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FAQ

What sort of massage do you do/Do you provide "full body massage"?
Are you licensed and certified?
Do I need to do anything during the massage?
Who can benefit from massage?
What can I expect when I arrive for my massage?
Do I wear anything during the massage?
What if it hurts? / Who is in control of the massage session?
Is there anything I should do after the massage?
How often should I receive a massage?
What forms of payment do you accept?
Is tipping required?
What if I'm late for my appointment?
What is your cancellation policy?
Do gift certificates expire? Why?
Can I extend the expiration date?
Can I redeem an expired certificate?
Can I get a refund or cash for my certificate?
What if I lose my certificate?
Do I need a doctor's referral?
Will you bill my medical insurance?
I was in a car accident. Is it true I can get "free" massage?
How do I get a massage prescription?
 


What sort of massage do you do/Do you provide "full body massage"?

Each massage is truly customized based upon your concerns so every client's massage experience is at least slightly different. During the course of a standard hour or 90 minute massage I will usually address most of the body, including the head/scalp, neck, upper chest, arms, hands, back, hips/outer thigh, back of the legs, and feet. Upon request and with clear communication I will work on the inner thigh, hip flexors, abdomen, and chest. Full draping (with a sheet, and cosy blanket) is used at all times to cover the areas not currently being massaged. Before the massage starts please mention any areas prefer be left alone (e.g. your feet or scalp). *note:I do not ever provide massages of a sexual nature. If a client behaves or speaks in an inappropriate way the massage session will end with full payment due. Police may be notified.


Are you licensed and certified?

I am a licensed massage therapist (LMT) in the state of Oregon I have been a nationally certified massage therapist (NCTMB).


Do I need to do anything during the massage?

There is no "wrong" way to get a massage. Most people just let their bodies relax and sink into the table as they listen to the quiet music in the background. Some people need to fidget a bit before they can fully relax. I encourage you to take a couple of slow, deep breaths. Breathing is your key to letting go of stress and tension in the body. Allow your body to be heavy. I will move your arms and legs as needed and you do not have to help. This is your time to be taken care of and zen out. You are never going to annoy me or hurt my feelings by asking questions or needing something to change. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make you more comfortable. If my pressure is too deep, or even if you have a scratchy throat and need a drink of water my job is to ensure your comfort. Conversation is completely at your discretion. Some people really do relax by talking and I'm happy to oblige. Truly, this is YOUR time. I'll let you know if I run into an boundary area or if something is not working on my end, I expect you to do the same.


Who can benefit from massage?

Massage is one of those amazing things that really does benefit for just about anyone. Their are thousands of types/modalities of massage. From infants, to athletes, to people at the end of their lives there is a type of massage that has been documented to be of benefit. Massage is beneficial to just about everyone in every age bracket and at every level of physical activity. A massage can help release the stress and tension of a tough day (or week) at work. It can relieve soreness and stiffness in the muscles associated with overuse and repetitive actions (too much time on the computer, a day behind the wheel of the car). Athletes at all levels benefit with improved performance and a shorter recovery periods. People with medical conditions often find great success with massage therapy. Massage has been researched and found effective in a stunning number of medical situations a few examples are: neurological conditions, diabetes, persistent migraines, mood and behavioral disorders (anxiety, PTSD, etc). People with an array life situations have discovered great symptomatic relief with massage therapy. Massage is not just for Ahh Spa days anymore (though those are wonderful too).


What can I expect when I arrive for my massage?

When you arrive for your first massage, you will be asked to complete a brief form that provides me with general information about you and your body, addressing any particular health concerns and contra-indications that may affect your massage. Rest assured that all information is confidential and is not shared with anyone. You will have time to discuss how your body feels, where you hold stress and tension, and what your expectations are for the massage session. This is also a time for you to ask any questions you may have. After the intake, I will take you to the treatment room and allow you to disrobe in privacy and get comfortable on the massage table.


Do I wear anything during the massage?

Because table massage uses oil or lotion, it is recommended that you undress the areas that you wish to be massaged. Your comfort is the most important part of the massage session. It is up to you to decide what clothes you leave on or take off. It is my job as a massage therapist to work within your boundaries. In all cases, a sheet will be used as a drape to cover your body, exposing only the area being worked.


What if it hurts? / Who is in control of the massage session?

