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Couples Massage Class!


(Makes a great gift!)

Do you want to know how to give and receive an even better massage at home? For any pair of people who love to give, and receive, massage from each other. In 60 minutes, start leveraging the skills I’ve learned from 30 years of practice to both give and receive a great massage, every time. Feel better right away and take home the tools to continue getting better and better at giving a massage that makes them Melt. In person – all Covid protocols followed. Also offered Virtually to do from the comfort of your own home.

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Virtual Massage? Yes! (it works!)


Revised June 16, 2023

Although there were many trials and tragedies from the pandemic, one thing I’m grateful for is that it gave birth to Melt’s Virtual Massage services!

It is different. But, it works!

Now 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/Father & 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,


Revised Cancelation Policy

Possibly sick at your Massage Appointment? Read the latest updated policy to learn more:

Many contagious illnesses, from the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, to the common cold, can be spread by sneezing, coughing or even talking near someone. In support of our health, and maintaining a healthy environment for your massage where we will spend time near each other, we do not massage people when they are sick or “getting over being sick.” Getting a massage when you’re sick or have recently been exposed to someone who is sick is a bad idea for you and for the therapist as it could make your illness worse and spread the illness.

If you have any symptoms of being sick within 5 days before your appointment, please reschedule. Also, if you are not actively sick, but have been around someone within the last 5 days who you know is or has recently been sick, please reschedule.

If you show up to an appointment when you have recently been exposed to someone actively sick or are sick yourself, full payment for your appointment may be due and service declined. To avoid this uncomfortable and costly situation, as soon as you think you may be sick by your appointment time, and no later than 24 hours before your appointment, please reschedule.*

According to the Mayo Clinic the incubation period of a cold, after exposure and before the first symptom, can be 1-3 days. Before we show any symptoms, we may also be spreading a cold. “A person with a cold is contagious for the entire time their symptoms are present.”

We know Covid is contagious with our without symptoms, from 2-14 days for most people, longer for others. This is why I still mask.

If you have had Covid before your massage make sure you have had two sequential negative tests at least one day apart and have been 100% free of symptoms for at least 5 days.


You have the power to prevent the spread of disease. Please exercise this power.


To learn more, read the full Cancelation Policy.


In Service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day my day of service at work will give to the cause with a donation of proceeds to the Kingmakers of Oakland.



Proceeds from all massages and gift certificates purchased this day will go toward that donation.

Introducing…. Live Chat for Pain Relief!

Have you ever woken up with a crick in your neck?

Had your back “go out” on you picking something simple up off the floor?

Had a nagging pain that pain killers can’t fix?

Now Melt Massage is offering Live Chat for Pain Relief. When you are in pain or discomfort, want relief now, and all the things you’ve tried aren’t working, sometimes taking a few minutes to talk it through with a skilled advanced bodyworker is enough to get you on the road to recovery.

In as few as 5-15 minutes by phone, I’ve been able to help ease people’s pain talking through symptoms to solutions that they can do right now without waiting for an appointment with a professional service provider.

If you can’t wait to get relief, consider Melt’s new Live Chat. Text: 510-418-4262 during business hours: Monday – Thursday 10am-6pm. Replies normally within 2 hours.

DIY Muscle Magic Trick to relieve Neck pain

Does it ever hurt to turn your neck? If the source of the pain is muscular, this little muscle magic trick can help. Keep in mind, a professional massage therapist with appropriate training can test whether your pain is muscular or joint based. That answer helps steer us in the right direction for the best and fastest solution. But, until you can get that testing done, this little trick may help and it shouldn’t hurt.

If you’ve had a massage with me and described neck pain, this process may seem familiar to you. If you don’t need it now, save if for later. Who else do you know who has neck pain and wants relief? Feel free to share this with them now.


Muscle Magic Trick for Neck Pain/Tension

Ideally this is done lying down on your back in a comfortable position with your head as flat as possible without a pillow. You can also try this seated.

This is a Quick and Easy 3-step process:

Before we begin, we establish your baseline (where we’re starting from so we can measure the change you’re going to.) With a  __slow__  movement turn your head to look over the shoulder of the side with pain and stop before it hurts.


Notice: How far can you turn your head comfortably right now?
Make a mental note of that answer.

Next:  Let’s imagine the pain you feel is in the right side of your neck, in this example. Then our magic trick will be working toward the left, the opposite side.*

1. Turn your head halfway to the left. Raise your left palm to the corner of your left forehead. This is the working position for the hand.

Remember, your neck is still strong even if it feels tight and painful in areas. You only need to exert 10-25% effort for this to work.

2. With the head turned left and the left palm against the left forehead, try to turn your head a little more to the left, but resist it with your left palm. This is the working movement for this trick.

3. The last piece is breath. Taking a deep breath in. While you’re holding that breath press your palm against your turning forehead, matching pressure, for a count of 5 seconds, 4 one thousand, 3 one thousand, 2 one thousand, 1 one thousand and then exhale.

Repeat the steps two more times.

* (If pain is toward the left, all instructions apply to the opposite, right, sides.)

Finally, let’s look for change.


Notice: How far can you now turn your head comfortably now?
Compare with before you started.


  • Is the pain better? Awesome! It worked!
  • Is the pain worse? Not awesome. Put some ice or heat on it.
  • Is it the same? If so, it may be from tension from other muscles, a misaligned joint, or another reason.

If it’s worse or the same, seek help from a professional; your bodyworker/massage therapist, chiropractor or your doctor. Meanwhile, feel free to contact me for a Complimentary Consultation to help you troubleshoot to feel better sooner.

Ice or Heat?

Clients with aches or pains often ask me, “Should I ice it or apply heat?”

That depends. 

Does the skin where it hurts feel:

  • warmer than the skin around that area? Then, to bring balance, put ice
  • the same temperature as the area around it? Then, try heat.

Unsure about the temperature of the achy tissue? Try one, compare how it feels before and after. Then try the other. Your body will tell you the right answer. 🙂



How long should I ice? – Until it doesn’t feel cold anymore

How long should I heat? – Until it doesn’t feel noticeably warm anymore


iFAQ: (inFrequently Asked Questions)

If the pain is resolved, how soon can I return to normal activities? – Healing is a process. To avoid re-injury, slowly ramp back up to normal activities over time.


Neither ice nor heat help? Have additional questions? Then contact me for a Complimentary Consultation so we can troubleshoot the problem to get you feeling better faster together.

New Masking Policy


Effective August 14, 2023 at Melt Massage wearing high a quality NIOSH approved N95 mask covering the nose and mouth will continue to be required if at the time of your appointment:

  1. you had or recovered from having had Covid in the previous 21 days
  2. you are asymptomatic but have been around someone who is sick or “getting over being sick” * with any airborne contagious illness like the common cold, flu, RSV, the novel Coronavirus, etc., in the previous 7 days, or
  3. you have travelled in the previous 5 days.

Otherwise masks will be optional starting July 1, 2023.

I will continue to mask as we wind down from Covid, and whenever requested, because it has proven to be an easy way to avoid getting and spreading various airborne illnesses. That, and my boss doesn’t give me ‘sick days.’ 😉

If you show up sick or “getting over being sick” to an appointment, you may be denied service and required to pay for time you’ve reserved.

Thank you for supporting an environment of health and wellness.

*PS. If you are sick or “getting over being sick” 48 hours before your massage appointment, it is best to reschedule. Find out why.

This policy is subject to change.

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