It can be frustratingly difficult to find bodyworkers who understand anything about gender or transition, much less with whom you can feel comfortable on a massage table. Although I am a cisgender woman, I love many people of transgender experience, especially trans women, and strive to make Holding Space Massage a safe, affirming, welcoming space for you.
Best massage I've ever had. As a transgender woman I normally feel exposed and vulnerable on the table, but Arwyn made me feel extremely comfortable, allowing me to relax and enjoy the experience. -- Emily M.
Transitioning, both social and physical, can bring changes and challenges for your body, which may linger for years afterward if unaddressed. The stress of experiencing misgendering and transphobia, especially combined with racism or misogyny, also leave their marks. The good news is, professional therapeutic massage with a trusted LMT can mitigate some of the effects of that stress, and repair, improve, or strengthen your relationship with your body.
For transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, and gender questioning individuals, I offer 90 minute sessions (up to two hours for new clients), to have abundant time to connect and build a trusting relationship, discuss your needs and your boundaries, and spend a full 70 minutes on the table.
Because massage is often most needed by those least able to afford it, I offer several options for reduced price massages, financial aid for massage, and trade or barter possibilities. I also provide massage for transgender and gender creative children and their families.
Frequently Asked Question: Don't you work with trans* men?
Answer: Absolutely! I love to work with trans men and trans* people whatever the gender assigned to them at birth. Why the focus on trans women in my marketing materials, then? Simply, the trans women that I know and love, and the trans women authors I admire and respect, told me again and again that messages of "women and trans" did not feel welcoming or safe to them. Although some of my favorite clients are trans men (and if you are a transmasculine person looking for a massage therapist I'd encourage you to come in) my primary focus is and always will be on making sure trans women are safe and feel welcome in my practice.