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CranioSacral Therapy with Denise Obray

CranioSacral Therapy Auburn CACranioSacral Therapy with Denise Obray

Special offers through March 14th, 2018

Love your body  #1

Book two 60 minute CranioSacral appointments and you can double your savings! Take $20 off each appointment  (Save $40)

Love your Body #2

Book a unique 90 Minute CranioSacral Integrative Massage appointment that begins with a stress reducing upper body massage and ends with a healing and deeply relaxing CranioSacral Therapy Session. Take $25 off your appointment and enjoy your savings.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CST is a very gentle form of bodywork known for it’s deeply relaxing effects. It is said to calm the nervous system, decrease inflammation, and is used to treat many physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions. CST influences the rhythm of the cerebrospinal that surrounds your brain and spinal cord, helping to restore a natural rhythm of ease and flow.

About Denise

Please call Denise directly for more information and to schedule: 530-308-0320

Denise Obray, Certified Massage Therapist in Auburn California, has been working with a variety of communities, helping people for over 30 years.  She is a compassionate and dedicated therapist who holds space for healing with each of her clients. For over 18 years she was a business owner who provided sign language interpreting services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities throughout the nation. After becoming a Certified Massage Therapist, Denise was drawn to CranioSacral Therapy and helping people heal with the distinct light-touch techniques taught by The Upledger Institute and welcomes all clients, including those  experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Please note: These special offers are not available for gift certificate purchases, and must be scheduled between February 14th and March 14th. Packages must be paid for at time of first appointment. Thank you!


Second Annual Holiday Gift Certificate Fund Drive

Massage Gift Certificates Fund Drive Awaken Integrative Bodywork

Massage Gift Certificates Fund Drive Awaken Integrative Bodywork

This year, holiday gift certificate sales will benefit families affected by the fires in Nevada County. We will donate 10% of all gift certificates between Thanksgiving and Christmas to The Community Disaster Relief Fund of Nevada County will distribute 100% of our donations directly to recipients.

Purchase online or at the studio!

This is not business as usual


This has been a long month for me. And I’m not alone, judging by my Facebook news feed and shell shocked faces of the clients on my table who seem to be suffering from actual trauma due to current events. Many of us can’t even yet articulate what exactly has happened. We just know that something has changed, and it is something big.  To me, it  feels like I am coming apart at the seams without any recipe for how I will come back together again.

This is not going to be a political blog post. I’m not writing to discuss my beliefs or where I cast my vote in the election early this November. What I want to write about today is how I plan to stand back up when there seems to be nothing left to stand on.

You see, I happen to have spent most of the past month in bed (more on that later) glued to my Iphone, watching in stunned attention each of the horrifying news updates as they trickled in through the always present layers of social media propaganda.  I became overloaded with information and misinformation, completely incapacitated by simultaneously knowing too much, and knowing too little.

Frustrated and terrified, worried that maybe I had become part of the apathetic problem, someone who would stand idly by while those around me were picked off one by one by hate and bigotry, one day I just decided to put down my phone and stop watching. After all, what good was it doing for me to know?

I stood up. I took a walk. I thought about the world I wanted to live in. I thought about my small business and about the dear clients it supports, and how much I want it to keep growing, serving and supporting spiritual growth, transformation and healing. I thought about promoting, and how hollow I had been feeling running ads, posting specials, and keeping up with all my marketing efforts while publicly ignoring the real distress in the world and in my clients lives.

It was then that the pieces began to fit back together. I realized that I can articulate one thing that has really changed for me. And that is, there is no such thing anymore as “business as usual”. Everything means something now. Everything matters. I must begin living my life, and running my business, with the same conscientious integrity. I can no longer, for example, resist Black Friday consumer hysteria in my personal life while running a Black Friday special on bodywork on my business Facebook page.

What I can do is make it undeniably and absolutely clear where I personally stand, and where my business Awaken Integrative Bodywork stands:

  • shutterstock_357412781webWe stand for truth.
  • We stand for the earth and for the water
  • We stand with inclusion
  • We stand with peace
  • We stand with equality among all people, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation
  • We stand with justice
  • We stand for accountability
  • We stand for non violence
  • We stand up to oppression
  • Above all else, WE STAND FOR LOVE

And love does not mean silence. Love can take a stand, and love can have a voice, and love can even be fierce and strong and loud. And it matters. It all matters.

Pete Seeger says it better than I could ever hope to, and with far fewer words.  It may move and soothe your soul to  watch this beautiful video recording from so long ago, of his beautiful song, If I had a Hammer. The lyrics are pasted below.

Before you move on to the song, I want you to know that we mean what we say. There is one place where we would like to make a humble offering, and it is a way we can integrate our business with our world and what matters in it. This holiday season, we will not be doing business as usual, but we will be doing business. Christmas is a popular time to buy gift certificates for bodywork and massage, and we have decided to donate 10% of all gift certificate sales in December to the legal fund for Standing Rock, to support accountability and justice for the violence that has taken place against the native water protectors in North Dakota. It is a small gesture, but something for me to stand on while I get my bearings again.

Much love and light to you this Holiday season and always. Don’t despair. You matter. Your voice matters. Love matters. Please enjoy the song …”it’s a song about the Love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land”… and don’t forget to sing!

