Frequently asked questions
Therapist's styles can vary greatly, as well as the consumers expectations. The following are answers to questions most people ask when they are contacting a therapist for the first time. These will give you a better understanding of what to expect during my sessions and hopefully, an idea of what I try to accomplish with each client. Every session is custom and tailored to meet the needs and wants of each individual.
What should I expect?
If you are a first time client, a health history form will be emailed to you and will need to be filled out. Take care to answer the questions asked on the form completely and honestly. The questions have been carefully chosen and are pertinent to a safe and effective treatment. A brief interview will also be performed in order to better understand the history of any injuries
A brief assessment and interview will happen at the beginning of subsequent sessions. Again, it is important to be honest and thorough in your responses for safe and effective treatment.
I am very serious about confidentiality and it is important to me you know all information from the history form, as well as the sessions, is private. Release of your information to others not directly involved in your care will be at your discretion.
I am more on the medical side of manual therapy/massage. What I do during the sessions is deliberate, very focused, and point specific. With that being said, there is such a thing as too much massage. The body needs time to adjust following bodywork sessions, and longer sessions can become irritating. It should also be said that I do not limit my practice to only injury patients. I have many clients, who are not inured, come to me because they feel better for a longer period of time following the sessions.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No. There are several conditions which could make bodywork inappropriate. This is the reason behind the need for honesty in your answers to the questions posed during the interview. It may be necessary to contact your doctor prior to your session to make sure bodywork is appropriate.
How long will my massage treatment last?
The length of your session is 60 minutes. Please understand this is not 60 minutes of "hands-on" time. The initial interview and assessments are just as important as the manual therapy. They tell me the areas on which to focus and where to start the massage.
Do I need to disrobe?
You undress to your level of comfort. If you are not comfortable getting undressed, I am happy to work through your clothing. It is always your choice on how much clothing to take off or leave on. Should you choose to disrobe, you will be properly draped with a set of sheets for your privacy.
Is it OK to talk during my session?
Sure. Talk as much as you want...all the time, not at all, and all points in between. I may need to ask some questions during the session but, in general, I try to only talk if engaged by my client. As a reminder, the things discussed in clinic are confidential.
Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?
I do have whale calls and flutes should you enjoy listening to that during your session. If you would rather listen to the game on the radio, we will listen to the game. What ever you want to hear, from whales to jazz, flutes to rock, ball game to silence, you just need to let me know.
What if I’m ticklish?
Then you may laugh, and I will giggle. It is my experience it will not tickle for long. Chances are, as I ease into things, the initial tickle will go away. If an area is too sensitive, I will work with you to address things differently. This can vary from different pressures and strokes, to targeted stretching techniques.
Am I supposed to tip?
Do you tip your doctor or dentist? Tips are never required, but always appreciated. The best way to “tip” is to refer your friends and family!
Do you accept insurance?
Receipts are available for flex accounts. Insurance claims are evaluated on a case by case basis. If you have questions regarding insurance billing, please call the office.