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 and people who struggle with anxiety, depression, and symptoms of trauma--could get access to bodywork.
When I'm not working with clients, I am writing fiction and memoir, reading, or snuggling up with my cats.