WANTED: Holistic Health Practitioner (Space Available ASAP)

WANTED: Holistic Health Practitioner (Space Available ASAP)


Are you a holistic minded practitioner, collaborator, and team player looking for an inviting space for your bodywork/massage practice? If so, we’d love to talk to you!

We have one room available 7 days a week! Flat rate or hourly. Competitive prices.

Ascend Body is San Francisco’s premiere private wellness studio offering a wide range of client-centered services including fitness coaching, individualized nutrition counseling, lifestyle coaching, and massage therapy.

Our holistic environment provides your clients with a high value experience and our convenient location (16th and Mission Bart) has everything you need for successful sessions including: towel service, organic bathroom amenities, organic fruits and nuts, flexible sound & lighting atmosphere, and reverse-osmosis filtered water.

We’re looking for the right practitioner to complement our space and vision. We pride ourselves on providing clients with exactly what they need to live happy and healthy lives.

Contact if you’d like to take a tour of our lovely space, talk about collaboration and inter-referrals and potentially join the Ascend Body team!

Become a #SummerSuperhero

Become a #SummerSuperhero

There are no great villains than bad eating habits, lethargy & lack of motivation when it comes to health & fitness. They have the power to keep you from becoming your best you, from loving your body and from performing optimally throughout the day.

Which is why we challenge you to become a #SummerSuperhero and join us in a 30 day fitness challenge that kicks off on August 3rd, 2015! Defeat those villains once and for all with the help of a SuperTeam that make the Avengers look like a bunch of plain janes.

You’ll get the total package that includes (but not limited to):

– UNLIMITED small-group personal training

– Nutrition consultation

– Food journal, recipes, grocery list

– A seminar with founder, Shane Young

– Mind/Body bootcamps

– the chance to win an Apple Watch: Sport Edition + more prizes

– tshirts, glass water bottles, SWAG!

There really isn’t a reason to say no, so click on the link to enroll here!

Plus, enroll by July 27, 2015, and get $50 off your entry!


Upcoming 30 Day Detox

Hey Everyone,

Leading Detox Sessions here at Ascend Body over the past few years is one of my absolute FAVORITE things and it’s just about that time to do it again! Summer is right around the corner and I want all of you to look and feel your best!

Here are the details:

From June 12, 2015 – July 11, 2015  join me and other like-minded people at Ascend in a 4-week, guided detox program. Our relationships with food are so varied and what better way to investigate the impact that food has on each of us than through a proven detox in a supportive community.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping people want to take their clothes off! Yes, yes because you are slimmer and fitter, of course, but mostly because you FEEL BETTER! This is the ultimate goal I have for you: to feel great and look great, too. Let’s do this!

Clients who have joined me in this cleanse have lost anywhere between 8 and 23 pounds! I promise results like these for you too, if you join the Ascend Body Detox and commit to these guidelines:

  1. Follow our new detox program: CLICK TO VIEW
  2. Exercise more! Consider adding in our semi-private training or Boost Your body small group training for 1/2 off the regular price when you join the detox.  Call Shane to setup, 415-724-7164
  3. Manage your stress. Breathe, meditate, walk the dog, ride your bike in the park, smell more flowers, slow down, and find bliss.

So…as summer approaches, are YOU ready and excited to take you clothes off?

Again, the detox runs June 12th – July 11th.

In health,


When: June 12th – July 11th

Meeting Location: Ascend Body, 16th & Mission St

Cost: $347, or $247 if you sign up by June 1st

Instructors: Shane Young

Sign up Link:

What Makes Us Different

When people ask me what sets Ascend Body apart from other gyms, I get excited to share not only what makes us different, but what makes us a truly special wellness community in the heart of San Francisco.

Notice I didn’t use the word gym to describe Ascend.

This is not a flashy, typical gym with bright lights and loud music. Instead, we’ve created a space where you feel at home among knowledgeable practitioners and clients dedicated to cultivating stronger, healthier versions of themselves. It’s a quintessential San Francisco loft that’s nurturing and supportive, active and inviting.

Our approach is holistic. From exercise and nutrition to mental well being, we focus on all aspects of physical and emotional health and pride ourselves on a what we call a 360 degree approach to wellness. Our goal is to cultivate a space of self-love within each client starting from the inside out; we recognize the exterior will reflect the inner beauty that resides within each of us once we commit to ourselves wholly and without compromise.

We nurture healthy and sustainable lifestyles; our 360 degree philosophy ensures that you’re supported every step of the way to achieving a healthier, fitter, and more fulfilled version of yourself in all domains of your life. In order to feel and look sexy on the outside, we have to feel and believe ourselves to be sexy from the inside. You’ll not only see results, you’ll feel them too.

