Monday, December 11, 2006

2006 Wrap-up

Dear friends and clients,

As 2006 winds to a close I have a lot of exciting news to share with you.

  • To start, I will be taking a short hiatus from now until the end of January while I complete my State Board license in Esthetics. The bad news is I won't be seeing any of you for a while (unless you are already booked with me in December). The good news is that you can get ready to add some seriously sumptuous organic skin care to your massage and wellness plan next year!
  • In other news, "I" is becoming "we." I'd like to introduce you to Sari Gelzer and Eri Cela, two fabulous new CMTs who have joined our group. Both Eri and Sari come to us well-trained and highly experienced in Swedish, deep tissue, and other modalities (like Lomi Lomi and myofascial release-- great for you athletes out there). They have also been trained in my way of working, so you know that when you book with them, you and your gift recipients will be in good hands. Through the end of the year, they will be looking after the massage part of your wellness plan exclusively; their schedules are:
Sari Gelzer: She will take appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Eri Cela: He will take appointments on Thursdays and Sundays

    • So you have an opportunity to experience their awesome, jello-inducing massage yourselves, they will be seeing clients at a very discounted rates of:
$45 for 40 minutes
$65 for 70 minutes
$85 for 100 minutes

through January, 2007!!

    • Their schedules are filling up fast. To make an appointment with Sari or Eri, just send me an email with your preferred date, time, and practitioner ASAP and we will get you scheduled for some deeply relaxing and results-oriented bodywork this holiday season. You may also purchase gift certificates at these discounted rates, so you can spoil your loved ones without breaking the bank! (Gift certificates will not have the reduced price printed on them.)
  • In other news, in preparation for my personal moving house, we three will be practicing exclusively at the Hobart Building location downtown from now on. The office is positioned in a charming old 1914 flatiron building. It is elevator-accessible and located directly above Montgomery BART, which means you never have to hunt for parking or risk a spaced-out post-massage drive home again.

Be on the lookout for more big changes in 007, including:

  • a bigger, quieter studio space
  • extended hours
  • awesome organic skin care
  • pre-natal and hot stone massage

As always, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. To all of you who have Yelped or told your friends about me, a double thank you!! Without all of you as my clients, I wouldn't get to have the greatest job on the planet. I hope the holidays bring you joy and that the New Year brings you everything you wish for.

Very kindest wishes,

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Best of Yelp, August 24 2006

West Wind Massage & Wellness is #1 in Beauty and Spas for August 24th, 2006. It's good to be loved. Thanks, Yelpers!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

New Second Office, End-of-Summer Discounts, Yelp Buzz and Septmber Scheduling

New email address

Due to a few instances of not getting emails you all have been sending me, I will now be using a trusty gmail address to communicate with you. Please delete (, update your address book, and unblock this address to book your appointments and receive email from West Wind:

New downtown location

Great news for those of you who live or work downtown: I now have offices in two locations! Effective now, I will be working Mondays and Wednesdays at my home studio in Hayes Valley. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays I will be in my new downtown office location: 582 Market Street, Suite 511 in the Hobart Building-- right above Montgomery BART!! For hours and information about services, please visit

Discounts and Specials

In honor of my birthday on August 31st, I want to do a little something nice for all of you. So I am offering $10 off all new 70- and 100-minute sessions booked at the downtown office between now and September 30th. Another discount, as always, you are entitled to a free 70-minute session for every three people you refer who come in for sessions with me. Discounts cannot be combined.

A huge thank you to all of you who have told your friends and families and coworkers about me. Thank you too for the wonderful online reviews. Here's what some of you have been saying about me and West Wind Massage and Wellness:

I deeply appreciate your kind words and I always love meeting and working with your referrals. You all are a good group of people and I'm thrilled to have you as my clients.

Finally... September Scheduling

There will be no massage sessions scheduled for September 14th through the 20th since I will be in Anaheim running the AIDS Half Marathon! Wish me luck, and thank you to all of you who have been so supportive of me and of the SF AIDS Foundation.

That's all for now. Happy end-of-summer!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

From Massage Magazine...

Stressed Americans turn to massage

A new national survey shows that Americans turn to massage to relieve heightened stress, and rate massage higher than exercise or alcohol as a means of relaxation.

The "New Year, New You" Study was conducted by a telephone survey of 1,000 U.S. adults. Results show that Americans' collective stress level rose in 2005 compared to 2004, with a majority (56 percent) saying their stress was higher in 2005 than in the preceding year.

Seventy-five percent of respondents said that in 2006 their goals would include taking better care of themselves and establishing a better work-life balance.

The study was conducted by a research company for Brookstone, a product-development and retail company that offers health-and-wellness products, including massage chairs, massage tools and foot massagers. The survey included questions on Americans' use of massage.

  • Seventy-six percent of respondents said relaxation is very important to health and wellness
  • Seventy-three percent of respondents rated getting a massage as either extremely relaxing or very relaxing, compared to 51 percent who said exercise was extremely relaxing and 29 percent opting for a glass of wine or a cocktail as extremely relaxing
  • Sixty-nine percent of respondents agreed that regular massage therapy is an important part of overall physical health and well-being
  • Fifty-one percent of respondents rated exercise as extremely relaxing, and 25 percent of respondents said they exercise to reduce their stress
  • Fifty-two percent of respondents would like to receive a massage product or service as a gift.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Group to Help Katrina Evacuees is Forming

If you are a bodyworker in San Francisco, and you'd like to be involved in a mass mobilization to bring healing touch to the 300 Gulf Coast evacuees who are coming into our beautiful city, please contact me. I am assembling a group of friends and colleagues to bring a bit of peace to those who have come so far after losing so much.

Thank you!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Massage improves weight gain in preterm infants

SOURCE: Journal of Pediatrics, July 2005.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

This came from the BBC yesterday. On the eastern edge of Manchester, in a windowless room at the back of a community housing office, a group of teenagers is learning how to give arm and hand massage. ..


I'm always interested in learning more about the effects of positive touch. Because there are so many benefits to massage, a more common solution to anti-social behavior would be to have the youths receive massage themselves. The program adopted by Gorton is brilliant because it goes further: It not only teaches the kids useful skills that will help them bond with others, it also gives them the power to benefit others with positive touch.