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In response to COVID-19, Melt continues to adapt to the changing demands of this personal and global health crisis, including updating this website. Read more in the latest Covid Safety Protocols blogpost.

This does not change what I 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, I don’t leave a good massage to chance.  In your first visit we take extra time to review your unique history, to tailor a session to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Since 2001, clients say things like, “There’s no substitute for talent.”

In 2022 Melt was nominated for Best of Oakland in Oakland Magazine’s Best of Contest.

Previous Awards 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.

My greatest reward, though, is feeling the difference I make in people’s bodies, every day, relieving stress and tension, feeling your stress and tension melting in my hands, with every massage.

I’ve done over 10,000 hours of massage working with over 3,000 clients. If I haven’t yet worked with you, I invite you, when the time is right, to feel the difference experience makes for yourself. If I have, and it’s been a while, when the time is right, I look forward to welcoming you back.

Until then, be well,

Hana Levin, MA, cmt, Founder
Melt Massage LLC



Important News and Updates

“Why am I always sore after my massage?”

Posted On: March 23, 2023

I heard this question from a client recently. I don’t hear this question a lot, but I figured they are not the only one to have this question.

Here are some possible reasons:

1) That massage was too deep for your body. It should never hurt. Always tell the therapist if it feels like too much pressure;

  • if you’re tightening up in response
  • if you’re holding your breath
  • if you’re thinking:
  •  “Maybe this is good for me….?”
  •  “Maybe it will feel better when they’re done…?”
  •  “Maybe they know something I don’t know…?”

Tell your therapist.


2) Your body wasn’t propped properly. If certain parts are sore – ie, your lower back or your neck – perhaps you needed more props. When you’re face up on the table, a pillow under your neck and the full round bolster or a couple of pillows under your knees can help. Other adjustments can be made with props when you’re face down.  It’s easy to know if this was the cause if, in your next massage, you ask the therapist to use these props for you and you’re not sore afterward.

3) Massages are detoxing and they push toxins through your system which can make you feel sore. This is why it is always recommended to drink at least 2 extra glasses of water after your massage. Some folks recommend drinking extra water beforehand, too. Proceed here with caution for when you’re lying face down. 🙂

4) You’re dehydrated. -> Drink more water.

5) Your awareness of your body is increasing and if you finally have the chance to give it attention you may notice aches and pains you’ve been overlooking simply to get through your days. This is a good thing. Take an Epsom soak, drink extra water and have a nap.

You should feel much better in no time. If not, talk with your therapist. In an open inquiry, you two should be able to figure out what’s causing it and how to avoid it in the future.

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Massage in Winter during Covid

Posted On: November 28, 2022

We’ve come a long way but we’re not completely out of the woods in regard to the risk of contracting, getting sick from, and spreading Covid-19.

I continue with my Covid Protocols, including keeping windows open for fresh air. With Winter this means that air can be very refreshing.

In order to balance our needs for health and safety with your comfort, I have several options to keep you warm. We can:

  1. Do the session with you fully clothed.
  2. Do the session with over the sheet and blanket with you undressed to your level of comfort under the sheet and blanket.
  3. Turn the table warmer on high.
  4. Cover you with a second blanket.
  5. Use the small heating pad to keep your toes toasty.

If you choose to have your session over clothing, consider wearing loose comfortable cotton clothing. I can work over sweatshirts and fleece jackets, too (thanks to many years of doing Chair Massage outside.)

Looking forward to seeing you for your next Melt Massage.

In health,


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