MINDFUL BODYWORK SF
Mindful Bodywork is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – mind, body and spirit integrating conventional and alternative therapies. I invite you to join me on this wonderful journey of healing.
I have been studying the body and the mind for over 17 years. My journey began on the beautiful island of Mallorca in Spain. Surrounded by nature, I started to practice meditation in 2000. Now, I keep a daily Vipassana practice.
In my search for a calm and healthy life, I studied and taught Yoga for many years. I traveled and lived in India for 6 months where I focused on my Yoga practice and decided to specialize in Yoga for cancer.
In California, I expanded my studies of the human body by becoming a License Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). I have had the honor of studying with great teachers at the McKinnon Institute and San Francisco School of Massage.
I am a Certificated Esalen® Massage Therapist and Teacher. My work is based in the unique holistic approach to the human body from Esalen® Massage, rooted in awareness and presence.
I believe that a treatment is more than just bodywork. We know today that mind and body are connected therefore massage therapy can be equally essential for a healthy mind.
Cristina Fernández, CMT #67095
-Depp Tissue & Myofascial Release
- Pregnancy massage
~Yoga and meditation
~Yoga for cancer
BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT
The following are a few suggestions I find are helpful in maximizing the benefits of your massage.
Feel free to try one or all of them and see what works for you.
Regardless of where you are coming from before your massage - work, home, visiting with friends - we recommend turning off your phone as soon as possible. This is your first act of separation, of dedicating your time to yourself.
~ Refrain from eating a large meal within the hour before the massage.
~ Meditate quietly for 10 minutes. This can be at home or even in the car, on the bus, on your bike, or on your walk before you come in to your appointment. Find your breath.
~ Try to use this quiet time of reflection to separate out your day to day plans and think actively about what is going on with you. Scan your body for clues, feelings and messages.
~ If you like music, listen to something that reflects how you feel right now: it can be relaxing, if that is how you want to feel, but it can also be anything - dance, metal, trance, rap - whatever you are feeling. Let the music awake the feeling fully in your body.
~ The last preparation is to take out a piece of paper and write a few feelings you have right now: spill them out, in no particular order, exactly what you are feeling. Say as much as you need or keep it limited to one feeling. Put this in your pocket and bring it with you to the massage.
After Your Treatment
~ Keep the phone off for as long as possible. If you can, stay with yourself, alone, for as long as you can before running into others. You are like a sponge now and may be susceptible to absorbing other people's feelings more readily. Allow yourself to take the time to transition back into the busy world.
~ You can start your reintegration with music. Maybe the same music from before the massage or something that matches your new mood.
~ Drink a lot of water. Again, be a sponge and soak it up! Water is the liquid of life.
~ Eat a good meal. Treat yourself to something filling and nutritious.
~ Don't do any strenuous sports or aerobic activity for two days following the treatment. While you may feel joyful and want to jump right into something energetic, your body needs time to rest. There is a passive process that occurs after the massage where the body begins to clean and renew itself. Adding more energy to the body too quickly will stunt this process. There may also be times when the treatment goes very deeply into the muscles, which can be somewhat exhausting for your body. This is excellent because the muscles are releasing lactic acid build up and new awareness is brought into areas that were previously blocked. Still, this process takes time and you do not want to undo the benefits of your massage by jumping back into your regular routine too quickly.
Listen to the new body you've received. Try to understand how it feels now, what is different and what may be beginning to happen.
Lastly, thank yourself for giving yourself this gift. For taking yourself out of the race for a moment and preserving yourself. Try saying your words of gratitude out loud.
The power of relaxation
Inspired by the flow of the ocean in Big Sur, Esalen massage is characterized by long, slow strokes along the body, nurturing contact and detailed attention to the whole body .
These specific strokes have two main functions: to provide the experience of the interconnectedness of the body and to facilitate a state of deep relaxation and healing. When this nourishing massage is done by a competent practitioner, "a kind of relaxation unfolds within the nervous system of the client which is profound, and acts as an important support for stimulating processes of healing within the human body" (Perry Holloman).
A session combines long strokes, gentle rocking, passive joint mobilization stretches together with the flow of breathing.
Esalen massage is rooted in Gestalt psychotherapy and its purpose is not only therapeutic but also to help the person to feel "at home" in their own body, integrating body, mind and spirit.
Calm and therapeutic
Swedish massage could as easily be called “bliss massage”: characterized by constant strokes and rhythmic movement at the surface level of the body. Swedish massage is very healthy, as it stimulates improved blood circulation while allowing the mind to relax through pleasant, non-intrusive, supportive touch.
DEEP TISSUE & MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
Healing from within
Deep Tissue massage is targeted and therapeutic, focusing on the muscles/muscular skeletal system. Often favored by athletes, deep tissue massage involves “getting into” the blocked parts of the body, and unwinding through the release of pain and breath. It is dynamic, requiring attention and awareness and sometimes requiring more focus on one part of the body than others. Deep tissue massage often stays with you a few days after the treatment and is profoundly relaxing.
Myofascial Release "is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion".
* Stretching, In addition to fully absorbing the bodywork I provide, I encourage the body to be in
movement during the session. The next level of care during treatment can include
gentle stretches, which I will facilitate as needed (during both Swedish and Deep
Part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine, this subtle but powerful technique uses the pressure of finger tips in specific major points of the meridians (energy pathways) to restore the natural flow of the vital energy that runs in our body. When the energy flows, we can return into a more natural state of well-being.
Ancient wisdom from the East
Shiatsu is an ancient therapy from Japan based on Traditional Chinese medicine.
Fingers, thumbs and palm apply firm pressure in specific points that promote energy flow and help to correct imbalances in the body. In addition to be very relaxing, Shiatsu relieves stress and treats pain and illness.
My goal is to enrich your life through skilful, trained touch and personalised support, to help you feel healthy again, grounded and present in your body
Cristina Fernández is a CMT, Esalen® Massage Therapist & Teacher and Certificated Yoga instructor
SERVICES AND RATES
"I believe in nurturing, rather than battling against the body"
*Due to the current health situation we decided to stay close at the moment. In the meantime, stay healthy and remember to breath deeply.
My bodywork is based in Esalen massage. Depending on your needs, I integrate a variety of Western and Eastern modalities including Swedish massage, Deep Tissue & Myofascial release, Shiatsu, Accupressure and Craniosacral therapy.
60 min, $120
75 min, $150
90 min, $175
2 hours, $230
Certificated Oncology massage by Carolyn Tague
60 min, $120
60 min, $100
Private/ Group Yoga classes
Please contact me directly by phone or email to schedule an interview.
Ask me about the discount packages and referral discounts!
"Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos
-the trees, the clouds...everything."
Thich Nhat Hanh
Thank you for scheduling your appointment!
Cancellation policy is typically 100% of appointment cost. We know emergencies arise, please communicate and we will do our best to accommodate.
We ask that you please reschedule or cancel at list one day before the beginning of your appointment or you may be charged a cancellation fee of the total amount of your service.
If you don't find a time that works for you, please call me or email me to schedule your appointment. Texts will get a faster answer. If you email me, please include your phone number. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me.
1395 31st Avenue, Sunset