Melt Massage Blog

Virtual Massage? Yes! (it works!)


Although the global Covid-19 pandemic continues, since Alameda County has lifted its Shelter in Place order and I am now fully vaccinated I am still offering Virtual Massage services.

It is different. But, it works!

Offering Virtual Instruction in:

  • Self-care with Self-Massage Class
  • Other-care with massage for one another; friends, family or lovers, as “Couples Massage Class
    • or Mother & Daughter/Son Massage!

Clients of Virtual Massage Services say,

“Feeling good. Slept better last night.” Rebecca D.

“…really appreciate getting to learn some new techniques and ways to make massages easier and more effective.” – Carla H.

“My pain seems to me to be markedly diminished….You are a good and patient teacher.” – Glenn H.


How it works – by video call:

  • We start with a Discovery Dialogue
    • For self-care, to more effectively treat your discomfort, we review 10 topics to more fully understand the nature it
    • For other-care, we review your top 2 or 3 nagging physical complaints
  • We Set Goals and Establish Expectations for our time together
  • We assess your baseline Knowledge and I add to it

How long it takes ~ 1hr:

  • 15-30 minutes for Discovery dialogue
  • 30-45 minutes for goals, expectations, demonstration and instruction

What to expect ~ Relief!

  • In the comfort of your own home
  • Fully clothed
  • We will
    • establish a baseline for skills
      • What self/other care do you already do?
      • What works/doesn’t?
      • What do you want to work better?
    • demonstrate techniques
      • you show me – what you do, so I can determine what to add to it
      • I show you / guide you – what else I would do
        • leveraging what you already do
          • + ergonomic tips
          • + how to get more out of what you already do
        • adding easy-to-use secrets I’ve learned over 20 years
          • customized for what works for (both of) you
    • practice, review & refine techniques for
      • safety,
      • effectiveness &
      • stamina.

What to take away – New Skills!

  • By the time we’re done you should have new and proven, easy and effective ways to help yourself and the loved ones in your germ-pod feel lasting relief from stress and tension leveraging your learning from one massage to the next.

How to schedule / For more information:

  • email:
  • call / text: 510-418-4262

Looking forward to connecting with you.

In health,


Use the Waitlist

Want a massage but I’m booked up several months? It’s true, I do tend to book out, but here’s what I recommend. Do secure the first available appointment that works with our schedules – that way, you’ll at least have that waiting for you. Then add yourself to the Waitlist in case something opens up sooner. What’s great about this new online scheduler, Vagaro? It notifies you immediately when an opening becomes available and allows you to book yourself to secure that sooner appointment.

Don’t see the Waitlist? If you’re on your computer, scroll down – it may be ‘below the fold.’




Microbiome Massage? !

March is Microbiome Massage Month!

What?! Yes! (Why not?)

Get your gut in Spring Cleaning mode with a gentle, yet effective, abdominal massage.

Support your microbiome to do it’s thing for you well with an abdominal massage. Ask for it with your next session (or learn the “ILU” method by video here.)

Why? Massage for Gut Health

We are detoxing all the time – in 4 main ways; Vapor (perspiration), Gas (exhalation; mouth and, well, you know – the other end), Liquid (urination) and Solid (poo). If we’re not doing these things, and doing them well, well, that’s a problem. Improper or incomplete elimination can lead to a toxic internal environment. Massage helps promote circulation and, therefore, good elimination. Abdominal massage directly helps to:

  • Relieve constipation
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce bloating
  • and supporting good elimination (no $h#t).

Ask for it with your next massage. Book now.

For more, read here:

To Mask or Not to Mask? Melt’s current masking policy

U.S. COVID-19 Community Levels by County (03.03.22)

(Key: Orange: High, Green: Medium, Yellow: Low)


While the CDC (2/25/22), the CDPH (2/28/22) and Alameda County (3/3/22) are shifting from requiring to strongly recommending masks indoors for everyone, masks continue to be required in Alameda County “Indoors at businesses, government offices, and workplace settings that choose to require everyone to mask.”

We don’t yet know why even some healthy people get sick or even get Long Covid. And as long as people and commerce continues to travel between counties, the risks will continue to spread. Breath knows no borders.

Therefore, I will continue to wear, and continue to require my clients to properly wear, appropriate masks when we’re together.

I know there will come a time when we will look back at this pandemic and be so grateful it is over. Now is not that time. Now is the time to continue to be safe. I know who I’m protecting doing this, my family and yours. I don’t know who I don’t know who I’m protecting. I’m protecting them, too.

