Healing Massage Therapy
Café of Life Marin offers healing, relaxing massage therapy in our beautiful Mill Valley office. We specialize in deep tissue massage for sport injuries, arthritic conditions and repetitive stress injury. We also offer pregnancy massage.
Although you do not need to be a chiropractic patient to receive massage therapy at Café of Life Marin, many of our patients do choose to use our massage services because of the additive benefit that massage therapy provides.
Benefits of Chiropractic with Massage
If you are receiving chiropractic care, massage therapy can help your adjustments have greater impact, since massage loosens the muscles around your joints. Massage therapy treatments at Café of Life Marin can also be doctor directed. Since you are evaluated before your massage therapy begins. Dr. Seth Labott can fill the therapist in on what is going on with your body, what the focus of your massage therapy should be and how the therapist can best assist in the healing of your condition.
Often times, it is the muscles surrounding your skeleton that are contributing to your lack of alignment, since tight muscles pull on bones. Over the years, this pulling can lead to displacement that causes you discomfort and pain. Muscles that are loosened by massage will pull less on your bones and result in less distortion in your frame.
Pairing massage with your chiropractic care at Café of Life Marin is a great way to help alleviate your tight muscles and ensure that your spinal adjustments are as effective as possible.
Body Work Education/Experience: After a few years apprenticing under a mentor of mine in Northern California, I decided to attend the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs CO; a rigorous 1300hr course. With an emphasis on Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and Trigger Point Therapy (TPT), I began to direct my focus towards recovery and rehabilitation. Immediately after graduating, I received a position with the EDS and Olympic Cycling Teams. I served as the personal team therapist for spring/summer training and events at the Colorado Springs Velodrome Olympic Training Center. I also opened a small private practice in the Colorado Springs Broadmoor area.
Modalities: I have acquired certifications in NMT, TPT, Che Nei Tsang (CNT) and Reiki. Along the way, I have studied and practiced many other modalities. I have integrated these techniques and my knowledge to create my own unique style that is both therapeutic and relaxing.
Favorite body part to work on? Why? I have worked for the past 11 yrs with local cyclists from the Endurance Training Center acting as support and therapist for group road rides as well as privately, which has lead to a love of working on the lower body, especially the hips.
What drew me to massage as a career? I began my healing career nearly 30 yrs ago in Northern California and was initially drawn to the schedule flexibility and earning potential but grew to realize that I really connect with body work on a deep level.
In my downtime, I am also a Certified Yoga Instructor. I have been studying and practicing Iyengar Yoga for 18 yrs. Through my practice I have realized a depth and understanding of the body and it’s healing power that has profoundly affected my work as a healer. I currently own and run my own small massage and yoga studio in West Marin. I have been a therapist with the Café of Life for 12 yrs and have enjoyed watching my clients grow and change over these years.
Body Work Education/Experience: I studied at Wat Po Thai Traditional Massage School and Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts.
Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal,Thai, Reflexology, Shiatsu
Favorite body part to work on? Why? Lower back and glutes muscle because I injured my lower back long time ago and I have to study many ways to make me get better!
What drew me to massage as a career? I grew up seeing my dad getting massage all the time and he was feeling better every time! I'm trying to give massage to my family and friends because it helps them feel better and I feel better too.
In my downtime, I love to spend time with my family. I love to take my daughter to the beach and can't wait to take her to see movies. I love eating so I'm enjoying cooking a lot!
Body Work Education/Experience: I received my original 1250 hours at the Boulder School of Massage Therapy in Colorado in 1984. I have also completed Trainings in Tuina massage, Paul St. John's Neuromuscular Therapy, Medical Massage, Orthopedic Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy with the Neil Asher Institute. I have most recently studied Hilot, the traditional medical tradition from the Philippines. I had a two year apprenticeship with Jeffry Cohen, Hilot practitioner and master therapist in Residence for San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Symphony. I also teach alignment based Yoga and Aerial Yoga Play, which incorporates suspension training with with asana to encourage lymph, joint and spinal health.
Modalities: I use many different Deep Tissue and Trigger Point modalities for pain relief. I offer prenatal and sports massage as well as soothing therapeutic sessions.
What drew me to massage as a career? In my former life I was trained as a figurative painter and dancer. Manual skills developed naturally from my admiration for the beauty of the human form and from my own experience of the potential of Bodywork to seriously enhance performance and well being.
Mill Valley Office Massage Therapy Hours
9am-7pm Monday through Friday, 9am-2pm Saturday
Make your massage therapy appointment by calling: 415-389-1098
Ask about our special Massage Therapy packages!
Cafe of Life Marin offers healing, deep tissue massage therapy and chiropractic massage. We serve Marin County, Sonoma County, Northern San Francisco, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Kentfield, Ross, San Rafael, The Presidio and The Marina.