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Therapeutic Massage

The therapeutic massage I offer is called Connective Tissue Therapy, meaning that this work is designed to help people get further into both the muscular and its connective tissue overlay, to resolve musculoskeletal adhesions, traumas, ischemia (tightness) and other tensions and restrictions.

Therapeutic Massage

"You can never go too deep, just too fast." I believe my teacher, Hugh Milne, said this first. Perhaps I'm wrong. At any rate, this is a foundational principle of my massage work.

If you have ever cracked an egg into a bowl, if you do it enough times you will likely encounter a piece of shell, trapped in the bottom of the egg white matrix. Getting it out is tricky; if you plunge your finger into the bowl, you will never retrieve the shell. But, if you sink in slowly, allowing the egg white to bring you into it, the shell will never move. When I offer deep tissue work, this is my approach. The body must allow the practitioner in according to its own speed and ability. Nothing else, in my opinion suffices that respects the inherent healing capability of the tissues.

The therapeutic massage I offer is called Connective Tissue Therapy, meaning that this work is designed to help people get further into both the muscular and its connective tissue overlay, to resolve musculoskeletal adhesions, traumas, ischemia (tightness) and other tensions and restrictions.

Connective Tissue Therapy, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Neuromuscular Therapy are the foundations of the therapeutic work that I do. Both are slow, deliberate and patient forms of working with the ground substance and connective tissues that house the muscles and govern, to a great extent, their tonus, range of motion and overall functionality. By keeping a low table height and by using a hydraulic lift table, I am able to maximize the use my own body weight to "sink into" the client's tissues at the pace his or her body is willing to work with me. This means that I do not push or insist or make the muscles submit to treatment. My work is designed to go no further or deeper than the client is willing to go, yet it can be quite deep.

Please note, that in working with specific body sites that are causing concern for you, I will take your entire structure and function into account, because I don’t believe there is any part of the body that operates on its own. Shoulders injuries, for example, are almost always related to temporal bone, diaphragm, hip, knee and foot performance as well.

*Note: Though I am well-trained in Swedish Massage, it is not a modality I consistently offer, nor one my clients often ask for. If you would like a relaxing massage that consists of conventional Spa-like treatment offerings, or modalities such as lomilomi, shiatsu, Thai massage or hot-stone treatments, I am happy to refer you to healers I trust. Please see the Resources page for contacts.

**I do NOT offer "sensual massage." Men will always be draped at least over the pelvis. Women will always be draped at least over the chest and pelvis.

 

Healing Work


It’s hard to do justice to Brian’s work, and calling it massage counts as reductio ad absurdum in the extreme. Brian is a healer, and if you are brave and/or open, his holistic approach will extend past massage to an array of techniques to uncover what’s bothering you and how it’s playing out in your body. He will then become your partner in remedying those issues whether the source is the mind or the body. It was crushing to find Brian in San Francisco so close to his move to Sebastopol [CA], but my loss is West Marin’s gain.
— Stephanie L. (from Yelp)