Frequently Asked Questions
Explain your pricing? Do you REALLY not accept tips?
Good massage ain't cheap; Cheap massage ain't good. But seriously, when you consider my level of expertise and the fact that I don't accept tips, you are getting a great value.
And, yes, I said it: NO tipping.
For starters, I consider myself an allied health professional, as opposed to a "masseuse".
Additionally, I hate the tipping economy and the reality of the massage industry is that you are often called upon to subsidize a corporation's refusal to pay workers acceptable wages by way of tips.
Interestingly, because most massage therapists at spas are counting on you to tip at least 20% on your session, you actually end up paying more than my rate ($150/hr) if you are tipping on a massage of $125+...it's just not fair - to you or the therapist.
So how does this work? What is the session like?
The process starts with a comprehensive intake that is sent to you via email through my secure, HIPAA compliant portal. This should be done at least 24-hours in advance, as I like to have as much information as I possible can in order to start creating a plan.
When you arrive, we will sit down briefly to review the intake and I will ask any amplifying questions, as well as adress your session goals. We get a general baseline for pain and movement, and off we go.
After the session, we will review the progress of the session and I will give you any movement or stretching recommendations, as applicable. From here, I will give you your suggested treatment frequency to ensure we reach your goals in the most efficient way possible.
How should I dress for my session?
Your comfort is always my primary concern. My general recommendation is that you "undress to your level of comfort", as I ALWAYS employ secure draping to my clients to ensure all areas are appropriately covered at all times. If you are unbcomfortable getting underessed, I can certainly employ modalities that can easily bee applied over clothing.
If you have a particular movement issue that we have discussed during the intake, I may have you moving around, repositioning, or getting on and off the table to check patterns. As such, I always recommend clients show up in comfortable clothing and perhaps bring/wear workout clothes that can be worked over and allow for easy transitions.
How much of my session is actual "hands-on" time?
Many spas advertise "60-minutes" but only actually provide a 45-50 minute session due to table transition time and intake. I try to MAXIMIZE your session with the full timeframe, which is why I ask that you fill out your intake thoroughly prior to arriving. I may even call/email you in advance if there are any concerns or questions I want to address BEFORE you get here.
In a perfect world, I have your intake in hand and already revied prior to arrival, we go over any details or questions for about 3-5 minutes, and you are on the table.
I tend to get the most informtation about your chief complaint from hands-on palpation and orthopedic testing, so the more time on the table, the better. Besides, you paid for a full session!
Do you ONLY work on athletes?
Well, that depends on how you define an "athlete". I beleive we are beings that move by nature, and as such, we are all athletes in our own right. So, the short answer is that I work on ANYONE seeking to manage pain, move better, and enhance their performance.
I have a vairety of certifications, inclusing prenatal, and I can work on anyone that is looking for optimal wellness, provided we are a good fit.