The Earthbody Blog

A curated guide to holistic wellness

Welcome to my journal. Each week I share a story that turns my mind with the insights, goof-ups, and lessons I discovered in the exchange. I also believe that the good life takes practice. Here's where I'll share resources in meditation, self care, daily ritual, wholesome nutrition, and the best in body~mind wellness. Thanks for reading and welcome to the family.

Denmo Ibrahim, Founder & CEO Earthbody.

The Art of Shiatsu

The Art of ShiatsuShiatsu-anma (literally ‘finger pressure massage’ ) is an ancient form of bodywork that has its roots in Chinese Medicine and is based on the philosophy that health and vitality comes not only from living in harmony with nature, but from balancing the body, mind and spirit, which is a microcosm of the world in which we live.

Shiatsu-Anma combines meridian massage, acupoints and soft-tissue manipulation to affect the body’s qi force, or vital energy, in order to awaken the body’s natural capacity to heal itself. In essence, it is said that the practitioner works with the client rather than against the disease.

Using a variety of techniques that include pressing, stroking, grasping, kneading, compression and vibration, sessions are performed in prone, supine and seated positions with the client fully clothed, using the practitioner’s fingers, palms and knees.

Whilst this modality focuses on the meridians and acupoints, it also addresses the musculoskeletal, myofascial, visceral and lymphatic systems of the body, restoring health on both energetic and functional levels.

Summertime, in Chinese medicine, is the domain of the heart, and relates to the element of fire. Not only do we fall in love, but our energies rise to the surface of the body, and we can become ‘hot and bothered’. Or perhaps we experience mental restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, dizziness or anxiety—these all relate to imbalances in the fire element. So if you’re feeling the summer heat, come in and try some shiatsu to feel cool as a cucumber, and to allow your body to gather its resources for the months ahead.

Come dressed in your most comfortable yoga or gym clothes, and get ready to feel deeply relaxed yet profoundly energized!

Learn more about Emma Mezher, one of our amazing therapists practicing SHIATSU.


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The Ritual of Solstice

The Ritual of SolsticeThe Ritual of Solstice

Summer is nearly here! The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice comes this year on June 21st 2011. The world “solstice” a Latin inspiration meaning to stand still. As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher until it seems to literally stand still in the sky.

Embrace this magical time of year. Be still. Radiate with full energy and presence like the sun. Bask in the glow of warm, radiant health. During this seasonal change, it’s the perfect time to recognize the inner changes. Here in San Francisco, where we’re often wrapped up in scarves throughout June and July, it’s hard to notice that the seasons are transitioning. If we don’t take a conscious moment to pause and recognize the shift, our world will alert us--and often in the form of chaos. Building these seasonal “time-outs” to update and refine our habits, especially of self-care, is a essential practice.

Long retreats or seasonal vacations may be tough to finagle financially but finding a way to create space for stillness can be feasible. Taking a couple hours to update your closet, purge some files, do some deep cleaning or schedule bodywork is necessary for keeping your act together and feeling on top of life.

One of the lasting ties today with the summer solstice, comes from the Druid’ celebration of the longest day as the “wedding of heaven and earth.” Today, there is a belief that a wedding in June will bring good luck.

Every day at Earthbody we strive to marry the physical body with the benefits of self-care through touch and energy healing. It’s all too easy in our fast-paced world for the bodymind to fall out of harmony with each other, resulting in a rocky “marriage” of discord. Marrying these two major parts of ourselves is what we do as practitioners at Earthbody. Let us be your marriage counselors, if you will, of body and mind, bringing you back in harmony, balance and somatic joy.

Wedding bells are ringing! Whether your planning your own, participating in a friend’s or simply celebrating, you know how special the “big day” is. Whatever your part in it, you want to look and feel your best. We offer a variety of Spa Treatment Packages and Body Rituals to help you prepare for the celebration. June happens to be the most popular month for weddings, so give us a ring and we can help you set up something special.


Did you know that the word “honey moon” is related to the full moon in June?

This is traditionally the best time to harvest honey from the hives. Isn’t that sweet? Experience the sweetness of THE HERO'S JOURNEY, a 2 ½ hour spa treatment beginning with a eucalyptus tea tree foot bath and massage, a deeply nourishing massage with a stimulating herbal oil, and a clean enzymatic face treatment of yogurt and honey. This is an incredibly sweet ritual for every Hero in your life!

Create Your Own Ritual

Create Your Own RitualCreate Your Own Ritual

Here's a golden nugget of opportunity to create your own secret service using these simple aspects of reflection. Cultivate your own super powers in less

a gorgeous fabric
a piece of fruit
a slip of paper
a pen
a candle
a bowl of water
two handfuls of time
and a small chunk of space

Why do we need Ritual anyways?  Good question.
Three essential principles to understand what Ritual is:

1. Rituals are created to embody symbolic aspects of our life.

2. They follow a specific flow.

3. The purpose of Ritual is to

~ Settle the mind
~ Engage the physical act of living
~ Remove obstacle
~ Request divine aid
~ Self empowerment
~ Ignite and rejuvenate the Spirit

Now, let’s get you started with your ritual!  Now that you have all your divine pieces to create a powerful experience.


Set your intention for your ritual. What do you want to feel?  What is your aim?  Describe your goal in doing this act.  The clearer you can be the richer the ritual.  Anything goes – as long as it supports the greater good and the powers of love.


1. On your slip of paper, tear it into two halves.  One side write down all the things that hold you back from what you want. What are the obstacles inner and outer that you feel hold you back form achieving your intention. Write. Fold in half. Place it on your left.

