Many people ask the meaning behind our name. As we believe that massage facilitates the bodies natural ability to heal itself we adopted a symbol that embodies the attributes we wish to promote in our work. The Oak tree has been considered a powerful symbol in many cultures. It symbolizes strength and courage, wisdom, stability, honor, longevity, and it's leaves are considered to have healing properties. The Dryad is a spirit of this tree.
Meet Our Therapists
Siannan Gall is a native San Franciscan raised in a family of dancers, massage therapists and medical professionals. This environment has fueled her dedication and enthusiasm for helping and healing people through massage. She believes that massage is another way to improve the quality of life beyond conventional medicine. Siannan considers herself blessed to have found a career that she is so passionate about and looks forward to each day.
Siannan went to the Institute of Conscious BodyWork Alive & Well! where she trained Deep Tissue, Sports, Myofascial Release and Pre-Natal massage. She always strives to delve deeper into understanding the human body and has taken more extensive classes in Anatomy and Physiology and continues to look for new modalities and techniques to integrate into her sessions.
When Siannan isn't in the massage room you can usually find her dancing. A life long love of dance has lead her into competition, performance and even teaching. Mostly performance and social dance fill her dance card these days, but don't be surprised if she bursts into dance on a street corner when the music is just too good to pass up.
Hernan Goldstein's belief that besides the physiological benefits of bodywork, it brings about true awareness that allows one to slow down and live in the moment. He works with the intention of bringing that awareness to the forefront to ignite the desire within each client to strive for optimal wellness and improved quality of life. As a graduate from National Holistic Institute, and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, he received extensive training in several modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage and shiatsu.
Additionally, Hernan also has advanced training in Pregnancy/Pre-natal bodywork, and Myofascial Therapy, which focuses on range of motion, pain management and trigger point release. Hernan has a background of working with private clients, in spa settings, and side by side with chiropractors.
Liana Gandolfi believes in results orientated massage. She wants each client to feel that they are getting a massage that will not only relax them, but also to improve mobility and ease discomfort or pain. She feels that each massage should be unique to the client. Liana graduated from Silicon Valley Collage in 1999. Over the years, she has enjoyed improving her clients well being using many massage modalities like Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, prenatal, shiatsu and reflexology.
Liana has background of working with private clients, in a spa setting, working along side a family practice doctor working with pain management patients/clients and chair massage for corporate staff events and conventions.
Liam Casey has been involved in natural healing and energy work since he was 15 years old. In that time, he has practiced Yoga, Tai Qi, Qi Gong, numerous forms of meditation, and Chinese medicine. His formal schooling and master's degree is from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he received over 2000 hours of training, graduating in 2005.
Liam practices Acupressure, Tui Na, Swedish, and Deep Tissue massage to promote healing and relaxation, and often incorporates Qi Gong into his sessions. He has been practicing massage since 2003, and considers massage an integral part of health and the healing process. Liam has worked on a wide range of clients, from college athletes to hospice patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is included in a full body massage?
A: A full body massage includes: Head, neck, pectorals, arms and hands, back, the glutial region, front and back of legs and feet. At special request you can add either the abdomen or facial work, just ask your therapist.
Q: If I'm just having pain in one area do I still need a full body?
A: While there are many benefits to getting a full body massage, if you are having pain or discomfort in a specific area we can focus on that area, and the areas that may be contributing to the discomfort.
Q: I really don't like my feet touched, do I have to get foot massage?
A: Any areas that make you uncomfortable, for any reason, can be skipped.
Q: How long will the session be?
A: At Dryad Bodywork & Massage, we believe that if you pay for a 60 minute session, that means you get 60 minutes of massage. Our clock starts when the bodywork begins. Any period of time that the therapist is out of the room is not considered "massage time". The time it takes you to get on and off the table is not counted against your time.
Q: Do I have to get undressed?
A: You are not required to remove anything that makes you uncomfortable. We use draping techniques to keep our clients covered. Breasts and genitalia will remain covered at all times thorough out your session. Many people find it more comfortable to keep their underwear on. Please note that if you wear boxers, boxer briefs or any long legged undergarments we may ask you to move them so we can access the muscle more easily.
Q:What should I wear to my session?
A: Wearing comfortable clothes that you can move in is a good idea. Before and/or after your session your therapist may have you move, stretch or walk.
Q: Can I talk during my session?
A: Yes you can talk during your session. Too much talking can be distracting to your therapist and can detract from the relaxation. If you wish to have a session in silence please let your therapist know that at the beginning.
Q: Are you certified?
A: Yes, we require our therapists to be certified by the CAMTC.
Q: What if I am ticklish?
A: Communication with your therapist is key. Let them know you are finding the work ticklish, or that you tend to be ticklish and they will happily adjust their pressure or skip the area.
Q: When should I get a massage?
A: Any time you want. Getting regular massage is a great way to keep yourself healthy. For each person the length of time they prefer between massages varies. Typically getting a massage every 2-6 weeks is ideal for maintenance. If you have an injury or sever tension you may wish to come in more often.
Q: When should I not schedule a massage?
A: If you have a fever, a cold, the flu, sever outbreaks of any communicable skin condition (including poison oak) it is not a good time to get a massage. It is possible to pass the illness to your therapist as well as it is possible to make your illness worse.
Q: Will the massage hurt?
A: A massage should never hurt. Some deeper modalities can be uncomfortable, and some injuries can also be tender when being worked on, the key is to let your therapist know that what they are doing is hurting.
Q: How will I feel after my massage?
A: Our goal is for you to feel relaxed. It is possible to feel sore after deep work, or if there is a lot of tension that has been worked on.
Q: What should I do after my massage?
A: We always suggest that you stay hydrated after a massage. Drinking plenty of water will help your body to process the work that was done, helps alleviate soreness, and is all around good for your health.