About My Practice
Hello! My name is Caitlin Eichorn, and I am a licensed massage therapist. I am a graduate of the 500-hour program at Massage Therapy Institute in Davis, California, where I studied Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, acupressure, reflexology, Cranial Sacral Balancing, pregnancy massage, massage for seniors, and various other modalities.
When I first started massage school, I thought back to a massage I had gotten the year before from a local massage therapist. During our session, she made an offhand remark that was homophobic in nature. She had no idea I identified as queer; I passed as straight and had never discussed my personal life with her. As she continued to speak, I felt my body tense up beneath her hands. For the first time, I felt unsafe on a massage table.
I began to hear from some of her other clients, who expressed frustration at how she talked during the whole massage. They found themselves feeling as though they were the massage therapist's therapist! All of these clients were women, and none of us felt safe enough to express how we really felt to her, and to assert our needs during the session.
As I progressed through school, I realized that I wanted to work with people who may have experienced similar situations. Trusting someone with your body can feel impossible when you don't feel comfortable enough to advocate for yourself, or if you have experienced trauma, or when you already feel unsafe in this world, as so many of us do. And yet, we are the people who need massage the most.
I named my practice A Room of Our Own Massage after Virginia Woolf's 1929 essay in which she advocates for women's access to education, writing, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." I am inspired by Woolf's essay as a fiction writer and as a feminist. I wanted to create a literal room where people who often feel unsafe in this world--particularly LGBTQIA+ folks, women, and people of color--could get access to bodywork.
I particularly see a need for sensitivity and empathy when working with trans*-identified people. I have seen firsthand how much my trans and gender nonconforming friends struggle with finding safety in day-to-day situations, and I can only imagine how complicated it would be for them to schedule a massage. Would the massage therapist respect their pronouns? Know what kind of draping to use? Be inclusive of all bodies on their table?
Sadly, this isn't a given. Most massage therapists don't have the education, or even the sensitivity, to properly address the needs of LGBTQIA+ clients. Which is especially unfortunate considering how badly many of us need massage therapy to address physical issues such as tight muscles, pain from binding, or post-operative swelling, as well as emotional issues stemming from the impacts of trauma and structural oppression.
I understand massage still feels like a luxury given the cost. But I encourage you to look at my pricing options, which include student discounts and package rates, and see how you can make it a part of your life. I offer a limited number of pay-what-you-can massages a month, and am always happy to discuss payment options with you before your appointment. My goal is to make bodywork as accessible as possible to the people who need it the most.
When I'm not working with clients, I am writing fiction and memoir, teaching kids how to swim, working with high school students on writing skills, or snuggling up with my cats.