Frequently Asked Questions
This is my first massage EVER. What do I expect?
Congrats on making the choice towards increasing your overall wellness! I ask that you arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment time as I will have some paperwork to fill out. The paperwork will have preliminary questions about your overall health, areas of pain, and medical history. This information will help me create a safe plan to achieve your health goals. After the paperwork is completed, I will step out of the room so that you may get undressed to your comfort level. You will lie on the massage table under the sheets, which will cover your body except for the area being massaged. Draping is required for all massages, unless we are doing Table Thai, or stretching in which you are fully clothed. Depending on your needs I will work on your full body (except for genitals and female breasts), or only on a specific area that needs special attention. If you require anything to make you more comfortable, or if you need any adjustment of pressure, please do not hesitate to tell me. This is your session and I want you to walk away feeling your absolute best!
What do you mean by "undress to my comfort level"?
Why choose you as a massage therapist?
I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2010, and I have since strive to continue my education. Not only do I have my license as a therapist, but I hold a Bachelor's degree in Sports and Recreational management. As of this past year, I am also pursuing a second Bachelor's degree, in Nutrition and Dietetics. My office may be small, but I provide meaningful work and use the full hour to give you my undivided attention. Since I am a sole practitioner, when you book a 60 minute or 90 minute session with me, I am able to give you 60 or 90 minutes of hands on therapy.
What if I cannot make my scheduled appointment?
I realize that sometimes, emergencies and other responsibilities arise to prevent you from keeping a scheduled appointment. Should this happen, I ask that you please call and let me know as soon as possible, preferably at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance. This will enable me to reschedule your appointment at the earliest time convenient to both of us. It will also allow me to see another client in that time slot. Cancellation less than four (4) hours prior to a scheduled appointment time may result in a charge of 50% of the scheduled service. A missed appointment or a no call/ no show will result in 100% charge of the scheduled service. A credit card may be required when scheduling an appointment for those with repeated no-shows. In addition, we may require advance payment for future appointments. There will be no credits or refunds should you no-show for any pre-paid appointment.
What if I am running late?
Out of respect and consideration to your therapist and other clients, please plan accordingly and be on time. If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate those whose appointments follow yours. Regardless of the length of your massage, you will still be responsible for the full price of the scheduled session.
I've heard of cupping before, what is it, and what is it used for?
I use plastic or medical grade silicone cups to create a negative pressure to bring the tissues and fascia more towards the surface of the body. By doing this, we add a different dimension to our therapy, and can in a sense give a deeper massage depending on the amount of suction. Therapeutic cupping can be used for many things such as reducing inflammation, reducing pain from arthritis, increasing circulation, facilitating lymphatic drainage, reducing constipation or diarrhea, reducing scar tissue, reducing muscular pain from MS and Parkinson's disease, as well as reducing cellulite by promoting collagen production!
Doesn't cupping leave bruises?
The marks that are often a result of cupping are not bruises. If you have "issues in your tissues" it is common that discoloration will occur. This is normal as this is stagnant metabolic waste that is risen to the surface due to the negative pressure. The more issues in your tissues, often the darker the discoloration. Also, if the cup is left stationary more discoloration is likely to occur.
Lighter cupping that is less aggressive with the goal of lymphatic drainage, or reducing cellulite does not usually leave any discoloration.
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