Donald F Schiff, BS, CAMT, LMT OR #23463, NM #8

Man wearing hat in the desert

I’ve been practicing Massage Therapy since 1983.  I specialize in clinical pain relief and injury rehabilitation (a.k.a. “medical massage”) for a variety of acute and chronic problems like:

  • acute and chronic pain
  • car wrecks and whiplash
  • migraines and other headaches
  • sports injuries, TMJ disorders
  • frozen shoulder, tendinitis
  • sciatica, plantar fasciitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.

People come to me because they hurt! I can almost always help regardless of the source, severity, or duration of the pain. I am certified in advanced myofascial techniques [CAMT] by Advanced-Trainings.  I also use a wide variety of other techniques I’ve learned in 35+ years of professional practice.

I can bill car insurance if you’ve been in an accident, and I take letters of protection from attorneys. I am happy to bill Workers’ Compensation with a pre-authorization and specific prescription.

Many of my clients pay me through their Medical Savings Accounts (MSA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to pay with pre-tax income. I can swipe the card or give you a receipt the benefits manager will accept.

Health insurance sometimes pays for massage, but the details vary depending on the company and your particular policy. Check with your benefits manager, then call me directly. I am working on becoming a preferred provider with several insurance companies, but I can still bill your insurance even if I am not yet credentialed with your network.


Referrals for Massage Therapists in Albuquerque

Stonecircle Massage has moved to Beaverton, Oregon. I am referring all my Albuquerque clients and patients to:

Heartline Wellness Center, 1201 Eubank NE, just north of Lomas:

  • Kirk Sugars, LMT …………………….. (505) 514-5339
  • Amy Zampella, LMT ………………… (505) 225-2203

Amy and Kirk will honor any outstanding gift certificates, including those for chair massage at Sandia Labs.

Thank you for 32 great years in New Mexico!

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1984     BS degree in Natural Health Education from Heartwood Institute in Garberville, CA. The coursework included 1000 hours of Massage Therapy training.

  • 1989-2017   Clinical rehabilitation practice in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, specializing in treating clients with chronic pain and injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

  • 1990-1     Co-author of the NM Massage Therapy Practice Act.

  • 1992     Awarded NM Massage License #8.

  • 1994-2011     Co-author of and contributor to the NM Massage Therapy Board Rules.

  • 1996     Awarded NM Massage Therapy Instructor Registration #I-112.

  • 1998     BUS in Biology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. The coursework included Human Anatomy and Physiology with a cadaver lab, Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Immunology.

  • 2009    Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques by Advanced-Trainings. The 100+ hours of coursework included  theory and technique, assessment, acute and chronic whiplash, TMJ disorders, and scoliosis.

  • 2014   Elected Board Member, AMTA-NM. Appointed to Chair the Government Relations Committee.

  • 2015   Successfully lobbied the Legislature for Sunset Review of the NM Massage Therapy Practice Act to ensure continued licensure of LMTs in NM.

  • 2017   Co-author of and lobbyist for NM SB 275, which would have put continuing education requirements into the law and simplified the regulatory structure for massage therapy instructors. The bill was passed unanimously by the NM Senate and House, but vetoed by the Governor.

  • 2017   Awarded OR Massage License #23463.

  • 2017   Awarded AMTA NM Chapter Meritorious Award for diligent volunteerism in an altruistic manner, in this case related to amending the NM Massage Act to stem Massage Board abuses, and for lobbying the NM Legislature. The plaque I received contains the following quote: “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” –Aristotle

  • 2017-18   Staff Massage Therapist at Beaverton Bodyworks

  • 2018   Nominated for the AMTA National Government Relations Award.

  • 2018   Appointed to the Advisory Committee on Chiropractic Assistants by the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

In addition to my private practice, I have provided massage services for institutions as diverse as Southwest Cyberport, Sandia National Laboratories, St. Martin’s Shelter, the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships, and the New Mexico Legislature.

How I work

When I first looked into natural healing more than 35 years ago, I had no idea that touch therapy was my true calling. It is not just as a way of making a living for me, but rather a way being in the world.   I just wanted to study something that would keep my interest long enough to finish a program!  After working in the field for a few years, I soon became unsatisfied with doing general relaxation massage, particularly the standardized “fluff ‘n buff” treatments common in spas.  I wasn’t given these gifts to pamper the rich.  Rather, I believe that I am here to relieve suffering in the world however I can.

As it turns out, I’m really talented at easing pain and trauma using my hands.  I soon got a reputation in the hotel I worked at in Santa Fe as the “go-to guy” for guests with specific complaints, and I gained experience treating clients with debilitating injuries.  After being in a serious car wreck, I developed great empathy for people who have experienced trauma, and I began to learn what works for treating traumatic injuries.

Similarly, I have suffered from headaches since I was a child.  Naturally I learned effective techniques to treat them right off the bat.  Now I have great success ameliorating even full-blown migraines.  When I had an overuse tendinitis injury, I learned how to treat tendinitis and repetitive strain injuries. Every time I get hurt I learn something new!  Of course, injuring myself is not the only way I learn.  I’ve taken many excellent classes, and I learn something from every client I treat.

I am an intuitive therapist.  My hands know what to do, and after all this time I’ve learned to get my head out of the way. I also have a wealth of knowledge and experience to inform my intuition, together with a wide variety of techniques I’ve accumulated in my journey.  There is no one path to healing; different things work for different people at different times.  I do know a few things, though.  Gentleness and sensitivity to my clients’ needs are fundamental to the healing process.  Locating the precise source of your pain allows me to eliminate it more quickly, with less discomfort during the process.

More trauma does not heal trauma, and you know your body far better than I do.  If the massage hurts too much I am probably working too deeply, too rapidly, or both. I believe that resistance is not only futile, it is counterproductive. If you are resisting, I need to change what I’m doing right away.  If I don’t respond to your distress, do not hesitate to tell me.  I do the work for your benefit, not for my ego. I rely on your feedback to give you what you need. Together we will find the right blend of technique, pressure, and pace to best suit your needs at any given moment.

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Please note that this page is primarily designed for potential clients to contact me for more information.  If you are trying to sell me something, no matter how beneficial you think it will be for my practice or my clients, please don’t bother.  I am almost certain to consider it a form of abuse.  

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