I have a diagnosis of X, can I still receive massage? Please speak with your medical practitioner and get the ok from them first if massage is a concern for you. I'm more than willing to speak with them, given your permission, to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan.
What types of payments do you accept? Cash or debit/credit/HSA cards.
Do you accept insurance? I'm not currently accepting insurance, though I do accept payment with HSA cards.
What can I expect on my first visit? Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment in order to sign a massage consent form and to fill out a health intake. Then we'll sit down and have a chat about your current state of health and figure out what goals you have for that day and for an overall treatment plan. I will leave the room for you to undress to your level of comfort and get on the table, between the sheets, facing the direction indicated during the intake; I will reenter the room after I have knocked and received confirmation that you are settled. After the massage, we'll chat a bit again to see how you're feeling and if you have any additional questions. At that time I'll also go over any aftercare/homework you can do to help feel your best.
What does "undress to your level of comfort" mean? It means just that. If you are coming in for a massage that focuses just on your shoulders and neck and don't feel comfortable removing clothing from the waist down, you don't have to. Even if you need an upper body massage and you aren't comfortable removing your shirt/undergarments, regardless of the sheet draping, we can modify the massage so you still receive benefit from the work without compromising your level of safety.
What if I decide I don't want my head, leg, foot, etc worked on after you already started in that area? That's totally cool! We can discuss ways to modify the massage so that you feel comfortable. If you do not want to receive massage, for whatever reason, when I'm working in a particular area then we can avoid it for that session and try revisiting at another time when it feels safe for you.
What if I'm ticklish? Not to worry. Sometimes your body reacts with a tickle response in areas that need the most work. Think of it as a recoil response. Adjusting speed, pressure, or working over the sheet/blankets can sometimes reduce the ticklish feeling. You may also find that after receiving massage regularly spots that used to always be ticklish no longer are.
What if I start to laugh? Cry? This can happen and it's perfectly ok. If you do laugh or cry I'll check in and see if you need a few a minutes to yourself. Massage can bring up emotions for people, even those who swear they're robots who lack emotion. We don't have to talk about the reasoning behind your display of personal emotions (and I'm not qualified to counsel you) and the massage can continue as long as you feel comfortable doing so. Cutting the session short is also an appropriate action if you feel the need.
Do we have to talk during the session? Nope! We can stay silent the entire time, gab, laugh, and philosophize the entire time, or talk in spurts as it pertains to the session and what I feel in the muscles. The level of chatter is dependent on you.
What type of music do you play during the session? Depends on the day but I generally play music that has no words to aid in relaxation. If that's not your jam, I'm open to play whatever music you would like to listen to, provided it isn't profane or disrespectful. I once played a station that was all Bossa Nova Beatles covers that was very well received.
I have more questions, what's the best way to get in touch? Email is generally best as it can be a little tough to reach me via phone since I'm in and out of session at various times throughout the day.
- All sessions are for non-sexual massage therapy.
- Your feedback is important and any pain or discomfort felt during the session should be brought to the attention of the practitioner.
- The practitioner is not qualified to perform manual adjustments, nor diagnose any physical or mental condition.
- Massage therapy is not a substitute for medical treatment or diagnoses and you are strongly encouraged to seek qualified medical advice for any areas of concern.
- If at any time there are changes in your medical history, you will notify the practitioner before additional sessions and the practitioner will not be liable if you fail to do so.
- A signed informed consent form is required in order to receive massage. Periodically the form will change and clients will have to sign a new one to be kept on file.
- Discounts are given at the time of service and cannot be applied to previous sessions.
- 24-hour notice is required in order to cancel an appointment. There is a 50% cancellation fee for any late cancellation.