Healthy Balance Massage
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Dan provides a healing experience. His deep tissue massage is able to take me from excrutiating pain to nearly pain free in a very short amount of time. I would recommend his service.Aug 12, 2011
I have been seeing Dan for over 4 years now on a regular basis and can honestly say every one of my massages with Dan has been very beneficial to my well being. I fully respect Dan's gifted ability and appreciate the compassion and presence he brings to the profession. I fully trust Dan on all levels of my being and honor him for how he has provided me with awesome service each and every time.Aug 10, 2011
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My pricing is simple. $60 for $60 minutes for almost any modality, and they all can be combined in a single session. Of course some things work better together than others. Relaxation, Swedish massage, hot stones and a little aromatherapy are great together. Deep tissue, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy work well together. Lymphatic Drainage is best done either by itself or with Essential oils. That combo is $75 and is good for immune system boosting, sinus congestion/infection, flu season prep, reducing inflammation and edema, and detoxification. Lomi Lomi is $65 for 60 minutes and is excellent all by itself. Raindrop technique is $75 for a session, which lasts aout 70 - 80 minutes.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I go into my line of work by getting pretty sick years ago. I mean I ate poorly and never cared what went into my body. I handled stress by having beers or wine with friends after work. My job on Madison Avenue (yes that Madison Avenue) just about killed me. I had to wake up or slowly die from digestive issues, stress, diet and lifestyle. I had to get sick before I could wake up and get better. I'm lucky in that I did wake up, to holistic and preventative self-care. A famous ancient Greek doctor said "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" and I had to learn that the hard way. Now, my healing is in my past and I am healthy enough to help others wake up a little. We're all kind of lazy (bless us!) and it takes a bit of cheer-leading from someone other than ourselves to help us see how easy it is to change out habits. I do that to some extent in my massage practice. I like seeing people do better. Massage and meditation changes everything. And it's actually easier than most people think...
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?A story about Lomi Lomi, the Hawaiian massage. This incredible gift from the ancient healing culture of Hawaii is so powerful, so beautiful. I had a new client call me because she saw one of my Lomi postcards with a big ocean wave on it and it's just a beautiful postcard. She called me and came by for the Lomi Lomi. Before the session I usually say a few words of gratitude basically. An invocation. Sometimes I mention how we are all Sacred Beings, all of us. And when two sacred beings are in the same room then the room is sacred. I reminded her the whole world is a Sacred Place... This moved her to quiet tears, these things of value... The invocation is to help people understand they are special and valuable no matter what. And to let people know Lomi is a special experience. Lomi can be HUGELY transformative and it's the Sacred nature of the work that does that. So we got started and I think she was feeling the energy of Self-Love. We then started the music and all during the massage she sighed and laughed and cried. Her easily released emotions isn't exactly typical of all sessions but it isn't rare with Lomi Lomi. I learned that this emotional release is the letting-go of emotional stones. Harry Uhane Jim, a real Hawaiian Kahuna says we all carry these emotional stones and the stones are the anger and resentment, the sorrow and hurt we've all experienced and hold onto for one reason or another. When the client does this kind of thing, I was trained to just get out of the way and be there w/o judgement as they emote during bodywork. It's an honor for any of us to be present to another person in a nonjudegmental way while they feel free and safe to just let it all go. Lomi Lomi usually lasts anywhere from 50 to 75 minutes, depending on the person's process. After about 70 minutes the massage ended and she was still heaving big sighs, eyes closed. Her teaching for me was to let my agenda and schedule go, to just re-prioritize my time in those moments. That was her gift to me. After a while she opened her eyes and looked around. Her eyes were very clear and bright, and her face was just luminous. She was smiling and quiet- very at-peace. I left the room and she got up, got dressed and after only a few words, she left. Her visit that day was a huge gift we both gave each other. Lomi Lomi is a huge gift from the Kahunas of Hawaii. It's a healing of one that heals us all. This is an accepted fact in Hawaiian teaching/healing. The Lomi allowed us to bring in Love and Self-Love, and I think God was very present to do the real work that day.