What do I wear to a massage?
Structural Integration and traditional massage techniques require that you only wear your underwear. However, there are a number of modalities and techniques that can be performed through your clothing. If you wish to wear your clothes, shorts and t-shirts are preferable. I can work through most material types.
What is Medical Massage?
Medical massage is directed toward those whose doctors have prescribed Medical Massage for a diagnosed medical condition. This is a result oriented treatment, so a number of procedures or modalities may be used during the treatment with the focus being only on the parts of the body that are related to the medical diagnosis as prescribed by the doctor. You can email for a physician’s script that can be presented to your doctor.
Is Massage Therapy covered by insurance?
There are many cases when your massage therapy can be covered by your insurance, but you do need a prescription from your doctor. It is ideal that you check with your insurance company to find out what they require to cover your massage therapy sessions. I will be more than happy to provide you with a receipt, although I am not structured to directly bill insurance companies. If you require a prescription from your doctor, email for a physician’s script.
Is there paperwork?
Yes, there is an Intake/Consent form that you can download here. I will also perform a postural analysis exam and take Range of Motion measurements for medical massage clients who sign up for a 3 to 6 session treatment plan package.
What are Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, or MAT?
MAT incorporates joint-mobilization maneuvers with muscle-balancing techniques. In other words, it is a type of bodywork which blends structural integration with the principles of osteopathy in order to relieve chronic pain and reduce the potential of pain emergence. Pain can become chronic over time and this is one way to challenge that pain. Many times, the technique is integrated into regular bodywork and massage sessions or it can be used alone to treat systemic issues. The success of this technique has been proven time and time again, as it is used in many regions around the world for the relief of neck and back pain especially, which is very common in the industrialized world.
Could I benefit from Palliative Massage?
Palliative massage is designed for clients with incurable conditions, such as muscular dystrophy, cancer, lupus, and fibromyalgia. The purpose is to relieve insomnia and pain.
What is your Sinus Relief Massage?
Sinus Relief Massage is a modified version of Manual Lymphatic Drainage. It helps lymphatic fluid flow through the sinus cavities to break up and flush out the excess fluid.
What other types of massage do you offer?
In addition to Structural Integration and Deep Tissue Massage, I have studied Comfort Touch for Geriatric clients, Reflexology in the hands and feet, Sports Massage (PNF Stretching and Ortho Bonomy), Prenatal and Postnatal Massage, and traditional Swedish Massage for clients whose goal is to feel more relaxed. I can also perform a 15-minute Sinus Relief session that is based upon Manual Lymphatic Drainage to help bring you relief.
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Will I experience any soreness after my massage?
Clients typically describe Deep Tissue massage as a “Good Hurt.” The goal is for a 7 to not be exceeded on the pain scale of 0-10. Pain above a 7 is not going to be productive because the body will resist the treatment. There may be some tenderness in the worked area for approximately 24 to 48 hours, but it is a productive soreness that feels much like the tenderness that is felt after exercise.