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’s 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’s 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.


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.

The Feel Good Effect

As I was on my run this morning, I felt a surge of joy overtake me.  The fog in my neighborhood was starting to lift and the air felt cool and fresh, a perfect blend of damp wood chips from the trail and ocean.  It’s the endorphins, I thought.  It’s the endorphins and my playlist and my realization that I get to do this for myself in some form everyday.  Lucky me.  I noticed the rest of us, out there either working to maintain the park or walking or running or even waking (lots of people live in this park too) and this part of me inside wanted to break out into dance with all of them flashmob style.  I keep running and smiling at those whose eyes I meet.  A lovely start to my day; a stage setter.

So as soon as I got back, I went online to find out what is it that makes this feel so good.  Yes, yes .. I know the endorphin thing but what is that?  Well, thanks inter webs..

How Exercise Benefits the Brain, by Leo Widrich

“Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzhe . . .

http://www.dailygood.org/story/440/how-exercise-benefits-th . . .

Food as Medicine

Not groundbreaking news but I do appreciate a more conservative approach where prescribed meds are seen as supplements and not complete evil. It’s all about balance people.

In the tiny laboratory I lovingly call my kitchen, I know I feel better when I’m nourishing myself with foods my grandmother would recognize. I feel better because I’m getting the fuel I need but I also feel better because good nutrition is a form of self care, just like getting enough sleep, flossing & meditating.

Meds are also a form of self care and have their place. It’s an individual choice though that I believe requires careful consideration and probably some solid supervision.

The Link Between Eating Well and Mental Health, by Steve Holt

Should the Hippocratic maxim “Let food be thy medicine” apply to mental health care? According to recent res . . .

http://www.dailygood.org/story/837/the-link-between-eating- . . .