Due to the fact that massage therapy work involves maintained touch and close physical proximity over an extended period of time, there may be an elevated risk of disease transmission, including COVID-19. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort that impedes daily life or activities, massage therapy benefits may outweigh the possibility of risk. I take all of this very seriously and want to continue to provide high quality healthcare through massage.
Patients must wear a face mask during the session. Even if you have been vaccinated, the mask mandate is still in effect for healthcare workers and their patients. I will wear a face mask throughout the entire session, and change into a clean mask in between appointments. I will provide each client their own fresh set of linens for the massage table, and wipe down all surfaces that may have been touched with disinfectant. I will wash my hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after each session.
In the past 14 days, if you or anyone you have come into contact with has experienced symptoms including:
loss of smell or taste
fever of 100 degrees or higher
shortness of breath or breathing issues
chills, muscle aches or new rashes or lesions
Please notify me so that we can reschedule your appointment.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, please talk with your primary care provider before booking a massage as you might be high risk for blood clotting.
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue to relieve tension within the body. Benefits of massage include stress reduction, decreased pain, local blood circulation and increased range of motion in joints due to the release of muscle and/or fascial restrictions. Massage decreases sympathetic tone (our fight or flight response) in the body, and floods the body with hormones like dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin. It's a valuable complimentary therapy when recovering from injuries or living with chronic pain, and increases body awareness to carry with you through daily life.
What can massage help with?
Anxiety and depression
Headaches and migraines
Relaxation for pregnancy and postpartum
Swelling and inflammation from acute Injuries
Improves quality of life for people dealing with chronic pain or illness
How often should I receive massage?
How often you may need to receive massage will vary from person to person. For those who use massage as preventative care, or for relaxation, one massage a month is common. If you are seeking bodywork for recovery from an injury or for chronic pain that impedes daily activities, then once a week may be more desirable. I will work with you to find what is most optimal for your health and wellness.
What forms of payment do you take?
Payment is made at the time of service, unless otherwise negotiated, using cash, check, debit card, credit card, or Venmo.
Do you take insurance?
Although I do not bill insurance, I can provide an itemized receipt, called a superbill, that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement after the massage session. Please be advised that not all insurance plans cover massage, and most plans require a doctor's referral. Be sure to check with your insurance plan to verify benefits and referral requirements prior to your first appointment.
How long is the initial intake?
Intake varies by client, some may take longer than others depending on your health history. That being said, the initial intake will likely be no longer than 15-20 minutes.
Do I completely undress?
You should undress to the level of comfort. I am able to work around whatever clothing you choose to leave on. There will also be a fresh set of linens on the table that will keep you covered throughout the massage. I will give you privacy in the room, before and after the session, to dress/undress and get comfortable on the table.