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Croft Castrell, CMT

Croft Castrell opened Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy in February of 2015, intending to create a practice combining extensive sports massage experience with the principles and techniques of orthopedic manual soft tissue therapy.

With a background in bodybuilding, Croft’s practice follows the philosophy that therapy is most successful when people are treated as whole human beings, not as individual parts. His work is focused on finding and treating the root causes.


Croft Castrell, CMT, BCTMB, ANMT, BBA, graduated from National Holistic Institute as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and Health Educator on December 16th, 2014. Croft has experience and interest in outpatient manual therapy and sports rehabilitation.

Professional Achievements

A sports massage therapist at the following Bay Area events:

  • October 2, 2016 – GEICO San Jose Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon, San Jose, CA
  • September 27, 2015 – GEICO San Jose Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon, San Jose, CA
  • November 27, 2014 – Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, San Jose, CA
  • November 2, 2014 – Surf City Triathlon, Santa Cruz, CA
  • October 19, 2014 – Nike Women’s Half Marathon, San Francisco, CA
  • September 28, 2014 – Montclaire 5K, Los Altos, CA
  • September 13, 2014 – Pose for a Purpose, Los Gatos, CA
  • September 7, 2014 – The Giant Race, San Francisco, CA
  • August 10, 2014 – Santa Cruz Triathlon, Santa Cruz, CA
  • July 27, 2014 – So You Think You Can Hoop Competition, Oakland, CA
  • June 8, 2014 – American Diabetes TourdeCure, Palo Alto, CA
  • June 7, 2014 – Run for Wellness, Mountain View, CA
  • May 11, 2014 – The Double Double Road Race, Pacific Grove, CA
  • May 10, 2014 – I Care Classic, Morgan Hill, CA
  • May 3, 2014 – The Payton Jordan Invitational, Stanford University, CA
  • April 12, 2014 – Subaru Sea Otter Classic, Monterey, CA
  • April 5, 2014 – Stanford Track and Field Invitational, Stanford University, CA
  • March 23, 2014 – Oakland Running Festival, Oakland, CA
  • March 2, 2014 – PAC 12 Wrestling, Stanford University, CA
  • February 12, 2014 – The Double Double Road Race, San Jose, CA
  • February 2, 2014 – Super Guadalupe River Run, San Jose, CA
  • December 22, 2013 – The Double Double Road Race, Pleasanton, CA
  • December 8, 2013 – Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Cruz, CA
  • November 28, 2013 – Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, San Jose, CA
  • October 20, 2013 – Nike Women’s Marathon, San Francisco, CA
Therapist Awards
  • December 16, 2014 – National Holistic Institute – Honors Achievement
  • November 30, 2014 – National Holistic Institute – Certificate of Achievement – Sports Massage – 173 hours (NHI Record)
  • July 30, 2014 – National Holistic Institute – Student of the Month – August 2014
  • May 23, 2014 – National Holistic Institute – Commemorative Certificate -Completion of 900 hours of the 1350 Hour Program
  • May 23, 2014 – National Holistic Institute – Honors Achievement – GPA 4.0
  • May 23, 2014 – National Holistic Institute – Letter of Excellence – Western Segment – GPA 4.0
  • May 23, 2014 – National Holistic Institute – Certificate of Achievement – Sports Massage – 104 hours
  • January 28, 2014 -National Holistic Institute – Letter of Excellence – Eastern Segment – GPA 4.0
Therapist Qualifications
  • BCTMB Certification
  • CAMTC Certification: #56806 Expiration Date 06/13/2024
  • AMTA Member ID #1317244
  • Sacroiliac Joint Specialist Certification: Hesch Method of Manual Therapy – 2021
  • NHI – Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and Health Educator – 2014
  • Acadia University – Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – 1988
  • Mr. Bermuda (Bodybuilding) 1990 and 1991

