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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 determine what is most optimal for your health and wellness.
What forms of payment do you take?
Payment is made at the time of service 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.
I am pregnant/postpartum, do I need a medical release form to see you for massage?
If you are pregnant or within 6 weeks postpartum and have certain elevated risk conditions, you will be asked to have your healthcare provider complete a medical release form before your session. For low risk perinatal and postpartum clients, you do not need to have a medical release form filled out prior to our session.
Can massage induce labor?
No - studies have shown that massage does not induce labor, although there are Acupressure points that can be compressed to try to stimulate the uterus. As an LMT I will avoid these points during our session.