Welcome to Mossage
Hi! My name is Mo, and I do Mossage. I am in Yelp’s top 20 Bay Area Massage Therapists with a perfect 5 star rating because I know that touch is personal and emotional, and take care to assure that it is comfortable for you. Hundreds of clients have helped me refine a process where you will feel respected, liked, and cared for: where you are encouraged to notice and communicate your preferences; where your happiness matters and your feelings are the law; where you can relax, feel good about yourself and reset your life.
Why me? Besides having more than 20 years of professional experience, I have extraordinary empathy. I sense others’ feelings as strongly as my own, especially when we are touching. I notice what you like, and give it. I attune to what is comfortable for you, and stay within it. I patiently guide you into a deeply relaxed state, where, supported by the safety of feeling minutely sensed and cared for, patterns of tension dissolve and release in lasting ways.
I use our emotional connectedness to produce a powerfully positive experience of who you are. Because I use no force with you, and am constantly attentive to your signals, I establish credibility and trust with your body. Sensing yourself feels safe and good. Defensive tension feels unnecessary, and you are willing to give it away. The more you connect with and sense yourself, the better you feel. A more comfortable and confident posture of personality takes form here, a relaxed yet alert way of holding yourself that is empowered by your self-connectedness and by having your experience valued.
Feeling respected and cared for can start a revolution in how you perceive and treat yourself. Feeling natural, peaceful and grateful to be alive is a new beginning. I am here to help you feel amazing. I am a kind, skillful person who turns off the noise in your head, sets you on the happy channel, and makes you glow.
Creating a relationship where we can be honest and relaxed is a basic piece of this process. My preferences form initiates that. It is followed by a 5 – 20 minute discussion (either by phone or before the session) in which we begin developing rapport and ease with each other. Please fill out the form before booking, or book knowing that we will decide the content of our session once we have discussed the form.
With my online scheduling system you can book an appointment today, either in my Berkeley office or at your location in the Bay Area.
Mo Lohaus, CMT
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If you want a time in the next 4 hours, text me at 510-990-0440.
Consistent Consent: Staying connected through contact signals
I am delighted that a solution to a long-term challenge has finally presented itself and been tested: a way to stay connected even when massage recipients are in deep, non-verbal states. Contact signals allow folks to signal no, yes, or yes please, even when too relaxed to speak, making it possible to be fully immersed in the massage experience AND able to communicate and give direction.
For folks who have experienced trauma, assault, or non-consensual contact this is revolutionary. For massage therapists working with them, it takes the guess work out of sensitive and possibly evocative contact. It is possible to know exactly what is comfortable for the client, and to update that every ten seconds, using hand-to-hand signals that are easy to learn, assuring that the entire experience is safe, supportive and agreed to.
I have been using hand-to-hand contact with clients for decades as a way of providing supportive connectedness, and a way for them to signal discomfort or alarm. Adding a language with a few key words, and checking the signal regularly has allowed me to work with even highly traumatized clients successfully. Those whose preferences and feelings have been ignored or overstepped need to be asked what their preferences are, and asked repeatedly, to understand that their feelings and preferences matter, and that someone is upholding them (because they themselves, in past situations were often not able to communicate or advocate for themselves).
While some clients are comfortable passing out and dreaming in the massage experience, others have self-protective hypervigilance that does not allow this. They talk throughout the session in order to feel connected with the person touching them and reassure themselves that the experience is safe. Talking is a useful tool for those who need this type of reassurance. For those who want it, contact signaling allows them to stop talking and relax fully, because part of them is assured that their signals are being consistently solicited, replied to, and valued.
If you find yourself talking through every massage you receive, even though you truly want to relax, feel free to ask me about the other techniques I have developed to help you do that. I am committed to providing experiences that feel wonderful, help you inhabit your sensation and preferences more fully, and empower you to value and express yourself more easily.