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In response to COVID-19, we continue to adapt to the changing demands of this personal and global health crisis. Read more in our latest Blog Post.

This does not change what we believe.

You are unique in all the world. There has never been, nor will there ever be, anyone exactly like you. That deserves to be honored, respected and celebrated.

That’s why at Melt Massage, we don’t leave a good massage to chance.  In your first visit we take extra time to learn your unique history to tailor a session to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Since 2001, our clients say things like, “There’s no substitute for talent.” That’s because I believe I have assembled the best team of therapists in the Bay Area and beyond. I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Our team has been recognized for their talent by winning numerous awards.
In 2017, we were voted Best Massage by Oakland Magazine, and the only Oakland-based Massage practice named in the top 5 of the Bay Area A-List.

Awards now include:
– Winner, Best Massage in Oakland and the East Bay by Oakland Magazine, 2017 & 2016
– Top 5, Bay Area A-List, 2017 & 2016
– Winner, Best Massage, Best of the Bay, Diablo Magazine 2013.

Our greatest reward, however, is the gift you give us in allowing us to help you feel the relief from stress and tension inside your body, something we do with our clients every day.

We’ve done nearly 30,000 hours of massage on over 3,000 clients. If we haven’t yet worked with you, we invite you, when the time is right, to feel the difference experience makes for yourself. If we have, and it’s been a while, when the time is right, we look forward to welcoming back.

 

Hana Levin, cmt, Founder
Melt Massage LLC

Important News and Updates

An important announcement about Melt

Posted On: September 2, 2020

Lack of information about the novel corona virus and financial demands of the business are requiring us to close this location. Read below or watch the video I emailed clients for more on this.

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I can’t believe we’re entering our 6th month of Shelter-in-Place with our business closed due to the pandemic.

Although some have thought I’ve had nothing but time on my hands, quite the opposite is true. I’ve been working daily doing research and inquiry to answer critical questions about how to safely navigate the novel corona virus and the possibility of reopening at some point while finding ways to keep the business alive until that time.

At this point, here is what it all boils down to. Even now, with all the information I have, and with information changing on a regular basis, there is still not enough that is understood about this virus for me to confidently know that I wouldn’t be putting myself or my clients at risk if Melt Massage reopens, even with an outdoor option. Plus, I injured my back years ago doing out-call, so I don’t do that anymore.

However, Joanna does do out-call and now that it is legal in Alameda County with a Doctor’s note, Joanna would consider seeing clients outdoors or indoors on a case by case basis since she, herself, is immuno-compromised.

So, it is with great sadness, after 9 years in this location, and after 19 years in Montclair Village, that I am formally closing in-person operations of Melt Massage until further notice. I am relinquishing our location at 6180 Antioch Street. The business can no longer support the ongoing rent without income, and with so much uncertainty about when this can change to a feasible level, the only thing that makes sense now is to close.

Who do you know who can make good use of the space? Please let me know right away.

I will continue researching, learning as much as I can about this virus and how to stay safe and practice as safely as possible around it, and share with those who are interested. Please share what you learn with me, as well.

I will continue to offer on-line self-care and massage instruction for couples, friends, and social bubbles / pods. I will continue to explore new ways virtually to help you stress less to be your best.

For those of you with gift certificate or package credit that has yet to be redeemed, I will be in touch to offer you refunds. If you reach out first, please be patient with me as recent purchases are easier to research digitally but historical purchases, kept on paper, are now housed in moving boxes and may require some digging. And, closing a business requires closing many different open ends that take time.

To our existing clients, I am grateful to each and every one of you for the gifts you have given me over the years; the honor of being present with you, learning from you, facilitating with you releasing your stress and tension, and melting into your better selves.  I am grateful to you for allowing me to do that.

To our future clients, I look forward to a time when it is safe to meet and work with you helping you stress less to be your best.

To all clients, doing massage has been the most gratifying work I’ve done. For that privilege, I thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

In health,

~ Hana
Hana Levin, cmt, Founder
Melt Massage LLC

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Save your lungs from Smoke damage

Posted On: August 24, 2020

(Update 8/24/20**) Fortunately? due to COVID-19, we are well versed in the first way to

protect your lungs: wear a mask, and*

While we are now also experiencing smoke from lightning fires, too, wearing a mask is doubly helpful.

Around the Bay Area there are various levels of air pollutants including from these fires. To protect your lungs, the best thing you can do right now is to get to an area with lower levels and stay there until you can return home.

If you can’t, consider tapping into these resources:

*Take recommendations from:

Monitor Air Quality in your area on:

During the wildfires, consider some natural remedies suggested by Acupuncturist, Leslie Oldershaw, including:

  • Doing saline rinses for both eyes and sinuses. Make your own saline solution.
    Staying well hydrated can help the lungs stay moist and help to clear out particulate matter.
  • Drinking herbal tea such as Throat Coat can help sooth an irritated throat.
  • After the wildfires, consider:
    aerobic exercise (once the smoke has cleared) to clear your lungs,
    other remedies to detox your lungs and
    therapeutic massage to help detox your body (once we reopen – see our latest Blog post for more on reopening).

Do you have any other tips to share? Please do!

**Thank you to our client, Kim W., for these DIY home air purifier suggestions!:

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Air-Filter
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/how-to-diy-an-air-purifier/

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Reopening remains paused

Posted On: July 28, 2020

(Update: 8/8/20, 8/3/20 Reopening Plan link updated. Originally posted: 7/28/20)

Clarity is key. On July 20th, the Mercury News published that “Californians will finally be able to get their hair cut, nails done and body massaged anywhere in the state — so long as they’re OK doing it outside.” However, this is not (yet) true for Alameda County per their Reopening Plan as of July 22nd, where “reopening remains paused due to continued elevated disease transmission and State restrictions.” Here’s the latest Alameda County “Situation Update” as of August 4th.

As of August 7th, the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department reminds us that “While the Governor announced plans for opening of outdoor salons last week, the current Alameda County Health Order does not allow salons, barbershops and personal services (nails, tattoos and massage) to operate. Local orders prevail in areas where they are more restrictive than the State order.”

What does this mean for massage? Even if we feel healthy, are taking all the precautions, and could consider working with clients who are also healthy and have been taking precautions as well, there are still too many unknowns yet for us to confidently, safely do massage. And out of our commitment to promoting health and wellness, it does not make sense to do so.

What we do know, is, just like the common cold, the novel corona virus, COVID-19, can spread by asymptomatic transmission. Unlike the common cold, COVID-19 can be fatal. Weighing the risks vs benefits, a massage is simply not worth dying for.

We also know it makes no difference to COVID-19 if you feel healthy. We now know that even for people with no preexisting conditions, COVID-19 can be fatal.

Furthermore, if we decide to go back to work before it is deemed safe by the State, the County of Alameda and the City of Oakland, it would be considered a risk to public health and, therefore, treated as a misdemeanor, subject to a fine, jail time or both. In addition, our professional certification and our professional insurance are at risk of being revoked.

Our primary concern is to your health and wellness and we are aligned with these governing bodies, as well as our certifying and insuring agencies. In order for us to be here when this is ‘over’, our health and wellness is our concern, as well.

We know we will all get through this. And we will get through this faster if we all take a deep breath, slow down, and do the right thing right now: wear a mask in public, frequently wash your hands with soap (especially before and after touching your face), keep physical distance of 6′ from others, and encourage others to doing the same.

We miss giving massages and seeing our clients and hope that we can resume doing so very soon.

In health,

~ Hana Levin, cmt, Founder, Melt Massage LLC

PS. To stay up to date on changes, see Alameda’s Reopening Plan.

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