Caring for hundreds of people, spending thousands of hours connected by touch, I have developed a gift for helping you accept and appreciate yourself, relax completely, and reset your life.
My name is Mo, and I have been doing Mossage professionally for 22 years. I am here to help you build comfort and confidence through positive touch and a relationship where you feel valued.
About 90% of my clients are women. Many require sensitive and conscious support. I have developed a layered process that provides it; assuring that our time together leaves you positive about yourself and empowered by what we shared.
I may be an expert at touch therapy, but you are the expert on what is right for you: I have a preferences form that helps you describe that. We discuss it. Any blurry areas are brought into focus. Any questions either of us have are asked and answered.During the session, a system of mostly silent signaling keeps me constantly attentive and responsive to your preferences, and you able to communicate them, even if you are too relaxed to speak.
Although I will do Reiki or Shiatsu sessions an hour long, my standard massage session is two hours, and a full-body session is three or more. Building connection, communication and trust are essential to doing positively life-changing work.
Please fill out the preferences form before booking. Help me understand you. I will be honest about my ability to work with you, and if we are a match, will support you with utmost care. With my online scheduling system you can book an appointment today, either in my Berkeley office or at your location in the Bay Area. Feel welcome!
Mo Lohaus, CMT • 510.990.0440 • molohaus[at]gmail.com
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Assuming that time equals money is one of the most stressful things civilized people do. Our priority here is to relieve stress, so we avoid that assumption.
What if you have enough time and money to develop and deepen a therapeutic relationship that helps you get to the root of your stress and tension, and operate without them? Enough time and money to get to know and trust someone who will help you do that? I aim to make that real for you.
Your first session with me is open-ended. You select the amount of money that you would like to give for an hour and a half, and I commit to working with you for at least an hour and a half and up to three hours for that amount of money.
This may be the first time your body is not rushed at all. That it relaxes at its own comfortable speed. And that someone completely attentive to your experience and skilled at making it positive gives your nervous system the support it needs to fully disarm.
Once you get this experience you will have a better understanding of how much care-time you actually prefer. Once you feel comfortable and confident communicating with me, setting your regular rate together will be much less stressful.
While this experience may seem priceless, the practical reality is that it takes more time to run sessions in which your communication is valued. And it takes more frequent sessions to build the trust needed to really get to the bottom of your stress and tension, and build your comfort and confidence about having the feelings you do and being the person who owns them.
This therapy will only happen if you can afford it. I am comfortable working more hours at a lower rate in order to get great results. I have always made enough money. I do not feel stress about that, or subscribe to social stories about money paid equaling my value. I know what I need to do this work well. Getting great results always gets me paid well.
When given enough time to have a comfortable human interaction, with nothing rushed or glossed over, and all loose-ends cleaned up, this work positively changes lives. I am here to do that, and to model that being attentive to one’s feelings and needs is a successful formula for navigating life well.
For the initial visit here’s a rough guideline:
Low income and assets (less than $25,000 in annual income before taxes and less than $10,000 in assets): $75.
Low to middle: $100 - $125
Middle-income and assets ($50,000 - $100,000 in annual income before taxes or at least $50,000 in assets): $150.
Middle to upper: $175 - $225
Upper income and assets ($100,000 or more in annual income before taxes or at least $200,000 in assets): $250
The picture below is me, Mo Lohaus CMT, in August 2016, working at a Farmers' Market. I was certified in Neo-Reichian Massage, Shiatsu, and Polarity Therapy in 1995 and 1996 at Heartwood Institute, and have practiced in the Bay Area ever since.
My practice primarily serves the Bay Area’s conscious dance, yoga, Kohenet, and Burning Man communities; providing sensitive care to intelligent bodies.
I started out rubbing dogs and cats and did that for my first decade. They taught me all the essentials of how to be caring and well-connected. As a teenager I learned sports / lymphatic drainage massage from books and practiced for a solid ten years before entering massage school. I learned that the kind of connection possible with animals is possible with people, and that creating a supportive setting is important: an honest, reverent relationship in which communication is encouraged; a comfortable, warm, place in which to disarm and relax; and enough time for organic relaxation patterns to run and complete — generally two hours, minimum.
By the time I was formally trained, I already knew what worked well, and was prepared to upgrade standard practices to those more effective; structuring therapy sessions and professional relationships to support the emotional content evoked by touch.
After graduating, I began a 10-year period of working on the street as well as in an office. I did chair massage on Market Street at Powell, in San Francisco, from 1997 to 2007, becoming a familiar presence. I also worked on Telegraph Avenue and the UC Berkeley Campus during this period, before moving to the Berkeley Farmer's Market in 2010. I learned enormities about doing chair massage, and holding psychic space in places where there was no physical container. I also developed a hands-off energy work style that gets significant results. I tended to attract yogis and meditators who understood that I was offering an unusual degree of attunement and sensitivity which honored their own inner work and confirmed their inner wisdom.
