About Beth Baron
Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Certified Personal Trainer – Restorative Exercise Specialist
Practicing since 1998
In 1994, in my early 20’s, I suffered from a Repetitive Strain Injury. It hurt my arms and hands to bring a fork to my mouth or dial the telephone, and I gave up the computer completely. I went to many doctors and therapists, but at that time, few practitioners knew how to treat this type of injury. Symptoms varied so much I couldn’t tell if it was getting better, worse, or staying the same.
Over time, I recovered through a combination of my own exploration of my body, myofascial therapies, physical therapy, and various movement arts. The process of healing taught me as much as my formal training. I remember after giving up on one more therapist, I joined a gym and spent hours in the pool, hot tub, and sauna developing a routine for myself that felt good and did not hurt. One day in the sauna I discovered that a particular combination of slow, steady stretch and pressure on my neck felt unusually satisfying, though somewhat painful. My arms felt better afterwards, and they did not get worse again. Later, I learned that without realizing it I had inactivated trigger points in my scalene muscles in my neck, which commonly cause pain in the arms. I walked out of that sauna solidly on the path to becoming a bodyworker, able to help others as well as myself.
This experience of pain, dysfunction, self-discovery, and healing left me fascinated by the human body, the emotional and mental aspects of living with and recovering from chronic pain, and the power of skillful touch-based therapies to effect deep change. I entered the field professionally in 1998 and have not stopped learning since. First, I studied myofascial and craniosacral therapies, as well as massage, because they were the approaches that had helped me most directly. In order to respond more effectively to my clients living with the effects of trauma, I became a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). These studies continue, branching into developmental trauma and shame, attachment, interpersonal neurobiology and other somatic approaches to healing. In order to help clients assess their own bodies and make their self-care as effective as possible, I studied alignment and restorative exercise with the folks at Nutritious Movement, Inc.
Myofascial and craniosacral therapies, Somatic Experiencing, and restorative exercise for alignment are the main techniques and bodies of knowledge I rely on in order to make a difference. These practices and studies are fascinating to me in and of themselves, but I am devoted to this work because of my clients. I get to see my clients – and you, perhaps – light up with relief, hope, or curiosity where there had been pain and distress. I am grateful beyond words for the delight and joy, meaning and value, in the work I get to do every day.
|2003 – present||Full-Time private practice||In Touch Therapies (previously East Bay Myofascial and Somatic Therapies)|
|1998 – 2003||Part-time private practice||Berkeley, CA and other locations|
|1999-2003||Staff therapist specializing in work-related injuries. This served as the apprenticeship that qualified me for board certification in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy.||Myofascial Pain Treatment Center, San Francisco CA|
|2016 Nutritious Movement(TM)||Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist||Nutritious Movement , Inc.|
|2014||Somatic Experiencing Practitioner||Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute|
|2002, renewed 2008 and 2015||Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapies, certified by exam and trained by apprenticeship||Certification Board for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists|
|1998||Somatic Therapist program. Included basic certification in included certification to practice Massage Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Somatic Therapy, and Polarity Therapy, and additional training in deep-tissue massage, myofascial release, cranio-sacral
therapy, body-mind counseling, and breathwork.
|Heartwood Institute, Garberville, CA|
|Year Long Series integrating biodynamic, visionary, and structural approaches.
Midline and Lungs
Experiential Craniosacral Anatomy
Craniosacral Work for the Jaw and TMD
Introduction to Biodynamic
Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy
|2010 – 2016
Touch and Trauma
Resilience and Self Regulation
Touch-Based Methods for
Early Trauma and Syndromes
Working with Motor Vehicle Accidents
Touching Through Body Layers
|Introduction to Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury||Dave Berger|
|Repairing Early Trauma, Attachment, and Shame||Kathy Kain, Maggie Phillips, Caryn Scotto d’Luzia|
|2011||Touch, Bodywork and Psychotherapy||Bill Bowen|
|2007 Rosen Method Bodywork||year-long weekly class||Rosen Institute|
|1999-2004 Myofascial Release||Myofascial Release Level 1 – Monthly professional study group||John Barnes, Nancy Sabin|
|St. Johns’ Neuromuscular Therapy||Heartwood Institute – Jeanne Aland|
|1993-1996||jobs in AIDS-related clinical epidemiology; in a program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children; and as a “milieu therapist” in a locked psychiatric ward for children||Boston area hospitals|
|1993||BA in American Deaf Studies||Harvard University|
|1992 – present||Martial Arts, Yoga, Vipassana meditation, Focusing, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Alexander Technique Biodynamic Osteopathy, Somatic Practices in the tradition of Richard Strozzi-Heckler and Staci Haines, traditional physical therapy, Mittendorf Breath Experience, Biodynamic Osteopathy, AEDP, Polyvagal theory, and every teacher, therapist, book, or class I have ever trusted influence my practice.|