Women's Health
 
  Family Health
 
 
 
 

Supporting Women's Health Massage & Somatics for 25 Years

 

Wholistic, Natural and Integrative Approach

 

Professional & Therapeutic 

 

Life Cycle Health Centered 

 

Stress & Illness, Trauma & Resilience

 

Oxytocin Skills & Treatment

  

Immune & Inflammation Focused

 

Navel & Birthing Centered Wellness

 

Mind-Body, Guided Imagery

 

Couples Massage & Bodywork Support

 

Pregnancy Massage

 

Pain Relief

 

Professional and Therapeutic

 

 

 

Innovative Blend of Mind-Body-Somatics-Massage Tactics

 

Mind, emotion and positive psychology engagement

 

Oxytocin and endorphin expression tactics 

 

Breath, laughter, vocalization narrative

 

Acupressure and energy psychology

 

Immune lymphatic massage 

 

Connective tissue release

 

  Internal Organ Massage

 

Heart flow massage style

 

 Vagal nerve coherence 

“Daniel is thoughtful, supportive and truly talented. His background and experience enabled him to uniquely address the pain I experienced during pregnancy with twins.  I’m truly grateful to have had his healing touch on my journey to motherhood. “

 

T.E. Mill Valley, CA

 

 Designed for Women Because: 

 

- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.

- Women’s account for an estimated 75-80% of all auto-immune diseases.

- Women tend to be more body aware. Some research suggests  that women tend to notice bodily sensations (interoception) more often, better understand relations between bodily sensations and emotional states, worry or experience more emotional distress with sensations of pain or discomfort and see body as less safe.   Other research shows mixed results for sex differences in interoception.

- Research shows that 20-25% of US  women have a mental health issue,  50% greater then men.

- Women's physiology, especially women’s stress/resilience responses, have been historically overlooked in the history of Euro-American medicine and healthcare.  

- Global cultures and the arts & humanities hold clues to women’s health.

- Women express higher levels of the oxytocin molecule, ‘Nature’s Love molecule medicine’.  

 

 See:  Is Oxytocin "Nature's Medicine"? by Sue Carter PhD LINK 

 

"Oxytocin is a pleiotropic, peptide hormone with broad implications for general health, adaptation, development, reproduction, and social behavior. Endogenous oxytocin and stimulation of the oxytocin receptor support patterns of growth, resilience, and healing. Oxytocin can function as a stress-coping molecule, an anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant, with protective effects especially in the face of adversity or trauma. Oxytocin influences the autonomic nervous system and the immune system. These properties of oxytocin may help explain the benefits of positive social experiences and have drawn attention to this molecule as a possible therapeutic in a host of disorders. 

 

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"After receiving the pregnancy massage from Daniel, my neck, shoulders, spine and hips felt more relaxed.  And I could feel my baby in my womb more calm.  I really needed that massage before my delivery.  It was great!"

                                                                     Jenny, Novato, CA

    

 

What can I Expect from a Session.

 

Results can vary, and the time to achieve these results can vary.

Stress and trauma can numb us to our internal body, to our self, to our relationships and to the world.   These session help you to gain control and organization over your internal resources to thrive in the world.

Utilizing a broad range of mind-body, somatic, integrated health, massage and bodywork techniques, Daniel has developed an approach to identify and transform  stress, shock, and trauma into empowerment and  resilience.

 

An uncommon tactics Daniel has cultivated is the coherence and relaxation response centered at the navel and site of the umbilical cord.

 

The average client feels:

- Relief from stress, pain, and/or trauma symptoms.   

- An improved sense of well being.

- More self awareness and improved capacity to regulate themselves when under stress.  

- Improvement of health symptoms related to stress.

- Improved awareness in partner relationship.  Improved capacity to self-regulate under relationship conflict.

- A few client have had swift transformation of long standing trauma responses in a few sessions.

- Feeling more present in the moment, moving into the future.   Less time and attention dwelling on the past.

 

 

         

"Your work … is amazing in its integrity and transformative power.  

This is the deepest and safest I’ve ever been able to go."

Lisa H, MFT 

  

 “From my vantage point as a psychiatric doctor,

I believe that many people need the type of work you do,

yet are unaware it even exists." 

Elizabeth S., MD

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The approach, styles and modalities are described on other pages of this website, see:

 

Stress & Trauma

 

Massage & Bodywork

 

Therapeutic Approach

 

Testimonials

 

 

Pain Relief Massage

 

This massage style integrates an innovative endocrine gland/hormone model hypothesized to address deeply rooted stress-trauma-illness patterns; specifically oxytocin/vasopressin switching.  