2. On the other half, imagine yourself as the embodiment of your intention.  What are you wearing?  Who is around you?  Describe in as much detail what it looks like to have your intention come to fruition. Go for it.  Fold this over and place to your right.

3. Light your candle.  Clear you mind.

4. Place your gorgeous fabric flat on the ground in front of you with your fruit sitting in the middle. and a bowl of water just in front.

5. Sit still for a few minutes enjoying the warmth of the exhale and the coolness of the inhale.  Consider letting all thoughts dissolve for a few moments.


6. Now pick up the slip of obstacles that sit on your left. As you hold the note, feel the weight of what you’ve written.  Empathy is a powerful tool for release.  As you embody the heaviness of what holds you back, say out loud this:  “Thank you for teaching me the path of resistance. I am ready to move on. “ Let a corner of your slip of paper catch the flame of the candle and then drop into bowl of water.

7.  Pick up your intention that sits on your right. As you hold it, visualize what you’ve written.  Say out loud this:  “My life is calling me.  I am ready to fully embody all that I am.” Light this slip on paper. Drop it in the bowl of water.


8.  Sit and do nothing for a period of time.

9.  Eat the fruit of your labor!


You’ve just created your own ritual!  You can do the very same ritual with a different intention for a completely different experience. The power of creation is at your fingertips.

Notice the conversations your have over the next few days, the images in your dreams, and even your thought patterns.  Rituals can unfold in a myriad of ways.  Be open and explore what happens next!

THE BARS Session

The Barsrevitalizing * transformative* holistic*

THE BARS is a subtle modality that works directly with electro-magnetic energy stored in the body. Based on 32 specific channels or bars of energy that run through and around the head, this practice releases habitual thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs. Through a series of light touches, locked energy is released and cleared away.

THE BARS is an incredibly nurturing and restorative process, undoing limitation in all aspects of your life. The treatment is hightly afffective in overcoming mental, emotional or physical stress. THE BARS is helpful in working with migraines, insomnia, anxiety and depression.


  • Deep relaxation
  • Increased mental clarity + focus
  • Eases tension headaches + migraines
  • Reduces anxiety + depression
  • Stills mind chatter
  • Generates a delta, or theta brain wave state
  • Eases insomnia
  • Increases conscious awareness

Highly recommended recommended for athletes, or students preparing for exams as it deepens your ability to maintain consistent focus and is extremely energizing to the body.

THE BARS 1H Session
or ADD ON 30M
to our GROUND, REPATTERN, or UNRAVEL massages
Wear comfortable clothing

THE BARS is offered exclusively by Alex Edward Colligan at Earthbody.
With a background as a professional athlete, coach, and wellness facilitator, Alex has been working on stress reduction therapies for over 20 years.  A graduate of Brenneke School of Holistic Health, his experience has spanned multiple disciplines including physical therapy clinics and sports teams. Alex's approach to bodywork includes creating a space of openness for his clients. His modalities include Myofascial Release, Unwinding, Swedish, Deep Tissue with a conscious energy component. Alex aims to provide the most nurturing and healing environment possible, which can invite a gentle shift to a state of well being. His focus on the energy systems of the body and how to leverage them has brought forth a renewed attention to energy medicine, and what is truly possible when attending to
the mind - body - spirit connection.

Click to learn more about THE BARS.

Alex Colligan

3 Day Weekend

3 Day WeekendGet IN Before Your Get Out

by denmo ibrahim,
ceo + founding therapist

The long weekend is coming! Those precious times we get throughout the year to truly “vacate” from the everyday grind often come at much needed times.  We may be tempted to do more chores, shopping, cleaning, and playing catch-up with the backlog of work during an extra day off.  Just like any physical machine, to keep it functioning properly, you’ve got to give it rest periodically. Overworked minds and bodies can become diseased.  Remember to take time to put your mental and physical self at ease once again. Your body and mind are constantly giving, producing, and in motion. Give back by nourishing the whole being. Use some of this longer weekend to appreciate the body.  Like the quote says, “What you appreciate, appreciates.” Appreciate and take care of your gorgeous little body, and it will continue to take care of you.  Remember, a single treatment can last weeks following a session.  Feel free to check out some of our success stories to hear the latest and greatest from our clients!

If you’re receiving this message, you already know that engaging in therapeutic massage is one of the most powerful ways to restore the body and mind. You’re part of a community of individuals who value total wellbeing. We’re here for you.

Consider giving in to a REPATTERN session, more than just a spa treatment, the 90 minute massage is the perfect pre-weekend prescription for a family-filled weekend of non-stop activity that lies ahead. It doesn’t matter if you’re in need of deep tissue massage or structural integration.  By making time for the body to truly unwind, muscles can melt, the breath can deepen, and the body can heal.  That’s the core of bodywork – like massage but more therapeutic.  Get centered now and you’ll be able to show up as your best with family and friends.

Wanting to disconnect from the busy and chaotic week and reconnect with your beloved in a deeper way this coming weekend? Our COUPLES MASSAGE RITUALS and treatments are great for just that. Set aside time to reconnect with your partner in a soulful way. Our amazing community of San Francisco massage therapists and estheticians are truly healers.  We're here to nurture, stretch, and deepen your Memorial Day weekend through massage therapy, couples massage, and Ayurvedic rituals.

A post-weekend treatment like our new treatment, The Bars offered by Alex Colligan may be the tonic your body will love you for after all the excitement of a busy weekend. Our practitioners are here to help you realign yourself and bring you back to center. Balance, after all, includes working, playing and resting so that you can return to your life with zest. To do any of those things well, you’ve got to be in balance. We believe that means making rest and self-care a part of your routine.

Give us a call or book online now, and we’ll help you take care of your precious, gorgeous body of light.