Welcome!

Hi, I’m Karin.

I love people, and I absolutely love relaxing, de-stressing and pampering them by giving them compassionate, nurturing bodywork.

I was born and raised in the Midwest, and lived several places in the Midwest and then Washington DC before settling in the Bay Area in 1999.   Shortly thereafter, I trained at the World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts, and doing bodywork gave me a new way to love people – with my hands.  I’ve been doing it ever since.

I am a happy and optimistic person who has space for all kinds of feelings.  My life is joyful and sustainable. I get energized by swimming, and regular yoga keeps me flexible and chilled out. I love people, and I absolutely love relaxing, de-stressing and pampering them by giving them compassionate, nurturing bodywork.

Scheduling

I’ve found, in my 12 years of practice, that there are two kinds of people who are seeking massages:

There are the people who schedule in advance because it’s their birthday, or they’re planning to run a marathon, they feel stressed and want to relax, or they just want to do something nice for themselves.

Then there are the folks who wake up and their shoulder/neck/leg hurts and they need a massage RIGHT NOW. I don’t have specific hours or days that I work or don’t work, but I try to keep a few hours each day free for those “I slept wrong and now my neck/leg, shoulder huts and I need a massage TODAY.”

I have a smartphone, so emailing me and calling me are basically the same thing – do whichever one is more comfortable for you – and I will do my level best to fit you in when it works for you. More advance notice is more likely to get you the time slot you want, but please do call and ask for same-day appointments, as I am often available for those.

Location

My studio is located an easy three-block walk from Ashby Bart. There is abundant street and bike parking available.

Credentials

Completely Holistic Massage Therapist program – The World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts, 1999. California Certified Massage Practitioner #31158

Your Session

Each session I do is unique, tailored to the needs of the person on the table at that particular moment in time. When I chat with you before your session, I’ll often ask the following questions: “What has you seeking bodywork at this particular time?” “Are there any parts of your body that are painful, uncomfortable, or just wanting attention right now?”  “When was your last professional massage?” “The information you give me verbally, as well as what your body tells me when I put my hands on you, helps shape your session.

Emotional Release

My massage table is a safe haven for your body *and* your heart.  Sometimes people want compassionate touch in the form of bodywork because they are lonely, sad, or under stress. Whatever the case is for you, know that any emotional release you have on my table – giggling, tears, words – is welcome in my space, and will stay there.

What is Holistic Massage Therapy?

Holistic means ‘whole’ (it has Greek roots for those interested in the Etymology!). So this form of massage deals with you as a ‘whole’. Like other therapies, it is not just looking to treat the symptoms, but to establish the cause, whether it be internal or external. The aim is to rebalance the body so it achieves homeostasis or balance. The training for the therapist is quite extensive, as it not only covers massage, but also anatomy and physiology, nutrition and general health.

What Happens When I Go For A Holistic Massage?

At the first consultation with your therapist, you will be asked to complete a detailed health questionnaire. This will take about 45 minutes as it goes over every aspect of your health, family history and lifestyle, what goes in your body and yes, what comes out the other end! From this information the therapist can put together a profile for you and tailor the massage to suit. The therapist keeps a note of each treatment, which for you means that after a few visits you can come in, ‘flop’ down on the couch and the therapist knows what you need.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Holistic Massage Therapy?

Massage benefits are both mind and body. It is rare that we take an hour to lie down, close our eyes and just ‘be’. An hour’s peace and quiet away from ringing phones and demanding children has a definite restorative effect.

For the body, the massage helps taut muscles learn to relax and this, combined with strokes to aid lymphatic drainage, helps to release toxins. The benefits can be felt by all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. According to the Massage Association, research has verified that office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren’t massaged. It is not just office workers who benefit. Stress affects different people in a myriad of ways, physically and emotionally. Stiffness and soreness in muscles can be due to a wide range of physical factors from an overly energetic session in the gym or carrying too much shopping home, to poor posture through being seated at a desk all day or excessive time behind the steering wheel. The causes are not always physical however. Emotional tension and the day to day stresses that life throws at us can manifest in headaches caused by a stiff neck and shoulders and the body generally tensing up in response to stress, especially if there is not the opportunity to release. Massage can help people to deal with emotional problems such as grief and depression.

Older people benefit too. For the elderly it can be difficult to get around, resulting in lack of exercise and muscle atrophy. Massage will stimulate blood flow and help the release of those feel-good endorphins that make us feel smiley inside.

Are There Any Reasons I Would Not Be Able To Have A Massage?

There are a number of factors which preclude massage, for example if the you are ill and/or has a fever. You are also advised not to drink alcohol or take drugs (unless by prescription!) in the 24 hours before and after the massage. This could affect the liver and kidneys as in addition to the toxins released by the massage they will also be trying to cope with toxins from the drug. People with some conditions (such as cancer) may be treated only with consent from their GP. Your therapist will advise you, as the list is quite extensive.