Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
In my office in Shearer Hills/Ridgeview. I'll give you directions when we schedule, but it's just off Jones-Maltsberger and 281. You can park directly in front. The massage studio is very quiet, and has soft sheets, warm blankets, a movement room, and, of course, anatomy posters.
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What are your rates?
I charge $60 for 45 minutes (good for children), $80 for 60 minutes and $120 for 90 minutes. Shorter sessions and gift certificates are also available.
Do you take credit card?
Yes, I take cash, check or charge.
Are the full 60 or 90 minutes on the table?
Yes, most or all of the 60 or 90 minutes is on the table; we'll take any remaining time to discuss self-care. I rarely charge for the interview time as I want you to feel comfortable taking your time to tell me anything you think I might need to know.
Is there anything i should do to prepare for the SESSION?
There is nothing you "should" do---just bring yourself, maybe your printed intake (or you can fill it out here), and, for therapeutic work, comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind getting some or all of the work in (gym clothes work well). But some people like to take a warm bath before their massage to loosen muscles, and some (over-achievers) try to relax as much as they can on the way to their massage so that they totally "let go" when they are receiving it. A light meal is also recommended. Some people purposefully do not schedule much activity after their session so that they can enjoy its effects.
How much clothing should I keep on/remove?
Please undress to the level of your comfort; you will be draped the entire time. For therapeutic work (treatment for injury, pain relief and prevention) please bring loose clothing, such as loose shorts and t-shirt; you'll stay dressed for some or all of the therapeutic work. I can always work completely through clothing if you wish.
Will you give me exercises and self-care tips that will be helpful between sessions?
After the session, I will often give tools, including some muscle releases and movements, to help "lock in" any changes we made, and to help you continue to make changes after the session. If another session is recommended, doing these movements can also help us prioritize what to work on next. But you may be surprised that I often suggest fewer exercises than you would expect; that's because I very often find that what is causing your discomfort has little to do with weakness, poor alignment, and "bad posture"---these can often be symptoms, not causes.
Is it okay if I talk/am completely silent during the massage?
During relaxation massages, I will do my best to follow your lead. If you wish to talk, I will be happy to! If you are quiet, I will do my best to be, too. Though I enjoy chatting, please don't feel you have to "keep me company" by chatting with me while I work---this is your session! In therapeutic massages, I sometimes have to talk to give specific direction or to check in with what you are experiencing. Good communication is important to me in all sessions, so I do all I can to foster that. Please feel free to ask me any questions at any time.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
In part it will be different for everyone, and depend on what sort of work we do. But in general, people feel very relaxed, sometimes a little "spacy," and often as though they would like a nap. If we do therapeutic work, you may feel sore that day or the next (even if the work is very light), but that should lighten up shortly. The work we do together continues to "roll out" over the next few days, and you may continue to notice subtle shifts and changes over subsequent weeks.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
The kind of massage and bodywork I do can help
* relieve chronic muscle and joint pain,
* relieve tension and increase range of motion,
* help restore function to weak or injured muscles,
* improve athletic performance,
* externally address disorders of the pelvic floor (such as incontinence)
* and reduce fatigue and stress.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. Please inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. In our phone interview, it is important for me to know of any recent medical care, including (but not limited to) any kind of shots, chemotherapy, or radiation. There are times when I may ask for a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to a session.