Whitney Moses, CMT | massage therapy
April 6, 2011

Something serious to talk about and celebrate.

May 27, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of my Father’s death from AIDs. While participating in walk-a-thons and dance-a-thons to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS was a huge part of my youth, it has taken a back seat as the years have passed.I’ve been on the lookout for a way to commemorate his life and passing and I think I’ve found just the right thing. I’m excited to let you know that this June I’ll be a roadie for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle. The ALC is a 7 day bicycle trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises very necessary funds for AIDS research and resources in both metropolitan areas.  I’ll be joining the hundreds of other roadies that make this event possible for the thousands that take the 545 mile trek. I would love your financial support to help insure this a huge success!

The funds raised by this ride help the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS foundation do life saving work.  In San Francisco alone, there will be an estimated 1000 new cases of HIV this year. In the last several years AIDS research and AIDS services have been drastically cut all over the country and the Bay Area has been no exception. Help is still needed, and events like this are as crucial as ever in making sure that help is still available.

Everyone I know who’s ridden or roadied says participating is a life changing event.  I imagine that this being the events 10th year makes that likely to be truer than ever.  They’ve already had to close registration for both roadies and riders earlier than ever before in the history of the ride.

While the work I’ll be doing will be valuable (I’ll be on the massage team) and while I’ll be volunteering my time, it still won’t be free.  In order to have me on their team it will cost ALC money for food, transportation, etc. That being said, I’ve set my goal to raise $2,000, so that I’m not only cost neutral, but actually contributing to the financial gain for these organizations. Will you help make that happen? Even $15 will get me closer to my goal. Please spread the word and help me make a difference.

Sincerely,

- whit

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April 15, 2010

Spring 2010 Massage Update

Greetings,

I hope this note finds you well and that you’re finding bits of spring through all this rain. I’ve got a couple important things to share including a rate change and some travel dates, so thanks for taking the time to read this.

SFGate is running a polling contest for their Best of the Bay list and I’ve been nominated for the massage category! To vote, follow this link and click Cast Vote. You’ll need to do a quick registration with their site, but it’s easy to opt to not get any spam from them.

Back in January there was a lovely article written about my work in the examiner. You can read the whole piece here. I want to give a big thank you to Lauren Byrne for taking the time to write me up.

Currently my rates are $80 for an hour and a $100 for an hour and a half. Starting in May the hour and a half rate is going up to $110. This will also effect my travel rates. If you have any questions about this, please let me know.

I also want to give you all a heads up about some travel dates that are coming up. In June I will be away from about the 8th to the 15th, and late in the summer I’ll be gone from about August 14th to September 12th. If you would like a referral to another massage therapist you can see while I’m away, just let me know and I’ll pass along info for someone who I think will be a good fit for you.

Lastly, I wanted to let you all know about an exciting development in my practice. As of about 2 months ago I have begun the process and training of getting certified as a doula. Ever since I got certified in pregnancy massage last year I’ve felt a strong desire to get closer to birth work and this is my first major step toward it. The training is going very well, and it won’ be long before I’m able to start taking on expecting mommas as clients. There will come a time when this work will impact the shape of my massage practice, and I’ll be sure to write about that when I have a better since of when and what that impact will be.

And as always, if you haven’t yet, feel free to add your review to my page on Yelp.com.

Be Well,

Whitney Moses, CMT

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June 30, 2009

Mid-Summer Massage Update!

Greetings Folks,

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the long warm summer days. 2009 has been a busy year so far, and I wanted to share some of what’s been going on and what’s to come.

Vote for me for Best Massage of the Bay!

The SF Guardian is holding its Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll and this year I’m hoping to win for best massage! Voting closes tomorrow, June 30th, so please take a moment to vote.

http://www.sfbg.com/bobpoll2009/

You don’t have to register or enter your email or anything — it couldn’t be easier.

BodyWorker Certification

After over a thousand hours of training at the Institute of Conscious BodyWork, I’m proud to say that I’m now in the paperwork stage of getting my Master BodyWorker Certification. It’s been a long road and I’ve learned a lot from the wonderful folks up there. Just in this last year I’ve gotten certified in pregnancy massage, as well as taken classes in functional anatomy and scoliosis. Sadly, the school will be closing its doors at the end of this year, so if you’ve ever been curious to check out some classes there, now’ the time!

Injury and recovery

Around February I got into a minor car accident that left me with some pretty bad whiplash. I was pretty incapacitated for a while, but thanks to the wonderful bodywork of David Weinstock, acupuncture and cranio-sacral of Renee Hahn, chiropractic of Dr Dan Armstrong, and personal training of Cera Byer, I was able to get back to working full time in about 2 months. As much as I was frustrated with my circumstance, the whole experience has definitely renewed my appreciation for the value of this work, as well as bolstered my sympathy for the worry and fear that my clients may experience over their injuries. I am grateful to do what I do and very glad to be back at it.

