Common Health Arts
Common Health Arts

Common Health Arts

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Introduction: I am a licensed massage and craniosacral practitioner offering my work on a sliding scale. 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 the world more 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 work today. I believe our bodies and minds are naturally ingenious. Over time we may experience physical, emotional or spiritual injuries without time or resources to fully process and discharge those impacts. These can get “ stuck” in our bodies as chronic discomfort or pain. With time and attention we can resolve many conditions, even those that can seem unwavering or inevitable by facilitating those stuck places in completing their process and returning to ease. 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 backgrounds and 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. I am trained in Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, vibrational, sports massage and craniosacral therapy. I tailor each session to an individual client's needs. Sessions can range from subtle to very firm, and are always fluid and gentle. I include some guided breathing and visualisation in my work according to a persons interest. What is massage and why recieve it? Shiatsu Shiatsu is a clothed modality using pressure, kneading, tapping, and stretching to balance the energy of the body called Qi. In the case where the client's energy is low or deficient, the practitioner uses techniques to enhance and vitalize the Qi. When the client is over-stressed, wound-up, or anxious, the practitioner employs techniques to disperse the "excess" energy. In this way, the energy is balanced. Often clients report feeling both relaxed and energized after a session. Swedish is a gentle form of massage that uses oil, long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize the client. It is great for emotional and physical stress reduction. Deep Tissue uses very slow, 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 is focussed on restoring one to fluidity. it is a 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. 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. CST is a clothed modality. CST includes qualities of massage and long hold s to sooth the nervous system and is beneficial in recovering from brain injuries and PTSD. We all have a different relationships to touch. Please reach out with any questions if you’re curious about the benefits of massage but unsure if it’s right for your needs. We might be able to find a combination of modalities that work for you. I can also recommend some non massage healing arts and practitioners who may better meet your needs. 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. 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 meeting you. Patricia
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Nitin K.
4 weeks ago
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Patricia was amazing - she was punctual and explained me all the things during our session. She was able to identify deep rooted pain points in my body, applied pressure/massage to those areas to provide me pain relief and improved flexibility. Looking forward to seeing her again and hope to continue this healing path with her. I highly recommend her, she is a magician!
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Jim S.
Sep 19, 2021
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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.
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Erin C.
Jan 23, 2020
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Wonderful massage, you can tell Patricia really cares about her clients, their experience and healing. Highly recommend!
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Andrew I.
Oct 16, 2021
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Such a lovely experience. Can’t wait for the next session!
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Michael s.
Aug 3, 2021
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I cannot rate her high enough or recommend more highly.
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License Type: CMP – Certified Massage Practitioner (CA)

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

    The name Common Health Arts is inspired by taking commonwealth literally. commonwealth is the understanding that we are personally better off if everyone is better off. House calls are $120 an hour plus a $40 delivery fee. If friends or family coordinate a massage day they can only pay that fee once for up to 3 massages. In office appointments are on an income based sliding scale of $50-$100 an hour for Shiatsu and Craniosacral and $75-125 an hour for Swedish and Deep Tissue. I can offer a certain number of Appointments below that in cases of severe financial hardship. 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+ you can pay market rate. if you make minimum wage i suggest paying at the bottom of the scale. 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.

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

    We discuss what is coming up in my clients body physically in the moment and long term, any history of injury or other stress. I ask what their body is doing regularly for work and recreation, what they want to focus on, bounderies and limits in range of motion. After our first appointment I make time for a shorter version of this pre session check in. I’ll do a little posture analyses and grounding.

  • 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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