9 June

Massage Therapy and Narrative Medicine: Julia’s Statement of Purpose

  My professional life and my academic interests have long been clumsy dance partners: they orbit each other on different beats, fumbling for one another’s attention, sometimes stepping on each other’s toes, sometimes achieving moments of grace. At first glance, massage therapy and literary criticism don’t seem to pair well, but after a decade of […]

14 December

Happy Tofurkey Day!

Happy Turkey/Tofurkey Day, Rising Spiral Gang! Today, we are thankful for strong hands, earnest hearts, healthy bodies, and most importantly—for YOU! Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting a local business and committing to a pain-free lifestyle at Rising Spiral. Working with you means we never really have to go to work! In honor […]

15 October

Aloha with Love

Aloha, Rising Spiralers! At this very moment, I am lounging hammock-side in Hawaii at the Hui Ho’olana Yoga Retreat Center under the most beautiful rainbow, relaxing and re-centering after such an amazing year. (Believe it or not, the photo above is totally, completely, 100%, no-filter-for-realsies.) While this yoga retreat is an opportunity to expand my […]

22 July

Empowering the Back Body: Reimagining Massage with Sridaiva

Our bodies are instruments of exploration, the limitless channels through which we experience our lives, each other, and our planet–and yet we can live without fully experiencing our body’s natural lightness and playfulness. Sridaiva, a dynamic movement practice similar to martial arts, felt like everything I was taught never to do as a vinyasa yoga […]

17 July

An Introduction to Touch: Couples’ Instructional Massage

Several years ago, I integrated couples’ instructional massage into my practice. I worked with people in pairs—mothers and daughters, seniors and their caregivers, romantic partners—and I taught them how to give each other massage. As it usually goes with first time teachers, I started off with entirely too much enthusiasm: I choreographed complex techniques that […]

16 May

Summer Updates: Discounts, Packages, and Radical Selfishness

You know that feeling you get when you meet someone so groovy you just can’t get enough? Well, Natasha must think you’re pretty groovy. Beginning this week, she is moving from part- to full-time! She’s spent the past few months getting to know many of you, and she has enjoyed her time with you so […]

3 February

Valentine’s Day Couples’ Instructional Massage Coming Feb 13

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Join the Hallmark-Holiday Protest by doing something special with your darlin instead of buying him/her more junk in a wrapper. Join Natasha Frances and me for a Couples’ Thai Massage Workshop this Valentine’s Day Eve at Breath and Body Yoga, from 6-9 PM on Feb 13, where you […]

23 December

Happy Birthday, Rising Spiral Massage and Wellness!

Hey Hey, Rising Spiralites! Are you sitting down? Have you finished your coffee? Are you ready to hear the best news of 2014? Drum roll please… Rising Spiral Massage is now the proud owner of 1707 W. Koenig, soon to be Rising Spiral Massage and Wellness! We just closed on the building yesterday, and we […]

23 July

Thai-Yoga Massage Workshop Coming August 15

To reserve your space: click on the following link, select the “Workshops” tab, scroll down to the event titled “Thai Yoga Massage,” and click the “Sign Up Now” button. Space is limited, so make your reservation ASAP! https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=9669

25 April

“Fixing Funky Necks” with Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy

Within months of finishing my massage therapy degree, I was rear-ended by a reckless driver and suffered a debilitating neck injury.  I saw chiropractors, acupuncturists, and Western physicians from a variety of fields—all to no avail.  Still weeks after the accident, I could barely turn my head without pain. Then, a friend referred me to […]