Common Health Arts
Common Health Arts

Common Health Arts

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Introduction: Hello! There is a lot of relief and welcome challenges as we emerge from shelter and interact more with each other. I am very grateful to be able to return work and continue offering sliding scale massage and out calls. I look forward to working with you and assisting in the transitions ahead. I am a licensed massage and craniosacral practitioner offering my work on a sliding scale. What's a sliding scale? Have you never had a massage or craniosacral session before? Please keep reading! Why I do what I do. Body work in one expression of my long time passion for helping people unwind layers of discomfort or deep pain so that they are freer to move through their day feeling rejuvenated and fully embodying themselves. I began this work in my youth, massaging the fatigue and discomfort out of my parents feet and hands at the end of the day or as they got ready for the day ahead. I seek to bring that same tender care into my current work. I believe our bodies and minds are naturally ingenious and with due time and attention can resolve many conditions, even those that can seem unwavering or inevitable. The opportunity to work with each of my clients to help them more fully embody themselves is an honor. I work with people from a wide range of cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds and sexual and gender orientations. I am particularly moved to create a nurturing space to connect survivors of physical or emotional trauma with the healing power of therapeutic touch. What I do. Trained in swedish, deep tissue, vibrational, sports massage modalities and craniosacral therapy, I tailor each session to an individual client's needs. Sessions can range from subtle to very firm, and yet are always fluid and gentle. I include some guided breathing and visualisation in my work according to a persons interest. Are you new to massage or craniosacral therapy? What is massage and why recieve it? Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you. It is great for emotional and physical stress reduction. Deep Tissue massage uses slower, more concentrated pressure and strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries. It is not suppose to be painful, contrary to some massage myths. Vibrational massage is focussed on restoring one to fluidity. it is a fully clothed modality using rocking, shaking and stretching to free up past tensions and stresses that have been held in the body. This reawakening of the nervous system restores circulation to injured areas, moves energy and emotions, and helps in the release of chronic pain or stiffness. what is Craniosacral Therapy? Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. This is also a modality where the client remains fully clothed. CST has qualities of massage while also having proved beneficial in recovering from brain injuries and PTSD. We all have a different relationships to touch. Some are raised with an abundance of respectful and welcome physical contact, hugs back rubs etc. This is not everyone's experience or preference. Out of respect for that I also offer fully clothed modalities, instead of Deep Tissue or Swedish that involve skin contact with the back, limbs and neck. The name Common Health Arts is a nod to the term commonwealth. Commonwealth is the understanding that we are personally better off if everyone is better off. I recognize that in today's economic system, working equally hard is not reflected equally in monetary compensation for that work. And yet we all deserve access to our needs such as preventative health care and pain relief without the risk of addiction, which massage offers. The sliding scale is a range of payment intended to reflect my clients diverse economic realities, to the extent that I can sustain my own needs. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. I look forward to working with you soon, Patricia
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Hired 14 times

Serves Oakland, CA

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5 years in business

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Jim S.

Massage Therapy

Sadly I can only give 5 star, if there was more than that I would have given her more. Her massage is the best, I visited SF with a bunch of muscle aches, and she made me enjoy my visit to SF with a new body full of energy. If I ever come again, I would recommend her with my friends and family.
Sep 19, 2021
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Bryant V.

Massage Therapy

Awesome massage! Definitely knows how apply pressure when needed and knows the body.
Jul 25, 2021
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Erin C.

Massage Therapy

Wonderful massage, you can tell Patricia really cares about her clients, their experience and healing. Highly recommend!
Jan 23, 2020
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Michael s.

Massage Therapy

I cannot rate her high enough or recommend more highly.
Aug 3, 2021
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Robert W.

Massage Therapy

Very professional really did a fantastic job I will definitely be seeing her again. I would recommend he to all my friends and coworkers
Feb 11, 2020
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License Type: CMP – Certified Massage Practitioner (CA)

License verified on 6/28/2021

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Patricia Paisley

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    $75-150 a session. sessions are 90 minutes or so. if this is not financially realistic for you lets talk about what is. The name common health arts is a nod to the term commonwealth. commonwealth is the understanding that we are personally better off if everyone is better off. in that spirit i have sliding scale rates. The sliding scale is a range of payment intended to reflect my clients diverse economic realities, to the extent that I can sustain my own needs. example, if you make 3Xminimum wage i suggest you pay market rate. if you make minimum wage i suggest you pay much less. I recognize that in today's economic system, working equally hard is not reflected equally in monetary compensation for that work. And yet we all deserve access to our needs such as preventative health care and pain relief without the risk of addiction.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    i add additional time to initial appointments to answer any questions and to hear about a person's experience in their body. what brings them joy and what has challenged or injured them. what they want to focus on if anything and whether they have bounderies such as not wanting their ears touched or certain limbs stretched. thereafter i always make time for a shorter version of this check in before a session. This process alone helps a person become more relaxed and present in their body. ill do a little posture analyses and grounding. this sounds like a lot but it doesn't take all that long.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    i graduated from the world school of massage in 2015 trained in deep tissue, swedish, and vibrational modalities. i furthered my education at the mckinnon institute in craniosacral therapy in 2017. i have on the job training in sports massage and have workshopped tui na

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