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Gender-Affirming Self-Massage

  • Five Flavors Herbs 334 40th Street Oakland, CA, 94609 United States (map)

Self-Massage class for pre- and post-gender-affirming surgeries. This class will involve discussion, a demo, and tips for helping the body heal with gentle ease. Use what you learn before surgery for best effect, and continue to apply it for years after surgery to lessen scar tissue and increase sensation. The demo will focus on top surgery but other body parts will also be addressed. Bring a buddy that wants to help you heal. Sliding Scale $25 - $45.

Teacher Bio:
Kara Sigler, RH (AHG) is a holistic practitioner with over 12 years of experience seeing clients as well as teaching herbal medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kara makes individualized herb formulas for clients, and has a line of herbal products Herban Elixirs. Kara’s practice also incorporates Ayurvedic lymphatic massage, pulse diagnosis, and nutritional suggestions to treat the physical, emotional, and spiritual components of disharmony in the body. Kara teaches at the Ancestral Apothecary School in Oakland and the California School for Herbal Studies in Forestville.

Kara first began teaching Trans Health topics at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference in 2008. She found that her community was in need of safe access to health services and more knowledge about the healing power of plants. Kara’s practice affirms that life transitions are hard for humans and that plants are amazing allies along the way. Kara believes healing with herbs has the radical potential to change the world of access and privilege within medicine, and this is rooted in the belief that healing ourselves is inseparable from healing our communities and the planet.

Please visit Kara’s website

Accessibility info:
The space is accessible to wheelchair/scooters users, though there is no automatic door. We ask that folks come scent-free. Note that there are products sold in the store that contain essential oils and natural plant smells. 

Earlier Event: October 6
Later Event: October 16
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