Santa Cruz County Stories: Elke Riesterer massages humans and other...

Live Oak masseuse and touch therapist Elke Riesterer refers to her clients by their first name. Full Story
Apu

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 May 24, 2010
I am wishing you would please unhand my monkey, please.
Professor Pat

Los Altos, CA

#3 May 24, 2010
Ahhh yes, the Tellington touch...the poor horsie who was attacked by that transient last week could probably use Elke's "touch" right about now.
SC_Local

Capitola, CA

#4 May 24, 2010
You sentinel readers are some sick, twisted individuals, and I LOVE IT!
Good Grief

San Bruno, CA

#5 May 24, 2010
I've got a few problems with this article.

First, Chris, your first paragraph about how this woman "refers to" her clients by their first names: don't you mean "addresses them by"? A massage therapist should never refer to a client by name to a third party.

Second: "citizen of the world." I know it's a quote, but puh-leeeze.

And this: "Riesterer believes that elephants, giraffes, tortoises, rhinos, lizards and other sentient beings she tenderly massages at the Oakland Zoo and elsewhere should be engaged as equals. To do otherwise only increases pain and suffering in the world." Oh really? How do you figure? I adore animals. I massage animals. But that kind of grandiose talk sets my teeth on edge.

(Is it just my impression, or did the reporter think this woman was a bit goofy? Reisterer comes off as a bit of a nut in this piece.)

On another point of accuracy, the Tellington Touch method is a trademarked name, and should appear with the little r-in-a-cirlcle mark that I can't do here.

And finally, about those Indian elephants and their mahouts. Reisterer may have set up a nice non-profit that allows her to travel to India, but she is addressing the wrong problem. It isn't so much the way those elephants are handled once trained, but the way they are broken in the first place. Wild elephants are captured and tied by the leg to a tree stump. They are starved and beaten. They get food and water only when they have capitulated. It is a cruel and hideous practice. Get back to me when this woman has done something to change that.

Good Grief

San Bruno, CA

#6 May 24, 2010
Professor Pat wrote:
Ahhh yes, the Tellington touch...the poor horsie who was attacked by that transient last week could probably use Elke's "touch" right about now.
You are a sick twit. Get your mind out of the gutter.

The TTouch is just a fancy name for a soft, largely topical massage done in 3/4 circle movements. There is a lot of hype over the magical properties of specific movements, but it's really just a moneymaking, trademarked version of regular massage. Generally speaking, the TTouch massage is a form of acupressure that follows neural pathways. It works, but so does any massage done by someone who knows what he or she is doing.

I do find it funny that Reisterer says this works on the limbic system, and lizards are listed among her "clients." A limbic system is all they have, after all!
BobbyGee

Oakland, CA

#7 May 24, 2010
Ralph, the 100 year old tortise, never had it so good. It's sad that these guys live forever and our
pets only live 10-14 years. What gives? If only
Ralph would talk...
Andy Roman

Capitola, CA

#8 May 24, 2010
I like this article for it's appreciation for life.
Professor Pat

Los Altos, CA

#9 May 24, 2010
Good Grief wrote:
<quoted text>
You are a sick twit. Get your mind out of the gutter.
The TTouch is just a fancy name for a soft, largely topical massage done in 3/4 circle movements. There is a lot of hype over the magical properties of specific movements, but it's really just a moneymaking, trademarked version of regular massage. Generally speaking, the TTouch massage is a form of acupressure that follows neural pathways. It works, but so does any massage done by someone who knows what he or she is doing.
I do find it funny that Reisterer says this works on the limbic system, and lizards are listed among her "clients." A limbic system is all they have, after all!
Ahhh yesss...the TTouch massage does indeed work...my ahem "neural pathways" are always highly stimulated following a good, vigorous limbic massage...neeeiggghhh......
Professor Pat

Los Altos, CA

#10 May 24, 2010
Good Grief wrote:
I've got a few problems with this article.
First, Chris, your first paragraph about how this woman "refers to" her clients by their first names: don't you mean "addresses them by"? A massage therapist should never refer to a client by name to a third party.
Second: "citizen of the world." I know it's a quote, but puh-leeeze.
And this: "Riesterer believes that elephants, giraffes, tortoises, rhinos, lizards and other sentient beings she tenderly massages at the Oakland Zoo and elsewhere should be engaged as equals. To do otherwise only increases pain and suffering in the world." Oh really? How do you figure? I adore animals. I massage animals. But that kind of grandiose talk sets my teeth on edge.
(Is it just my impression, or did the reporter think this woman was a bit goofy? Reisterer comes off as a bit of a nut in this piece.)
On another point of accuracy, the Tellington Touch method is a trademarked name, and should appear with the little r-in-a-cirlcle mark that I can't do here.
And finally, about those Indian elephants and their mahouts. Reisterer may have set up a nice non-profit that allows her to travel to India, but she is addressing the wrong problem. It isn't so much the way those elephants are handled once trained, but the way they are broken in the first place. Wild elephants are captured and tied by the leg to a tree stump. They are starved and beaten. They get food and water only when they have capitulated. It is a cruel and hideous practice. Get back to me when this woman has done something to change that.
So this woman massages rhinos, eh? Hmmmm...methinks this is a bit of a stretch...Can you picture her trying to give a full body massage to an 8,000 pound rhino? She'd end up on the horns of a dilemma fer sure....
Tea Jauana

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 May 24, 2010
Professor Pat wrote:
Ahhh yes, the Tellington touch...the poor horsie who was attacked by that transient last week could probably use Elke's "touch" right about now.
The horse didn't seem to complain when the roles were reversed in that Mexican bar last month
Mr Ed

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 May 24, 2010
I always enjoy massage stories with "happy endings".
clm1950

Atlanta, GA

#14 May 29, 2010
I visited the Oakland Zoo 3 years ago. As US Zoos go, it is one of the most progressive and there elephant management program although small is the best for captive African Elephants. I hope they get their new elephant barn soon.

Thank you Elke for all you are doing for the animals.
Jacqueline Groswird

San Jose, CA

#15 Jun 10, 2010
Bravo! Your work and contribution to all species with your healing touch is amazing. I agree with the idea that dinosaurs should not take precedents over living beings. Good job attempting to get the world to wake up.

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