Mary Dennis

  • CA License #: 33541
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Spreading Peace and relaxation one person at a time.

My name is Mary E. Dennis. I am a dedicated healing arts practitioner. For the past 19 years, I have been offering integrated somatic therapies and health education to clients in a private practice. Each bodywork session is individualized based on what I assess during the massage session. The peaceful energy of a shiatsu massage can soften and unlock areas of tension. The subtle yet profound effects of Craniosacral work allow the body to find a more balanced state. The warmth of heated basalt...

My name is Mary E. Dennis. I am a dedicated healing arts practitioner. For the past 19 years, I have been offering integrated somatic therapies and health education to clients in a private practice. Each bodywork session is individualized based on what I assess during the massage session. The peaceful energy of a shiatsu massage can soften and unlock areas of tension. The subtle yet profound effects of Craniosacral work allow the body to find a more balanced state. The warmth of heated basalt stones allow muscles to relax and increase the flow of fresh blood to constricted muscles groups. In most massage sessions, a variety of techniques and modalities are used to best address your needs. As a health educator, I look at the whole person and offer anything from stretches, dietary suggestions, to workstation body mechanics as a way to help clients maintain a sense of well being for body and mind. I am also a trained doula and have been fortunate to work with many expectant mothers and babies, offering massage and craniosacral work to both. Whether the massage session is 60 minutes or 120minutes, I bring years of experience and knowledge on how to allow the body to realign and re-energize itself.

Licenses
Massage

CA # 33541

Education
1996

National Holostic Instutiute

Massage Therapist and Health Educator

2002

Upledger Institute

Cranial Sacral 1&2, SomatoEmotional Release 1&2, CST for Pediatrics

2002

Kate Jodan Sminars

Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage Therapy

2003

LaStone Therapy, Ltd

Original Body

1997

Mae Benson Golden Touch Therapies

Usui Reiki, Levels 1,2&3

1993

UC Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts

Experience
Bodywork

Craniosacral Therapy

Since 1998, I have been practicing Craniosacral work in the tradition of Dr. Upledger. This work has increased my respect for subtle touch therapies and how the body responds to different kinds of touch. In my years working with various injuries, and conditions, balancing gross manipulation and subtle touch has proven invaluable and effective.

Hot Stone Massage

My training with Mary Nelson of LaStone Therapy, completely changed my practice. I rarely ever have a session where I do not use my stones. They have become my bodywork partners. The soothing heat from the stones function as another pair of hands and the cold stones, when necessary calm an area down faster than any technique I have found. The stones add another dimension to the bodywork that is difficult to describe. Most clients just say they feel comforting and healing.

Private Practice

I maintained a thriving private practice in Pacifica,Ca for 15 years. I specialized in Pregnancy massage and integrated bodywork. After having my second child I decided to scale down my practice and move closer to home. My years in private practice allowed me to deepen my understanding of the body mind connection and how each of of finds balance and peace in our own unique ways.

Massage therapy in a chiropractic setting

I worked along side a chiropractor for one year at the beginning of my massage career. I learned how a chiropractor approaches the body and sees structural imbalance. Learning to see and feel the close relationship between soft tissue and bone structure was invaluable .

Doula and Pregnancy massage

After several years of working on expectant mothers and thoroughly enjoying the energy and excitement of such a major life change, I decided to begin my doula training. As I started my training, I found out I was pregnant . I was able to support and witness several births before I gave birth to my very own bundle of wonder. It quickly became clear to me though that I could not be a doula and a new mom. Once I returned to work, I continued offering pregnancy and infant massage but no doula services. Someday I hope to offer doula services again, for now, I enjoy every pregnant client I have the honor of working with.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Anonymous on Jun 21
I've been seeing Mary for years. Besides her bodywork which is the best if found in SF, she often teaches me something new about my body and how to take care of it better. Thanks Mary!
by Joshua on Jun 15
Mary is attentive, skilled, and professional! I highly recommend her if you you are looking for a great massage!
by Anonymous on Jun 14
Mary is so incredible. She knows exactly what is that my body, muscles, self, need in the massage.
by Anonymous on Jun 11
Magical. Fixes me up every time and leaves me feeling brand new.
by Janine on Jun 04
Mary is a fantastic practitioner with a kind and caring spirit. She approaches her work with compassion, skill and joy. It is always a pleasure to visit her!
by Sara on May 01
Mary is an amazingly warm and instinctive healer who has gifted me with authenticity, integrity, tremendous skill, and boundless compassion. Her healing and support transcends the physical to all aspects of your health, and I am so very grateful to have such a trusted ally on my wellness journey! Thank you, Mary!
by Denise on Feb 24
Thanks Mary I always enjoy my massages with you. I felt so good last night after seeing you that I didn't need a pain pill & slept great. Wish I could get a massage every week !! Hope to make a appt. in March.
by Deven on Feb 10
Great massage. Mary really helped me out with some difficult back pain. She knows her muscles, is attentive, skillful, and always has good suggestions for stretches and other ideas to help my body continue healing after the session.
by Sara on Jan 28
Mary is such a warm and amazing person. I appreciate the combination of body work and energy work she provides. Seeing her is a treat :)
by Amanda on Jan 22
Excellent massage and practical feedback on what she noticed in my body and how I can build in practices into my daily life to bring more balance to areas that need it. Already booked next appointment! Highly recommend her services!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Reiki
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Integrated Bodywork
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Integrated Massage
  • LaStone Massage
  • Pre & Post Natal Massage
  • Shiatsu