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. ūüôā

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.¬† .

Happy & Healthy 2020! Plus new rates and some gratitude.

Thank you for supporting my work in 2019. I feel so fortunate to do this work and for the relationships I have with each one of you. Whether you visit once a year or you’re a weekly client – you are all special to me in unique ways. Here we are again at the beginning of a new year and the promise of great things to come. Surely the year will also come with its challenges and disappointments but we have freedom to decide how we react.

Speaking of reactions, San Francisco’s permitting regulations surrounding massage therapists was a great example of how NOT to react. But even in the scariest moments, I felt so grateful to those of you who wrote your supervisors and offered support, professional advice and experience. I’m still sorting through the bureaucracy and trying to find a way to achieve compliance.

Beginning February 1st, my rates will increase by $10. If you purchased a package in 2019, the old rates will apply for the remaining sessions.

I’m excited for this new year partly because I feel pretty clear about how I’d like to be in it. One commitment I’m making to myself is to follow a media diet consisting of more inspiring and uplifting subjects – things that will help me ask more beautiful questions and help me see more good in the world. Some of the podcasts that are in my heavy rotation are The Good Life Project, On Being, Everything Happens and Terrible, Thanks for Asking in case you want to join me in this effort.

New Year, new hours

Happy New Year! 2018 seemed to fly by for me. Still I managed to take some time off, spend lots of time outdoors and carve time out to recognize how incredibly fortunate I am to have work that nourishes my soul, a wonderful cast of clients, a loving home in this beautiful Sunset neighborhood and great health. Thank you for supporting the work I do!

I’m determined to manage my time better in 2019; in light of that, I’ve changed my schedule a bit in hopes that I’ll have more options available for those of you who’ve mentioned that scheduling with me is becoming a challenge. It’s a work in progress and I’m open to suggestions.

I’ve also made a decision to stop taking new clients for outcall visits. If you’re already an existing outcall client, don’t worry – nothing changes for you.

May your 2019 be joyous and fruitful and healthy!

The Final Tally – Norcal Fire Relief Fundraiser

I’m am beyond thrilled to report that together we raised $1413.00 for the¬†Redwood Credit Union‚Äôs North Bay Fire Relief Fund.¬† The last eGift card to push us over the $1400 mark came in just shy of midnight.

I delivered a check in person to the branch at 1390 Market Street later today.

Thank you to all of you who came to see me on Saturday for a massage and to all of you who purchased eGift cards for future use!

UPDATE: October 28 Fundraiser for those affected by Norcal fires

I’m happy to say I’m booked solid this Saturday, October 28th! In case you didn’t know, I decided to open my doors for business this Saturday and will donate 100% of my earnings to Redwood Credit Union‚Äôs North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is covering all administration costs so that 100% of what I/you donate will go to victims and relief efforts.

But don’t fret … if you’d still like to participate but weren’t able to book an appointment.¬† I’m increasing the fundraising potential by introducing eGift cards for my services. It’s not the handmade card anymore but it’s quick and easy and if you buy an eGift card on Saturday, October 28th, I’ll donate 100% of that to RCU as well. I’ll post an update on Monday morning announcing the grand total.

Gift Cards are now available

As much as I’ve loved hand making every gift certificate I’ve sold, the time has come to put my rubber stamps and glue away but you can still show someone you care by purchasing an eGift card.¬† It’s quick and easy and you can even do it when you wake up in the middle of the night and remember it’s someone’s birthday.¬† Click here to get started!

Doctors’ orders.

Here’s an article¬†validating the effectiveness of drug free approaches to pain. ¬†I lean toward starting with the path of least resistance. ¬†A hot bath with epsom salt is my number one go to approach to back pain or muscle strain. ¬†Oh, and that genius approach¬†called resting. ¬†It’s a smart¬†idea¬†but for some of us it’s so hard to do, so get a massage; it’s kind of the perfect happy compromise.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/20/515675259/got-back-pain-try-yoga-or-massage-before-reaching-for-the-pills

New Schedule! (plus, my commute just got better..)

After nearly 15 years of working in Marin, I’ve decided to close up shop and make my practice in the Sunset my sole focus.
Beginning March 1st, I’ll be in my office at Raise the Bar Fitness, Sunday through Tuesday and Fridays.

I am so very thankful for those in Marin who have supported me throughout the years. I hold such a special place in my heart for each person who came to my table.

Susan Fox at Balance Restored in particular has been an inspiration and mentor for me throughout the years. She is a powerhouse of a woman and a highly skilled acupuncturist. If you’re ever in need and don’t mind the drive to Corte Madera (It’s not THAT far!) she’s your woman.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a hard time with change. A good routine helps to keep me grounded but every now and then, an opportunity arises that feels right, even when it’s scary. Jason & Nick at Raise the Bar Fitness asked if I’d be interested in renting the office full time and it just felt right. Providing massage in my community is one of the best perks of what I do. I look forward to seeing you on the table!

How often “should” I get a massage?

This is probably the most asked question I get as a massage therapist. The second most popular being, “Can you feel how tight my muscles are?” which I’ll address in another post.

Here’s my standard answer which doesn’t say much for my sales pitch but I believe is the “right” answer.

Typically, I say, it’s up to you. Listen to your body, factor in your time and finances to ensure that you aren’t stressed about making it to your next scheduled appointment.

I read that Bob Hope got a massage every day for 63 years and I think he lived to be 100. Not all of us can be Bob Hope so here are some alternate options.

If you’re the kind of person who wants to incorporate massage into a self-care regimen, maybe once a season is a good start. That’s 4 massages per year which isn’t likely to break the bank and is a rather nice way to welcome a new season.

If that sounds like too little, maybe every other month. I have a client who trades off between facials and massages throughout the year.

George Burns got a massage every day, but not everyone can be George Burns.

Ultimately, it’s an experiment and with time and consistency, you’ll find what works for you.