Many of us struggle with a distorted body image influenced and perpetuated by myriad factors including popular media. We have a preconceived notion of what fitness and health should look like and become preoccupied with numbers and mirrors.

At Ascend, we help you embrace and feel good about the body you have and what you’re capable of during each step in the process. Your body’s ability to move and adapt is beautiful and uniquely you. You should look exactly as you do and we’re here to help you learn how to care for yourself through nutrition, sleep, intentional breath, and introspection.

We also offer inspiring group programs like UPLIFT, our mind-body boot-camp where you are encouraged to re-examine your relationship with yourself, eliminate destructive thought patterns, and practice self-compassion. We believe in the power of consciousness and mindfulness and employ these techniques in our training; exercise is just part of the equation in optimizing well being.

Don’t get me wrong… you’ll certainly get your ass kicked. But, you’ll feel good doing it and feel energized as a result. We’ll equip you with all the necessary tools to rebuild, regenerate, and alter unproductive habits and limiting beliefs.

We are a community obsessed with inner peace, strength, and self love. We hike on Saturdays, meditate, and we go to the beach to celebrate the natural beauty that exists in our world. We’re different because we laugh together, sweat together, and experience life together. So, #BreatheSweatSmile and come ascend to a higher level with us.

We’re not a gym. We’re different. And, we like it that way.

Spring Fitness & Wellness Open House

You are invited to attend Ascend Body’s quarterly open house! Come and enjoy complimentary demonstrations from the Ascend Body team. Learn about bodywork and nutrition response testing, discover the benefits of meditation, enjoy a deep tissue massage! Enjoy our services and our company! Healthy snacks and organic wine will be provided.


Shane Young: Postural Correction

Greg Weiting: Guided Mediation

James Girard: Deep Tissue Massage

Kanako Kobayashi: Nutrition Response Testing

Traci Burleigh: Ayurvedic Mini-Consults

Jess Hess: Lunge Correction

Ian Ryan: The ELDOA Method

Mark Haviland: Beyond Bodywork


When: Friday, April 3, 2015

Time: 6-9pm

Cost: FREE with RSVP

RSVP link:

Location: Ascend Body, 2973 16th Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco

Reduce back pain, Increase Blood Flow, and Relieve Neck & Shoulder Tension

Introducing Ascend Body’s most dynamic class: The ELDOA Method, taught by CHECK Level 2 Coach – IAN RYAN. The only class of its kind in the country, this 1-hour long group fitness class begins with an intention (i.e. an area of the body to focus on), will follow with a warm up (awareness drills), and will finish strong with a series of mysofascial stretches and ELDOA’s around the intention.

Wednesday’s at 6pm

Sign up now! Register on MindBody


In short, ELDOA (Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire), or more easily translated to Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine is a revolutionary stretching and strengthening technique for the spine and joints throughout the body. ELDOA postures are very specific compared to other techniques. If a client experiences pain because of compression between the 5th lumbar and 1st sacral, the de-coaptation position should target this exact level and not the one above or below.

Myofascial Stretching is the safest and most effective way to create space and balance in the body. This technique of stretching is extremely advanced because of its specificity to correct the body’s tensegrity through the fascial chains and it’s solicitation of the nervous system.

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  • Reduces Joint Inflammation and Arthrosis
  • Delays Disc Degeneration
  • Increases Disc Hydration
  • Increases Blood Flow
  • Improves Posture
  • Relieves of Chronic and Acute Back Pain
  • Relieves of Neck and Shoulder Tension
  • Improves Awareness and Overall Wellbeing
  • Improves Recovery Time for Sports and Training
  • Reduces Forward Head Posture
  • Normalizes Disc Bulges
  • Reduces Degrees of Scoliosis
  • Increases Flexibility



One of the most common postural problems is the forward head posture. Since we live in a forward facing world, the repetitive use of computers, TV, video games, trauma and even backpacks have forced the body to adapt to a forward head posture. Repetitive movements in a certain direction will strengthen nerve and muscle pathways to move that way more readily. The ELDOA Method classes help to reverse these pathways by re-establishing your gravity line, strengthening the muscles of your back and spine, and correcting tensions of the restricted, overused muscles in your body.


“I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger!” FIghting gravity and the effects of inactivity is a lifelong endeavor! What are you doing to keep your spine strong, mobile, and healthy? Chronological aging may be inevitable but just as psychological health can be maintained with mental exercises, your biological health can be maintained and improved with the proper physical exercises. And It is never too late to start!

In the ELDOA Method classes, all of the positions can be modified to your specific needs or restrictions. The ELDOAs and Myofascial Stretches are incredible tools to help combat the detrimental effects that aging can have on your body.  You will feel younger, taller, and more energetic when you make ELDOA METHOD classes part of your lifestyle.


