Frequently Asked Questions
Why don’t you accept insurance?
Have you noticed the slide in the quality of care at your doctor’s office? How short your appointments are? That’s because of the insurance companies. They figure since they are the ones paying, they get to decide how a practice is run. I am not willing to sacrifice treatment time and quality of care in order to kowtow to insurance companies. I want to give you the best possible care I can, that’s why I became a massage therapist! You can typically use your FSA or other health care savings account to pay for your treatment. I am more than happy to provide any documentation you require.
What is Orthopedic Massage?
Orthopedic Massage focuses on treating painful conditions affecting the soft tissues of the body, and addresses problems with the client’s musculoskeletal system by integrating diverse techniques adapted to the client’s conditions. It typically entails releasing tight muscles, stretching shortened muscles and tendons, and decompressing joints. The goal is to normalize the body’s soft tissues in order to treat specific conditions and to improve overall health and well-being. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training and may be recommended by a physician.
What is Vacuum Therapy?
Also known as cupping or myofascial decompression, vacuum therapy creates space between “stuck” tissue layers, gets rid of dead cellular debris and increases circulation to painful injured areas. This treatment leaves marks which are caused by cellular debris being pulled up and deposited under the skin; which is actually the most effective place for the lymphatic system to drain it away. The marks typically fade anywhere from a couple of days to a week.
Do I have to shave before my treatment?
No, it doesn’t bother me at all if you are hairy. Seriously! I am thinking a whole bunch about your anatomy, and what’s below the surface of your skin, and not very much about whether you’ve shaved or not. By the way, here’s a little trick: if you have a lot of body hair, it is helpful to use conditioner on your body hair before your scheduled treatment.
How often should I get treatment?
Do you have an injury? Or an area that troubles you regularly? Then you should be coming in more often in order to treat that area. Otherwise, a monthly treatment is a realistic, healthy goal. Think of it as an oil change for your body. If we keep up with the maintenance that our bodies need, we can prevent injury or recurring areas of tension. It’s rumored that comedian Bob Hope received a massage every day until he died at the age of 100! What a lofty goal!
What should I wear?
Dress for the gym. If I need you to undress more I will let you know.
Is it normal to be sore after a treatment?
It is very normal to feel sore or achy after a treatment. Even if you have not received a deep tissue work, it’s not totally abnormal to experience some soreness for as long as 36 hours. If you feel this soreness for longer than 48 hours, please alert me so I can adjust the pressure next time. Remember to listen to your body during your next treatment. If you resist the pressure, it’s too deep for you.
Should I talk during my treatment?
If carrying on a conversation puts you at ease that is fine. If you’d rather be quiet, don’t feel pressured to make small talk on my account. However, I may need to ask you questions during your appointment in order to help guide my treatment choices.
Should I tip?
It is fairly commonplace to tip massage therapists, but it is by no means required. I would rather have you as a client than not, so if tipping would keep you from being able to afford your treatment, do not tip.
When should I not receive a treatment?
Please do not receive a treatment after consuming any amount of alcohol. Do not receive a treatment when you have a cold or other illness. If you have had surgery in the last 4 to 6 weeks, please speak with your doctor before scheduling a treatment.
How can I make the most of my appointment?
Be on time. We will begin by discussing your medical history and presenting conditions, as well as conducting any necessary assessments. This is a great time to ask any questions and share any concerns you may have regarding your treatment. It’s also the best way to ensure you receive the entire length of your treatment, as I may have to shorten the treatment if you are late in order to accommodate other clients.
Turn off or silence your cell phone. This is not only common courtesy, it’s the best way to make sure your everyday stresses don’t intrude into your treatment time.
Know your medical history. If you have any major medical conditions, it is always wise to speak with your doctor before scheduling massage. Know your medical history, because I will need to be aware of any and all relevant medical conditions. The more you know, the easier it is for me to provide you with the best, most appropriate treatment. There will be a brief interview before your treatment—that’s when I will ask for more information regarding anything you’ve disclosed on your intake form that will be relevant to your treatment.
Relax! I am a professional, licensed massage therapist. Besides my therapeutic skills, I have taken extensive anatomy and physiology classes, had hours of clinical practice, received all sorts of helpful feedback from mentors, and am comfortable working with a myriad of body types and conditions. And if you think I will notice a flabby belly or cellulite on your thighs…I won’t. Trust me. Please don’t make the mistake of not receiving treatment because you feel self conscious about how you look.
Communicate! The single most important tip I can give you is this: Communicate with me. If you need more or less pressure, tell me. If you’re nervous and unsure of the basics of getting a treatment, ask me. If you’re too hot, too cold, hate the music, need to go to the bathroom, please let me know. Be thorough when you fill out your intake form, as it’s your first real communication with me. This is your treatment, and I want you to feel at ease. A good way to achieve that is to voice your concerns.