What must I do before my first appointment? Please tell me a bit about you, what you are seeking in a session. Verifying who you are protects me from people who don’t want you to have a choice to have sensual and therapeutic massage artfully combined for deep healing. I will not respond to rude, illegal or short inquiries. Text or e-mail is my preferred method of first contact.
What are your rates? Simply good bodywork: My unique decade-in-the-making ninety minute blend of technical massage, heartfelt Swedish and delicious full body stretches. Prior to and during the massage I will listen to you carefully and closely, then touch you the same way. Let me know the areas that need addressing and the pressure you respond to and that will be our starting point for our massage journey. No two simply good bodywork sessions are alike:
50 minute “Quick fix” $145-$150
75 minute “Traditional deep Esalen” $180-$190
90 minute “In-Home bliss” $200-$220
2 hour “Tune up” $240-$260
(Prices varies according to distance the lowest being in Berkeley/Oakland area)
Are you trained? Yes. I graduated from Tucson’s Desert Institute of the Healing Arts with a Thousand hour Diploma in August of 1998. I expanded my massage horizons during a one year residency at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute. The learning never stops as I have taken workshops in India, from Body Electric School of Massage , thai massage studies at the Sunshine School in Chiang Mai Thailand, and the Upledger institute.
What style of massage do you practice? Integrated and sensually holistic. After 16 years of a full-time bodywork I like to think that each massage therapy session is unique and a dance. Some of the moves include: sensual Swedish, unique deep tissue, trigger points, full body stretches and blissful flowing Esalen long strokes. I believe a good massage is a shared journey, not just a series of techniques. Clients who have employed me for years often tell me that no two deep Esalen massage sessions are alike.
How many massages do you do a day? I believe that massage should be a personal, unique and energy-filled experience. Because I believe in quality bodywork and put so much energy into your session, I limit my massage appointments to no more than one per day or two if its a couple.
Can I be in the nude? Of course. I believe that massage should be about comfort and connection. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and connected during your massage session. After our pre-session interview I leave the bodywork room to wash my hands. There are always two fresh sheets on the table so you have a choice of the level of draping or un-drape which suits your comfort level before I return to the room to begin your bodywork session.
Do you give a sensual massage? Yes. My massage offering includes touch of your entire body. I believe that massage by nature is sensual and that the body and soul respond well to being treated and touched as a complete creation. In my experience, profound and positive changes unfold when the sensual tastefully meets the therapeutic.
Do you use a table? Always. Body mechanics and the longevity of my massage career depend on having a table which is adjusted to an appropriate height.
Do you use oil or lotion? I primarily use Biotone’s clear results oil. Secondarily, I use some Aveda products like ‘Love’ ‘hand relief’ and ‘foot relief’ to enhance the massage and create a pampering mini-spa atmosphere. I also use Keihls “body cream.” If you have special oil needs its a good idea to bring a bottle to your session.
I have a cold, is massage good for me? Maybe, however, I don’t need to get sick too. Please wait until you feel better to schedule your massage.
What can I do to get a fulfilling massage experience? Breathe fully and deeply. Sound, and/or tell me when something feels really good. Relax, let go, and enjoy.
Who do you prefer working with? After fifteen years of offering massage and bodywork, my preference is to work with clients who are open to receiving a good massage and have a modicum of cleanliness. Other than that, I have no preference to the shape, sex, age or sexuality of my clients. All are welcome.
Do you take credit cards? No, but I happily accept PayPal. You can pay before your session by sending money to email@example.com via PayPal, or after if you have the PayPal app on your phone.