Author Archives: Wanda Pierce

Joining the Work From Home team on July 9.

“if nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies” Wendy Mass
“But when technology changes, this butterfly (a simple blog post) looks horrible.” Wanda Pierce
Summer is here, the health order is lifted and over half of eligible San Franciscans are fully vaccinated. It looks like brighter days have arrived! I’ve got three big announcements to share but first, a big thank you.Since re re-opening in February, it has been a delight to see many of you and get back to work. I’m so grateful for your trust in my efforts to follow the safety protocols and for your willingness to help me follow those guidelines by masking, having your temperature checked, filling out the COVID forms and hand sanitizing.
Announcement #1: After nearly 8 phenomenal years at Raise the Bar Fitness, I have decided to join the work from home team. The move took place last Thursday and while I still have some kinks to work through, I’d say my first day was a winner. I’m here in the neighborhood and parking is easier than ever. The “garden experience” from 2020 might even make a comeback on those rare warmer days.
The new office with a window!

Announcement #2: I want to be respectful to you all as we move toward business as usual. While I will continue with the cleaning and hand sanitizing protocols I’ve adopted, masking seems to be a moving target. I have been fully vaccinated since April 15 but will happily mask up if you have not been vaccinated or if you’d feel more comfortable that way. If you have been fully vaccinated and wish to be mask free, that’s great, go ahead and ditch the mask. Still prefer to keep it on? That’s okay too; whatever makes you happy.
Announcement #3: Effective July 15, I’ll be raising my rates by $10. New rates will be $115 for 60 minutes, $130 for 75 minutes and $150 for 90 minutes. The new rates do not apply to packages or gift certificates that have been purchased prior to July 15, 2021. I look forward to welcoming you into my home soon and thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to contribute to your well being!

Doors open February 1

I’m happy to report that San Francisco has given the green light for personal services to resume. I open my doors on February 1 and couldn’t be happier about getting back to work.

We have a ways to go before things resemble normal again but we are a resilient bunch and a vaccine is here! It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Surely we will encounter some snags along the way but we are moving closer to normal than we’ve been, in so many ways. This fuels my hope and provides added resolve to remain diligent with masking, social distancing and washing my hands.

I will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines set forth by the health department and the Association of Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals.

  • There is no waiting area inside the gym. I will greet you at the front door to let you in a few minutes before your appointment time.
  • I will do a temperature check upon your arrival and post my own temperature in my office.
  • My schedule has changed to limit the number of clients I see each day and provide ample time between client sessions for the new sanitizing protocol.
  • Clients will be required to fill out an online COVID-19 wellness form before each appointment.
  • Masks are required at all times.

I look forward to contributing to the wellbeing of all of you in the way I know best. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the inspirational words of our nation’s youth poet laureate.

“I’ve come to realize that hope isn’t something you ask of others. It’s something you must first give to yourself. This year has taught us to find light in the quiet, in the dark, and most importantly how to find hope in ourselves. 2020 has spoken, loud and clear as a battle drum. In 2021, let us answer the call with a shout.”

Amanda Gorman for Harper’s Bazaar December 23, 2020

San Francisco extends the stay home order indefinitely

Happy New Year! Whether you make resolutions or intentions, have hope for something great or better in 2021 or just dream of the day we are all on the other side of Covid, I support you. I’m eager for that dream to become a reality too.

I don’t have the answers and right now I don’t even see a real roadmap but I do have faith that we will make it through and I’ll be open for business soon.

It’s been reassuring to know that many of you are also eager for me to get back to work! There is only so much weeding, baking, jigsaw puzzling, binge watching, dog walking, reading, cocktail perfecting and Marie Kondo’ing* one can do. I miss feeling like a contributing member of our sweet neighborhood.

So let’s keep up with our mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing so that businesses like mine can once again contribute to the vitality of our beloved Sunset community.

*truth be told, I have done zero Marie Kondo’ing.

The Consistency of Change

Since September 1st, the Garden Experiment has been a great success.  Unhealthy air quality from fires gave way to a bumpy start but once the air cleared being outside has been really fun.  Birdsong has overshadowed the occasional firetruck siren by far.  While San Francisco gave the green light for indoor massage in mid September, I opted to stay outside while our warm weather lasted.  And now, it’s time.  

I’ll be moving back inside starting November 1st.  The new office is at Raise the Bar Fitness on the corner of Taraval and 27th Avenue.  Some things you should know: 

  • My schedule has changed to limit the number of clients I see per day and provide ample time between clients for the new sanitizing protocol.
  • There is no waiting area inside the gym.  I will greet you at the front door to let you in a few minutes before your appointment time. 
  • Clients will be required to fill out an online COVID-19 wellness form before each appointment.
  • I will conduct a temperature check before each session and post my own temperature.
  • Masks are required.  

