It is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know that we have lost our beautiful space of the past 20 years. Our healing center at 3819 23rd Street was part of a collective of mental and physical health professionals that had been in existence for 30 years. With so many of the talk therapy practitioners moving to online sessions for the foreseeable future, and our shutdown looking to be at least six months, we could no longer afford the rent on the space.
I have treasured our sweet studio space, nestled away like a secret little oasis. Coming up the hill and entering our Victorian building to see clients over the past six years has been such a joy. On quiet days, I would sometimes come in even if I didn’t have clients booked just to sit in the big brown velvet chairs, stare at the view of Noe Valley out the window, and have a peaceful moment to myself. There was indeed something special about that room at the end of the hallway.
While it is a tremendous loss, it is my sincere intention to find us a new space in Noe Valley when it is safer to give massage again. That time is not now. Massage is a high-risk activity right now, with close contact in a confined space for an extended time period. I couldn’t in good conscience put myself, my staff, our families, and clients at risk by opening soon, even with temperature checks, masks, scrubs, faceshields, etc. that would be required to make it just slightly safer. For more about our decision to remain closed for now, you can read this post on our blog. I know that others in our profession may make a different decision. But I feel my first responsibility is to keep folks safe.
The bittersweet upside is that with the loss of so many businesses closing, and many wellness practitioners moving to online formats, there’s likely to be a lot on the market soon. I hope to find a new space that carries the same energetic spirit as our last. One that allows you to find a moment’s peace, quiet, true rest, and healing to occur.
We’ll be leaning on our community to help in our search for the perfect new home. If you know of any spaces that might be a good fit, please let me know. And, of course, if you have any questions please feel free to send me an email.
All my best,