The health and safety of my clients, myself, my family, and the community at large has always been of the upmost importance. As I begin to re-open, I will be taking extra steps to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy.
I stand with the Black community in the fight for equality, and against racial injustice in this country. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Corey Jones, Oscar Grant, and so many other senseless killings continue to highlight the racial injustice and imbalance of power in our country. Words are not enough. We must begin to put our money where our mouths are, put feet in the streets and demand change at the highest levels of government. Actions will be the only valid evidence of a genuine desire to be part of the progress to dismantle structural racism.
Baby massage can facilitate bonding and provides emotional as well as physical benefits. Use olive or coconut oil to provide a nice smoothe glide, using firm gentle strokes over your baby’s entire body. Starting with the feet, then working your way up their legs, and across their hips. Then working down from the baby’s shoulders, then on to the chest, down the arms. Massaging your baby’s belly with circular motions in a clockwise direction, (The direction of our digestion)
The massage cream I use is made of organic ingredients, unscented, gluten free, paraben free, no nut oils, water dispersible, and is cruelty free.
Made of a rich blend of certified organic ingredients, including Jojoba and Olive Oil, Shea Butter, and Aloe Vera, provides the finest foundation for an earth-friendly, full body massage that softens dry skin and provides lasting, natural moisture.
I am legally blind. I was born with a genetic condition called Stargardt’s, which is a form of Macular Degeneration. As the macula begins to breakdown, I lose more of my central vision, which is responsible for detailed vision. My peripheral vision is good, thankfully because it’s what I’ve got to navigate the world, and is more of a soft-focus.
How often to get massage will vary for each of us. I suggest you speak with your massage therapist about your goals and work together to come up with a plan specific to your needs. Here I will speak in more broad and general terms to give you a basic understanding of how frequently you might want to consider receiving massage.
Receiving massage can be as easy as just scheduling an appointment, laying down on the table, and letting me dictate how the session will go. But that’s not the way to go about it if you’re looking to get the most out of it. Keep reading to get some gems you can utilize to get more out of your massage.
Stress sucks! It bums us out, makes life feel much harder than it needs to be, and is harmful to our health. For years, massage has been touted as having all sorts of health benefits. Some of them stand out more than others, but it was only recently that we’ve gotten scientific studies to back us up. Below is a handout I created for an educational presentation that I gave. Hope you find it insightful and share it with your friends and family.
My massage practice is one that I strive to share with everyone. I have intentionally set my rates at a below market price point in order to make bodywork accessible to more people. My intention is to help people feel better in their bodies so that they might experience more joy in doing the things they love, without the impediment of pain.
Allow me to introduce myself and give you some background as to how I got into massage therapy / bodywork. In 2005 I had transferred to SFSU as a Junior, to study business management. Was taking International Business, Business Calculus, Business Management and Holistic Health Eastern Perspectives. About 6 weeks into the semester I realized business school did not resonate with me and that I was not going to make it through 2 years of business school.
Staying in any position for an extended amount of time leads to trouble. Take a moment to counter the effects of sitting for long periods of time. For every hour that you’re sitting at your desk, or in your car, I want you to move for 5 minutes. If you get up and walk around the block, up a few flights of stairs, or jog in place, MOVE! MOVE! MoVE! Get the blood pumping! Activate those muscles to keep them engaged in motion.
What is deep tissue?
Deep tissue massage is about focused work for long-term results. It has much less to do with pressure, and more to do with technique. Yes, deep tissue work can be a much stronger pressure, but it is not always the case. A no pain, no gain mentality is common among many clients and I often find myself educating clients that just because you CAN take the pain, doesn’t mean you need to, or that it’s even good for you. Pain is our bodies way of telling us that something is wrong. Some discomfort is to be expected. But there’s a difference between pain, and therapeutic discomfort. Just because you CAN take it, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. I encourage clients to work within their own personal limits and to gage the pressure on a 1-10 scale, where 7 is a threshold. When we work within these limits there should not be any prolonged soreness.
This is an awesome trick to work out that built up tension in the back and shoulders, getting rid of knots to eliminate back pain. It’s been an incredible help for many of my clients who experience back pain, and I recommend it all the time. The more often you’re able to work it into your self-care, the more mobility and relief you’ll experience.
What can massage be for you?
Receiving massage helps keep you doing the things you love. Massage is a fantastic way to re-connect to your body. Massage is a way to take time out to focus on our wellbeing, to listen to how we’re feeling right here and right now. As I begin to work with the tissue, and you begin to work with your breath, the body will open up and begin to reveal holding patterns. With a combination of techniques, customized to each individual client, I map my way through these patterns, holding on certain areas, while easing up and gliding over others, to encourage movement, release, and neurological re-mapping, to restore the body to it’s natural pain-free state.
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