I worked the festival circuit (Earthdance, Harmony, Symbiosis, Burning Man) heavily from 2004 to 2016, doing deep work with those willing to instigate powerful life changes. Sharing unguardedly, allowing myself to put down being an expert and meet every client as a complete authority on their own experience was deeply humanizing.
I did 5rhythms dance 40 - 50 times a year between 2004 and 2009, and was the resident bodyworker at Dance Jam > Dance Journey > Berkeley Ecstatic Dance from 2010 to 2015. I continue to work at NCDC Dance Camp. Working with dancers has given me valuable experience with highly functional bodies. Working with these intelligent bodies was a natural extension of work with yogis and meditators, with the added feature of a population comfortable with deep emotional states.
Over 200 healing sessions at Center Camp, Burning Man, over eleven summers, starting in 2004, decisively redefined how I work: More honesty and more emotional connection mean more relaxation and more perceptual repatterning. Bond-strength created by consistently supportive verbal and touch-based communication seems more important than skill alone in creating safe experiences that unlock and realign us. Having truly precious people to work with each year has refined my comfort in connecting deeply, and upgraded my integrity, attentiveness, and intuition in serving as a catalyst for others' self-respect and authentic authority.
Experiences of being witnessed and respected reset and empower us. Massage provided with unconditional acceptance and unblinking presence, served with empathy, reverence, and compassion changes lives. This is the kind of healing work I care about and practice.
Metaphysical roots:Sciences of consciousness and elective perception developed by ancient people support all that I do. Yogic, Taoist, and Toltec practices guide and inform my life. These traditions offer practical means to real-world ends; resources for expanding and enriching awareness; and maps and milestones for migrating from social to natural referents. I particularly recommend: Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by BKS Iyengar, the Taoist work of Liu Ming, at DaYuanCircle.org, and The Fire from Within, by Carlos Castañeda. Thanks for your interest, and for the opportunity to grow together.
Contact Mo: 510.990.0440 mo[at]mossage[dot]info
><I drive more than an hour to see him. I am a big-bodied Latina lesbian and he is a straight white man. He is the closest thing to my grandmother that I have. She was the one who listened to, understood, accepted, and adored me, no matter what. Now it is him.
><When I need to feel at home with another man, who accepts me regardless of what my mouth or mind or body is doing.… Who accepts all of it gently, without comment or opinion.… When I need to return to completeness through tribal belonging: I call him.
><He is my go-to-guy for breaking bad habits. When I am giving myself to a man who is bad for me, I see him regularly to get contrast and perspective. Being with him reminds me of the difference between being self-abandoning, compulsive, disconnected, and doomed, and being self-respecting, intentional, connected, and inspired. He resets me and restores me to reality–the reality of what is healthy and good for me.
As someone who has judged their body their whole life, and felt judged because of their body their whole life, it is a life-changer to feel completely welcomed and liked, accepted and protected, the way I do with him.
He reminds me of a different period in history, when people were honest and direct and helped each other.
I was a pretty, rotten, miserable person. I used anything I could to control people into wanting or needing me. This is just how women are, where I come from, and what I knew how to do.
I think he figured me out when I walked into his office. He was immediately kind, gentle, and attentive with me—the way folks are with the elderly. In his eyes I could have been 100 years old. I was used to feeling attractive and desired, and certainly in this situation–about to get a massage–I was expecting to feel powerful and wanted.
Suddenly I was just a person. My body was no big deal.
My normal role and position were unplugged and that was vulnerable and unfamiliar at first. I think he could tell, and made a point of making me talk a lot so that I would listen to myself and realize there was a lot to like about me; a lot more than just my body. It was one of the first times someone seemed sincerely interested in me and sincerely liked me.
I got amazing massages from him. I felt completely precious and completely safe. I knew he didn't want anything from me. I relaxed like I have never relaxed with another person. I still cry when I think about it. It changed me.
He was like the one teacher in middle school who really gets you, believes in you, and wants you to succeed. The one who wants you to be fully yourself more than anything else, and will sacrifice, and put aside personal profit in order to make that happen. It saved my life.
><I worked with him for two years and never spoke to him. I filled in his form and told him that was how I wanted it. I wanted the comfort animals get from their own kind, that basic affectionate encouragement that I was a good creature, and the world was glad I am here. I got it from him. I detached from the story of my life and recentered in the experience of it. I had two homes, his office and the dojo, and it was enough.
><I go to the edge with him; the edge of what is safe and possible. I take off my clothes, my masks, my weapons, and my tricks: This is someone I cannot manipulate and would not want to. This is someone I can trust and be real with; every time. I see him when I need a total professional. He is like my climbing guide on El Capitan; the one I am tied to by metal and rope, hanging above a void as I exceed my assumptions and beliefs. In his care I lean out into total trust in the universe’s goodness. Every time I am completely blessed. Every time I return more whole, more me, having claimed more of myself.