Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. It is very important that you disclose all medical conditions on the Health History Form before the massage therapy session begins. Please inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking during the intake session. Per HIPAA guidelines, all medical information is strictly confidential and I will not share this information with anyone. If you have any questions as to whether massage therapy is appropriate for you, please discuss it with your doctor first before making an appointment.
First, you will fill out a Health History Form. If you would like to fill this form out before your appointment, please click here and bring it to your appointment. Otherwise, I will have you fill it out before your massage therapy session begins. I will ask you if you are experiencing any physical problems and what you want me to focus on during the massage. Then, I will set up a portable massage table with sheets and blankets. I will leave the room to wash my hands while you disrobe to the level of your comfort. I will knock before entering to make sure you are ready, and if not, please say so and I will give you a few extra minutes.
Unlike many day spas who charge you for 60 or 90 minutes but only give you 50 or 80 minutes of actual massage time, my massage sessions are a full 60 minutes or a full 90 minutes. The time starts when I first begin massaging you after your health intake session. For new clients, please allow an extra 30 minutes for both the intake session and post-massage consultation. The intake session should take approximately 15 minutes and the post-massage consultation and packing up my supplies should take another 15 minutes. In order for you to truly relax and unwind, a massage therapy session is best scheduled when you have no commitments immediately after the massage therapy session. Subsequent sessions should not take as long for the intake session and post-massage consultation.
The session will take place in the comfort of your own home or hotel room. I will play soft music to help you will relax. You will lie on a portable massage table designed for your comfort. Please make sure your location has enough space for a portable massage table, which is roughly the size of a couch or twin bed, and that the floor is clean and not cluttered since I will be moving around the table during the massage. Children, pets, and significant others should also be absent from your massage therapy session.
Most table massage therapy sessions are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped with a sheet and blanket during the entire session.
Yes. You will be properly draped at all times with a sheet and blanket to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. For example, if I am working on your hand and arm, you will be covered up to your chest with a sheet and only that arm will be on the top of the sheet.
A typical full-body session will include work on your face, head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, hips, back, legs and feet. If there is an area of the body that you would like me to focus on, please tell me during the intake session. Likewise, if there is an area of the body where you are sensitive to touch/pressure and that you do NOT want touched, please tell me during the intake session. Also, please keep in mind that I am a professional Licensed Massage Therapist. Inappropriate comments and behavior, especially of a sexual nature, will NOT be tolerated. If this occurs, I will terminate the session immediately and you will be charged for the full session.
This will depend on your goals for the massage session and the type of massage technique being used. At any time during the session, if you are uncomfortable, please speak up! Always communicate your preferences to me regarding rhythm, pressure, music, warmth, etc. Remember this massage therapy session is about YOU.
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 that can last for days. Please drink plenty of water after your massage session.
First-time clients must prepay online with a credit or debit card here. Subsequent sessions can be paid with cash, check or plastic at the time of the session. (Cash or check is preferred). A 60-minute table massage costs $100. A 90-minute table massage costs $130. There may also be a mileage charge depending on your location. See the Home Page for details. Every fifth session is HALF-PRICE. Every tenth session is FREE. There is no expiration date on the fifth and tenth session offers.
Unlike table massage, chair massage is performed fully clothed with the person seated in an upright position. No massage oils or lotions are used. Chair massage typically focuses on the upper body—head, neck, back, shoulders, arms and hands. I usually do chair massage in 10-minute or 15-minute increments, i.e. 10 minutes or 15 minutes per person. Larger groups may want to consider 5-minute increments.
Corporate chair massage is $75 per hour per therapist with a two-hour minimum. I typically work solo, but if your office has more than 25 people, a second therapist would be necessary ($150 per hour). There may also be a mileage charge depending on your location. See the Home Page for details. I only charge for massage time, not breaks or a lunch break. I typically take a break to stretch after every 4-5 clients.
A chair massage party at home is $75 per hour per therapist with a two-hour minimum. A non-refundable deposit for the first hour is required. I typically work solo, but if your party has more than 25 people, a second therapist would be necessary ($150 per hour). There may also be a mileage charge depending on your location. See the Home Page for details. I only charge for massage time, not breaks or a lunch or dinner break. I typically take a break to stretch after every 4-5 clients.
Generally, yes it is safe to get a massage during all three trimesters. However, the following are contraindications to first trimester massage: use of fertility drugs or assistance, a previous history of miscarriages, heavy spotting or cramping, and potentially advanced age. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor. You may want to wait until your second trimester to schedule a massage. If you have been diagnosed with Preeclampsia or are considered a “high risk pregnancy” by your doctor, massage therapy is contraindicated during all trimesters.
Please listen to your intuition and your body. Please schedule a massage therapy session when you are ready.
If you are in your first trimester (2-14 weeks from conception), your massage therapy session will be similar to a regular table Swedish massage therapy session. As long as you are comfortable, you may lie on the massage table face up or face down. The pressure will be light during the first trimester, and no work will be done on the abdomen. If you are in your second trimester (14-28 weeks), you will lie down on your side and will be supported by pillows. At 20 weeks, light abdominal massage can be added as long as there is no history of preterm labor or other contraindications. I will always ask permission to touch your abdomen, and you have the right to decline if you so choose. If you are in your third trimester (28-40 weeks), you will continue to lie down on your side and be supported by pillows. I will add in some stretches to help open up the pelvic area and release any tension.
With a vaginal delivery, a massage can be scheduled three days after birth. With a C-section delivery, a massage can be scheduled 1-2 weeks after birth. Again, please listen to your intuition and your body and schedule a massage when you are ready.
As with all other massages, the postpartum massage will take place in the privacy of your home. If it is at all possible, you may want another adult there to hold the baby. If your baby needs attention and another adult is not home, you may hold the baby on the massage table or keep the baby near you. A postpartum massage is similar to a regular Swedish massage, and the mother can lie face up or face down. Extra pillows will be used for support. I will give extra attention to the neck and shoulders, back, pelvis, thighs and feet because these areas can help speed your recovery. However, there are certain contraindications to postpartum massage. If you have any questions about contraindications, please contact your doctor.
Pregnancy and postpartum massage therapy sessions cost the same price as non-pregnancy massages. A 60-minute table massage costs $100. A 90-minute table massage costs $130. There may also be a mileage charge depending on your location. See the Home Page for details. New clients must prepay online with a debit or credit card here. Subsequent sessions can be paid with cash, check or plastic at the time of the session. (Cash or check is preferred). Every fifth session is HALF-PRICE. Every tenth session is FREE. There is no expiration date on the fifth and tenth session offers. Obviously since pregnancy only lasts nine months, the fifth massage might be, and definitely the tenth massage would be, postpartum massages.
Source: Many FAQ are reprinted with permission from Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). Some FAQ are my own words.