 

The combined skills and techniques in these sessions can relieve a variety of pain symptoms, ranging from neck, shoulder and low back, to deeper emotional stress.    

 

 

The Benefits of Polarity: A Woman of Receiving a Massage from a Man  

 

There is a powerful, natural chemistry, energy and polarity between all people when they come into proximity, relationship and touch.  Many people find the polarity between the genetic female and the genetic male to be potent. Deep wounds reside here for many people, deep healing can arise here as well.  

 

These wounds create stress and trauma patterns in our bodies and impact our health in multiple ways.  These sessions acknowledge this energy and cultivate its potential for your healing.  Biological gender differences are a part of life and the male/female polarity of chemistry can be supportive in many ways.   This gender polarity creates an opportunity to cultivate deep physiological realxation and coherence responses.

In some cases, healing requires the polarity and chemistry of both female and male.

 

These session cultivate and practice care, sensitivity and clear consent communication.   Regularly a new female client will expressed that they were initially hesitant to receive a massage and somatic session from myself, a man, and then convey their appreciation for the sensitivity, care and container that I provided for their experience and healing. 

Trust is the name of the game.  With my background (see below) I hold a container for women.  I am diligent to earn and maintain trust with all of my clients.  And especially women, because of the significant historic, cultural and social stressors and inequalities burdened upon women.   This is a deep and powerful conversation.

 

 

Couples Massage and Bodywork Sessions: Supporting your Partner 


 
 
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A central goal of these sessions is to support you to create healthy relationships, with yourself, with your family and freinds and with your intimate partners.

 

As part of this, session can include:

 - Massage and coaching for your partners.

- Four-handed massage session, where daniel and your partner give you a massage (4-hands), or you and Daniel give your partner a massage. 

 

During these 4- handed session, you and your partner learn about methods of connection that build trust, connection, stress relief, and self awareness.  This can be a bonding and connecting experience. 

 

 

Supporting Families

 

When working with parents with children, the goal is that the new skills of the parent roll down hill to benefit the child.  When the parent is grounded, composed, and centered, they create a better container for the relationhip and secure attachment with the child.

 

A modified form of massage and bodywork (clothing on) is available for children when the parent receives sessions.

 

See: Family Health

Family Health

 

 

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About Daniel:

 

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For 25 years I have studied birthing, the adverse childhood experience, stress-trauma-resilience, and women and family centered mental health.   On numerous occasions I have been one of only a few men in training classes oriented to children, women and family mental health.

 

In the late 1990’s I was gifted a ticket to the annual conference of the Association for Pre and Perinatal Birth Psychology and Health by a pediatrician who meet me while I was volunteering at Sharp Rees-Stealy Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  Later I attended the American Academy of Pediatrics annual conference,  Infant mental health training at University of California San Francisco, Oakland Children’s Hospital, and Alameda County First Five.  After attending workshops in 'Water Birthing' I became fascinated by the opportunity to support women's centered healthcare as a foundation for social and family health.  Further study of integrated health added to my understanding of core issues related to women and family ’s health.   The list of my training is long.

 

My female clients have included but not limited to:

 

Pregnancy massage

C-section surgery recovery

Breast cancer surgery preparation and recovery

Pre-surgery massage, post-surgery recovery massage

Menstrual cycle pain

Abortion recovery

Adoption recovery

Adults with complex trauma from birthing, in utero fetal shock and trauma

Assault, sexual abuse and molest, domestic violence, rape

Supported a wheel-chair bound woman to walk again after decades of complex trauma

Clearing child trauma to prepare for a marriage proposal ( which was successful)

Collaboration with client’s psychotherapists and psychiatrist  providing somatic, mind-body skills

Marital infidelity

Invitro fertilization egg recovery

Child custody legal hearing preparation

Divorce recovery

Relationship breaks

Death of a spouse.

Massage, mind-body and somatic emotional support

Emotional shock from employment discrimination

Numerous, numerous clients with multiple expressions of the Adverse Childhood Experience.

Intimate partner emotional abuse

Multiple expressions of relationships breaks and traumas.

Longevity and anti-aging in the face of health decline.

Hospice support

 

 

 

Daniel’s skill supporting families, women and children is based in part upon his training with:

Dr. Bruce Perry, Child Trauma Academy

University of California Los Angeles Attachment Conference

Alicia Liberman, PhD, Child Trauma Research Program,  University of San Francisco Medical Center

Oakland Children’s Hospital

Alameda County First Five

Bessel Van der Kolk, Kathy Kain, Pat Ogden. Raja Selvam, others

Workshops with the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, California Institute of Integral Studies, and others

… and more.

 

Daniel is cerified in pediatric massage, a certified massage therapist, certified somatic practitioner, and a trained hospice volunteer.