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Holistic Bodywork




 Michael Varnen

 (619) 565-9665





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Table Massage

Chair Massage

Learn to Break Your Cycle of Pain

Emotional Healing Through Bodywork

Client Comments

Benefits to Bodywork

I offer bodywork sessions using a massage table or chair. 


About Me and My Approach to Bodywork

I have been doing bodywork for over 10 years and incorporate a number of different techniques into each session. In addition to being a nationally certified massage therapist and certified energy practitioner, I have a degree in biology and am a certified personal trainer.  This diverse background enables me to approach, understand and work on the body from a variety of perspectives.

Holistic means focused on the whole or broader perspective.  The best bodywork is tailored to what the whole person (body, mind and soul) needs at the time of the session.  Your specific needs are addressed by blending a comprehensive set of therapeutic techniques with intuition.  Physical pain can come from poor posture or lack of stretching.  When appropriate, body awareness and self-stretches are taught to address the root causes of your pain or discomfort. 

In addition to storing physical stress and knots the body also holds emotional traumas.  For clients looking for a more profound session, emotional issues can be addressed.  Sessions range from deeply therapeutic to rejuvenating to energetic healing.  My clientele spans tri-athletes to people with terminal illnesses.  Each session is a unique experience as the body is dynamic and its needs change. 

I look forward to working with you.

Michael Varnen

Table Session

What is in a Typical Table Session?

Many people suffer from muscle and joint pain, stiffness, fatigue, reduced range of motion, and poor blood and energy flow.  I specialize in feeling what’s going on in your body and tailoring the session to what you need.  For most clients that means a deeply physical and therapeutic experience blending a variety of techniques.  You can expect to feel less pain (often significantly less), expanded, opened, greater mobility and energy flow, taller, and a much improved sense of well-being. (see client comments

Table Techniques

  • Acupressure
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Cranial-Sacral
  • Deep Tissue
  • Myofacial Trigger Points
  • Trager (Oscillation)
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki Energy
  • Therapeutic Stretching
  • Therapeutic Massage

Clients with serious illness can expect a more energetically healing experience.

Learn to Break Your Cycle of Pain

Much physical pain comes from poor posture or lack of stretching.  When possible I teach body awareness

techniques and self-stretching so you can Break Your Cycle of Pain.  Additionally, you will learn how to

check into your body and avoid storing stress.

Emotional Healing Through Bodywork

The body not only holds and stores physical tension; but emotional tension as well.  These emotional "knots" are usually the root causes of emotional issues.  They are often related to serious old emotional experiences and relationships.  Blending dialog, targeted physical and energetic bodywork, emotional issues can be addressed and released.  This bodywork is used in conjunction with specific exercises and affirmations -- appropriate to your situation.  This is a profound level of healing for clients looking for resolution to old emotional traumas and moving forward in emotional growth.  Spiritual growth often can result from this type of work as well.


Benefits of Bodywork

  • Reduces or eliminates muscle and joint pain and stiffness.

  • Balances and calms the nervous system.

  • Improves blood circulation which increases the transportation of nutrients and

    oxygen to the body’s cells and wastes and toxins from cells.  

  • Relaxes the body, reduces heart rate and blood pressure.

  • Improves digestion.

  • Reduces stress on the body and mind.

  • Increases lymphatic flow which stimulates the immune system.

  • Increases range of motion and flexibility in joints.

  • Speeds muscle recovery from over use during exercise.

  • Stimulates weak or atrophied muscles.

  • Assists healing of soft tissue injuries.

  • You will feel better!

No matter what a person’s physical or emotional state, massage will be of benefit.  

 Click here to read scientific research on how massage improves anxiety, hypertension, carpel tunnel syndrome, back pain, and strengthens the immune system.



Chair Massage

Chair massage is a great way to quickly address most of the problems felt by stressed out people.  Sessions usually blend a mixture of deep tissue, joint mobilization and stretching along with techniques to calm and revitalize body and mind.  Significant results are achieved in only 15 minutes.  When appropriate, I teach self-stretching and massage techniques to address root causes of neck, back and shoulder pain and repetitive stress issues like carpel tunnel.


Benefits of Chair Massage:


  • Instantly releases neck, shoulder and back tension and pain.
  • Dramatically increases flexibility and mobility
  • Reduces and improves Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces and improves tendonitis and bursitis  
  • Improves productivity, focus and creativity
  • Reduces stress and lowers blood pressure
  • Energizes and revitalizes
  • Improves morale and reduces absenteeism

In only 15 minutes you will feel better! Chair massage is great for office or set!


“Family Tree”  

Aidan Meehan





·           Massage Therapist Course – Touch Therapy Institute, Encino CA

·           Bachelor of Arts, Biology – California State University, Northridge

·           Certified Personal Trainer

·           Third degree Reiki

·           Nationally Certified by the National Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork





       Outcalls: from $100/70 minutes.

·           Incalls (I'm in Hillcrest, San Diego): $75/70 minutes (Buy a Three Pack and save $30)

·           Chair massage for the office or set $65/hr. (3 hour minimum)


       Gift certificates available (I make a great gift!)


  Client Comments

 “…Michael’s bodywork is magical… After a session I feel healed, rejuvenated, expanded and balanced.”  Robert Parker 

“For years I had neck pain.  I followed the full course of treatment from a chiropractor and a physical therapist.  No one could help me… I was taking Vicodin almost daily… After 6 sessions with you, my pain was gone! I can’t thank you enough.”  Eric Sanchez 

“…I have never found anyone of Michael’s technical expertise and remarkable intuition…Michael’s bodywork is amazing and very much more...”   D. Sechter   

“I am a massage therapist…I wish I could be on your level.  You have taught me so much and on so many levels…You are truly an amazing and gifted healer.”   Patty Morris 

“As you know my body holds much stress within and sometimes my problem area's are not the same each time we have a session. Your treatment is such that within minutes you can figure out how to get my body to respond in the direction you are trying to achieve. This ability is what sets you apart from the rest and I so greatly appreciate everything you have done for me.” Andy C.   

“I very much enjoy and admire the work that you do.  You are a very gifted person.  You are very in-tuned with your intuitions which enables you to be in-touched with your clients.  Even though I have to drive 40 miles to have a session with you, the anticipation makes the drive out worth every minute.  Thank you for the work that you do.  Also, thank you for being a friend.  Sometimes what someone needs when he feels "alone" is a friend...and ‘good friend’ you are.”  Paul Nucom 

Clients receiving sessions focusing emotional healing wrote:  

“One session is like 6 months worth of therapy…  I learned causes to some of my issues and specific actions I can take to heal and grow… I have learned about affirmations, journaling, stretching and posture.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”  M. Franks 

“You have taught me where and how my emotional problems came from and real ways to solve them…No one else has ever helped me the way you do….”     Kim O.



Michael Varnen        (619) 565-9665



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