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Who I am

I was raised in San Francisco. The view from my high school was of the Golden Gate Bridge. The city was my artistic playground. I would ride the bus after school to the various museums for art classes. I believed the Japanese Tea Garden was built just for me.

My mother always arranged fresh flowers and my father who was a doctor took painting classes at the San Francisco Art Institute. My parents appreciated and collected modern art. I remember going to the Peter Max opening at the De Young museum. It was wild.

My grandparents lived across the street from the Palace of Fine Arts. The ducks were always happy to see me with my grandmother's stale bread.

We took a yearly summer trip to national parks where I fell in love with wild places. My love of the outdoors, children and art led me to work summers as a camp counselor.

I spent two years at San Diego State and completed my degrees at Sonoma State in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Counseling.

During college I worked summers as a river guide for trips for special needs populations.

For many years I was a partner in Bennett Valley Farm, a floral design business.

I am a Certified Massage Therapist and member of Associated Bodywork Professionals. I received recognition as an Honor Student at Alive and Well School of Conscious Bodywork in Corte Madera California and am committed to continually expanding and deepening my skills through continued education and teacher assistance.

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MODALITIES

There are a wide variety of massage techniques. Based on your needs and the goals you have for your session, I may use any one or a combination of massage techniques. The massage modality definitions below provide a brief explanation.

Hendrickson Method

Hendrickson Method is an advanced system of massage and manual therapy that combines a remarkable new method of massage called wave mobilization® with joint mobilization and muscle energy technique. It is profoundly relaxing to receive, effortless to perform, and an efficient and effective way to treat acute and chronic pain while promoting optimum health.

Hendrickson Method is unique in that it simultaneously treats joints, the nervous system and soft tissue, providing long-term benefits far beyond what can be realized through conventional massage. Hendrickson Method is suitable therapy for most orthopedic conditions, including low back and neck pain, hip degeneration, and rotator cuff injuries. It goes beyond just temporarily alleviating symptoms to help the body achieve optimum function. Rehabilitating and relaxing at the same time

Hendrickson Method combines the rehabilitative benefits of manual therapy with the relaxing effects of massage. Everyone from infants to the elderly can enjoy receiving a gentle session that provides pain-relief and functional rehabilitation. This effective therapy is a pleasure to receive and can be done while clients are fully clothed and without the use of oil.

Swedish

Swedish massage utilizes long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle using massage oil. Swedish massage is very gentle and relaxing. If you've never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.

DEEP TISSUE

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.Deep tissue is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used in Swedish massage but less oil is used and the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and focused on areas of tension and pain.

How does deep tissue massage work?
When there is chronic tension or injury, there is usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation, cause pain, limited movement and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this the therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscle.

Will deep tissue massage hurt?
Many of my clients have experienced painful deep tissue massage with other therapists. This is unfortunate. I believe that is because the therapist didn't listen to their clients or the clients didn't feel safe enough to communicate what they were feeling. I monitor my work carefully, asking clients to tell me when they are feeling pain or soreness outside their comfort range. There is no need for a client to feel extreme pain for this technique to be effective. In fact, the muscles begin to seize up and tighten when too much pain is felt and the benefits of the massage are lost.
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage but it should subside in a day or so. On occasion I may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.

CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy works to balance the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to restore optimum functioning to the central nervous system and ultimately the entire body. The practitioner uses gentle compressions to realign bones and soft tissue thereby allowing the cerebrospinal fluid to flow freely. While these therapies can be used to resolve specific maladies such as headaches, neck and back pain, or balance problems, they also are useful in freeing accumulated stress and are extremely relaxing. Clients often experience such a deep level of relaxation, they will ask for these techniques to be included in their sessions.

Craniosacral can be added to any modality.

Lymphatic Massage

This massage incorporates comfortable range of motion of each joint and light strokes that encourage the lymph to increase its flow. It can assist in helping the immune system do its housekeeping so it can better protect your body against pollutants and diseases.

