I will use my feet for at least part of every treatment. After 20 years in the industry I can tell you that no work I've ever done has been as relaxing, refreshing, or effective. My feet are meticulously clean, scrubbed with alcohol and soap before every 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 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 an inappropriate nature. This is a ZERO tolerance policy. If a client behaves or speaks in an inappropriate way the massage session will end immediately with full payment due. Police may be notified.
I am a licensed massage therapist (LMT) in the state of Oregon LMT #10154 - I have been a nationally certified massage therapist (NCTMB).
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.
My style of massage uses A LOT of oil. I recommend that you undress the areas that you need me to work. 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.
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.
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.
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A 15-20% tip is industry standard for massage therapy however it is not required. Money aside one of the best ways to thank me is to schedule another appointment, refer your friends and family, or give a positive review online.
Appointments must be canceled 24 hours in advanced (call or text to cancel, we'll discuss details). If less than 10 hours notice hours is given you may be charged for the scheduled service. If you are paying with a gift 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 or text to 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 blacklist you as a client (this is rare, but it has happened).
If you are feel sick, have a fever, or you have been exposed to someone who is currently sick PLEASE cancel your appointment. For many illnesses (including the Flu and Covid-19) achy muscles is one of the early symptoms but these are almost always accompanied by other symptoms (fever, fatigue, sore throat, etc). During this time you are highly contagious and are likely to get others sick if they are exposed to you. Please text/call me and let me know you don't feel well. We'll get you rescheduled.