- Alex D.
- Zuri L.
- Rob K.
Wellness is a journey. Journey's are often done alone, and sometimes we're fortunate enough to come across people who can help us continue on our path with a new sense of strength, and courage. As we embark on our path to wellness, bodywork is the kind fellow traveler to lend a hand, and aid in our ability to move through the thick fog of challenge. It's not always easy, but the moments of clarity that are gained in travel are worth a hundred times the struggle to find it. Wherever you find yourself in the process of health, and well being allow yourself the opportunity to experience something unlike a typical massage where you can gain deeper insight into your body, mind, and spirit.
Massage is but a tree in the forest that is bodywork. The two are different in that bodywork addresses the physical, as well as how/why these ailments are effecting the other aspects of your self. This can be a range from postural, or structural disfunction, to emotional, psychological, and spiritual barriers keeping you from your continuous path to honest health.
We all store trauma of various forms, and in various ways. My job is to teach presence where we have learned resistance, and while I can give an easy, relaxing massage, I usually request you to work with me, and meet me as we embark on a path to your vision of health, and well being.
This technique works with the connective tissue, and some deeper layers of muscle tissue. Usually this helps to put the fascial layers of muscle tissue back into a place of homeostasis.
Adding a bit of conscious thought to your day can make a world of difference. Learn to control emotions, to navigate perspective, to get into deeper touch with the different aspects of self, and help others while you're at it. All with a sense of effortlessness, and self-care.
Essential to any bodyworkers palette. Observing the body, and how it is held allows both the practitioner, and receiver to engage in what the body is carrying, where, and how that effects the rest of the systems of the body. Then the practitioner can begin to help unravel where the body is wound in both physical, and emotional capacities.
The non trademarked version of Rolfing. While it is deep, and sometimes painful work, it's highly effective in aiding the body to come to a more neutral state, and allows the body to move more freely by releasing areas of highly restrictive tension.
There are different ways to help the body process through the micro, and macro traumas we experience. Some of these things can be done alone, and others are necessary to do while someone is facilitating your process with you so that you feel supported in moments of vulnerability or fear.
Trigger Point therapy involves finding a small point in a muscular region that when a firm pressure is applied helps to relieve that entire region. This sort of therapy works great for athletes, and people with RSI's (repeat stress injuries).
A work that incorporates physical, and energetic therapies to release tension of the various organs. Well known through parts of Europe but quite foreign to most people in the United States. A powerful, and immensely useful technique.
Ayurveda is the Indian form of medicine. It deals with a combination of 3 'doshas' or body/mind types to discern how that specific body can be navigated for optimal care including diet, exercise, and ways to navigate your individual challenges.
Many traditions incorporate breath into their practices of self-care. There are so many layers of breath that function to help the body cleanse, open, sleep, focus, and charge. Not to mention other types that offer a deep, and intense look into ourself, and the way we hold our joy, pain, availability, and challenge.
Chinese medicine (TCM or 5 Element) deals often with acupuncture or needling (which I don't offer). However, the same system is applied with Tui-Na (Chinese style massage), qi-gong, and, Yin yoga to help open up the stagnant energetic pathways of the body.
Herbs are a great way to supplement the process of health, and nutrition. There are so many herbs out there that can help with everything in the book! Our prescription medicine all comes from SOMEthing natural right?! So why not try to heal, and aid yourself direct from the source of nature? First off, Turmeric with black pepper. Take it daily. You can look up all the powerful benefits of turmeric.
Each session is designed specifically for you. No one session is ever alike, and that is what keeps this work interesting, engaging, and present to your wants, and needs. The kind of bodywork I do incorporates a broad range of techniques that I have picked up over the years. You can find out more about these techniques on my about page, or just scroll down.
I look forward to our session together.
- Dana L.
Bodywork involves both the practitioner, and the receiver working together to help release stored tension patterns physically, and emotionally. I explain to people that bodywork is a two-way street, and I can only go as far as you are willing.
The modalities used to engage in this work are vast, so there is no one way to explain how the work is done. However, breath, sound, concentration, trust, listening to your body (as well as learning how to listen), and commitment to your well-being are key elements to this work.
While bodywork can look, and feel a lot like massage therapy, and even includes many of the same modalities, my bodywork offers another realm of somatic therapy that massage often overlooks. Usually pressure is medium to deep, and sometimes the body is asking for something a lot more gentle in order to release in a specific way. I'm good at discerning where and when to apply which.
In short, bodywork is a two-way journey that requires an effort on both ends that produces a deeper knowledge of self, releases physical and emotional tension, and offers new tools to maintain and improve our sense of self, in its ever-changing ways.
