Bayan Roots Team

 
Rocco Foronda

Founder

Massage Therapist

Rocco is a first generation Filipino-American QTPOC, non-binary person who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have been practicing massage therapy professionally since 2005.  Rocco loves to work with the human body. Using listening skills and intuition, they combine Eastern and Western approaches to assess and apply techniques that encourage balance and harmony. They work "with" people, not "on" them, to facilitate and assist in the journey to attain individual goals. They love bringing people back into their bodies by increasing awareness. Rocco enjoys working long-term with a wide range of human bodies in many stages of ability and health, and in all shapes, sizes, and gender presentation. Rocco has worked with athletes such as marathoners, aerial artists, and soccer players as a part of their training regimen and through injury. Similarly, they have much experience with computer users and musicians who also seek relief from repetitive strains. Rocco is passionate about providing excellent bodywork for prenatal clients. They love assisting pregnant people through the dramatic body changes that happen over the course of gestation and the aches and pains that naturally come with them. Low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and edema are only a few of the common complaints they see. As a massage instructor at Mckinnon BTC in Oakland since 2007, Rocco enjoys teaching in the Advanced Shiatsu and Swedish Massage programs. They also previously taught Pregnancy, Sports, and Deep Tissue massage. Rocco weaves in several other modalities into their practice such as Trigger Point Therapy and Acupressure, making their work a unique and dynamic experience.

Cal Light

Certified Massage Therapist

 

Cal is a trans-masculine gender-queer individual that has been working in the field of massage therapy since 2006. Cal’s interest in massage therapy stems from years as an athlete and watching friends feel stiff and sore from training and competing.  In 2005, Cal completed a 650 hour massage program at The Michigan School of Myomassology that focused on Swedish, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release techniques. Cal relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and began their career at the fitness center within The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.  Using their knowledge in CranioSacral Therapy, Deep Tissue massage, Myofascial Release technique and Positional Release, Cal caters each session to the client’s current issues, while also trying to alleviate any chronic mobility issues or recurring pain.   

Cal believes that massage is just one important part of an individual’s overall health and wellness, and they are so grateful to be trained in a skill that can improve someone’s well-being in one simple hour.  Doing the work is as therapeutic for them as it is for their clients.  

When not working with clients, Cal is hard at work raising two children, ages 3 and 6.  While both of these occupations are rewarding, massage has proven to be more relaxing and immediately gratifying.

Whether it’s improving the world through parenting or massage therapy, Cal is happy to be a part of something bigger.  

Autumn Ross

Yoga Instructor

 

A student and teacher of yoga, Autumn strives to offer a space where the discipline of yoga is respected and  made available to all bodies. Autumn hopes to provide an opportunity through yoga to explore and experience, to repair and relax. The movement and coordinated use of body, mind and breath is such a great tool of yoga, one that Autumn teaches with a beginner’s mind and joy. This excitement about yoga has driven her to bring it into communities she treasures and that are lacking exposure to a form of yoga that is more familiar and accessible.

Over the past several years, they have taught at the Intertribal Friendship House, the Native American Health Center (Oakland, SF and Richmond), the San Francisco Women’s Building, and Loka Yoga. She has spent extensive time doing yoga with and teaching LGBTQ folks. They have been privileged to teach yoga to people of various levels of experience and ability, from different backgrounds and neighborhoods, of all ages and sizes.

Autumn hopes to continue to meet people through the practice of yoga, and to enjoy ongoing dialogue about the broader aspects of yoga, its origins and modern representations. Autumn is in the final year of graduate studies in Asian and integrative medicine at AIMC, Berkeley. When not studying, she is spending time with her wife and dogs or solving crossword puzzles.

Lina Nguyen

Rockstar Admininstrator

 

1. What do you do at Bayan Roots.?

I am an administrator. I'm here to support client and practitioners to make sure everything runs smoothly here!

2. When you're not handling all of Bayan's business things, you are...

I am salsa dancing, connecting life behind my camera lens, or hanging out with my communities of color at one of Oakland's local restaurants. 

Noosha’s deep love, respect, and fascination for ancient healing modalities began at a young age, when she accompanied her mother to the acupuncture sessions she received to help mediate the side effects of her cancer treatments. This early exposure paved the way for what would become Noosha’s life path. The first part of her journey was learning a specialization in Tui Na (Chinese Movement Massage) and Acupressure at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA. She continued her training at McKinnon Massage School in Oakland, CA where

she studied Advanced Acupressure with an emphasis on Five Element Theory. During her study of these two healing modalities, Noosha was able to develop a rooted and intuitive ability to relate to the human body.

One of the things Noosha enjoys most about performing bodywork is that she is able to simultaneously be a scientist and an artist ­ on the one hand, applying her extensive study and knowledge of the physical anatomy of the body, while on the other hand, creating a session experience that is unique to each client based on her strong ability to listen and intuitively understand the body. In doing so, she aims to improve circulation, alleviate aches and pains,

and help restore the natural balance between mind and body, leaving her clients deeply grounded and centered.

Noosha also offers cupping, gua sha, and trigger­point muscle release techniques. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. She plans to integrate the therapeutic effects of bodywork, acupuncture, and herbal medicine together in order to provide a more comprehensive approach to healing for her clients.

Noosha Kahali

Certified Massage Therapist

 
 

Caitlin T. Austin

Certified Massage Therapist

Caitlin is a mixed-race queer person, born and raised in the Bay Area. Coming from an arts background, she found her way into bodywork through her own personal healing journey. She considers bodywork as an invitation back to an individual's unique, natural balance. She works with clients on goals such as greater physical comfort and ease, and adjusting the relationship between the nervous system and the physical/energetic body.  She most often integrates Swedish massage, Five-Element Acupressure, and Shiatsu, with additional training in trauma-informed bodywork, Deep Tissue massage, and Prenatal massage. She has trained at McKinnon Body Therapy Center for the past four years.

 

Kai Gruezo

Certified Massage Therapist

Kai is a holistic massage therapist and healer who specializes in energetic vibrational healing. She offers a safe space for renewal, rejuvenation & rebalance, whether it's addressing pain in the body, tuning the subtle energies, or for relaxation. Graduated from the World School of Massage & Holisic Healing Arts, she believes in wholeness through working with the mind, body and spirit. Her practice has its roots in ancestral Philippine healing and medicine. She has taken her work all throughout the Bay Area and the Hawaii Islands as well. Committed to collective healing, she is passionate about this work and is honored to facilitate for those on the path of embodied wellness.

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