Marcia Degelman, CMT

Massage Therapist
CAMTC Certified #5765

“Massage therapy is the perfect antidote to stress. Relax the body, and the mind will follow.”

Marcia Degelman, CMT has been practicing the healing art massage therapy for over 30 years. She sees a wide variety of patients for massage therapy at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She provides inpatient massage therapy for pediatric patients at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay, as part of the Integrative Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Team (IP3). Additionally, she does chair massage for the parents of the pediatric patients at Mission Bay. She is also the massage therapist for the inpatient UCSF pediatric oncology staff. Marcia was also the massage therapist for the clinical trial Massage for Children Undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: A Qualitative Report. She also works in the antepartum unit, massaging women before they give birth.

She has 1,000 hours of training from The Boulder School of Massage Therapy in Colorado and incorporates many styles of massage into her work, including deep Swedish, gentle Shiatsu, Lymphatic Drainage, craniosacral therapy, and orthobionomy, a system of muscle tension release through positioning. She is also certified in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum massage therapy, and has been in private practice in San Francisco since 1980.

Marcia developed Light Touch Acu-Therapy, a very light touch along the acupuncture meridians for cancer patients undergoing difficult treatments, such as chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant, to alleviate pain and discomfort. She has also developed a soothing circles light touch protocol on the lower back in a side lying position for patients with digestive disorders.

She has authored the book Explaining Health: What You Need To Know To Stay Healthy, a comprehensive guide to basic health management strategies, stress reduction, diet, exercise, sleep, along with a primer on heart health and a guide to meditation. You can read a sample chapter at In 2016, Massage Magazine published an article about Marcia’s work, “A Day in the Life of an Integrative Medicine Massage Therapist.”

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