Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between massage for relaxation and massage for chronic pain or injury?

The strokes themselves are mostly the same. For relaxation the strokes are applied more generally, to broader areas of the body, to produce an overall feeling of relaxation. The primary therapeutic goals are to calm the body and mind and to reduce general tension and stress. While each treatment is tailored to your needs, frequency of treatment is generally as needed.

For treating pain and injury a more thorough assessment is performed and the strokes are applied precisely to affect changes in the tissues directly involved in your specific symptoms. A treatment plan is tailored to your signs (posture, range of motion, etc.), symptoms, tolerances, and goals; and revised as your needs change. Reaching those goals sometimes requires multiple treatments, especially in the beginning. As symptoms improve, treatment frequency is reduced until your treatments become occasional, less specific, and ideally for pure relaxation alone.

I integrate condition-specific and relaxation techniques, to varying degrees, according to your goals, tolerance, and improvements over time.

Why can’t I book appointments online?

It is important for me to chat with you prior to your appointment so that I can assess whether massage is appropriate for your needs, whether there may be contra-indications, or if it may be better to wait until you’re further along in your recovery from an injury or surgery before beginning massage therapy. I may ask you to share clinical notes from other health care providers prior to your session so I am prepared when you arrive, so that I can do any research necessary to help me plan effective treatment, and to prevent you from wasting time and money if massage is not right for your current condition.

Do you have gift certificates?

Yes, and they never expire! Contact me to purchase.

What should I expect for my appointment?

Each appointment includes 60 or 90 minutes of treatment, plus assessment as necessary. Depending on your needs, assessment could take 5-20 minutes so be sure to allot the additional time in your schedule. Assessment helps me understand what may be contributing to your symptoms and to plan effective treatment. But always let me know what you want me to treat during your session. I may notice that your hips aren't moving freely, but if you want me to focus on your neck and shoulders, let me know and I will.

Do I have to talk during the appointment?

Though I do need to ask you questions about what you're feeling during a treatment, conversation beyond that is completely up to you. Some like to chat, some prefer to be silent. It is always your choice.

Is there parking available?

There is lot and street parking.

What methods of payment do you accept?

I accept credit cards, cash and checks.

Do you take insurance?

I wish it was a given that insurance covered massage therapy, but it's not as common as it should be. If your insurance covers massage therapy, I'll be happy to work with them. I can also provide a receipt for you to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company, workers comp claim or health savings account.

What should I do if I’m going to be late for my appointment?

It happens sometimes. If you can't be on time, providing the full session will depend on my schedule for the day and you will be responsible for the full price of the time originally requested. I will always do my best to provide as much treatment time as possible.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

I appreciate at least day's notice if you need to cancel so I can make the appointment available to others. This isn't always possible, and I trust your consideration for my time and other clients' needs. If cancelling less than 24 hours in advance becomes a habit, you may be billed for 50% of the price of the missed session, to be paid prior to rescheduling.