I can’t say enough how grateful I have been to see clients’ commitment to their care, support of my work, and trust in my ability to take appropriate measures on your behalf. As such, I’ve decided to close through the end of the month. I know some will need to play some catch-up when we get back – I will be ready to support that. I believe a ban on touch-related services may be coming soon anyway, and is in place in some states, but in addition, I don’t want anyone to worry about it – including me. I’m taking this opportunity to practice physical distancing, as much as the idea pains me, as I am concerned for our hospitals’ capacities in the coming weeks. I will reach out with an update when I have one. I hope you are all managing as best as possible during this time, being good to one another, and getting some fresh air!
I hope you are all doing well during these tentative days of abundant information. I am sure you are well aware of the CDC guidelines for hand washing and mitigating your risk as well as that of others. I take this very seriously, so I would like to give you some guidelines specific to your care with me.
As long as I am not ill, I am open. I will be observing strict hand and arm washing, which is no different from a normal day for me. The difference is, I will ask you to do the same, whether I’m working on your arms during session or not.
For as long as I can remember, I sneeze once or twice a day when not ill. Thin membranes, the allergist says. I have always sneezed into my elbow or shoulder. Do not be alarmed!
I have taken away the communal mugs by the water dispenser. For the time being, plastic cups will have to suffice, as I don’t want any doubt.
I have purchased a large container of wipes for the office to be used between sessions. We already had wipes, but now we will use them more frequently and definitely will not run out.
I started using coconut oil a couple years ago at the urging of a client because it is simply the best oil. When using organic virgin coconut oil, it has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. I don’t know if antiviral applies to the current virus at hand, but I do know I’m using the best possible medium for skin health, which is our best defense.
Massage has immunity boosting properties. As long as we both wash our hands and arms, this will continue to be the oasis in the occasional desert of life for you as it is for me. I plan to continue receiving ~3 massages per month as I have been doing, and we will follow the same protocols. But for further peace of mind, just know that I am happily in full hermit mode getting plants ready for spring growing season, making my own food at home, being outdoors, and have exchanged my customary greeting for elbow bumps.
Please let me know if you have any other concerns. And, because this has come up in conversation, I will address: please do not come to my office sick, especially right now. Even if you’re sure it’s a common cold and you think it’s past the contagious period. Even if you think it’s a sinus infection because you get them often. I would not welcome needless variables in my daily wellness equation, nor anything that will distract me from your wellness during your session. I am self employed, and one session could mean fifteen canceled sessions, or passing on germs to some of my favorite people. Thank you for your help in this effort!
I hope you stay well in the coming days, and transform any social restrictions into opportunities for creativity, rest, outdoor time, and reflection. This is the perfect time to start a meditation practice, which boosts immunity and enhances your massage practice 🙂
Massage and Myofascial Release therapy are like exercise: if you invest in a single session, you may be a little sore and you will feel maximum effects a couple days later – but the real magic is when you get on top of it. In this way, we avoid getting back to the same old muscle guarding and pain threshold between each session. The effects of Myofascial Release in particular are cumulative – the more you learn to tune into your body during your sessions, the more your body opens to the healing process.
Beginning in January, you will be able to purchase treatment series. You will have the option to purchase either three or six sessions at a time for a bundle price. If you’re someone whose schedule can get on top of them, we recommend booking these sessions in advance too. Full pricing details are available here. Make the investment in your wellness and stick to a monthly or bi-weekly regimen, depending on your concerns, and you will see the magic for yourself. It’s a new decade, let’s establish these healthy habits together! 💆♀️✨💆♂️
Just in time for dipping temps, we’ve got our brand new table heater fired up 🔥 Come warm up. And don’t forget, $10-15 off gift certificates in December, including “gifting” yourself! (Make sure to mention this!)
We love when the recipient of a gift certificate comes in with a spirit of gratefulness and excitement, and can’t wait to feel the relief of bodywork. So, buy a gift certificate for whomever you please during the month of December and we’ll give you a little gift. Any certificate $70 and above will get $10 off, or $100 and above will get $15 off. This is a great time to share the amazing work of Myofascial Release, Lomilomi, cupping, or deep tissue massage with friends and family – we think they will thank you eternally for it! And, while we’re at it, isn’t it a good time to gift yourself? Book your massage during December and get the same treatment, our gift to you. Just book it and we will take $10 off when you visit. See you soon ✨
Having completed training in the world renowned John F. Barnes Method of Myofascial Release, I can confidently tell you this work will be a game changer. For you, for your loved ones, and for me as a practitioner. If you embark on this therapy and let the work happen with an open mind, the results will speak for themselves. This work is the ideal therapy for athletes, physical laborers, office workers, frequent drivers, expectant mothers, even infants and toddlers. It is effective treatment for TMJ dysfunction, digestive issues, anxiety and depression, hip pain, and so many others. And, if the therapist and patient work together, you may even find healing in areas you didn’t expect. If you’ve been to Elevate before and received what you considered to be slow, mindful, effective work, know that I was intuitively finding this work session by session, and I have just taken a quantum leap in my understanding of it.
If you schedule a 60-minute Myofascial Release appointment for a date beginning now through the end of November, the price is $60, with the discount taken at the time of your session. After that time, this therapy will be offered at $80 for a 60-minute session. Our website has been updated to include an information page for this work. Please peruse, feel free to do other research on this work (making sure it is for the John Barnes Method!), and come to your session ready to move past pain.
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I will be completing training for Myofascial Release Technique with the revered John Barnes training program. This technique addresses pressure within the myofascial system, the web of connective tissue throughout the body which envelopes and surrounds the muscles, and communicates with the nervous system. Trauma, inflammatory response, and surgery can create this pressure, and traditional Western medicine which addresses the symptoms will often provide only temporary relief, if any. This work is used by chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other practitioners alike to address the whole system with a long-term scope. From TMJ to scoliosis, migraines to fibromyalgia, pain sufferers travel long distances to receive this treatment from a competent professional.
I cannot wait to share this healing work with you, and I would like to ensure I have plenty of opportunity to do so. That’s why if you book a 60 minute Myofascial Release session for dates between 10/29 through 11/30, pricing will be just $60 (completed at checkout). While these sessions may feature other modalities, the majority of the work will be from this technique. Come see what it’s all about before the price goes up in December! Book Now and see you soon.