August Schedule

For the first time in years I am not going to the east coast in the middle of the summer. Instead I will be taking a vacation at the end of August from the 21st to the 31st. So, if you want to book something in August, make sure you do so before then.

Odds and ends

Lastly, if you haven’t yet, feel free to add your review to my page on Yelp.com.

Be Well,

- Whitney Moses

510.459.5647

massage@whitneymoses.com

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January 18, 2008

Placebo and the power of mind over body

Recently, Time magazine published an article on the prevalence of the use of placebo prescriptions. While some might read this as a piece about medical fraudulence, I see it as a marker of an important positive shift in the thinking of the western medical community.

Often in the field of alternative medicine and wellness you will hear credence given to the importance of the mind in mending the body. While this is a common concept in the worlds of massage, acupuncture, guided imagery, energy work, etc., it’s something that’s only recently taken hold in western medicine.

Thirty years ago the idea began to surface in conversations around fighting cancer. Organizations like Commonweal formed around the belief that the most effective treatment for cancer had to include informed patients who had positive thinking tools to strive for improved quality of life.

While select fringe areas of medicine began embracing the power of the mind in healing, the majority of the American allopathic industry had a long way to go. As the Times article states;

In 1979, a similar survey of American doctors found that 60% of respondents believed that using placebos was a good way to deduce whether a patient had a “real” problem or was just faking it.

Over the last few decades, however, there has been a noticeable shift. More and more hospitals are instituting programs like California Pacific Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine Program that really emphasize the importance of recognizing the mind, body, and spirit as integral considerations in a treatment plan. Research is coming out that recognizes the value of empathetic support in a patient’s fight against disease.

And whereas in the past doctors saw the placebo effect as a sign of hypochondria, of the doctors in this recent study, “96% believed that dummy pills could have real therapeutic effects.”

This isn’t to say that we have arrived. There are still many in the medical field who are dismissive of things they don’t understand. Just this week, the New York Times published an article questioning the very existence of a very painful and growingly common condition, fibromyalgia.

Thankfully, the Times Magazine article gives me a bit more hope. Quotes like:

“Physicians in this survey believe the mind and the body are inherently interconnected, and that belief can challenge our approach to the healing process in new, innovative ways”

are clear signs of forward movement in the efforts to bring the whole person and all of their strengths and imbalances into consideration when treating patients.

For more information on the placebo effect, a friend recommended Understanding the Placebo Effect in Complimentary Medicine: Theory, Practice and Research, by David Peters. It’s definitely on my To Read list.

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December 1, 2007

The New York Times gives a nod to Massage

Over the last several years massage therapy has been slowly but surely gaining credibility within the medical establishment, whether it’s for pain management, injury rehabilitation, anxiety, or depression.

Last week The New York Times even gave a nod to massage amongst its litany of alternative treatments for chronic pain:

Guided imagery, meditation, relaxation therapy and hypnosis or hypnotherapy are often useful adjuncts to pain treatment, because they can reduce stress and take one’s mind off the pain. Likewise, cognitive behavioral (”talk”) therapy can help patients think and behave differently with respect to their pain. Other options include massage and hydrotherapy, the use of hot or cold water to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

While this paragraph doesn’t come until after nearly a full page of discourse on various pharmaceutical approaches, it’s still encouraging to see the field of massage acknowledged in such a credible mainstream news source.

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August 30, 2007

Summer Massage Update

I hope this note finds you well and refreshed from the last few months. After a summer busy with travel I have returned to the bay area and will be available for appointments starting immediately. My hours for my office at Ellie Herman Pilates in San Francisco have not been set yet but will be available soon.

My rates will be the same – $80/hr and $100/1.5hr in Oakland, $85/hr and $105/1.5 hr in SF, and out-calls will vary depending on details.

I also wanted to let you know that starting this September I will begin a one year training program through California Pacific Medical Center’s integrative medicine program. The IHH is considered one of the top hospital massage training programs in the country and I’m excited to add their teachings to my tool belt.

Also, I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful support you’ve given me in helping spread the word about my practice. Telling your friends and family about my work is the best thing you can do to help me expand. If you haven’t had a chance yet, I’d love if you could add a few words to my reviews on Yelp.com – you can do so for either my Oakland office or my San Francisco office.

I hope you all are enjoying your summer and I look forward to seeing you soon.

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June 29, 2007

Hello! And goodbye!

Welcome to whitneymoses.com!

I’m going to be traveling until mid-August. If you’d like a referral for a different bodyworker in the meantime, send me an email and I will try to respond as soon as possible.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you when I return.

- Whitney

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