Thank you for your understanding and support of this health policy.

Thanksgiving is an opportunity

The truth of Thanksgiving is that it is not as advertised, just all rosy with Turkey and Apple Pie. We can ignore the truth of the whole story of each side, pilgrims and Native Peoples, and go back for seconds of our favorite dish and talk about what we’re grateful for. But, our gratitude is not enough when we ignore the pain of others. When we ignore the pain of others (Native Americans / Black Lives / Me Too), we miss an opportunity for deeper connection, for healing the wounds of our country’s past that, alive today, continue to pervade our country’s conscious.

When we make space at the table to include all voices in remembering this day we hear the full song of Thanksgiving, with sweet melodies of gratitude mixed with mourning songs of loss. Let us take this opportunity of this holiday to remember both sides of the story so it may be whole, so we may be whole.

Maybe this Thanksgiving there will be someone at your table whose views you don’t agree with. What would it be like to listen to include their voice, to consider their perspective, to try to connect with them more, better?

Let this Thanksgiving be an opportunity for building more connections, for healing.

With gratitude,


Melt’s New Location!

Revised March 18, 2022*

I am thrilled to announce I am establishing a new location for Melt! As of September 6, 2021, Melt’s primary location will be at 3852 Piedmont Ave., Suite 206. The space is well-ventilated with natural air and light-filled with 8 windows; 5 windows in the treatment room and 3 windows in the ante-room.

It’s a beautiful space I am excited to share it with you!

* Please silence your cell phone before entering the building and keep an inside voice as other practitioners may be in session with their clients.

To learn how else I am responding to the pandemic, read about Melt’s Reopening and the Health and Safety Protocols I am following.

To book your next Melt Massage, use the Book Now link.

Covid Safety Protocols

Standard Health & Safety Protocols:

In addition to previous standard practices for the prior 20+ years of:
– using fresh and clean massage table linens for each client
– washing hands and arms deeply between clients (at least 20 seconds with soap)
– rescheduling instead of seeing clients who show up sick (see Cancelation Policy)
– monitoring my own health daily and rescheduling appointments accordingly when necessary
– cleaning high touch surfaces daily
– running a Hepa filter in the room at all times when preparing for and seeing clients.

Covid Health & Safety Protocols: In addition to the above:
– cleaning and sanitizing all high-touch surfaces between every client
– cleaning and sanitizing the massage table and headrest between every client
– having clients complete a pre-screening health questionnaire before every session
– asking clients who travel to wait 1-2 weeks to book a session, a “travel health buffer”
– upon arrival to an appointment:
— asking clients to wash their hands well, even if recently washed
— reviewing the pre-screening health answers for any changes since completion
— taking our temperatures to ensure neither of us has a fever
– wearing my nose and mouth mask the entire time we’re together and requesting you do the same in order for us to proceed
– excluding face work for now
– keeping windows open and air circulating in the room
– allowing 1 hour between clients to air out the massage room.

And as the Delta variant is active, I am also wearing my:
– N95 mask (upgraded from double-layer cloth mask) and
– face shield during sessions.

For the time being, I will be asking clients to complete a Prescreening Health Questionnaire before each appointment. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and support of personal and public health by answering these questions.

To learn more, contact me directly at

In health,


Melt Massage’s Reopening!

(Updated Aug. 25, 2021)

Although the global Covid-19 pandemic continues, since Alameda County has lifted its Shelter in Place order and I am now fully vaccinated, in addition to continuing offering Virtual Massage services, I am excited to announce that Melt Massage is reopening for in-person massage as well!

Relative to Covid, this reopening comes with several changes:

  1. a solo practice
  2. starting with 1 hour sessions only until I’ve reconditioned my body for longer sessions up to my classic 4 hour massage
  3. scheduling appointments every other week (on Even weeks.)
  4. working out of two new locations in Oakland, offered relative to your vaccination status
  5. following new Covid protocols

Appointments are available every Even week

(note: Not the 2nd & 4th weeks of the month, the even weeks, to keep with an ‘every other week’ schedule). The week of June 14th, 2021, is an even week. To see a calendar of even weeks go here.)

As of Sept. 6, 2021, my new primary location is:

3852 Piedmont Ave., Suite 206,

just up from the corner of Rio Vista, with appointments available weekdays, even weeks of the Year.


To book online, use the BookNow tab. Otherwise, please contact me directly. Call/text: 510-418-4262 or email:


Please note new Rates and payment information.


Revisions to this plan will continue to adapt to changing demands of our health environment. Stay tuned. And thank you for your patience as this website continues to be updated.



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