my needs. She is an asset to our community!"
    From an article published in the Nevada Union Newspaper 2017:
    "I tried a few other massage therapists for prenatal massage, but Chula was above and beyond," said Cameron McGowen of Nevada City, whose baby is due May 24. "Her table is set up in the most comfortable way and I always experience a lot of relief. It's all in her training — a less experienced therapist would be a little nervous. She's very adaptable. After all these years, she has so many tools on her belt."

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    Class size is limited to 12.

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    The Benefits of Massage for Clients with Chronic Conditions

    Pain relief isn’t the only reason people seek regular bodywork. For some clients, like those with chronic conditions, bodywork offers many other results that can help improve their daily life experience.

    For example, receiving regular bodywork can promote:

    Body awareness. Lack of body awareness can be a major factor in the progression of chronic conditions. Let's take scoliosis for example. Massage therapy helps you tune into your body and how you hold your body. It's like the switch of awareness is switched from off to on after a massage. One of my clients with scoliosis says " I love how I feel after one of your sessions! Its actually harder to stand slumped, in bad posture then to be in good posture!"

    Mobility and restoring range of movement. Fascial bodywork balances out the muscles in the entire body. When we suffer from chronic conditions we tend to stop using full-body muscle recruitment to move through the world. Yet, recruiting the full body is how we function best. Pin and stretch and resistance and release can really enliven our movement by restoring our brain / body connection and activating muscles that have stopped working while exploring a wider range of motion. (NOTE: never hyper-extend a client with scoliosis.)

    Improves circulation. Bodywork improves circulation. Circulation has many components so how can we possibly simplify such a complex system to explain how regular bodywork improves it? Let's make an attempt. We have an average of about 20 liters of blood that the heart pumps out into the body. 17 of those liters return back to the heart again. So what happens to the remaining 3 liters? Much of it gets filtered and reabsorbed into the body by the lymphatic system. If our lymphatic system is weak or compromised this will result in poor circulation and toxic build up. Massage helps move blood and move lymph if done properly. Massage strokes towards the heart for blood circulation and towards the lymph glands in progressing movements (from distal to proximal for the lymph) can do wonders for healing! (NOTE: Circulation massage should never be performed when severe and uncontrolled circulation symptoms are present unless client presents practitioner with a medical release from their physician.)

    Improves Gastric Motility The gut is the foundation for a healthy body. When it is moving and digesting properly (there is a healthy foundation for the body to function from. Gastric motility is stimulated by the parasympathetic nervous system. When the sympathetic nervous system is taking over (flight/fight/adrenaline/stress) the gut response is blockage. Without proper motility the body suffers and is toxic. Because the parasympathetic nervous system is activated through bodywork, digestion is passively treated through a session. There are also more direct points that can be pressed to stimulate digestion. In Dynamic Fascial Response™ we incorporate a few gastric motility acupressure points in our sessions so that we are treating motility both passively and directly during a session.

    Lifts the mood Stress kills. You have heard it again and again. But what do they mean exactly? Well, cortisol is a hormone that is released when we are stressed. Cortisol ignites the flight or fight response (the sympathetic nervous system) In turn, this compromises a few of our body’s main healing factors circulation oxygenation and hydration. Regular bodywork activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation) and thus lowers cortisol, the stress hormone and thus improves mental health.

    Sleep soundly. Clients with chronic conditions have a hard time sleeping and some suffer from insomnia. Massage has been shown to improved the client's sleep. Many of my clients tell me when they leave the office "I'm going to sleep good tonight!". Good for them! Sleep is a key to healing. Morihei Ueshiba, a martial arts master and founder of Aikido, believed that there was no other way besides through sleep that the body can restore it's chi/ki/qi (inner power/energy).

    #DynamicFascialResponse #BodyAwareness #massage #MassageTherapy #sleep #MentalHealth #circulation #RangeOfMotion #flexibility #strength #MassageClasses #MassageBenefits #HealingRiverMassage #scoliosis #ChronicPain #PainRelief #PainManagement #NevadaCityMassage

    Massage is not a replacement for medical care.


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    Low back, Hip, Sciatica - Bodywork Class

    Bodywork Class:

    25% Lecture
    25% Demo
    50% Practice time and problem solving with other professionals.

    Get inspired with new effective methods.

    Dynamic Fascial Response™ techniques will relieve most low back and hip issues for your clientele.

    We will review the anatomy involved in fascial bodywork techniques addressing low back, hip, sciatica and S.I. joint Dysfunction.

    Learn effective psoas release techniques.

    Learn traction and compression / pin and stretch / resistance and release techniques.

    Walk away with a whole new skill set in must-have side-lying techniques for low back and hip release.

    Learn fascial release foundational understanding and techniques.

    Learn craniosacral holds that induce a balancing effect on the craniosacral rhythm and activate the parasympathetic nervous system for healing.

    Learn effective guided meditations that will help your client to relax the pelvic floor.

    Discuss intake procedures, medical release forms and when they are needed.

    Learn effective methods to open your client's range of motion.

    Receive low back and hip bodywork from other professionals.

    Enjoy a day of fresh inspiration to feed the success of your practice.
    Cedar Ridge Center
    DATE: FRI Aug. 18, 2017
    TIME: 9am-6pm [ EARN 8 CEU's, class under review by NCBTMB]
    Price: $150
    RESERVE: your place with a $50 Deposit
    Class is limited in size.
    DISCOUNT: Early Bird Discount
    $125 if Paid in full by July 27th
    $150 after July 27th
    Material Fee: $5-10 (will be announced) to be collected day of class.

    BUNDLE PRICE: Purchase three 8 CEU courses for a total of $360. ($120/each). Material fees are not included in bundle.



    REFUND POLICY: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable

    CONTACT: Chula Gemignani chulagem@gmail.com

    Chula Gemignani is vetted and approved for providing Continued Education Units by the National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

    Dynamic Fascial Response™ is healing modality created from Chula Gemignani's years of experience. It is a blend of structural therapies and foundational philosophy that induce a 'dialog' of activation and response between the practitioner and the fascia/client body. The response in the fascia releases holding patterns in the fascial body and as a result, both physiological and emotional changes occur. This method resources and repurposes the stuck patterns and can heal trauma, relieve pain, improve posture and health and above all promote peace.

    This bodywork may involve passive or active client participation.

    Students who receive a minimum 24 hours in DFR courses and have video taped proof or instructor approval of student's proficiency of the material learned are free to use the terminology Dynamic Fascial Response™ for their work.

    Feel free to share widely however only professionals (massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists and nurses) will be accepted as students. Some exceptions may be considered like professionals working in senior living homes, other manual therapists, etc.
    "Chula's class gave me a well rounded understanding of prenatal massage and postnatal care. Her teaching style is organized, focused, and kind. She will wait until every last person is on the same page before moving on. I will continue to take every class she offers and encourage fellow body workers to do the same!"

    "Chula is one of the best teachers I have ever had. This structural work is difficult for me but she made it much easier for me and was very patient and clear and very easy to pay attention to. Her enthusiasm for the subject was contagious"

    "I really appreciate the book and all of the reference material that was provided"

    "I loved all of the fascia techniques and Chula was very organized."

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