Frequently Asked Questions
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Before we get started
Q. Do you recommend a 30 minute or 60 minute session for my first massage?
A. 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.
Q. Do you accept insurance?
A. 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 company may cover some or all of the cost. Also, some flexible spending accounts cover the costs for massages.
Q. What if I have a specific injury that I want you to work on?
A. Please make sure you are accurate with the information on your medical 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.
Q. What is Reiki?
A. Reiki (Ray-Key) is a natural method of healing and balancing the life-force energy (also known as Chi, Prana, or Ki) present in all living things. The practitioner becomes a channel through which this healing energy flows. Light hand placements are used on or near the body in order to guide the energy to all aspects of the body-mind continuum. Read more information about Reiki.
Q. Do you have a referral program?
A. Yes! Anytime you refer a friend, co-worker, family member, or neighbor to me who books a 45 minute or longer session,YOU earn a FREE 15 minute gift certificate! You can use it to extend your session or save up 4 certificates for an entire hour at no cost!
During the session
Q. Do I have to get naked?
A. 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. Breasts and genitals are NEVER exposed.
Q. What if I like a lighter massage?
A. 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.
Q. Will the massage hurt?
A. No massage should "hurt." I encourage my clients to give me feedback on a sensation scale (1 is no pain at all - 10 is "please stop right now."). Some deep tissue sessions may feel in the 6 - 8 range, but really shouldn't be more than that. If they are, please let me know and I will adjust the pressure.
Q. What if I'm cold when I'm on the table?
A. I try to keep the temperature of the room warm, 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.
Q. What if I'm allergic to scented candles or scented oils?
A. It is imperative for you to tell me about any allergies/aversions you have to oils, scents, candles, etc. While the lotion I use does not have any added scents, I would not want to use anything that would cause a reaction.
Q. I like to be quiet during my massages. Will you talk to me the whole time?
A. 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.
After our session
Q. Will I be "greasy" after the massage?
A. I use a lotion, rather than an oil, so you should feel moisturized, not greasy.
Q. Will my hair get messed up?
A. There are some clients who like to have their head massaged. In that case, you may have to tidy up afterwards. If you would not like me to work on your head, please let me know and I can skip that altogether.
Q. Will my muscles be sore afterwards?
A. 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 may help to flush the toxins out of your system and keep your body hydrated.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me or ask during your next session!