It's that time of year again. Hopefully all of you are keeping an even keel during this rather crazy time of year. It's dark, it's cold, the world is a little messy this year, and yet we're supposed to be "FESTIVE"?!
Well, here are two things that might be helpful as you navigate through this Solstice season:
First, a 20% holiday discount on massage services, good through 12/31. An hour is now $95, and a 90-minute session is $130. (May not be used with other discounts or offers.) Just click on the "BOOK NOW" button on the right to schedule.
Second, I now have GIFT CERTIFICATES. Click here to learn more. I hope you all have a great end of year, and stay tuned for exciting changes to my practice in the new year! We're moving!
A lot of friends and clients are asking about self-care. We seem to be at an unusually challenging time in history, and I've been seeing an awful lot of stress lately, so I thought I'd re-post this article I wrote about self-care, from a few months ago. (Originally published June 1017, slightly edited here.) Feel free to leave your own tips for self-care in the comments.
We're in the midst of one of the most tumultuous years the US has seen in decades, if ever. There’s some crazy stuff happening, and not just in politics and the headlines. People are being fat-shamed. Powerful women are not being taken seriously. Trans people are getting mugged and worse. Racism is on the rise. My friends with disabilities report an increase in verbal or physical attacks against them. Some say we're in the middle of three concurrent epidemics (opioids, guns, and PTSD / fear). Many people are hurting, not just for themselves, but for their friends and families, their community, their country, and the planet. If you feel overwhelmed, you’re certainly not alone.
What’s the solution? Obviously showing support, sticking up for each other, and activism and social justice. But beyond that, just as important, is self-care. What can you do for yourself on a daily basis? Here are some suggestions:
Are you staying in town this August? When everyone leaves the city at the end of August for vacation and for Burning Man, doesn't it kind of feel like "the rapture"? For those of you who are remaining here, toiling away, I'm offering a "rapture" special, from now through Sunday September 10.
30 percent OFF all massages!
That's $85 for 1 hour / $115 for 90 minutes!
You can book right here on my website by clicking the "Book Now" button. I've changed the pricing temporarily to reflect this sale. Get in touch!
This is the third in a series of posts about my practice. The first two were about how I can help you feel more comfortable in your body, and what to expect from a session with me. I’m going to finish by sharing some of the diverse experiences I’ve had around gender, sexual orientation, race, and disability. I think it helps, when choosing to work with a therapist, to know a bit about background and why they see the world the way they do.
I’m a gay man in my early 50’s. I grew up in New England, lived in Boston for years, and came to San Francisco in 2010. Conventional gender roles weren’t really a thing in my family. Growing up, my mom wore jeans and a man’s shirt, and loved gardening, working with tools, mowing the lawn, repairing things around the house, and sports. My father was a fastidious dresser who preferred fine foods, fine clothes, ballet, opera, and music. As children, my sister liked sports and cowboys, while I enjoyed cooking, theater, and music. As a result, I’m pretty comfortable around all sorts of different gender expressions.
My family worked in mental health. My father was a psychiatrist, my mother, an occupational therapist, and my sister, a social worker. I spent a lot of time working in the arts, putting myself through art school while working as an event planner for the largest conference for people with disabilities on the East Coast. During that time, I worked closely with a team of people with all sorts of disabilities, learning first-hand about the kinds of oppression they were fighting. Later, I had a career in gay men’s health, working not only with gay men but with transgender people as well. I’ve worked with people in recovery from drugs and alcohol, and coached community members in helping their peers navigate the health care system in inner cities and rural areas. I’ve worked closely with Black, Latinx, and Asian communities.
My first experience with massage was through the Body Electric School. While I found this work fulfilling, I wanted to expand further, to learn anatomy, physiology, and a wider array of techniques and modalities. My goal as a massage therapist is to help people lead richer lives while feeling more at home in their own bodies, addressing the whole person, body and mind, in order to help them achieve the balance they desire.
For more information, check out my bio page, which includes a list of the various modalities and techniques I’ve received training in.
My colleague Kate and I will be offering massages this Saturday afternoon, July 22, as part of this fabulous free celebration at AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. Come check it out! Here's the description from Facebook:
Burning Man camp Comfort & Joy is teaming up with the National AIDS Memorial Grove to bring you the second annual ‘Playa in the Grove’, a fabulous afternoon of art, music, connection and other festivities! For this celebration of our queer community, both in the bay and at Burning Man, we feel the sacred Memorial Grove is the perfect space to revel and relax in as we honor our past and envision our future. This special FREE gathering will feature: