Still Waters Massage Therapy

Our Services

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Therapists trained in Swedish Massage:
Susan Dexter
Romain Payant

Leanne Leblanc

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Therapists trained in Deep Tissue Massage:
Susan Dexter
Leanne LeBlanc
Romain Payant

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics.  Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term.  Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates.  Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Therapists trained in Sports Massage:

Romain Payant
Susan Dexter

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a bodywork method that focuses on gently stimulating your CranioSacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord) to heal the body by improving the functioning of the central nervous system.CST effectively complements your body’s natural healing process, and has been known to help alleviate a wide variety of problems including:

    • Central Nervous System Disorders
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • TMJ
    • Fibromyalgia

Therapists trained in CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute):
Susan Dexter
Romain Payant


Acupressure is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing your Qi (energy) flow.  Unlike acupuncture however, with this modality hands are used to apply pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.
Therapists trained in Acupressure:
Susan Dexter
Romain Payant


Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet.  Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body.  According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into the feet.  Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.
Therapists trained in Reflexology:
Susan Dexter
Romain Payant


Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that cleanses and balances the energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health.
During a session, an energetic connection is made in order to remove blockages, detoxify your energy system, and restore your vital life force energy.  The Reiki technique utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us.  The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Therapists trained in Reiki (master level):
Susan Dexter

Structural Balancing

Structural Balancing Massage is a combination of acupressure techniques of Japanese style massage, and the stroking and gliding techniques of Swedish massage. This blended massage modality is very effective in providing increased blood circulation, as well as stress reduction.
Therapist trained in Structural Balancing:
Romain Payant

On-Site Chair Massage

Chair Massage is a massage routine given in a specially designed chair with comfortable support for the face, arms, legs and torso, and requires no oil or removal of clothing. Chair massage is designed to decrease tension and increase feelings of physical relaxation and mental renewal. A typical session takes between 15 and 20 minutes.
Still Waters Massage Therapy has performed Chair Massage at numerous charitable events, and is available for on-site services year round.
Therapists trained in On-Site Chair Massage:
Susan Dexter
Romain Payant

Equine Sports Massage

Equine Sports Massage enhances muscle tone and range of motion. It reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints, thereby alleviating pain. It promotes the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying away excessive fluids. ESMT also creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles....releasing tension.....relaxing muscles. It stimulates circulation by "defrosting" muscles, thereby releasing endorphins--the equine body's natural pain killers. All these benefits help to maintain your equine companion in better physical condition, and the nurturing helps to calm the nerves. 
Therapist trained (by Mary Schreiber of Equissage) in Equine Sports Massage:
Susan Dexter


AMMA is an extremely specialized form of massage and acupressure that combines deep tissue manipulation with the application of pressure, friction and touch to specific points and the channels on which they are found. These channels are the pathways along which energy travels throughout the body.
AMMA is rooted in the same fundamental medical principals as acupuncture and herbalism, focusing on the balance and movement of energy within the body.
The techniques of AMMA aim to remove blockages and free the flow of energy in the body, thereby restoring, promoting and maintaining optimum health.
While acupuncturists insert needles into the energy pathways to stimulate and move the energy, the AMMA therapist relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands.

Therapist trained in AMMA:
Romain Payant

Everflowing Touch

Everflowing Touch is a specialized modality created for the elderly, seriously ill or the dying. It is a very gentle and slow form of bodywork during which the practitioner creates a safe environment through concious presence and mindful touch. Everflowing Touch helps ease attitudinal symptoms such as anger and depression, allowing the client to more easily receive care.


41 Carl Street, #C; San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 564-1750

Mindful Touching as a Means of Comfort

by Irene Smith

After 26 years of providing massage for dying persons and teaching care givers mindful

touching as an integral component to the delivery of everyday care giving tasks, I stay amazed at the profoundly positive outcomes of what seems to be the most organic gesture in the care giving relationship; the act of touching.

Touch is the first sense to develop in our bodies and may be the last sense to fade.

Touch is our instinctive form of communication; an organic need as is food and water, and a

natural healing act.

Research from the Touch Research Institute in the Miami School of Medicine, proves that

a seemingly simple touch of a hand can stabilize heart rate, lower blood pressure and stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain suppressors. Therefore, as care givers, we have the ability, through focused or mindful touching, to assist in bringing physical comfort to dying persons.

A very good practice is to bring your awareness to the physical touching aspect of the following

care giving tasks and procedures; feeding, dressing, changing, wound care, turning a patient

in bed, brushing hair, swabbing a mouth, making a transfer from bed to a chair, etc. These tasks and procedures are touch sessions. They are opportunities for healing and comforting when mindful touch is performed.

Bringing awareness to the touching aspect of care giving also includes being aware that your

eye contact and the tone and cadence of your voice are major components to the touch relationship.

Bringing a mindful presence into your physical touch can transform the experience of care

for both you and the dying person.

Physical comfort; however is only part of the equation. For me the emotional support that

may be provided by mindful touching offers a major contribution to the daily coping strategies in hospice care.

Touch provides dying persons with an opportunity for quiet reflection on one’s personal life

experiences, and may also offer the opportunity for the release of feelings associated with these memories.

Focused or mindful touch may also convey a message of being cared for, being safe, of being

worthwhile, and being connected to a greater whole or community, thus creating a sense of

belonging, as in the womb. The feelings of safety and of belonging to a greater whole help the

dying person to develop a more positive relationship with his/her physical body and in turn with

the dying process. This helps to ease attitudinal symptoms such as anger, depression and fear that complicate the ability to receive care and contribute to the experience of discomfort.

One afternoon a client of mine, Susan, called me from a hospital psychiatric unit and asked

me if I could come over and give her a foot massage. Susan had previously tried to commit suicide

and was in deep depression. During the massage I noticed tears running down her face and

a short while later she opened her eyes and reached out took my hand. “Thank you, Irene,” she

said. “This is the first time I’ve loved myself in a very long time.”

One-on-one social contact provided through mindful touching assists in easing feelings of isolation and loneliness.. Easing these stressors, which contribute to the experience of discomfort, in conjunction with the stimulation of endorphins elicits mindful touch as a viable partner in controlling pain.

In some cases the dying person will not have friends and family present to provide the kind

of support that encourages feelings of emotional safety and nurturing. Mindful touch can serve as the missing family link by promoting these feelings.

Being our first language, and also possibly the last sense to fade, touch provides a natural alternative method of communication as the dying person loses the ability to utilize verbal language. This eases feelings of helplessness for the dying person, family and health care team thus providing a way of re-establishing hopeful relationships.

Within the fabric of caring, touch is the integral thread that weaves the physical, psychological,

and spiritual aspects of the fabric together. Bringing mindfulness to this organic gesture of

human contact creates what is truly the essence of comfort care.


Irene Smith

Therapist trained in Everflowing Touch:
Romain Payant

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a form of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women.  Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes.  Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, Pregnancy Massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy.  The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues. Available for use, upon request, is the "Prego Pillow", designed for comfort and safety in a prone position at any time during pregnancy. 

Therapists trained in Pre-natal Massage:
Leanne Leblanc
Susan Dexter