Massage as Medicine
Your body is unique and deserves an informed and customized approach.
This is not your typical spa massage. Whether you are seeking relaxation or support in addressing a specific health issue, we will collaborate to ensure your specific needs are met.
My hope is that our work will further inform your body knowledge, in addition to supporting you in adopting self-care practices that improve your quality of life post-session.
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Jordanna Alexandra Glueckauf
Integrative long strokes and deep therapeutic touch
My interest in the transformative power of touch began during my three years of residence at the Esalen Institute, a historic healing retreat center. I immersed myself in the study of a wide variety of somatic healing modalities including, Esalen Massage and Deep Bodywork, Feldenkrais, Craniosacral Therapy, Gestalt Awareness Practice, yoga therapy, and 5 Rhythms Dance.
My work is also informed by my graduate studies in medical massage. I am currently working as a Lead Massage Therapist at UCSF's distinguished Osher Center. I draw on my advanced training in oncology, neurology, pediatric, and palliative massage therapy to serve medically complex patients in the in-patient setting.
Currently, I am pursuing continuing education in Manual Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy, and Visceral Manipulation. These subtle body approaches inform my hands-on work, in addition to my skills in body reading and assessment.
My approach is informed by my extensive hands-on work and training in both private practice and clinical settings. My touch is intuitive, nurturing, and therapeutic.
Training & Education
Mckinnon Institute, Oakland, CA
Masters of Public Health, San Francisco State University
Bachelors of Science in Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
Mission and Vision
A growing body of research supports the benefits of massage therapy for a wide variety of conditions such as stress, chronic pain and illness, auto-immune conditions, and more. The research affirms what I have witnessed in my over 6 years of private practice: massage therapy can have profound healing benefits that support the prevention and treatment of disease.
While massage therapy is still largely considered a boutique service that exists outside the traditional healthcare system, the standard of care is changing. Massage therapy is now increasingly being offered along with conventional treatments for a wide range of medical conditions. In an effort to support the inclusion of massage therapy and other alternative healing practices into traditional healthcare settings, I pursued a Masters of Public Health at San Francisco State University with a focus on health equity.
In the spring of 2022, I completed a year-long fellowship program in medical massage therapy at UCSF’s distinguished Osher Center. I am now the Lead Massage Therapist for the program tasked with training the incoming class of fellows, in addition to coordinating service delivery and providing direct patient care. This program offers massage therapy, free of charge, to seriously ill and dying patients at UCSF. My hope is that this program will be replicated in hospitals and healthcare settings across the nation, giving all individuals access to healing touch as an integral part of allopathic medicine.
What is Esalen Massage?
1. "The practitioner is working with, instead of on, the client.
2. The massage is a moving meditation; the practitioner is committed to being as fully present as possible for the entire massage session, bringing a full-hearted, meditative presence to the table.
3. The practitioner is aware that a client may be affected on physical, mental, emotional or even spiritual levels.
4. Long, flowing strokes, integrated throughout the massage give a sense of relaxation, connection and wholeness.
When looking at these principles more deeply, it is apparent how interrelated they are: When a practitioner is working with, instead of on, a client, the practitioner learns to listen and respond to what he/she is feeling both in the actual tissues and on an intuitive level. Consequently, the Esalen practitioner responds to the unique issues presented by the individual client, instead of imposing a particular protocol, from or set way of working as in some other forms of massage. In order to successfully feel and know what is appropriate for a particular client, the practitioner needs to develop a full-hearted presence, the ability to be truly present and focused with the client, and to listen with the whole being.
Often, bringing this full-hearted presence to the table enables a client to feel safe enough internally to relax and let go on very deep levels. Formerly unexpressed emotions, the holding of tissues that often follow with trapped emotions, or even held pain due to physical or emotional trauma-all have the opportunity to rise to the surface and clear from the bodymind, frequently affecting the client on more than a physical level.
The responsibility of the Esalen practitioner is to stay fully present and provide a safe space, thus supporting the release of the pain or emotion that was originally trapped in the tissue in the body.
The fourth principle, the long, flowing strokes in Esalen massage, not only relax and prepare clients for deeper touch, they also easily move the practitioner from one area to another are of the body, supporting the feelings of connection, integration and wholeness. The effectiveness of the long integrating strokes is becoming more apparent as evidenced by the number of other massage modalities have begun incorporating signature Esalen strokes.”
~Deborah Anne Meadow – Massage Magazine April 2011
Making massage therapy more accessible
In an effort to make my massage therapy services more accessible to more people, I offer several sliding scale sessions per month. Those that pay full price are supporting individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford these services.
Please email me if you have demonstrated need.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
A Whole-Body Approach to Healing
Schedule a free phone consultation
Please email me at Jordanna.email@example.com to set up a complimentary phone consultation. I look forward to learning more about what brings you to massage therapy, and your specific needs.
It may take a couple of days for me to respond to your inquiry. Thank you in advance for your patience.
My office is a well-ventilated and quiet oasis located in South Berkeley, a short walk from Ashby Bart. If you are driving, street parking is free for two hours and typically easy to find.
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