MASSAGE & BODYWORK

OnBalance Massage & Bodywork

We are a therapeutic massage studio on the mid-peninsula, specializing in deep tissue, sports massage and injury rehabilitation. We offer a unique concept of massage and bodywork serving professional athletes, musicians, weekend warriors and others experiencing tension, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, repetitive motion strain, back pain...


Our approach is to identify the source of your discomfort and focus on your specific trouble areas. We will dedicate the time, attention, and expertise required to provide lasting relief in a relaxed home-like atmosphere.



OnBalance Massage & Bodywork


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a little about us

We are a small family owned practice located in the mid-peninsula. We provide individualized quality of life services to all. We offer a variety of therapeutic massage modalities, tailored to your needs. Our team of highly skilled therapists deeply understand the relevance of human touch and the therapeutic benefits of it. Our mission is to provide great massage and bodywork to people from various backgrounds and professions who are seeking relief from stress, tension or pain. Our caring therapists will work with you, customize your session and focus on helping you attain your wellness goals.

biographies

James Lillard
Expertise: Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Spot Work / Troubleshooting

James began a successful amateur bicycling racing career in his early teens and collected many national medals over the years. With his sports experience plus professional study under recognized and published authorities in the field of bodywork, he has acquired extensive knowledge of sports fitness, injury and recovery.

With nearly two decades of training both body and mind, James has developed a deep understanding of the human body and its potential to heal. After many years of riding, injury and recovery, James' fascination with the healing arts has only deepened. He has followed up that fascination with hard work, study and the creation of OnBalance.

When he is not engaged in massage activity, or managing the business he can be found riding his bicycle or enjoying time with family.


Jaire Vieira
Expertise: Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release, Deep Tissue, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage

Jaire has been working in the field of body/mind therapy for over a decade, and feels that relaxation is a key component in recovering from any injury or illness, and a fundamental part of relieving and eliminating stress. A long-time practitioner of meditation and sound therapy, Jaire emphasizes addressing the entire body/mind connection as a whole in order to achieve long-lasting therapeutic effects, and to live a more centered and balanced life.

Each session with Jaire is carefully designed to address the individual needs of his clients. “In order to notice and become aware with what is going on in our body, we need to learn how to quiet our mind. If the mind is agitated, it is impossible to become attuned to our body.”

Jaire offers sessions in Massage Therapy, Massage/Sound Therapy Combo, and Sound Therapy.


George Halet
Expertise: Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release, Sports Massage

A deep appreciation for the benefits of manual therapy and a lifelong love of physical activity (often over-activity!) led George to complete basic and sports massage in 2008. George has continued to develop his massage skills by pursuing deep tissue and myofascial release.

An avid consumer of training and rehabilitation information, George is a convert to proprioceptive diversity, as opposed to endurance activities and is on a quest to understand the effect of movement patterns on dysfunction.

An engineer by training, George works in the biotech industry as a software testing project manager and lives in the Peninsula with his wife and teenage son.




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about our services

We strive to be professional at all times. On your first visit we will spend time getting to know you and your goals. This will help us use the time to achieve the best possible result. The professional massage sessions you receive at OnBalance may be viewed as an essential element of your personal health and wellness plan.


Rates

Please select a session length from the menu below.

Session length determines the rate. We want to help as many people as possible by offering affordable therapy to all.


30 mins -- $45
Perfect for spot work on a single troublesome area.

60 mins -- $90
One hour is the standard session length that allows time for work on multiple body areas.
$75 -- 3 sessions: Save $45
$70 -- 5 sessions: Save $100
$65 -- 10 sessions: Save $250

75 mins -- $110
An extra bit of time allows for directed attention to specific problem areas beyond the standard session.
$95 -- 3 sessions: Save $45
$90 -- 5 sessions: Save $100
$85 -- 10 sessions: Save $250

90 mins -- $130
A 90 minute session allows time for working the deeper layers of tissue. This type of therapy requires slower strokes to facilitate the release of muscle adhesion.
$110 -- 3 sessions: Save $60
$100 -- 5 sessions: Save $150
$95 -- 10 sessions: Save $350

120 mins -- $160
This session length allows for a comprehensive full body workup.


modalties

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential "time element" has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)


Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to help atheletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. But you don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. This is the type of sports massage that you see in the spa. Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.


DEEP TISSUE

Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.






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Mobile Services


Our Mobile Services

We use quality high-end equipment and have selected from the best linens, table warmers and products. Superior sound equipment contributes to a calm, quiet and relaxing environment for an enhanced experience.

Our mobile services are available for ninety minute and two hour sessions. (Sorry, no one hour sessions.) For corporate and in-home events, we can provide up to three therapists for a period of two to six hours.

For groups, we charge by the hour. Prices vary according the number of guests and the number of therapists. We ask large groups to please book a minimum of two days in advance.

Private sessions are available, Monday thru Friday - 9AM to 7PM. For weekend sessions, please book 24 hours in advance.



   

We will come to you Prefer a session at your home or office?   We can create a pleasant ambiance, complete with relaxing music and a full selection of scents, oils and lotions, at your location

Private residence or office rates:    90 minutes $120

Modalities
Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential "time element" has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)

Deep tissue

Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.


Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to help atheletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. But you don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. This is the type of sports massage that you see in the spa. Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.


Swedish

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.


   

Serving
  • Redwood City    Redwood Shores
  • San Mateo    Foster City
  • Palo Alto    Menlo Park
  • Woodside    Atherton
  • Los Altos    Mt. View
  • San Carlos    Belmont
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Hours:
Monday:   Closed
Tuesday - Sunday:   10AM - 5PM
 
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY We require 24 hours advance notice to re-schedule or cancel.



   











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BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
We require 24 hours advance notice to re-schedule or cancel.

Contact Address

OnBalance Massage & Bodywork 632 El Camino Real
San Carlos, California 94070
Telephone: +1 650 417 8454
E-mail: james@onbalancebodyworks.com




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