The client is in control of the massage session. One of the keys to receiving a good massage is communicating with the therapist. Remember that I too get massages and I have had massages where the pressure was uncomfortable or the pillow under my ankles was making my feet fall asleep. At that point, it was my responsibility as a client to let my therapist know that something needed to be changed. Conversely, I have been in situations where the therapist did something that felt wonderful and I asked if they could do it again. This is your massage. If a particular action or position is uncomfortable or if the pressure is inappropriate, let me know.


Is there anything I should do after the massage?

I usually suggest that clients drink a cool glass of water and "be nice with themselves" for the rest of the day. After a massage is not usually a great time to jump right into a highly focused environment.


How often should I receive a massage?

I encourage my clients to listen to their body and see how long they feel that they hold the benefits of their massage treatment. Ask yourself how much stress and activity is in your life and how you can minimize their negative effects and thereby take better care of yourself. Some people receive a massage every other week while others visit only two or three times a year. It is a question of what fits your lifestyle and budget. Remember, massage can be preventative health care as well as a pleasant indulgence. If you regularly find yourself distracted by muscle pain or other physical limitations regular massage may be just the thing to get you feeling like yourself again.


What forms of payment do you accept? Currently I accept Cash, Checks, Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal.


Is tipping required?

A 15-20% tip is indistry standard for massage therapy howver it is not required. Money aside one of the best ways to thank your therapist is to schedule another appointment, refer your friends and family, or give a positive review online.


What if I'm late for my appointment?

Appointments begin promptly. Late arrivals will be charged the full service price and will not receive an extension of scheduled services.


What is your cancellation policy?

Appointments must be canceled 24 hours in advanced. If less than 24 notice hours is given you may be charged for the scheduled service. If you are paying with a gift certificate (or offers certificate) and cancel with less than 24 hours notice you will forfeit the entire value of your certificate. I realize emergencies happen and I'm frequently happy to work with people to reschedule. If you do not call and cancel and simply "noshow" for your appointment you will be charged the full rate of service / forfeit your certificate. If habitual cancellations or no-shows become an issue with any one client, I reserve the right to refuse service.


Do gift certificates expire? Why?

Gift certificates expire 1 year from the date they're issued. I 've found that setting an expiration date actually increases the percentage of certificates that are redeemed. Also, from a business standpoint, since I am selling a therapist's time rather than durable goods, I need to control how many outstanding certificates exist at any particular time. I also need to allow for rate increases or for unforeseen changes in the business.


Can I extend the expiration date?

Sure. We ask that you please give us a call before the certificate expires. Just let us know how long an extension you'll need. (For instance, do you need just a couple of weeks or are you waiting until "after the baby is born?")


Can I redeem an expired certificate?

It nevery hurts to call and ask. I generally do not accept expired certificates, although I've been known to make exceptions if the certificate has only recently expired. If rates have increased since the certificate was issued, you may be asked to pay the difference in order to redeem your expired certificate.


Can I get a refund or cash for my certificate? No. Their are no refunds or cash value to certificates or pre-paid massages. You are welcome to 're-gift' the certificate or massage credit to someone else. Please notify us in advance if you intend to do this.


What if I lose my certificate?

I regret I cannot replace lost gift certificates. Anyone finding the lost certificate would be able to use it.


Do I need a doctor's referral?

Unless you are taking medication or have a specific condition that you are concerned about, massage therapy by a licensed professional should not require a physician's referral.


Will you bill my medical insurance?

Generally, the answer to this is no. The Life Balance Program as well as a couple of other specialty health networks have negotiated a discounted rate for massages for their members. Call for details.


I was in a car accident. Is it true I can get "free" massage?

With a doctor's prescription, your auto insurance is required to pay massage therapists. This is true in any case where muscles have been affected (which happens even in very low speed collisions). Massage has been proven to reduce the amount of pain and expedite recovery after an auto accident. If you are having any headaches, muscle pain, or physical limitations after an accident talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for massage.


How do I get a massage prescription?

Contact my office, I will email you a form you can take to your Medical Doctor or Chiropractor OR simply request that your doctor give you a 'prescription for massage'. If they feel that your condition could benefit from massage, they will fill out a prescription, bring that along will your adjusters contact information into your scheduled massage appointment. For more information on how medical massage works, please click on the medical massage link on my website.