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La Méthode Danis Bois




All DBM services (manual therapy and Sensorial Re-education/movement, etc.) are 75 minutes. Please note that in-home sessions are not offered at this time. All CSBMT offices, for sessions and movement work, are ADA accessible.

Los Gatos:
Los Gatos Village / 401-E Alberto Way / Los Gatos, CA 95032 / 650-933-8227


Please call (650-933-8227) or email ( for appointments.


Upon booking your session you will receive a confidential health form where you are asked to describe all present and past injuries, any physical or mental illnesses, as well as your wellness goals. You will also receive a liability form from The CSBMT. Please be sure to contact us in advance of your session if you have any questions or concerns about these forms.


You will be clothed throughout your DBM session. Please wear lightweight clothing, such as a T-shirt and light cotton pants. No jeans or tights, and please do not wear materials made of silk, rayon or spandex. Sweats are fine, as are non-lycra/non-spandex workout clothes. Please also do not wear a restrictive bra, such as a tight sports bra or a padded bra. If you do not have lightweight pants you can always wear long pajama pants or cotton shorts. Also, NO SKIRTS OR DRESSES. Please contact The CSBMT if you need any clarification concerning appropriate attire. Note that loose-wearing cotton clothing is always the best option.


Kesha Fikes is a retired socio-cultural anthropologist who has studied with Dr. Danis Bois and his research team in Portugal and in France since 2002. She is among the few DBM-certified practitioners in the US and currently the sole practitioner on the west coast. Kesha wrote a preface for Bois' first book in English, The Wild Region of Lived Experience. Her bodywork background is complemented by training in Embodied Anatomy and Yoga from Body-Mind Centering®, and nearly a decade of teaching experience in a form of yoga called GYROKINESIS® from the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.

Kesha's classes and sessions are focused and uplifting. She cultivates an empathetic learning environment and enjoys supporting individuals of all ages and abilities in their quests for wellbeing. Also, many of Kesha's clients are other bodyworkers and movement therapists. She advocates regular self-care for professionals in the bodywork and alternative health care community.

In addition, Kesha was formerly a professor in the departments of anthropology at the University of Florida and the University of Chicago. Prior to dedicating herself fulltime to DBM, she was globally recognized as an expert on race relations and citizen-migrant conflicts, particularly in Southern Europe (see Managing African Portugal: The Citizen-Migrant Distinction, Duke University Press, 2009). Kesha created a dialogue-based approach to ethnographically examining conflicting social relations. Rather than focusing on tensions among groups and individuals who do not know each other, she attended instead to racial and ethnic turmoil among/between individuals and communities who work with each other, often intimately, on a daily basis. These are the spaces for which information about the other is put into practice through daily interaction with the other. They are thus fragile spaces: at every moment individuals are ongoing participants in a mélange of events that shift between courageous opportunities and missed possibilities.

Kesha's research was directly inspired by what she learned from the Danis Bois Method. She began to reflect more deeply on how we are each presented, everyday, with new opportunities for contact and connection. But often we choose engagements that prevent us from evolving as individuals and as members of the diverse communities in which we live. We rely on habit, misinformation, and often/worse indifference to make it through an encounter or perhaps to avoid particular encounters all together, whether with friends, loved ones or those we do not know.

When one begins to be more present to one's self in the company of others, to courageously take full responsibility for cultivating sincere reciprocity with others in interaction, it is difficult to partake in misguided actions. Every encounter - however uncomfortable – becomes a distinctive learning opportunity or building block for which knowledge about your self and your interlocutors is or can be renewed and transformed. This is what the practice of the Danis Bois Method can teach. We all know and understand this idea in theory. But the actual practice of it, as a life choice and evolving process, is something different, something special. The inner movement that is followed in DBM can be a unique and concrete guide along this particular journey.