Mike Papciak bouldering in the Nevada desert. Photo: Ethan Pringle.

About Mike

Mike Papciak is a master bodyworker who helps people enjoy more comfort and better performance in their bodies.

Trained at the Institute of Conscious Bodywork in Corte Madera, California (now the Healus Center), Mike is state-certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC Lic.16843), and a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

Mike was born in Detroit, raised in Atlanta, and after some years in Arizona and Wyoming, arrived in California's Bay Area in 1992. He has worked as a bread baker, theater rigger, stunt double, mountain guide, writer/editor, counselor for the developmentally disabled, and as a project manager in technology and communications. Mike has been a rock climber for 35 years, including several years in the 1990s climbing professionally. He has been a member of the Pacific Zen Institute since 2007. Mike lives with his family in Berkeley, California.

"It's awesomeness I can't explain. Thank you, Mike!"  — Purna T., parent, programmer

"After committing myself to some of your recommendations for a few weeks, I have found so much relief. I've not had a moment of bunion pain since I started this regimen. Many muscles in my feet and ankles are waking up and getting stronger. Thanks so much for all of your advice. It was literally the opposite of what my doctors recommended, and it has helped me avoid surgery."  — Amy J., biochemist, climber, lifter


"Mike is a soft tissue empath. Reading the quality of the body, he employs the perfect touch to release even deeply-seated tension and congestion. Following his care, I have experienced a profound opening and improved health in my trouble spots."  — Ada Lusardi, Yoga with Ada Lusardi 

"I've been to many bodyworkers and Mike is simply the best. He understands the strain we put on our muscles and connective tissue, and he knows how to find the scar tissue, knots, and aches. After suffering the worst injury of my climbing career and having surgery to repair my shoulder, Mike really helped bring my broken wing back to life. Sessions with Mike are an important part of my routine between  trips."  — Ethan Pringle, top professional rock climber with hundreds of 5.13, 5.14, and 5.15 ascents worldwide

"Mike is a gifted healer, informed by knowledge and guided by intuition. Working firmly and specifically into deep layers of tissue, he compassionately nudges the body to lengthen and release. He has been wonderful in helping me heal from sciatica, whiplash, and SI joint dysfunction. Each session feels like a long exhale of relief. I walk away with ease, lightness, and peace, happy to be reminded of what it feels like to be pain-free."  — Poh Teng, Certified Yoga Therapist 

"Mike's bodywork addresses the whole person and is deep and effective, specific and intelligent. He knows exactly where tension and stress are being held. I am impressed by how present he is during each session. Mike has worked on me a number of times, in particular helping me regain full range of motion and  function following major knee surgery."  — Michael McFarland, master bodyworker and educator, Senior Trainer for the Hellerwork  School of Structural Integration, Board Certified with the International Association of Structural Integrators

"I started seeing Mike several years ago, right as I was beginning my career as a professional cyclist. My work with Mike is essential preparation for key events. My performance always improves after our appointments — I am more mobile and flexible and I can put down more power on the pedals! Mike has helped me get through several injuries. He's the first person I call when I am dealing with something impeding my performance. His release work kickstarts my recovery, allowing me to return to training quicker. Finally, I have always appreciated how Mike advocates self-treatment, and his enthusiasm for teaching these techniques has made me realize their importance and motivated me to integrate  self-treatment into my daily routine. Mike is a master of his trade."  — Beth Newell Hernandez, World Cup cycling medalist, Pan American Champion, two-time National Champion  

"I've been worked on by Mike many times and he's helped me tremendously with my  own aches and pains. I trust him and highly recommend his bodywork to anybody."  — Michael Westgate, natural pain relief expert and owner of Westgate Therapy


"I'm thoroughly impressed. As a diverse recreational athlete and former collegiate track athlete, I know how important it is to take care of my body. Mike's touch is really special; he knows exactly the right depth and time needed to soften the tension. I swear that I run lighter and faster the day after his sessions. I often refer my chiropractic patients to Mike for his detailed bodywork, because I know he will spend the needed time to nurture their bodies back to suppleness."  — Dr. Johanna Lelke, DC, ART