August 28, 2020 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) stated on August 28, 2020, that medical massage therapy is now allowed to be performed indoors, regardless of which county you are in. The CDPH stated: “Medical massage (massage done based on a referral from a doctor or chiropractor) is permitted indoors at this time because it is considered an essential sector under healthcare and essential activities are able to continue operating." Please contact me if you have questions or concerns about doctors notes, indoor massage during covid-19 or anything else!
view from the massage table <3
August 9, 2020 My professional landscape as a massage therapist has been changing frequently in accordance with Sonoma County COVID guidelines. Navigating these changes gracefully has been tough… meeting the challenge of mutability with imagination rather than impetuousness has been a struggle.
But my desire to safely serve my community is stronger than my exasperation :)
If you’ve never had the opportunity to receive an outdoor massage - here’s your chance! I have taken extra care to create a private oasis, without sacrificing comfort, function or safety. My new outdoor studio is located directly behind my indoor space. The massage table is set up under a beautiful old fig tree, which provides glorious shade. Airy, yet private, this spot is absolutely dreamy!
June 17, 2020
I received the good news that Governor Newson announced massage clinics are permitted to open on June 19th. However, it is up to each county to determine if this will be implemented in their specific area. In light of this announcement I have decided to open my schedule as of Tuesday June 23rd. Please note the Sonoma County Health Officer has NOT yet released a statement permitting us to move forward, but I am hopeful :)
More days have been added to my schedule. I am now working Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Saturday. Online booking is back up and running, and as always, you are welcome to call/text/email to schedule your appointment. If it turns out Sonoma County does not meet the requirements to reopen massage by June 23rd, I will contact you to reschedule.
CDC hygiene and disinfection protocols are being implemented. Please wear a mask to your appointment, I will have hand sanitizer available for you when you arrive. We will review your health history and exposure risks in person, before beginning your session. Your comfort and ease in this space is my first priority, if you have questions or concerns regarding Covid precautions or anything else relating to your massage - please do not hesitate to contact me!
I have also updated my rates. In acknowledgement that the pandemic has affected pretty much every aspect of our wellbeing, including financial, I have transitioned to a sliding scale model of pricing. Previously sliding scale was an option that had to be specifically requested, but I have come to realize that this shifted the burden of access to my clients, which did not align with my commitment to accessibility. Every body deserves massage therapy and I intend to continually update my policies to reflect this statement.
March 15, 2020 If you’ve been to my studio, you may have seen this Metta (loving-kindness) prayer on the wall.
I practice this meditation every day and hold these intentions in my heart as I move through the world. I try act with compassionate care for all beings, whether that be in action or thought.
Today my Metta practice is to temporarily close my studio doors. This is an act of loving-kindness to my clients, my community and for myself.
Metta meditation can be a balm in times of stress or uncertainty. It can help us feel more connected both ourselves and others, and the meditation itself very simple to do…
direct the phrases to yourself (may I be happy)
consider someone you feel thankful for
visualize someone you feel neutral about
send Metta to someone you are having trouble with
direct Metta towards everyone/thing universally
. According to the Greater Good Science Centre at UC Berkeley, this short meditation can make us feel less isolated and more connected to those around us. One study showed that “a single 7 minute mediation made people feel more connected to, and positive about, both loved ones and total strangers and more accepting of themselves”. . As you all prepare to stay home, remember that this is Metta in action. This is a gift you are giving to your loved ones, neighbours and community. Thank you for what you are doing and I will see you all very soon.
Gift certificates and online sessions are now available!