Frequently Asked Questions

What will a massage with you be like?

That depends on what your body needs at the time of our session.  

 

It may be relaxing, deep without being painful, nurturing, focused, intense, restorative, revelatory, and you may even be in and out of sleep.

Your modesty will be respected at all times and you may undress to the level of your comfort. A sheet will cover your entire body except the area being massaged.

I give your muscles a well-deserved kneading, soothe your nervous system, and access your natural pharmaceuticals.  Skin-to-skin contact, especially massage, releases oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins, which are your body's feel-good chemicals.

 

I warm up the body with deep compressions and myofascial stretching then use long, soothing strokes to gather information from your body.  Because your body expresses itself differently every day, each session will be unique.

Is it all soft, gliding stuff or do you focus on what’s going on with my body and really get in there?


Yes!  Both!

 

Massage is a two-sided conversation and I listen deeply and respond to your body's communication of its needs in the moment.

 

I use the most appropriate tools from my hefty metaphorical massage toolkit in each session.  The key to positive change is applying the right tool at the right time.  I am trained and skilled in therapies including Swedish, trigger point, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, structural integration, pre/postnatal, craniosacral, reflexology, Thai, and Ortho-Bionomy.

Also, I’m an Usui Reiki Master-level practitioner, and use this form of energy work to encourage harmony throughout the physical, mental, and energetic bodies.​

I want a really hard massage.  I know that it has to hurt for it work, so you can hurt me if you need to.

Thank you for your permission, but no, thank you!  While that is a valid preference, it is not the style I have found to be most beneficial.

 

I do not want or need to hurt you. 

 

While you may experience some intensity during our session, we needn't work to the point of pain.  A hard, painful massage is ultimately unhelpful as it sends distress signals through the nervous system.  My aim is to tend and befriend your nervous system, giving you a chance to unwind, reset, and restore.  I'd much rather you melt into the table than hit the ceiling.

If and when you’d like to challenge yourself to surrender to depth, enjoyment, and relaxed awareness, I would love to work with you!  

My neck, shoulders, and upper back are always tight.  Come to think of it, my lower back and hips don't feel so hot, either.

 

Don't fret - you are a perfectly normal human being living in the 21st Century!

 

While your body and experiences are unique, this pattern has become ubiquitous.

We can work on unwinding these patterns of tension through massage and mindful movement.

When are you available for sessions?

I am available for massage and energy work on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 am - 6:30 pm.  To ensure that you get your preferred session time, it's advisable to book about a week in advance.  

 

Because I work primarily out of my office space within Vitality Wellness Center, it can be tricky for me to make house calls with the extra time it takes to travel and set up and break down, so please text me at (415) 890-3245 if you would like to request an in-home session so that we can collaborate on the timing!