Croft Castrell, CMT

Croft Castrell’s journey to becoming a renowned neuromuscular therapist was a fascinating one that began with his passion for bodybuilding. In February 2015, he took a significant step and opened “Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy,” aiming to merge his extensive experience in sports massage with the principles and techniques of orthopedic manual soft tissue therapy.

Croft firmly believed that successful therapy should treat individuals as whole human beings, addressing the root causes of their issues rather than focusing solely on specific body parts. His unique approach set the foundation for his practice.

Croft’s educational background played a vital role in shaping his career. He graduated from the National Holistic Institute as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and Health Educator in December 2014. This educational foundation provided him with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in outpatient manual therapy and sports rehabilitation.

His dedication and expertise led to numerous professional achievements, particularly as a sports massage therapist at various Bay Area events. Croft’s participation in events such as marathons, triathlons, and wrestling matches allowed him to apply his therapeutic techniques to a diverse range of athletes, gaining valuable experience and recognition in the field.

Croft’s commitment to excellence earned him several therapist awards and certifications, further establishing his reputation in the industry. Notably, he achieved BCTMB (Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) and CAMTC (California Massage Therapy Council) certifications. He was also an active American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) member.

One of the standout qualifications on Croft’s impressive list was his certification as a Sacroiliac Joint Specialist, following the Hesch Method of Manual Therapy in 2021. This specialization showcased his dedication to continually expanding his expertise to serve his clients better.

Remarkably, Croft’s journey into neuromuscular therapy was a transformation that went beyond the realm of bodybuilding. He held a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Acadia University, showing his diverse educational background.

Not to be overlooked, Croft’s past accomplishments in bodybuilding, including being crowned “Mr. Bermuda” in 1990 and 1991, added a unique dimension to his story. His personal experience in bodybuilding allowed him to relate to athletes and clients on a deeper level, understanding the physical demands and challenges they faced.

Croft Castrell’s conversion from a bodybuilder to a highly respected neuromuscular therapist was a testament to his dedication, continuous learning, and unwavering belief in treating individuals holistically. His practice became a haven for those seeking relief from muscular and skeletal issues, and his journey inspires aspiring therapists and athletes alike.


Croft Castrell, CMT, BCTMB, ANMT, BBA, graduated from the National Holistic Institute as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist and Health Educator on December 16, 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

Jillina Barrera, CMT

Izzie Paragas, CMT

T R.
I found Croft when searching for something better than a PT who just has you do stretches. I made a double back to back appt for me and my... husband. more
Croft is very knowledgeable and is able to customize the modalities applied for specific concerns.
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 more
bjorn rettig
Croft is the best therapist I've ever seen.
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 more
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' 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 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 more
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 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 more
The first session was more than a full hour. It was closer to 1 hr and 20 minutes. I have been suffering from hip pain for the past 5 or more... years and recently I also pulled a muscle. Castrell did a full review of the whole body, not just my hip. Then after the session, I felt my body felt freer and something so basic as walking felt more natural and comfortable. For me this is quite miraculous!read more
alan l.
I used to play a lot of basketball and have suffered numerous injuries that have come back in one form or another off and on for the past two... decades. I 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
J H.
I've been coming here on and off for 4 years, for various sports injuries and muscle aches. This is THE place to come if you have a specific... problem 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 more
A L.
Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy is pure excellence! I have been to many massage businesses in Silicon Valley and I can say, hands down, that this... is 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.
Laurie L.
I've been seeing Croft regularly for some time now and have seen a lot of improvement. This week, because of some scheduling issues on my end, I... decided more
Joe Hanson
I've been coming here on and off for 4 years, for various sports injuries and muscle aches. This is THE place to come if you have a specific... problem you need fixing. I've seen all of the therapists here and they all have an incredible knowledge of human physiology and biomechanics. They usually spend the first five minutes assessing your problem so that they can accurately diagnose the root problem (which is often different to what I thought it was!) and then the rest of the session is the most effective and targeted massage you can imagine. I always leave feeling 90-100% better and with some recommended stretches or exercises to help me correct whatever imbalance or weakness had caused the problem. I don't recommend many places, but these guys are truly excellent at what they doread more
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... more
Laura Lowry
Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy is pure excellence! I have been to many massage businesses in Silicon Valley and I can say, hands down, that this... is the absolute best one.All therapists at this business are wonderful, but I have worked extensively with Croft. He is an expert in his field; he has vast knowledge of the body, knows a variety of modalities and works to find the root of your pain.His top priority is to get you out of distress and then to teach you how to take care and improve your body so you don’t end up in the same situation that brought you to him.I appreciate how he wants all his clients to improve and ultimately not need him anymore. This is so opposite of many therapist, who just want to make money off people.Croft is not only a highly skilled therapist, but his manner and professionalism always make me feel at ease. He is funny, kind and tells the best jokes, just when I need it.I am so thankful I found this place and Croft!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
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 more
Sade G.
Highly recommend going here if you have any physical discomfort or pain. I was suffering from pain due to anxiety and couldn't find relief until... I more
Charles Graham
Croft Castro is better than I imagined a massage therapist could be. A 1 hour appointment is worth more than 6 weeks of physical therapy with... all associated exercises. Also, easy booking, he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and he is an expert and in a lot of different modalities of massage. I believe that he was key to curing or at least greatly helping my sleep apnea, fixed my shoulder that had been an issue for 12 years and possibly was critical, was likely critical to my long Covid fatigue being cured. I could not recommend 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 more
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
Cheryl McLeod
Croft is amazing! He leveraged different techniques to develop a treatment that has given me my mobility back.
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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