If we were to gather a group of middle age folks (45 average age) who have NEVER had back pain before and shoot MRIs on them all, here’s what we would find:

  • 38% would have disc bulges,
  • 37% disc protrusions (aka: contained herniations),
  • 11% disc extrusions (aka: non-contained herniations)
  • 4% nerve route compression by the disc herniation.

Some statistics of Low Back Pain and how it could be related to degenerative disc disease and herniated discs:

  • Most common complaint among adults
  • Lifetime prevalence in working population up to 80%
  • 60% experience functional limitation or disability
  • Second most common reason for work disability
  • Despite advances in imaging and surgical techniques Low Back Pan prevalence and its cost are relatively unchanged
  • 90% people age >50 have degenerative disc disease

If you are suffering from or have recurring bouts of back pain caused by spinal injuries, the ELDOA METHOD is what you need! These postures will alleviate your symptoms by addressing the cause at the source of the problem. Attending the ELDOA METHOD Classes will decompress your spine and reinforce ideal posture so you can help reestablish a healthy spine!


Guy VOYER DO developed an ELDOA exercise for every articulation in the spine starting at the base of the skull and ending with the sacro-illiac joint. Disc compression existing at any level of the spine can be addressed through a specific ELDOA exercise. ELDOAs are not limited to just the spine. There are ELDOA postures for all joints of the sacrum and pelvis as well as the shoulders and skull.

ELDOAs are postural self-normalizing techniques designed for widening the space within a chosen articulation. This is accomplished by creating fascial tension to fix the vertebra below and contraction in extreme range to normalize the vertabra above the targeted disc. For example, it is possible in one minute a day to relieve disc compression between T6-T7 or even more specifically at the base of the long arm of the left sacroiliac joint. It is possible to create more room in a particular articulation with an exact position adapted to each person.

ELDOA postures are very specific compared to other techniques. If a client experiences pain because of compression between the 5th lumbar and 1st sacral, the de-coaptation position should target this exact level and not the one above or below.

Myofascial Stretching is the safest and most effective way to create space and balance in the body. This technique of stretching is extremely advanced because of its specificity to correct the body’s tensegrity through the fascial chains and it’s solicitation of the nervous system.

All muscles are wrapped in an aponeurotic sleeve and connected with each other through numerous fasciae. Everyone knows about muscle stretching; however, it is difficult to stretch a muscle if it is wrapped in a leathery sleeve which does not give. It is better to consider each muscle as links in chains extending throughout the length of the entire body. The goal of every Myofascial stretch is to put into tension the fascia that encases the muscles in order to normalize the length and function of the fascial chains. When you do Myofascial stretches, you correct structural imbalances and release tension across the joints which reduces inflammation and pain.

The flexibility gains from Myofascial stretches will improve your mobility, and overall health. As you become more flexible, you’ll find that you have better posture, greater range of motion, that you are able to perform tasks with greater ease, and you’ll suffer fewer injuries.

Wednesday’s at 6pm

Sign up now!

Register on MindBody

Introducing New Superhero Trainer – Bryan Harrelson

Bryan Harrelson has been practicing massage since 2011 when he graduated from the San Francisco School of Massage where he studied the Swedish and deep tissue modalities.  He has also studied with Fred and Cheryl Mitouer learning Transformational Bodywork techniques.  Bryan specializes in creating a total experience that includes relaxing and therapeutic elements.  He also enjoys working with aromatherapy.  So whether you need to just decompress or whether you need deep muscle work or whether you need a little bit of both, Bryan can create an experience catered to your needs.

Introducing New Superhero Trainer – Finn Deerhart

From Finn:

Loving myself, I learned to be fit, not perfect.  As a child, I habitually overate to hide emotional pain.  As a young adult, I restricted calories too much because I wanted to look like a model.  Never completely happy with my body,  I guilted myself into diet compliance.  Without a plan, I joined a gym and began an injurious resistance workout program patched together from all the fitness magazines I could find.  I obsessively ate to gain muscle and minimize fat. Indeed, I spent years maintaining a picturesque physique that I bent into “shape.”  To keep myself “on track,” I booked fitness photo shoots as deadlines masquerading as goals.  The compliments I received about my body failed to convince me.  Through injury and rehabilitation, I learned that I had not yet developed a healthy relationship with my body.  Instead, I had betrayed myself and unconsciously sought narrowly defined perfection.  This mistake left me clueless as to how my own individual body was supposed to move into its optimal form. Years later, pattern movement correction and pain prevention are at the center of my own body practice.  I strive to connect more deeply with my body and its infinite wisdom with every movement I make.  I have developed a highly specialized training program to help you rehabilitate injury, perform better, restore full ranges of motion to restricted joints, design and sculpt your body, and foster a greater sense of self-acceptance. You will not be perfect, you will be fit.