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What kind of massage do you do?

This is a tricky one to answer. Officially, my training is based in Swedish, and includes myofascial release, trigger point, “sports”, “deep tissue”, craniosacral, pregnancy, Thai, cupping, IASTM, kinesiotaping, and a bunch of other odds and ends I’ve picked up over the years. That being said, I like to give a massage that finds balance between relaxation and productivity, incorporating a variety of techniques into each session. It may be a little spicy here and there, but you can catch a nap if you need one.


What can I expect from my first session?

For starters, a warm welcome! I book plenty of time into your session so that we can have a solid conversation before we get started- I want to make sure that your concerns are heard, and that we have time to discuss and understand an approach to treatment. Once we are ready to go, I’ll step out of the room and let you get situated on the table, which usually means undressing for a traditional massage session. Many people like to keep their underwear on, which is perfectly fine! You will be covered by sheets and a blanket for the entire session- the only part of you that will be exposed is the part that I’m working on. If at any time you are uncomfortable, or too warm or cold, or even need the music changed, please let me know so we can adjust accordingly.


Can I talk during a massage?

Absolutely! Not only do I want to hear your feedback when it comes to your comfort, I am also happy to chat- many people find they can relax better if they do! That being said, sometimes you just need some quiet time, and I’m happy to accommodate that as well. Some people enjoy both, so I will follow your lead!


I’m sick- should I cancel?

In a word, PROBABLY! I absolutely cannot massage you if you have a fever or if you have a contagious condition (including skin conditions), and massage may not be very relaxing for you if you are coughing/sneezing/full of snot. Frankly, massage will likely make you feel worse- it can be extra taxing to a body that is already in a weakened state. Plus, I don’t want your germs! 🙂 I appreciate 24 hours notice for cancellations, but hey, sometimes you just wake up feeling lousy, so no hard feelings if you need to let me know at the last minute.

If you are “on the tail end” of something, I leave it up to your discretion. A good way to judge is if you are feeling well enough to go for a brisk walk or to the gym, then you’re probably fine to get a massage.


I’m pregnant! Can I get a massage?

Probably! First and foremost, please check with your doctor to make sure it is appropriate- most doctors agree that massage during a pregnancy is a great idea, but best to be on the safe side. I am trained to give general massage to you during your normal, healthy pregnancy- I even have a slick cushion with a recess in it so that you can lay on your stomach! If you are having a complicated pregnancy or are looking for abdominal or baby-specific massage, I am not the right therapist for you, but I would be happy to help you find the right person for the job.


What can’t massage do?

I am unable to diagnose any medical conditions, cure diseases, contribute to weight loss, reduce cellulite, provide nutritional advice, grant wishes, or read your fortune.


Do you accept tips?

Nope! I do not accept cash gratuity, and I feel very strongly that the service industry needs to move away from a tip-based model. Often, a larger business will use this salary model to get away with paying their service providers a low wage, but with “potential” to earn more, and leave that burden with the customer. I think that’s lousy!

I set my rates and pay myself a fair wage based on my level of experience, expertise, and with the intention that I would rather see you more frequently than as a rare “special treat”. If you would like to express your gratitude in other ways, the best is to schedule more appointments, and send your friends my way! I also happily accept snacks, podcast recommendations, fist bumps, funny cat videos, or donations to a cause that is close to your heart.