FAQs

How often should I get a massage?

How hard are you on your body? How do you cope with the stress in your life? These are the questions that you need to ask yourself when considering how often to get a massage. This also depends on what your goals are. At a minimum, I suggest getting a massage at least once a month. If you have a highly stressful life, then every one to two weeks is recommended. Regular massage therapy, like regular exercise or regular medical check-ups are essential in maintaining optimal health and can literally change a person’s health and outlook on life. Your body is incredibly smart and knows when it needs some work. All of us choose to ignore our body’s request for massage and touch sometimes, for a variety of reasons. However, if you feel as though you could get a massage every week and feel 10 times better, that is a clear sign. Also, remember, that progress make during a treatment is building on the progress made in a prior treatment.

Do I Need to Disrobe?

This is a question that a lot of people want to know, but are afraid to ask. You only have to undress to your level of comfort. You will be on a massage table with a sheet covering you at all times. This is for your comfort, privacy and modesty. Only the body part being worked on will be undraped. Most clients undress completely knowing that there is a sheet covering them. This also allows the body to experience the feeling of wholeness that massage promotes. However, massage is all about feeling safe and relaxed, so whatever boundaries are natural and appropriate for you will always be observed. GENITALS ARE ALWAYS COVERED AND NEVER TOUCHED.

What happens during a session?

You will start the session by filling out some confidential paperwork. This paperwork is to find out your general state of health and will help me to become aware of any condition for which massage is not appropriate. After that, we will spend a few minutes discussing your goals and any specific areas that you are concerned about. I will leave you in the massage room to undress to your level of comfort. When you get on the massage table, please cover yourself with the top sheet. During your massage, only the part of your body that is being worked on will be undraped. Your modesty, privacy and comfort level will always be observed. There may be times when I specifically ask for your ‘help’ during the massage but the whole idea is for you to reconnect with your body, mind and spirit. There is music playing in the background unless you prefer silence. If you would prefer a different type of music, please ask me so that I can change it. After the massage is done, I will leave the room. Be sure to allow yourself a few minutes to relax after the massage before getting dressed in privacy.

what can I expect from a massage?

You can expect to have your massage in a safe, nurturing environment.  Massage in my office is about feeling safe, being nurtured, feeling comfortable with safe, non-sexual touch.

What parts of the body do you massage?

I offer full body THERAPEUTIC massage.  I try to work the whole body, excluding genitals, during a session.  However, if you have only a 30 minute session, then I will focus on the area of most discomfort; for example, working your neck and shoulders while incorporating work on the back also.  If there are areas that you would not like me to work; i.e. the feet, then please tell me before your session.

WHAT IF I AM UNCOMFORTABLE WITH TOUCH?

There are a variety of reasons why so many people are uncomfortable with touch.  Such as coming from a family that didn’t show love and affection in physical ways, to having experienced touch through abuse–physical or sexual.  Receiving massage in a safe, nurturing environment and from a caring and trusted therapist is a beautiful and safe way to begin to heal around physical, sexual and even emotional abuse.  A caring and trusted massage therapist can be your partner in healing.

WHAT IF I AM UNCOMFORTABLE WITH MY BODY?

As a massage therapist, I see all body types–large, small, tall, short, young and old.  Judging your body type is not my job nor my intent.  When a person is on my table, I no longer see the physical body that we all judge ourselves with.  What I see is the beautiful person that is inside that body–your heart and your soul.  So please don’t wait until you have lost a few pounds before getting a massage.  Make your appointment now to start feeling more comfortable in your own skin.

WHAT IS YOUR SET-UP LIKE?  WILL OTHER PEOPLE BE WATCHING, LISTENING OR BE AROUND?  IS IT A PUBLIC ROOM LIKE AT MY CHIROPRACTORS OFFICE?

My office is a safe, quiet environment with a waiting area, treatment room and handicap restroom for your convenience.  There are no other therapists in my office, so there are no other people listening or watching.  In fact, my appointments are scheduled to ensure that my clients privacy is protected.  Only on a rare occasion will you cross paths with someone else, besides me, at my office.

IS it OK to talk during my session?

During the massage, I will ask questions pertaining to the pressure of my touch, the temperature of the room, etc. Some people relax by talking and others prefer to be in silence. It is your massage~if you need to talk or to be heard, then we can. If you need to be in a space where nothing is required of you with no questions asked, then we can do that too. Whatever helps you to relax and reconnect with your body, mind and spirit is the best course of action.

What are your office hours?

I am typically in my office Tuesdays through Friday.  I have morning, afternoon and evening times available. I will also schedule Saturday appointments if no other time is available.

I HAVE ALLERGIES, DO YOU BURN INCENSE OR CANDLES?

I do burn candles in my office, but they can always be blown out if the scent bothers you or not lit at all.  If this is a concern for you, please let me know immediately.

Do you take walk-ins?

Because I am the only person that works in my office, I am unable to take walk-ins. All sessions are by appointment only. I do try my best to get you in as soon as possible.

What if I am ticklish?

It is very helpful for me if you will tell me this before your massage. I can vary the pressure, the depth and the pace of the massage strokes so that it doesn’t feel like you are being tickled.

Am I supposed to tip?

Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. This is a matter of personal preference. You will always get the same level of excellent service whether you tip or not. The best ‘tip’ that you can give is to refer me to your family and friends.

Can I use my credit card?

Yes, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, as well as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay are accepted. Cash (correct amount, please) and personal checks (there is a returned check fee of $25). If you are purchasing a gift certificate on my website, then PayPal is accepted also.

how long does a session last?

I offer 30 minute, 60 minute, 90 minute and 2 hour sessions.  All appointments are for the time allotted, so please make sure that you are on time.  If you are late, then your appointment will end at the appointed time.

Do I get a full 60 minutes if I book an hour massage?

If you book a massage for a hour, then you will get very close to 60 minutes of time on the table. The only exception to this is if you are late. Then your massage will end at the scheduled time and you will be expected to pay for the full time that was allotted to you.

What is your cancellation policy?

All appointments must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance, except for in cases of emergency. If your appointment is not canceled in advance, then you will be responsible for paying for a full session.