Sessions

Chair Massage

Chair massage involves stretching, pressure, tendon-loading and joint mobilization. It is conducted clothed and seated. It primarily targets the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck. Excellent for the upper back, but not the lower back (which needs more stretching), it is a good option for many office workers dealing with upper body tension. It the most structural and emotionally neutral session I do. The basic Chair Massage session is one half hour. Chair Massage is available at the Farmers’ Market on Tuesday between 2 and 6:30 PM at Alcatraz and Adeline, three blocks from Ashby BART, and during house calls. I do not keep a chair in my office, so scheduling a last-minute chair session is improbable.

Reiki

Reiki is energy work. It is received clothed, with light touch or no touch (your choice). An intensified stream of energy is focused through you, aligned and connected; restoring your energetic integrity and patterning a more healthy state of internal referencing. You’ll know who you are, where you are, where you begin and where you end. If you have been blown open by psychedelics, traumatic impacts or disorienting relationships, this might be a good way to reestablish containment. • A Basic Reiki session is one hour. This Reiki is based on Polarity Therapy, developed by Randolph Stone; I have the Karuna Ki Reiki attunement, the one above Reiki Master.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is also energy work, but is received hands-on (and clothed). You may be stretched, pressed, rocked, or gently shaken. Natural flow patterns of energy will be encouraged and restored. Natural self-referencing will be encouraged by boosting and saturating your field. If you feel grounded and comforted by touch, or have structural issues that would enjoy being gently addressed, this might be a good place to start. • Basic Shiatsu is one hour. Full Shiatsu is 2 hours. • This Shiatsu session is based on Polarity Therapy, developed by Randolph Stone, and the Zen Shiatsu of Shizuto Masunaga.

Mossage

Mossage is therapeutic touch using oil on skin, meeting and releasing tension in layers. It is received unclothed to your level of comfort, and draped (covered up). Throughout the session I maintain contact with one of your hands, allowing you to offer feedback and direction even if unable to speak. If you are ready to float in your own sensation, up-level how you perceive yourself, and dissolve and drift in the joy of being you, this is my most powerful offering.

This style is based on the work of Wilhelm Reich, a ground-breaking scientist who measured the movement of energy in living systems, and Gordon Inkeles who popularized self-guided massage training in the US. • One-sided Mossage plus focus areas on the other side is two hours. Full-body or full-body except breasts and belly is three hours.

Note on the Mossage style

This style developed while working primarily with women. Women’s bodies are softer and more fluid than men’s. I work with this; repatterning connective tissue and fascia and stimulating lymphatic drainage. This is a liquid, pleasurable massage style that gets systemic results by relaxing soft tissue and deep tissue, draining metabolic wastes from muscles, and providing a supportive relationship container in which to disarm and expand. There may be deep tissue work and myofascial release, but it will be part of a painless, low-force, low-pressure progressive relaxation sequence. It is the energy of the body being fully distributed that leads to a systemic reset.

Note on draping

Mossage is received unclothed but covered. The top sheet or ‘drape’ covers everything that is not receiving touch. Long strokes from the heels to the shoulders and down the arms, and from the skull to the hip sockets are effective and much loved, and are blocked by undergarments. But please remember: Your comfort is the most important element of a good massage. You get no points for pretending to be more comfortable with nudity than you actually are. Please wear whatever helps you feel comfortable, and if you do wear a garment please choose one that is loose-fitting that can get oily. Tight elastic hurts my hands.

Basic massage workflow
You come in to the office and sit down. We discuss your intake form. I show you how the body cushion works. You pick the oil you like. If you need to the bathroom, you go. When you are ready, I leave the room while you get undressed, onto the table and covered. You call out when you are ready.  I return and begin the session. When the session is done, I leave the room. You get off the table and dressed. You open the door when you are ready for me to return. If you have feedback or comments I hear them. We handle payment. You go.
I do emotionally connected work
If a physically intense but emotionally disconnected experience is your preference, I am the wrong choice.
Time is not equal to money
If an experience where quality is the primary consideration appeals to you, on the preferences form, propose the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend and I will be flexible about the time it takes to give you a wonderful experience.