Hot Stone Massage

A hot stone massage is similar to a traditional massage, but in addition to my hands, I also use hot stones. The gliding of the heated, oiled stones along the body creates a relaxing sensation while simultaneously warming the joints, tissues, increasing circulation, and promoting release of toxins. Hot stones are also placed on and beneath particular body regions to enhance these effects. Hot stones have been used for centuries in different cultures worldwide as a means of healing. While receiving a hot stone massage be prepared to experience the sensation of warm water poured down your bones, floating in a warm ocean, lying on hot sand or taking a transcendent journey.

Compassionate Touch Comfort Massage for Seniors

Touch has the power to promote healing, relieve pain and comfort those living with the effects of aging, disease or disability.

Compassionate Touch is a hands-on complementary approach for elders living independently or in eldercare, hospice and palliative care. More than a set of techniques and skills, it is a special way of relating and touching that helps bring true change to the lives of people for whom caring touch is just a memory. Compassionate Touch combines one-on-one focused touch and sensitive massage with specialized communication skills to help enhance quality of life for those in later life stages.

I work with individuals in their homes, Long term care facilities,Hospice and palliative care, Alzheimer's care settings, and hospitals.

Other modalities available:

Aroma Therapy
Seated Chair
Special Needs
Grief Massage
Elder Massage
People With Cancer

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RATES

Description Price
1 hour massage at the cottage $80
1-1/4 hour massage at the cottage $100
1-1/2 hour massage at the cottage $120
1 hour massage outcall rate $90 + $40 travel fee within a 20 mile distance of Forestville $130
1-1/4 hour massage outcall rate $110 + $40 travel fee within a 20 mile distance of Forestville $150
1-1/2 hour massage outcall rate $130 + $40 travel fee within a 20 mile distance of Forestville $170

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Testimonials

A selection of client testimonials.

Jennifer Duckhorn
Visiting Cottage Massage monthly, has provided the needed peace and calm my spirit and physical body crave. It is rare to find someone such as Barbra to provide such a carrying touch, and the cottage is the perfect environment for relaxation. Her continued compassion, understanding, and flexibility has made her an integral part of my personal "health and wellness plan". I recommend her with the highest regard, and encourage everyone to put themselves first, if only for one hour a month – you will thank yourself! Peace be with You ~ Jennifer Duckhorn
Paul Judge
I received a Craniosacral therapy session form Barbra during a recent time of loss and duress. I'm not one generally at ease to allow myself to receive bodywork forms of therapy. Barbra's empathic warmth, her assured and comforting nature and the setting in with she practices her trade allowed me to easily accept the benefits of her skills as a therapeutic practitioner. I experienced a session during which I felt my entire body and being slowing down to a place of deep and soothing relaxation. For years I have taken my vehicle in for regular tuneups to maintain its operation . I have now set me sights on seeing Barbra for regular Rx that will do the same for me. ~ Paul Judge Sebastopol
Charlie Rebich
I really love Barbra's massage. One thing that is obvious with her is she really loves to do massage and is passionate about it. It really shows in the quality of her work. I have gone to her many times when I am aching work and training on my bike and she manages to make me good as new. She seems to work in many different styles of massage to fit your needs. I can't recommend her highly enough!" ~ Charlie Rebich
Vesta Copestakes
Barbra breathes me into silent relaxation. Her touch is firm yet gentle. Clearly she has studied this art well. I leave altered..relaxed..calm. Barbra is simply good. ~ Vesta Copestakes - workaholic, entrepeneur
Wesley W.
For a number of reasons Barbra is the best massage therapist I have ever experienced. Her touch is the exquisite touch of angel hands. I am continually amazed at her knowledge of physiology and the variety of techniques she uses to release physical or mental tensions, increase mobility and reduce pain. Her ability to sense energy is amazing when she is able to find spots that need attention without any coaching from me. When I am in her presence I get a warm sense of friendship, caring and delight in her work. I have received massage services in at least fifteen countries and I can unequivocally say that Barbra is the best ever! ~ Wesley W.

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