Stacey Grifman is an American-trained physical therapist and an English-trained osteopath with 35 years experience working with adults, children and infants. Stacey’s keen ability to detect the origin of pain and eliminate the source and symptoms have made her a much sought-after practitioner for those dealing with pain, trauma and transition.
Stacey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of California, Berkeley. An elite college athlete when her aspirations were derailed by injuries, she was inspired to find ways to heal herself and others. She received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Stanford University.
In the early ’80s, Stacey began an intensive study of martial arts and meditation. Her meditation practice truly took off when she discovered yoga in 1986 and began working with practitioners from many healing modalities, pursuing her own studies full-time and attempting to discover what was true for her in the realm of healing.
Stacey taught therapeutic hatha yoga classes for back care, knee injuries and RSI. In 1992, while working in a multidisciplinary clinic in India, she met several foreign-trained osteopaths and knew very quickly that she had found what she was looking for.
As with many physical therapists trained in the United States, Stacey took the courses that were available to her: cranio-sacral, visceral, strain and counterstrain, myofascial technique, MET – all osteopathic modalities. After taking these weekend classes, she realized that to fully understand the techniques, she would need to study the principles and practice behind these short-term courses.
In 2003 Stacey graduated from the European School of Osteopathy at the University of Wales, recognized as one of the world’s leading institutions in the field. She expanded her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and technique, and more importantly, absorbed the philosophy and principles upon which osteopathy was founded.
With that foundation Stacey has been successful in treating even the most complex problems by keeping the natural tendency of the body to move towards its own wellness at the forefront of every treatment. She uses gentle but powerful techniques she has learned and developed over the past 39 years and integrates trauma work into her repertoire very naturally. Since that time she has taught and worked with practitioners from around the world.