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Virtual Massage? Yes! (it works!)

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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: Hana@MeltMassage.net
  • call / text: 510-418-4262

Looking forward to connecting with you.

In health,

Hana

Melt’s New Location!

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 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!

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 Hana@MeltMassage.net.

In health,

Hana

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. I also have limited hours for my level-in entry ADA clients in Montclair.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Corona-versary? It’s been a heck of a year.

It’s been a heck of a year.

Be kind to yourself.

Healing is a process.

We’ve circled around the sun to where it all began a year ago here, the official pronouncement of the global pandemic. Today is a year since Melt Massage stopped seeing clients in-person. It’s a sort of anniversary (a Corona-versary?), but not the kind with champagne and flowers. But, maybe it should be.

Although it was painful in many ways for me to stop seeing clients in person, my primary goal shifted to surviving this year. And I did, knock on wood.* I am reminded by friends and colleagues to celebrate small wins, too. So this, too, may be cause for celebration.

Yet this celebration is not without sadness, for all that was lost this year and, as painful as those losses may be, I know I will not be whole, I will not be fully healed, until I fully grieve and integrate those losses into me; the loss of my massage practice as I have known it for 20 years, the loss of lives in my community and around the globe from Covid, the relentless loss of Black lives to police brutality and unrecognized racism.

Healing is a process.

How are you healing through the trauma of this pandemic?

I have been baking, gardening, exercising, researching how to live with the impacts of the evolving pandemic, taking new classes in anatomy, making massage videos, journaling, reading to illuminate my blindspots around racism and learning more about processing trauma through My Grandmothers Hands.

Just when we’re recovering from something – an injury, an illness, a trauma, is the time when we’re most vulnerable.

I don’t say this to make things seem worse, just to acknowledge this delicate time in our recovery. We as a people, as a global community, we the human race have endured this global pandemic for a year now, some even longer. And some have not been so lucky. Some have lost their lives to this virus.

This strange unifier, putting us all in the same schoolhouse, in a global intensive workshop on navigating a new world with a novel virus where teachers are learning as they teach, like building the plane while it’s flying.

This has been a stressful time for the human race, and so stressful for some as to be traumatic.

Recognizing this anniversary of the beginning of this stress, this trauma, can be re-traumatizing. It can also trigger other traumas we have experienced, rekindle old pain, remind us of unprocessed emotional experiences, dredge up the past that may have been so neatly buried, or so we thought.

On one level, this is a delicate, sensitive, vulnerable time for the global community and hits us all differently as individuals.

So, during this time, be kind to yourself. Be gentle with yourself. Love yourself. If you notice yourself acting out, engaging in micro-aggressions toward yourself or others, step back for a minute. Consider how you would respond if this were a small child who were under your care. How would you love it? How would you care for it? Be kind and trust, with time and gentle attention, we are integrating this challenging period into the fabric of who we are as a human race. Let us do so with patience and compassion and with love for ourselves and others. And let us celebrate what progress we have made.

 

                        

 

*Knock on wood. If we’ve been in conversation when the moment presented itself for us to acknowledge our good luck by saying “Knock on wood” you may recall at my studio I emphasized the importance of knocking on raw wood, nothing varnished, painted or stained over. This, I’m told, is the real deal. My husband gave me a piece of raw wood to have handy just for these very occasions. Seek it out if needed, or lmk if you need one. I have a special collection I’d love to share with you.

 

Pending Questions to Re-Open Safely

OPEN LETTER

Dear Clients,

I miss you! And, I miss massaging.

However, before I feel it’s safe for me and for you for me to re-open, I still have some pending questions:

1. Regarding the latest variants,

1a. How much more contagious are they?

1b. How much more potent are they in causing disease and even death?

1c. How effective are they at eluding antibody or vaccine efficacy?

1d. Will the variants generate another surge?

2. What are the chances of asymptomatic transmission either from those with natural antibodies or vaccination?

3. How durable is immunity from natural antibodies or different vaccinations?

 

The thing is, I know the delay between real-time risk and research reporting can be weeks, months or even years from my time working as a researcher at UCSF before doing massage work full-time. The data simply won’t be in until well after risks may have been taken, until they would have been too late to avoid.

Before returning to in-person practice, I’m waiting for more answers and following the guidance of professionals I trust who are monitoring the pandemic.

Stay tuned.

Monitoring the Pandemic

Who do you turn to for reliable health and safety information while navigating a world with Coronavirus?

So far, here are my resources:

  1. WHO
  2. CDC
  3. CDPH (California Department of Public Health)
  4. UCSF Covid TownHall
  5. ACPHD (Alameda County Public Health Department)
  6. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
  7. Mike Olsterholm, CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)
  8. Medscape
  9. Ruth Werner, CMT, Pathology Expert
  10. Dr. John Campbell, former Nurse and current Nurse instructor in the UK
  11. Healwell, Providers of Therapeutic massage, interdisciplinary education, and research for those with serious illness (in Virginia).
  12. New York Times
  13. Washington Post
  14. Ed Yong, Science Journalist at The Atlantic
  15. Nature.com

And here are a few sites where some first person reporting is done where the impetus for robust scientific studies often begins.

  1. VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System)
  2. Massage, Health Practitioners and COVID-19 Facebook group
  3. Survivor Corps FaceBook page, raising awareness about Long Haulers

What are your resources?

I’d love to learn. Please share by emailing me at Hana@MeltMassage.net

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