About Steve Metzger, CMT, RN
Steve received a BA in Biology from Westmont College, a BS in Nursing from California State University of Sacramento (CSUS), and an MBA from CSUS. He went on to receive additional medical certification in orthopedic nursing, ski patrol, outdoor emergency care and massage therapy. Steve expanded his knowledge and technical skills in complementary and alternative with formal massage training, followed by advanced bodywork, such as Myofascial Release (John F. Barnes), Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (Chikly and Vodder), Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger), Orthopedic Massage (Waslaski) and extensive training in women’s health bodywork.
Steve has been a registered nurse for over 35 years. For the first eight years of his career, Steve served as a nurse or assistant head nurse at UC Davis Medical Center, where he worked in the intensive care, critically ill, and surgery units, and where he helped found and manage the orthopedic trauma unit. For almost 30 years, Steve served as a nurse manager at Kaiser Permanente, where he has specialized in managing inpatient and outpatient departments, including a surgery center.
As part of this work, Steve has instructed nurses, midwives, nursing assistants, home health aides, and clerical staff; he has served as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients; and he has worked with a diverse range of people – from doctors and ministers to prison inmates and gang members. Whatever their path in life, and whatever their condition upon arrival, Steve approaches people from an accepting, compassionate, and nurturing place, with the sole interest of optimizing their healing and recovery.
Certified Massage Therapist
Steve was certified in massage therapy at Chico Therapy Wellness Center. He continued advanced training in Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and orthopedic massage. Steve received certification in fertility, prenatal, postpartum and breast therapy massage. He teaches pregnancy, postpartum and women’s health bodywork massage at Chico Therapy Wellness Center and is one of the few Sacramento therapists certified to massage women before, during, and after pregnancy. His advanced training in with fertility massage, lymphatic drainage and other women’s health therapy makes him a holistic provider for women in the childbearing years. He is in awe of the miracle of life and feels honored to contribute to the health and wellness of a new mother, baby, and family..
Holistic Health Maintenance
Combining his massage and nursing expertise, Steve is able to safely apply numerous modalities, taking into consideration illnesses or injuries (whether physical or emotional) of a given client. He enjoys using his many skills to identify and treat the root cause of a health problem. “Most people with health conditions are over-medicated and under-treated,” he explains. “Medication may be important for an acute condition, but doctors may be too quick to prescribe pharmaceuticals or do surgery, without addressing the root problem. Massage and bodywork offer offers a more holistic approach to health and wellness, recognizing the body’s ability to self-heal.” Many clients come to Revive Therapy when Western medicine fails and the usually continue for ongoing holistic health maintenance.
Treating Stress, Anxiety and Trauma
Steve believes that stress is the number one health hazard. Demands at home and career affect our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Upper body complaints (head, neck, shoulders and arms) can be caused by stress and forward posture. Abdominal and pelvic issues may be related to diet, emotional tension, stress, anxiety and trauma. An integrated approach to health at Revive Therapy considers treatment of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Treatment of stored emotions and trauma may be essential to health and wholeness.
Family and Community Man
Steve has been married to his wife, Susan, for 40 years. Together they have raised five children and numerous foster children, and they now love spending time with 21 grandchildren. For the 11 seasons, Steve has volunteered as the coach for his daughter Charity’s soccer team, and he enjoys playing soccer himself – not to mention snowboarding, swimming, gardening and traveling!
Steve is an active member of his church, through which he teaches, offers local community service, and leads medical service trips to third world countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia – bringing much-needed medical care to indigenous populations with no access to doctors. Steve also contributes massage sessions to Sacramento organizations supporting needy moms.