Mary Dennis

  • CA License #: 33541
  • 60

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 Krysten on Aug 23
So perfect in every way, kindness, education of the patient, encouragement. A wonderful experience.
by Willow on Aug 23
My massages with Mary are my happy place. I can't say enough good things about her! I have scoliosis and I've had back surgery so regular massages are a must for me. It took me a while to find the right person for my needs, but once I found Mary a few years ago I knew I could stop searching. Now that I'm in my third trimester of pregnancy I'm seeing her even more frequently to keep the aches and pains away. She has intuitive hands that always seem to find exactly where my pain is coming from and release it. Plus she's just an amazing person with a wealth of knowledge and a huge heart.
by Kristi on Aug 11
Mary is a gifted healer; her touch is informed, skillful, and compassionate. She listens deeply to both her clients words and bodies. She gives generously with her heart and soul. I am truly grateful to have found her.
by Anthony on May 27
The focus on the areas that need attention is everything. Also a good recall of my past problems helps a lot.
by Elisa on May 24
Mary has a warm and kind spirit. She is very intuitive with her work. I felt instantly better after my session with her. LOVE the hot stones.
by Danya on May 24
Wow! Mary’s integrated massage was remarkable. Included hot stones and some cranio-sacral. She also had a helpful suggestion for me and a beautiful presence.
by Anonymous on Mar 31
I likrd that she truly saw me and was interested in my life. She knows the meaning of Body-Mind-Spirit as one word!
by pamela on Mar 30
Mary is a miracle worker! I want it to never stop. She knows exactly where it hurts and how to relieve it
by Anonymous on Feb 14
Best massage ever and I have had a few!
by Colleen on Feb 12
Mary is just a perfect masseuse. She instinctively knows exactly what to do -- no massage from her is the same, because every massage is exactly what it needs to be for my body on that day. She's incredible! Warm, profesisonal, and gifted. I don't think I'll ever go to anyone else.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Reiki
  • PostPartum Massage
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Integrated Bodywork
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Mobile Integrative Bodywork
  • Integrated Massage
  • LaStone Massage
  • PreNatal Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Shiatsu