Both the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals and SF’s Department of Public Health have put forth best practices to keep us safe.  If you’re curious to know about these safety protocols, I will add a new tab with links to these resources. As soon as I figure out how to do so.

What an unbelievable year.  The chain of events have helped me to recognize how incredibly adaptive we can be, how resilient we are and how we are able to come together to support each other, initiate change and create new systems to strengthen our community. More than ever, I’m so grateful to live in the Sunset and serve my neighbors.  I’ve missed many of you and I look forward to seeing you soon.  In the meantime, keep wearing your masks, washing your hands and practicing social distance! 

Re-open Take 2, The Garden Experiment:

San Francisco announced that massage could resume starting September 1st, provided it could be done outside. Hence, The Garden Experiment.

Like many of you, I’ve been spending a bunch of time gardening in my backyard. It’s been a wonderful way to be outside. Now I can share the fruit of my labor with you!

I’ve set up the massage table under a shade structure with roller blinds for extra privacy. The table is warm and I have a heat lamp to help take the chill off what’s left of our Sunset summer. You’ll hear birds, a distant water fountain and the mostly pleasant sounds of outdoor life. Okay so you’ll have to come through the bodega garage, but once you’re out back, it’s sort of nice!

I’ll do a touchless temperature check upon arrival and have you sign a liability waiver. I cannot offer you water or the use of my restroom. You’ll need to wear a mask the entire time. I’ll be wearing one too. I have disposable surgical masks available for you – these are the most comfortable when in the prone position – but you can wear your own if you prefer. I pre-portion the massage cream I use in a small plastic container. Whatever is left over is yours to take home.

I’m requesting cash payment for now. If you need to use a credit card or FSA/HSA card, you can purchase a gift card online. Just remember to bring the redemption code with you; it resembles a credit card number. Cancellations are penalty free until further notice.

My hours are somewhat limited to allow ample time to disinfect all surfaces and in consideration of my housemates. First session starts at 11am or 12noon and the second session at either 3p or 4pm.

I appreciate the opportunity to work again and intend to do so taking all the precautions necessary to keep us all safe and healthy. This is all an experiment and I am open to hearing what works for you and what might need adjusting. My goal is for you to feel as comfortable and safe as possible. I look forward to seeing you!

New Rules, New Office – The Big Re-open

Cute mural across the street from the new office.

I hope you are all enjoying your newly planted gardens and Marie Kondo’d closets. Okay, maybe the closet project is on hold because you’ve been working from home and when you’re not working, you’re working to keep your kids from driving you crazy active and engaged while sheltering in place. And speaking of working from home, you may have discovered that laptops aren’t really meant to sit on your lap and your dining room chair is not comfortable for much longer than it takes to eat a meal and so in addition to cabin fever, your shoulders hurt or maybe it’s your lower back. Well, I’ve got some promising news for you. The Office of Small Business sent this message last Tuesday:

“Mayor London N. Breed and Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax announced the next phase of San Francisco’s reopening will begin on Monday, June 29. Once the City’s request for a variance from the California Department of Public Health is approved, and as long as San Francisco continues meeting several key health indicators, some businesses and activities originally planned to open in mid-July or later will be allowed to open including: Massage Establishments”

San Francisco Office of Small Business

What this means is that there is a strong possibility I’ll be able to start seeing clients as early as this Monday. However, due to my birthday and a few health and safety projects I need to implement beforehand, my calendar is open for booking starting July 6th.

Some things you need to know:

  • My schedule has changed to limit the number of clients I see per day and the amount of time between clients for the new sanitizing protocol.
  • Clients will be required to fill out an online COVID-19 wellness form before each appointment.
  • I will conduct a temperature check before each session and will post my own temperature.
  • Masks will be required.
  • I will request that you use hand sanitizer at the start of session.

I am excited to get back to work after over 100 days. You can trust that I will do my best to provide an environment that helps you feel safe and I also welcome whatever suggestions you have that will contribute to that end. I look forward to seeing you very very soon.

Making Whiskey Sours out of Lemons.

