What type of massage therapy do you practice?

Even though a number of clients come to my practice for relaxation and stress reduction, most seek relief from pain, physical restriction or sports enhancement & recovery.  My work can be classified as clinical or medical massage. The techniques I use support the idea that our muscles, bones & connective tissue comprise a sophisticated system of pulleys and levers that can become restricted or out of balance.  I’ve found that analyzing and treating problems using this model can be very effective in addressing issues of pain, diminished range of motion and athletic performance. Typically, sessions may include combinations of myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, deep tissue and various stretching and lengthening techniques. Clients looking for a more relaxation-based approach may opt for classic Swedish massage. I look at each session as an opportunity for clients to learn more about themselves and gain a better understanding of their own body. Whenever possible, I will suggest how you can best care for yourself between sessions. I believe that empowering clients with a simple and effective self-care program is essential for achieving optimal results. My ultimate goal is to help you feel better as quickly as possible. 


What can I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit to the office begins with filling out a brief, confidential health history form. We will then discuss your particular needs and goals, determine if there are any contraindications and agree on a treatment plan that is appropriate for you.  I may perform various assessments and tests for further evaluation.  Next, you will be given complete privacy to disrobe to your level of comfort and get settled onto the treatment table under the sheet.  Remember that during your session, you are in charge of the level of pressure.  Please communicate if you are uncomfortable with any part of your treatment as there are usually other modality options available.  Also let me know if you feel either too cold or too warm.  The table is heated and can be easily adjusted for your comfort. At the end of your session, I will take time to review my observations along with any recommendations I might have. Generally speaking, your first visit will involve more assessment and evaluation than subsequent sessions. This allows me to correctly identify the source of your pain and to develop an individual plan to guide the focus of your therapy.  By doing this, I can focus on the areas that need work without wasting time on areas that don’t require therapeutic attention.


What should I wear during my treatment?
Let your comfort be your guide. Some individuals prefer to wear loose-fitting clothing, some wear only underwear and others prefer to be completely disrobed.  In all cases, clients are covered with a sheet during the treatment session. The only area uncovered is that which is being worked on. Rest assured that your comfort is my goal.  On occasion, I might make suggestions about what would work best with the modalities that I plan to use (shorts, sports bra, etc.).  Remember that you always have the final say as to what feels right for you.


Will the treatment hurt?
It should first be said that healthy tissue doesn't hurt when touched.  Tenderness that is felt when pressure is applied to muscles is an indication that therapeutic atttention is needed.  People sometimes describe the pressure that I use as “therapeutic discomfort” or “the good hurt”.  I am typically a good interpreter of your body language and engage a level of pressure that feels appropriate and affects a response from the tissue.  Too much pressure can be counterproductive as your body will resist and elicit a protective response.  In all cases, you are in charge of the amount of pressure used.  I believe that you are the ultimate sensor as to what feels right for you, and I can easily adjust the pressure per your request.  Occasionally after a therapeutic massage, people will report feeling some minor soreness. They usually describe the sensation as how someone might feel after a good workout.  Tenderness can show up 24–48 hours after treatment.  It is usually short-lived and clients often report significant improvement in their condition shortly thereafter. Drinking plenty of water after the massage can help reduce post-massage soreness.


How long will it take me to feel better?
Many factors can affect how quickly people respond to therapy including the severity and length of time an injury or pain has been present.  Feeling "better" is usually easy to achieve.  Most people feel better after just one or two sessions.  The real goal, however, is to feel great and to fully resolve the issues that keep you in pain.  Serious injuries or long-standing pain patterns may benefit from a series of sessions.  Each session should result in more progress as the tissues become healthier.  Time is set aside in each session to assess and discuss your progress. If I determine that another type of treatment may be more appropriate for you, I will be happy to provide you with a referral.


Will insurance pay for my treatment?
Please see answers to this question on the Rates & Policies or Medical Massage page.


How soon can I get an appointment?
Same-day appointments are difficult to come by and often my schedule can be booked weeks in advance.  Occasionally, an opening will become available from a last-minute cancellation. The best advice is to book your appointment(s) far enough ahead so that you’re not competing with others for an open time slot.  I maintain a wait list to fill last-minute vacancies as they come up.  Be sure to let me know if you would like to be placed on the wait list.

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 (480) 314-5033

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