Frequently Asked Questions

Do you recommend a 30 minute or 60 minute session for my first massage?
A 30 minute session is perfect for concentrating on one specific problem area. During a 60 minute session, I can spend time on those “problem areas” and still complete a full-body massage. The 60 minute session is what the majority of my clients schedule.

Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance, but please check with your insurance company as some do a direct reimbursement back to the client. I can provide you with an invoice for your session and your insurance may cover some or all of the cost. Also, some flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts cover the costs for massages.

What if I have a specific injury that I want you to work on?
Please make sure you are accurate with the information on your health questionnaire. This will help me to determine if massage is safe to perform with your injury. After we determine massage is indicated, I will adjust that day’s session to work on that specific problem area. Massage can help to relieve pain, increase range-of-motion, or release tension.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that we you fill out the health questionnaire provided before you begin your session. It is very important that you communicate any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

During the session…..

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place? 
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I get completely undressed?
I always encourage my clients to undress to the level they are comfortable. For some, that means taking all their clothes off. For others, that means leaving their underwear on. I give you privacy to dress and undress and my clients are draped with sheets and blankets at all times.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free  any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

What if I like a lighter massage?
Each client enjoys different levels of pressure. I work from very lightly to very deeply. It is important for me to know if you would like more or less pressure. Please provide me with feedback during our session so that I can make your massage most effective and enjoyable for you.

Will the massage hurt?
No massage should “hurt.” I encourage my clients to give me feedback during the massage so that I can adjust the pressure if needed.

What if I’m cold when I’m on the table?
I try to keep the temperature of the room warm, and use a heated table, but if at any time you are too cold (or too warm), please let me know and I can adjust it to make you more comfortable.

What if I’m allergic to scented candles or scented oils?
It is imperative for you to tell me about any allergies/aversions you have to oils, scents, candles, etc.  before your session. I generally use unscented candles and unscented massage oil.

I like to be quiet during my massages.  Will you talk to me the whole time?
The level of conversation during the session will be up to you. Some clients like to chat through their session, while others are completely silent.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork? 
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

After our session…

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

Will I be sore after the massage?
It’s not likely that you will be sore after a massage. However, if you received a deep tissue massage you may feel tender the next day. This could be caused from the pressure of the massage, the possible release of toxins in your system, or the sensation of your muscles relaxing after a long period of being tense. If you do experience soreness, please use an ice pack on the affected area. Also remember to drink several extra glasses of water, as that will keep your body hydrated and may help to flush the toxins out of your system.

Will my hair get messed up?
I usually end a massage with a scalp and face massage.  In that case, you may have to tidy up afterwards.  If you would not like me to work on your head or face, please let me know and I can skip that altogether.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me or ask during your next session!