If I had a hammer,pete-seeger
I’d hammer in the morning
I’d hammer in the evening,
All over this land.

I’d hammer out danger,
I’d hammer out a warning,
I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

If I had a bell,
I’d ring it in the morning,
I’d ring it in the evening,
All over this land.

I’d ring out danger,
I’d ring out a warning
I’d ring out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

If I had a song,
I’d sing it in the morning,
I’d sing it in the evening,
All over this land.

I’d sing out danger,
I’d sing out a warning
I’d sing out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

Well I got a hammer,
And I got a bell,
And I got a song to sing, all over this land.

It’s the hammer of Justice,
It’s the bell of Freedom,
It’s the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

It’s the hammer of Justice,
It’s the bell of Freedom,
It’s the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

Update: January 18th, 2017

I am pleased to announce that with many clients participating in gift certificate purchases in December of 2016 we raised $185. Here is a copy of my donation letter.

Dear Jessica ,

Thank you for supporting our legal work in North Dakota to assist the Water Protectors in their efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Civil Liberties Defense Center is a 501c3 nonprofit and all contributions may be tax deductible. Our tax ID number is: XXXXXXXXX

Thank you for your donation of $180.00 you will receive a thank you letter and membership card in the mail soon!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for your support!


Charles Denson

Associate Director


Intuitive Massage and Bodywork: The Winding Road to healing

Intuitive Massage and Bodywork: A Winding Road to Healing
Intuitive Massage and Bodywork: A Winding Road in Auburn CA

“Well, that was a hoot!” *Joan said as we wrapped up her first session with me.  She gave no other indication of how she felt about the work before she paid my fee and left. She did not reschedule and I did not know if she had gotten much out of the treatment.

Intuitive massage and bodywork sessions often take surprising twists and turns. My role is to help facilitate the client’s inner journey. My intention is to support their connection with their own inner wisdom, in whatever form that may take. I see this process as a winding road that I follow alongside my client, but neither of us can see around the next bend or knows what will happen next. I often don’t know the result of a session until much later;  sometimes never.

The practice is to be completely present with what is happening without attachment to the outcome. This isn’t always a comfortable situation for the mind, as we humans tend to think in linear terms of cause and effect. But the magic in healing usually comes, as it does in life, when we let go and surrender to the present moment.

Joan was referred to me for CranioSacral Therapy by one of my other clients.  She was suffering from anxiety, lack of energy, moodiness and an explosive temper. Seeking stability for her mood and reactivity, she suspected there may be a hormonal component. She also wanted to advance her small business but wasn’t feeling energetic enough to achieve her goals. CranioSacral Therapy is indicated for hormone balancing and relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression and I felt it could help Joan.

Intuitive Massage and Bodywork: A Winding Road in Auburn CAI began the session with gentle touch and deep listening. I let my hands find the places of tension and resistance in Joan’s body and enlisted her help to identify what might be holding her body in those tension patterns. I asked her to describe any sensations, images, thoughts and feelings that were arising as I employed gentle CranioSacral Therapy techniques beginning at her feet and traveling up her spinal column to her occiput and head. Although dialogue is not always part of each session, in Joan’s case it was clearly part of her healing process. In other cases the  body asks for and needs silence and stillness.

Joan described a rock wall which seemed to be holding back a great deal of water, although it was seeping through the cracks in many places. As the session progressed, the images she described became more vivid. She seemed to be uncovering many symbols and archetypes that to me suggested emotional patterns that may be limiting hIntuitive Massage and Bodywork: A Winding Road in Auburn CAer capacity to connect with other people. I kept my interpretations to myself out of respect for Joan’s inner wisdom and in recognition of scope of practice as a bodyworker and not a psychotherapist.

Although it seemed like Joan got a lot of information from her session,  I wasn’t sure how she felt about it. When I followed up with her a few days later she sounded busy and said she would  get back to me later. Finally, about a month after her visit  she texted to ask for another session and mentioned she wanted to fill me on some changes in her life. Upon hearing from Joan again I felt relieved, curious and intrigued and was eager to see her again and hear what had happened.

When Joan walked in the door I almost didn’t recognize her. Her eyes were sparkling and her energy was vibrant, playful and very alive. She excitedly shared about going to a work related conference and taking with her the rich imagery she had seen during her session.  She told me she did something different this time: she gave herself permission to take time alone in the midst of a busy socializing and networking schedule, and as a result had the energy reserves to form a new friendship which would turn out to be meaningful for her on many deep levels, including professional, spiritual and personal.  In fact, she told me she was leaving on a plane for a remote, exotic island the next day, where she would be meeting that very same friend and taking steps to advance her work in a new and exciting direction that she hadn’t considered up until that point.

Intuitive Massage and Bodywork: A Winding Road in Auburn CAJoan’s wall had been transformed from an isolating barrier to a beautiful, nourishing protective sanctuary where she could come and go as she wished. It was a deep honor to accompany her on that winding pathway to healing, and for me, a poignant reminder of the power of presence.

*The client’s name has been changed and the details of the session have been edited to protect “Joan’s” privacy.

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