I hope you are all doing your best to stay sane during this challenging time. Maybe you discovered a new passion for baking sourdough bread, finished watching everything on Netflix, are able to put a t-shirt on while in a handstand, have planted a vegetable garden or perfected the perfect afternoon nap; it’s all great if it helps you feel good.
I’ve been finding comfort in running along the Great Highway, walking my sweet dog Hazel, jigsaw puzzling, zoom yoga classes and perfecting my whiskey sour. Thank heaven for my lemon tree.
As I’m sure you’re all aware, the shelter in place order has been extended until May 31st. I know many of you feel that massage is essential (I think so too!) but it is in our best interest to adhere to the social distancing protocol until we find a way to minimize the chance of spreading this super scary and sneaky virus. So, I’ll continue to stay closed until San Francisco gives businesses like mine the green light. And when that green light comes, I will be at a new location. After 12 years on Judah Street, Raise the Bar Fitness (RTB) closed the studio but they’re keeping the Taraval gym open. I’ll be moving my practice to 1655 Taraval and will follow the series of COVID-19 business practices, including sanitation protocols outlined by the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals in addition to any other rules set forth by the city’s public health department.
I feel so supported by this wonderful community of clients. If you are looking for other ways to support our wonderful neighborhood, be sure to check out #SunsetStrong’s guide to shopping locally. I’m not sure if they’re listed on #SunsetStrong but I do know Le Trio, the Vietnamese Cafe on the corner of Judah and 31st Ave. (also owned by the fantastic guys at RTB) is open for take out and delivery and they’ve got special menus available for family style meals.
I’ll reach out again once I have a firm date for re-opening. In the meantime, you can always check the website for other updates. I miss you all and hope you continue to exercise patience and kindness with yourselves and all those around you.

Shelter In Place Extension & New Office

With a new date set for our shelter in place order, my practice will remain closed through May 3rd.

I miss you all very much; not just as clients but as my neighbors, teachers, and my extended community. Now more than ever, I appreciate so much that you choose to spend such precious time in my care. I watched this video a few days ago and it made me so happy; I hope it has the same effect on you. Let’s keep doing our best to be kind and patient with each other, remembering that we truly are in this together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QagzdvzzHBQ

After 12 years on Judah Street, Raise the Bar Fitness has decided to vacate that location. The good news is, they’ve offered me an office at their Taraval location and so, if businesses like mine are allowed to re-open on May 4th, I will be at 1655 Taraval Street.

I can’t thank you enough for your gift card and package purchases. It has helped tremendously to ease the financial strain of not working. I am eager to get back to work but also realize that our collective safety during this time is paramount. I’m committed to following all recommended precautions in an effort to provide a safe and relaxing environment for each of you. I can’t wait, but I will wait … because it’s important. 🙂

Temporary Office Closure

In accordance with San Francisco’s shelter in place order, my office will be closed until April 7th. I will cancel all sessions via Genbook and you’ll get an email confirmation once I’ve done so. If you have an appointment that you would like to reschedule, you can do so online at wandapierce.com or contact me directly for help doing so. I will be adding some days to my schedule to make up for lost time which means it might be easier to book with me once the order is lifted.

Until such time, I hope you find ways to practice self care, kindness and patience as we are all truly in this together. I am so grateful to each of you for your support and look forward to seeing you very soon.

To those of you who have pre-purchased packages and gift certificates, thank you! Your generosity is humbling. Gift certificates never expire and now packages won’t either.

I’ll be posting updates here from time to time and sharing the silver linings I am sure to see during this mandatory staycation.

Wanda

Ps, I learned that Ocean Beach Yoga is offering online live stream video classes providing a great way to achieve some inner peace. Walks are still allowed and with the days getting longer, they provide a great way to clear the cobwebs and breathe fresh air. 🙂

In these times of COVID-19

Tensions are high as we get updates from our local officials, the CDC and the World Health Organization on COVID-19. The good news is that I believe we are all doing our best to get ourselves through this challenging time. It’s important to be respectful of everyone’s unique approach to staying safe; whether you are feeling the need to collect supplies and hunker down for the next few weeks or find refuge in a massage. If you are considering the latter I want to let you know the added steps I’m taking to create a safe space for you to relax, unwind and find refuge for a little bit.

I’m now using disinfectant wipes on the face cradle and other surfaces you might come in contact with between each session.

As usual, every client gets a fresh set of sheets and I always wash my hands thoroughly before and after each session. Now I’m singing Happy Birthday twice while I do so. I now keeping hand sanitizer in the massage room which I apply before and after entering.

For the time being I’m skipping face massage and refraining from using eye pillows.

While I appreciate advance notice whenever possible, I will NOT be enforcing my cancellation policy for the foreseeable future so if you are feeling under the weather, please stay home and take care of yourself without concern for penalty.

We are all in learning mode here and so if there is something I’m not doing that you believe I should, please don’t be shy. I welcome any suggestions that will help people feel safe in my care.  .