Massage Therapy by Linda Crane, Certified Massage Therapist
Linda's clientele includes, but is not limited to, legal professionals, FBI and SFPD law enforcement officers, administrative professionals, engineers, designers, chefs, architects, medical doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, actors, yoga teachers, professional dancers, cyclists and runners, as well as other athletes and fitness trainers, and pregnant women. Linda began her massage career over seven years ago at Amrita Yoga in San Francisco. She has worked as a therapist at the prestigious Remede Spa in San Francisco and as a massage volunteer at the San Francisco Marathon, the Nike Women's Marathon, Bay to Breakers, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and Creative Arts Charter School. Linda served the Satori Yoga Studio community for over five years from August 2005 to January 2011 and is currently located within the offices of Dr. Karri Cardinal, DC and Elizabeth Pearlson, L.Ac. at 100 Bush Street, Suite 530, at the intersection of Bush, Battery and Market Streets in San Francisco's financial district.
Linda works with the intention that when you leave her studio, you should not need to return, but you will want to return.
A stressful life in the corporate world of accounting led Linda to find work as a Massage Therapist. A particularly stressful period at work left her searching for a way to relieve the stress and muscle tension she was feeling. A massage... and she knew a career path where she would have a positive impact on the lives of others was the answer. Combine massage with her skills in customer service and passion for people, and the work day stress disappeared. It was on to helping others.
Linda received her training and certification with high honors at the National Holistic Institute (NHI) 720 hour Massage Therapist and Health Educator Training program in Emeryville, CA. This program provided training in Swedish massage, acupressure/shiatsu massage, sports massage, massage for pregnant women, massage for people with injuries, seated massage, foot reflexology, deep tissue massage, energy massage, joint mobilization, rocking and shaking massage, professional draping procedures, body mechanics for the therapist, and assessment and customization of massage sessions. To be a good Massage Therapist, you naturally need to know about the human body. Among other topics, the NHI curriculum included: the structure and function of the musculo-skeletal system, including the origin, insertion, and action of muscles; range of motion; postural analysis; and kinesiology. Linda performed her externship under the supervision of Jennifer Lanett, DC at International Chiropractic Centre in San Francisco's Mission district, where she learned additional methods of working with muscle tissue while providing massage to the clinic patients. Linda combines many of these techniques into a massage customized to meet your body's individual needs and responses.
Continuation Education is important in keeping up with new discoveries and improvements in wellness. Linda has completed courses through the American Massage Therapy Association and NHI in advanced anatomy, advanced myo-fascial release techniques, hot stone massage, massage cupping, and myo-fascial release through Somatic Movement Therapy and Ortho-Bionomy.
Linda maintains a busy practice in pre-natal massage and is trained as a Birth Doula. During the time she was completing her training at NHI, where an in-depth pre-natal training is part of the 720 hour curriculum, her educator-mentor and three classmates were pregnant. This situation, two or more women pregnant in class at any time, provided for extensive pre-natal massage instruction and practical experience on a daily basis throughout the 10 month program. In addition, she completed the pre-natal training at Remede Spa as part of the required training as a Remede Spa Massage Therapist.
As of October 2010, Linda has provided more than 200 pre-natal massages throughout the pregnancies of more than 30 women. With each of these pregnancies she has been blessed with the opportunity to answer questions and ease fears about the birth process, pain management, and breastfeeding, among other pregnancy, birth, and infant care related issues. This coaching led to training as a Birth Doula, or labor and delivery support individual. Linda received training as a Birth Doula with DONA International Doula Trainer Debbie Lavin at Childbirth Education Specialists.