Breathwork is a powerful tool that promotes a hyper sense of self-awareness. Sessions are 2.5-3 hours in length. These sessions are one-on-one although sometimes offered in group format. In the altered state that breathwork offers people can re-experience traumatic events, or have certain peak emotions highlighted. I am there to guide you through it, hold you in it, and help you to stay present amidst what often feels like chaos.On the other end of these sessions, people are left feeling vulnerable, and elevated. In some cases completely ecstatic and in others like they just had a 3 day cry.
Often times after a bodywork session, I advise a maintenance plan to help keep the work we've done together. Unfortunately, there is seldom enough time to go over the array of things that will help. This is where a yoga/movement lesson comes in as being highly beneficial.
There are so many practices, all or many of which can be incorporated into a daily practice/ritual to help support, and maintain a person's health and well-being. I use a combination of various styles of yoga, chi-gong (healing form of tai-chi), somatic therapeutic movement, movement/postural analysis, assisted stretching, breathwork, visualization techniques, and more.
My specialty is in Yin yoga, which incorporates passive (no muscle engagement) poses, held for 3-15 minutes at a time. This is also a modality that works through the meridians used in Chinese Medicine, by which access is given to the vital organs of the body as well.
There are various ways we can learn to eat better, more mindfully, healthier. As Hippocrates states, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." Incorporating such a simple spice such as Turmeric (my personal favorite!) can greatly reduce inflammation, one of the main causes of disease in the body!
There are also a number of herbs that we have immediate access to, that can help us focus, stay calm, sleep better, digest better, and heal quicker! I want to offer this knowledge to as many as possible so we can learn less reliance on otherwise useless prescription medications.
Imagine walking with intention. Little cues to keep your attention focused on a walk. A way to keep a sacredness to your day as you embark on your morning commute. This is something that completely shifts my own perspective, and allows me to find a meditative presence through movement. One walk usually does the trick to give you enough tolls to start going out into the world, and find your own foot path.
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You get undressed to your comfort level. Yes, there are areas that might be more difficult to access or warm up if there is clothing in the way, and it’s far more important that you feel safe, comfortable, and at ease. I work with bodies, naked or otherwise on a daily basis. I practice tight sheeting techniques so you don’t feel exposed. I maintain a professional and safe environment for your well being.
Yes, completely! Anything you share with me will be kept private. There are a few outstanding circumstances in which I may share your information with another colleague as to enhance your experience, and serve you better, and in some cases recommend you to someone who may be able to better serve you.
It's important to me that my work maintains accessibility. There are trade possibilities, depending on what you'd like to trade. Discounts are always a discussion, and I'm open to having those discussions.
Yes, I also can set up a weekly, or monthly appointment for your home or office. Outcalls cost an extra $1 per minute of travel time to and from my space, plus one-way cab fare X2.
I do not offer any sort of erotic work. This can be a very powerful, and healing modality for some, and that is not the work that I’m interested in, or practice. I ask that you please respect those boundaries.
Body, Mind, and Spirit
More specifically, what is bodywork?
What do people mean when they say everything in the body is connected?
Where are the meridians in the body? as they relate to TCM and 5 Element Chinese medicine
What is your specialty of yoga? yinyoga
Madhur Jaffrey: My cooking inspiration
Post-punk kitchen: Great recipes for vegan/vegetarians
Rawmazing: The uplifting effects of raw food
I have been practicing massage, and bodywork since 2007, and teaching yoga since 2005. I found my way into the field through a community of other practitioners who inspired me so much, and lead me to believe I was meant to help other communities in a similar fashion. Through facing my own health challenges as a type 1 diabetic I've gone through an incredible process of realizing what self care looks like, and how all of us can engage in a deeper, and more sustainable way of taking care of ourselves.
My ultimate goal is to be able to teach people on a broad level how we can heal ourselves, go deeper, be more present, and offer the unique gift each of us has to offer. I want to create a community of people interested in engaging in this process not only so they can have support, but so they can also expand upon, and deepen the process for themselves, and their chosen community.
It is not that I think everyone should make this their profession, but bring this to their professional, as well as personal, lives. We have so much power to create our reality. Yet, where we have been disempowered is where we have gained a weakness. I believe through empowering troubled mental, physical, and emotional states we can heal ourselves and the ones we choose to keep close to us.
Welcome to the world of bodywork!
67 a Henry St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
T: +1 415 420 5747
24 hour cancellation.
I am by appointment only, please do not show up without previously making an appointment.