Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to prepare for my appointment?

Arrive a few minutes early to ensure you will get your full time on the table. You may want to print out the intake form to bring with you; please be sure to list any injuries or surgeries, no matter how long ago or seemingly minor the procedure. Make sure you’re staying hydrated before and after your session to maximize the benefits, and if possible, clear your schedule for the evening so that you have some “you time” for your body to integrate the work.

I am currently under a doctor’s care. Should I receive bodywork?

What are you under your doctor’s care for? If you’re not sure about whether bodywork would help, please feel free to reach out with a call, text or email. If you are feeling unwell, please reschedule your session for everyone’s safety. If you’ve acquired a new injury in the last 48 hours, please visit your doctor first. Massage is never a substitute for medical care, and is not intended to diagnose or cure any disease, however, many conditions can benefit from the integration of massage or CranioSacral therapy as a supplement to treatment. Communication is key, so I am happy to provide notes for your medical provider if needed, or discuss questions with you or your doctor.

What modalities are you trained in? What are your areas of specialty?

Clinical Massage, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Release, Sports Massage, Lomi Lomi, Pre-Natal massage, Reiki, Thai Bodywork, Myofascial Release/Fascial Mobilization, CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, PNF or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Function, Integrated Movement corrective exercise therapy, Equine bodywork and CranioSacral, Equine Saddle Fitting. My favorite modalities are CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Release.

What should I wear?

What type of bodywork are you receiving? CranioSacral Therapy, Fascial Mobilization and Reiki are all performed while clothed. Traditional Thai massage is also performed in comfortable clothing that allows flexibility, such as a t-shirt and yoga/athletic pants). If you are seeking “regular” massage, are you wanting full body work or a more specific target? You may prefer to only partially undress. Regardless of how much clothing you choose to remove, you will always be covered and only the body part being actively worked will be undraped. Your comfort is my top priority, so please ask if you have any concerns.

How often do I need to be getting bodywork?

The answer to this question depends largely on your goals for treatment, your level of commitment to self care, your schedule and your budget. Are you an active athlete, are you recovering from an injury, surgery, concussion, or seeking pain management? Do you need an outlet for physical and/or emotional stress? All of these are excellent reasons to integrate massage into your routine. If you are ramping up your training, or have experienced recent physical or emotional trauma, you may want to consider booking several sessions in fairly close succession for more immediate results. Each session builds on the one before it, so weekly, bi-weekly or monthly may be appropriate to start, gradually tapering down to bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly as needed. We will work together to develop a treatment schedule that works for you.

Do You Offer Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue work has come to be associated with aggressive pressure and painful Trigger Point therapy techniques. While I am capable of providing this type of work, we should consider whether it’s really necessary. The concept of “No Pain, No Gain,” has no place in massage and bodywork. There are many techniques that can affect the deepest layers of tissue with very gentle pressure that are far more effective. If you just really enjoy deep pressure, consider booking a Thai bodywork session. These moves incorporate compression using the therapist’s hands, forearms, feet and knees for a broad and evenly distributed pressure, without taxing the small joints of the therapist’s wrists and hands. Keep in mind that most people had some physical discomfort to get into their present situation, so it is expected to feel some of that as the tissue releases. However, there is a fine line between deep, effective therapeutic pressure and simply crushing healthy tissue, which creates inflammation. We always want to honor the body and offer gentle healing, instead of trying to force any agendas. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about choosing the right modality for your session.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes. I offer discounts for Veterans, Law Enforcement and Emergency Service Providers, as well as for terminally ill patients and customers of limited financial means. CranioSacral, Fascial Mobilization, SomatoEmotional Release and Reiki are all offered on a sliding scale of $30-$80 per hour (pay what you can afford). I am also glad to offer discounted rates on any packages of 5 or 10 bodywork sessions, as it demonstrates your commitment to self-care. Beyond this, I do not offer discounts on massage, due to the physically demanding nature of the work.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, check and credit card are accepted. I use the Square for credit card processing, but you are also welcome to pay using Chase Quickpay, PayPal, or the Cash app.

I have to cancel my appointment. What should I do?

Please provide 24 hours notice when cancelling your appointment to avoid the $50 late cancellation fee. Your appointment time is being held just for you, and can be very difficult to fill at the last minute.

How much should I tip?

Tips are always appreciated, but never expected. Please do not feel pressure to include a tip, as I understand that massage is not cheap. I would much rather you forego tipping and be able to maintain a regular treatment schedule than to tip extra and go longer between appointments. If you really loved your treatment, the greatest compliment you can offer is the referral of your friends and family, or sharing on social media, or reviewing on Yelp.

What are all those letters in your credentials?

LCMT stands for Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist, IMS is Integrated Movement Specialist, and BCTMB is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I am insured through the ABMP, or Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

Where can I learn more about Equine Massage?

Please visit my website for Professional Equine Bodywork.

What Is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST for short) addresses the bones of the skull and spine, as well as the Central Nervous System; including the brain, spinal cord, meninges and other supporting structures housed within. Like the muscles and bones of the body, the Central Nervous System, or CNS, can be inhibited by the compressive forces of poor posture, and impaired by tissue restriction as a result of injury or trauma. When the therapist gently “blends” with a client’s tissues, the body is no longer on high alert, and deep and lasting change can happen with gentle pressure. An efficient and unrestricted nervous system means optimal whole body health! CST is shown to be effective for many short term conditions, such as tension headaches and migraines, immune support, dizziness and vertigo, dental trauma and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) pain or dysfunction, concussion and whiplash. It also has lasting effects for longer term issues, such as Autism, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Fibromyalgia, PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress, and spinal cord injuries. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions, or go to the Upledger Institute's website for a brief introduction.

What is an Integrated Movement Specialist?

Developed by Dr. Evan Osar and Jenice Mattek of Chicago Integrative Movement Specialists, the IMS approach is designed to recognize compensation patterns in the body and restore optimal movement through breath work and corrective strategies.

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