Since 2007, Zumi Vance has been crafting and perfecting her style of bodywork she calls "The Sterkenburg Effect", which uses deep tissue techniques, trigger point therapy and myofascial release work together to 'release' holding patterns in the muscle, causing a 're-align' within the body; restoring flow and balance to the system. She applies this principle to her specialties of TMJ-relief, back, neck and shoulder issues.
Deep Tissue Massage
Trigger Point Therapy
What Clients Say About Zumi
My experience with Zumi Vance and The Sterkenberg Effect started after I had already scheduled Lateral Release Arthroscopy on my knees. The X-rays showed my kneecaps to be 33 degrees off horizontal, and the surgeon said that is why my knees ached and gave out unexpectedly. The first time I visited Zumi I told her about my knees, and was delighted that by the time my session had ended, my knees felt stable, trustworthy, and free from pain. I cancelled the surgery. That was five years ago and my knees are still good!
Seeing Zumi for a massage was extremely relaxing both physically and mentally. I told her that the massage felt like reverse yoga. It was like in yoga when I’m holding a pose that is painful but in a good way…But this time, instead of me holding a pose, she was pushing, kneading and stretching my body. The most unique part was her massaging my jaw which made my jaw and head feel much less tense. She is also a very warm, sincere and knowledgable person who explained what she was doing and wanted to make me feel as good as possible.
Tina OhWalt Disney Company
In Los Angeles, the city of the active lifestyle, massage should not be regarded as a luxury, but as an essential. When do you empty yourself of your physical stresses? When do you give back to your body what you demand from it? We all have a stake in our bodies functioning well, whether we are an athlete, a chef, office manager, student, or actor. Zumi is extremely strong for her stature and will surprise you with her intuition. She hones in on specific spots. I always feel her studio feeling lighter, less stressed, and more lucid than ever before.
Janell MullenFounder of Sweat Talk, athlete
Relief from pain! Once again experiencing the joy of walking in nature! As a physician Board Certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine, I have been involved with a myriad of great healers and bodyworkers. After years of wincing and limping from pain, Zumi is the first to have me walking freely and joyfully. Her ability to focus her healing energy through the knowledge of her hands allows her to find exactly the right place in exactly the right way. Zumi is truly remarkable and a gift to anyone fortunate enough to experience healing with her. I recommend her completely.