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A New Year

A good rain has finally come to California and it feels like heaven.  Driving this morning, I noticed a group of shore birds huddled together on a sandbar along the river mouth, while the ocean churned a dark grey-blue behind them. I love these days of wild weather the best and my heart soaks up …

Winter Solstice

It’s almost here.  the Winter Solstice is a celestial event that marks the time when night is at its longest, day is at its shortest, and our days will begin to grow longer again.  I love to mark the seasons of my life along with Nature’s cycles.  It helps me stay connected to my deepest …

If You Want Love…

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “If you want love, then love and be lovable.” Sometimes I’ll get a little down, thinking about wanting more love in my life.  I wish that I ‘felt’ more loved and special to those whom I love. When I let myself be sad about it I notice that I …

Following Nature’s Cycles

It is mid-November and Nature has set her patterns for the coming year.  Every Fall Equinox the patterns are set and we move in to a time of rest and reflection. Already, winter’s season approaches my door like an old friend coming for a long-overdue visit.  This year, I have missed Her. My life has …

What is Massage

Massage is a delicate interaction between humans; an artful touch that has a purpose. Relief from muscle pain is an obvious benefit. Subtler benefits include greater mind-body awareness and calm inside a busy life. Massage stimulates your body’s systems and gives you relaxation in the muscle and mind. I have enjoyed a continuous, referral-based private …

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage is given in the traditional way; on a pad on the floor while the client wears loose clothing.  With this style, we work with the meridians of energy from Chinese medicine, using pressure points and stretching techniques to invigorate and balance. Training along with acupuncture students, my 256 hour training and certification as …

Swedish Style Massage

A Swedish style massage is given on a table using oil-on-the-skin technique.  This style can be gentle and nurturing; a medium pressure for stretching musculature and passive joint movement, or deep into the tissue.  My 200 hour training and certification in Swedish massage, deep tissue, and sports techniques was received from the Santa Barbara School …