Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN RECEIVE MASSAGE?
ANYONE! While there are a few contraindications (see below) for massage, most people can experience the wonderful world of massage without any issues. If you have any concerns, please feel free to ask before scheduling your appointment.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE APPOINTMENT? DO I HAVE TO BE NAKED DURING THE MASSAGE?
You are welcome to dress down to your level of comfort. This can range from fully-clothed all the way to completely nude, and everything in between: socks, undergarments, top only, bottoms only, etc….you get the idea. We are here to create a safe & comfortable space for YOU.
DO YOU REQUIRE DRAPING DURING THE MASSAGE?
Yes, draping will always be used during your massage. This includes a bottom sheet, top sheet, & blanket. Respect for personal boundaries and privacy is of the utmost importance. While some modalities (Lomi Lomi; Ashiatsu) may require less draping, your comfort always takes priority. Please let me know how I can make your massage most comfortable.
DO YOU USE A TABLE WARMER? I GET COLD EASILY.
Yes! I use a wonderful table warmer to make you feel like a teddy bear fresh out of the dryer!
WHAT SORT OF LUBRICANT (oil, lotion, cream, etc..) DO YOU USE?
I prefer to use a food-grade, organic Avocado Oil during your massage for its health benefits and quality feel. Please let me know of any food allergies prior to our session. I keep a wide variety of creams and lotions handy, just in case.
DO YOU USE ANY ESSENTIAL OILS, FRAGRANCES?
Sorry, no. Due to the layout of the building’s HVAC system, we must consider & respect our neighbors.
CAN I BRING MY OWN LUBRICANT?
Sure! If you have a favorite type of lubricant or brand, feel free to bring it to the appointment. Fragrant lotions (lavender, lemon, menthol, etc..) are okay too. Just remember - we cannot use essential oils.
CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN MUSIC?
Sure! I use Spotify to play music during our session. Feel free to let me know if you have any preferences (slow-paced; no drums; lots of piano) or specific requests (Yo Yo Ma; John Williams; Lady Gaga).
DO I HAVE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC ?
Nope! Just let me know if you’d prefer some peace and quiet.
SHOULD I EAT BEFORE OR AFTER MY APPOINTMENT?
Whichever you prefer, it will not impact the massage.
DO WE HAVE TO TALK DURING THE APPOINTMENT?
Nope! After our initial consultation to identify your needs & goals, we can talk as little or as much as you like. We are here for YOU!
I AM PREGNANT. WHEN CAN I SCHEDULE A PRENATAL/PREGNANCY MASSAGE?
First, Congratulations! It is considered generally safe and highly beneficial for expecting mothers to receive Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage after the 1st trimester (Week 13).
Make sure to discuss with your OB/GYN and/or General Practitioner doctor(s) to communicate any considerations or questions you might have. You will need to provide a doctor’s note at the time of your appointment for your Medical Intake Form. See the links below for additional research & information:
1) Massage & Pregnancy: A Powerful Combination
2) Pregnancy & Labor Massage
3) Pregnancy Massage
DO YOU BILL THROUGH HEALTH INSURANCE?
I am not able to offer any direct insurance billing at this time.
DO YOU HAVE A SHOWER?
Nope. I keep several spare towels just in case of any excess lubricant or “oily” feeling after your session has ended.
CAN I GET MASSAGE FOR MY CHILD?
Sure! I’m happy to work on children 12 and older with the parent or legal guardian’s written consent. The parent/legal guardian must complete additional paperwork prior to the first appointment. Additionally, the parent/legal guardian must remain present during the entirety of our first appointment.
IS THERE A WAITING ROOM IF I ARRIVE EARLY? CAN MY CHILD WAIT OUTSIDE?
Yes, there is a small waiting room with magazines, water, and tea. Children over the age of 10 may wait in the waiting room quietly. We share this space with others and need to respect their boundaries. This is a privilege. I reserve the right to request other arrangements at my discretion. Thank you.
DO YOU MAKE HOUSE CALLS?
Yes. I am willing to take special requests for house calls with established clients in good-standing. All requests will be considered at my discretion; please respect my time and efforts. Thank you.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS OR CORPORATE WELLNESS DAYS?
Yes! I am very comfortable providing services for non-profit events, fundraisers, charities, marathons, triathlons, and/or corporate wellness events. Give your hard-working employees a refreshing & invigorating massage at work! Show them you care!