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March 19, 2019

Curious about our new CBD massage, but want to know more? We’ve been loving using our own herbal infused CBD oil in the studio.

Check out this article from MassageTherapy.com that explains some of the benefits and myths around CBD and neuromuscular pain.

+++ Upgrade your massage with our custom blend of Arnica, St. John's Wort infused oil with organic full spectrum CBD oil, along with the healing essential oils of lavender, peppermint, and frankincense. Herbal heat packs help deepen the healing power of this therapeutic massage enhancement.

March 19, 2019

Spotlight on Noe Valley Integrative Bodywork Massage Therapist
Angela Macleod! (Lic # CAMTC 29895)

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Angela describes her style as slow, deep and nurturing.

Angela became a Certified Massage Therapist 15 years ago. Her core training was done at the Cypress Health Institute and the National Holistic Institute⎜A College of Massage Therapy. In addition to massage certification, she holds a Bachelors of Science in #Kinesiology from San Francisco State University and is a certified #Yogateacher. Angela also has advanced perinatal massage certification from Carole Osborne, the leading prenatal and postpartum bodywork trainer in the country. 

Book a massage with Angela and treat yourself wel...

December 5, 2018

Ever had a “meh” massage?  Or worse, had one you just thought was bad, left you feeling hurt, sore, or disappointed?  I know I have. Some of this has to do with the training and quality of the therapist.  Some has to do with that special chemistry when you have the best fit with your therapist. Massage is subjective; everyone’s idea of a great massage is going to be a little bit different. Personally, I’m not really a big believer in intuition when it comes from massage. I AM a believer in communication. One of the things that makes our practice unique is the time we spend with our clients before starting the session. It’s your time to let us know everything you can think of that will help us give you the massage you want....

October 1, 2018

We’re thrilled to launch our newest service, healing CBD massage. Our own custom Arnica and St. John’s Wort massage oil, along with the healing power of Cannabinoids (CBD - the non-psychoactive compounds of the cannabis plant), and essential oils of lavender, peppermint, and frankincense, help relieve pain, inflammation and tension. You’ll also be treated to our special herbal heat packs to further melt muscle tension. This is a wonderful treatment for those dealing with injury, chronic pain or inflammation, arthritis, anxiety, or simply want to drop into deep relaxation and healing.

60 minutes - $145
75 minutes - $160
90 minutes - $175

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NOTE: The NVIB CBD Massage is not appro...

I’ve recently had a number of new mamas who have had cesarean births, and none of them received any information on caring for the scar after it’s healed.  First things first, you had a birth, not a section.  A c-section is a surgical procedure done by doctors.  A cesarean birth is how your little one was brought out into the world.  That is your birth story. Honor it.

Many of the women who come to me several months after their cesarean births tell me about loss of sensation, pain or a “pulling” sensation around the area, low back or pelvic pain, or even dissociation with the entire area.  This is a result of two main physical factors: scar tissue and adhesions. Scar tissue is fibrous tissue that replaces normal tis...

Julie Wang of Noe Valley Integrative Bodywork demonstrates her techniques for relief from the long days at your desk, on your computer, phone, etc. You don't have to work for a large company to get chair massage at your business. Email us for more details.

January 28, 2018

Try pelvic steaming at home --- here are some mock setup's you can try to do pelvic steaming in the privacy of your own home.

Pelvic steaming is an ancient self care practice that can help with myriad women's health issues, including painful periods, cramps, fibroids, cysts, long or short cycles, fertility issues, bacterial infections, pain during sex, scar tissue, postpartum healing, and more.  While steaming protocols may vary, and we strongly recommend making a treatment plan in coordination with someone trained in either Steamy Chick or Arvigo methods (we use Steamy Chick methods at Noe Valley Integrative Bodywork), it's generally safe to develop a home care routine after consulting either online or in-person.

Steam saunas lik...

November 3, 2017

What is Pelvic Steaming? Noe Valley Integrative Bodywork's Lauren Davidson describes this service for women.

There are a few types of cupping massage, and in this short video Noe Valley Integrative Bodywork Owner Lauren Davidson interviews two practitioners (Celine Barrica and Julie Wang) about the type of cupping they offer, how you can chose the right style to fit your needs, as well as the benefits of this bodywork technique. 

April 10, 2017

As a practice that specializes in prenatal and postpartum massage, I get asked frequently if we use the “belly pillow”, which allows pregnant clients to lie face down during massage by using a pillow with cutouts for belly and breasts.  We don’t use this massage prop.  We perform our prenatal massage during the second and third trimesters only in supported side-lying and semi-reclined positions, and I’d like to explain why.

First a disclaimer: pregnant women (and women in general, frankly) receive a lot of should and should nots, many of them completely unsolicited.  What they should or shouldn’t eat or drink, what sort of exercise to do, how they should or shouldn’t sleep.  It’s often filled with judgment, fear, and worry....

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