Are we a good fit? I connect with you closely, and respond to your emotions attentively. They are the signal I work with in helping you unwind your tension, relax, and feel natural. If you prefer emotional distance or hard or painful pressure, please call someone more appropriate to your preferences.
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 and outcall only. I do not keep a chair in my office.]
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. Basic Reiki: one half to one hour; full Reiki: 90 minutes to 2 hours. This Reiki session is based on Polarity Therapy, developed by Randolph Stone; I have the Karuna Ki attunement, the one above Reiki Master.
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: one half to one hour; Full Shiatsu: 90 minutest to 2 hours. This Shiatsu session is based on Polarity Therapy, developed by Randolph Stone, and the Zen Shiatsu of Shizuto Masunaga.
Massage is therapeutic touch using oil on skin, meeting and releasing tension in layers. If you are ready to float in your own sensation, release how insensitive others have perceived you, and dissolve and drift in the joy of being you, this might be a good place to start. Short massage: one hour; regular massage: two hours; full massage: three to four hours. This Massage session is based on Neo-Reichian Massage and the work of Gordon Inkeles.
Note on this massage style: About 90% of my massage clients are women and this style has developed around working with them. Women’s bodies have a higher fat content then men’s, and are softer and more fluid. I work with this softness and fluidity; 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.
If you are hard or solid, or appreciate forceful pressure this is probably wrong for you; select the Shiatsu style or allow me to refer you to the many excellent therapists I know who would be a better fit for you.
Note on massage draping: Massage is received unclothed but covered. The top sheet or ‘drape’ covers everything that is not receiving touch. Long strokes from a heel up one side to the shoulder and down the arm are very effective, and much loved. But your comfort is more important than an unbroken flow. You get no points for pretending to be more comfortable with your 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. If you are comfortable getting skinny; fine; but no rush.