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Charles G.
I've been treated by Croft for some twelve hours total so far. I say, confidently, that every single hour has been worth more, therapy wise,... than every 12...read more
James M.
I would like to highly recommend this clinic for anyone with muscular or neuromuscular issues , chronic oracute. My therapist whom I have had... two complete...read more
bjorn rettig
Croft is the best therapist I've ever seen.
Laurie L.
At almost 70, coming from years of not staying fit and active, I've had a few issues with pain and mobility that really impacted my quality of... life. I've...read more
Charlie Kem
I’ve been having discomfort in my body for a long time and couldn’t even go to the gym. In the first visit, Dr Castrell identified what was... going on in my body and went straight to work. I was able to sleep better, focus better and I felt my mobility was great. After I thought the first visit was really good and couldn’t get any better, the second visit surprised me even more, I felt as light as a feather. My body can actually move. Dr Castrell knows how the body should move and taught me the importance of taking care of your body. I will be coming regularlyread more
Maria Sokolova
I’ve been Croft’s client for about 7 years now. First time I literally crawled into his office after slipped disk incident. In a few sessions I... got the relief needed and stayed committed to using Croft’s services regularly to maintain my spine health. Manual therapy can do wonders especially when approached with time and commitment. Over the years Croft also helped me with neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain cases. He is extremely professional, very knowledgeable, and has a great personality. Most important you feel taken care of. He is passionate about his craft and genuinely interested in helping. That matters!read more
BigPete 650
Found DR Croft searching for myofacia massage. wow outstanding. my body has felt like balled up homework for awhile now. after 1 visit with Dr... Croft. i got a lot of mobility back in my hips and torso. i can actually do certain movement with out groaning. cant wait to continue to get me back to an active lifestyle.read more
esther y.
I was referred to Castrell by a few people and desperately needed work on my sciatica. I was lucky enough to be seen by Vasily. I was amazed by... the...read more
Long overdue review, Castrell's been taking care of me for the last year with my muscular issues. It can be painful but I always come out better.
Glenn Yoshimoto
It seems that Croft deal with balancing the whole body from a neuromuscular aspect. The questions asked are outside of the boundaries that I... would have considered. I look forward to continuing the manipulation that Croft started. My first session gives me hope that permanent dramatic restoration of normal functioning is possible.read more
viv bakht
We can't recommend this place enough. My father is a stroke survivor and has been coming here for neuromuscular massage therapy for the past six... months, and the benefits he's experienced have been incredible. Before coming here, my father had limited range of motion and muscle stiffness, making it difficult for him to perform any task. But with the help of Croft, he's made amazing progress. He was able to target specific muscles and release tension, which has improved his overall mobility and flexibility.The staff here is incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate, and they take the time to understand each patient's unique needs and goals. They work closely with my father to create a personalized treatment plan that focuses on his specific areas of concern.read more
Maria S.
This is my to go place to fix body pains. I've been helped to cope with lumbar spine disk issue, cervical spine pain, shoulder, knee, and more.... Croft is...read more
Bill Massey
I found Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy through a routine Internet search. I have seen Croft twice now and the results have been incredible. ... Croft is personable, patient, empathetic, and he lets you know what he intends to do and is doing each step of the way. Croft is passionate about what he does, and the results show. These are not "traditional" spa-like massages with a person who has little knowledge of the body. Croft is a licensed and certified sports massage and neuromuscular therapist, and his style produces true results.read more
Amy H.
I've had chronic headache and fatigue for many years and couldn't figure out the reason before I went to see Vasily. Even just after the first... treatment I...read more
Croft is very knowledgeable and is able to customize the modalities applied for specific concerns.
Jovanka Ninkovic
I am super impressed with the healing results I have experienced as a result of receiving professional neuromuscular therapies over the course... of a couple of months only!! .. I came in to the Castrell Neuromuscular Practice with various bodily discomforts going on simultaneously but have been seeing one physical issue after another gradually improving. Last week, after an hour-long session with Therapist Castrell, I was able to do a certain bending-stretch that I have not been able to pull off ever since an injury I had few years back. Needless to say, that was an incredible moment for me! -Also, I had pulled a calf muscle earlier this year which caused me some scar tissue build-up.. Consequently, I began having heel pain (at the start of summer) which just would not go away and was quite debilitating 🙁 However, after specialized deep muscle massage techniques, I can happily say that the intense & persistent heel aches have drastically diminished and I have gained much more mobility 🙂 ~ I have had nothing but VERY positive experiences with the Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy and would strongly recommend anyone struggling with minor or major bodily soreness and stiffness as well as suffering with different pain difficulties to promptly schedule a visit at the Castrell practice. You will not regret it!! We owe ourselves a properly functioning & healthy body!!read more
Alan P
Really knowledgeable and effective. I went in because my back and shoulder was causing me a lot of pain. Not only did Castrell helped me... relieved my pain but I can breathe better now. He def opened up be chest. My range of motion’s improved and my back is no longer locked up.read more
Amy H
I've had chronic headache and fatigue for many years and couldn't figure out the reason before I went to see Vasily. Even just after the first... treatment I could tell that he was able to help my neck recover in a way that no one else had been able to. Immediately afterwards I had much more energy and my mind is clearer and my headache is almost gone.I've had many massage therapists working with different modalities and chiropractic treatments before but nothing that helped as dramatically and with long lasting relief as the treatments I had from Vasily. He was also very friendly and answered the questions I had about what was wrong with the vertebrae in my neck, showing me with a model spine he had in the office.Even though I'm from out of town, I was fortunately able to see Vasily a few times before I had to return home. Vasily kindly showed me where to find therapists with similar training he had so that I could get treatments if I continue to have problems once I returned home. Thank you Vasily!read more
Sami Monsur
CastrellMy bursitis in my shoulder was triggered from a reaction to the COVID vaccine. After struggling for a long time, I looked up muscle... therapy and found Cantrell Neuromuscular Therapy. I have been working with Vasily and there was immediate relief after the first visit, albeit temporary. It took a few more visits plus doing the exercises I was instructed to do and I am back to swimming and almost pain free.I recognize that there are flare ups due to overuse and I am learning to manage that but I will continue with monthly visits to hopefully overcome fully from my shoulder pain.These guys are focused in what they do and very experienced. I would recommend them with no hesitation.read more
Cheryl McLeod
Croft is amazing! He leveraged different techniques to develop a treatment that has given me my mobility back.
Robert Lewis
Vasily is the best. Even better.
T H.
I cannot praise the work of Jillina Barrera enough for the treatment she provided to me. My doctor told me that this treatment was my last hope... because...read more
Vasily is one of the best therapists I’ve ever seen. He is not only knowledgeable but genuinely cares about his patients.
Rocio Munoz
10/10 I have had about 18 sessions with Vasily and I cannot recommend this place enough. Vasily takes the time to listen to your problems and... has excellent technique. I leave this place feeling brand newread more
Carolyn F.
In 2019, I had a lumbar microdiscectomy surgery, at my L5/S1. The surgery was to be routine, but there was a complication. The material from... my herniated...read more
Jordan Kelley
Not only does he have a cool alliterative superhero name, he’s genuinely here to help people. Right off the bat you can tell that he is genuine... and cares about his craft and easing peoples’ pain. If you’re looking for real relief then start here!read more

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