"I think her work is a calling for her, not a job or even a career..."
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to answer them.
- What does massage do?
- What do I wear during a session?
- What kind of oil or lotion do you use?
- How often should I get a session?
- When should I not get bodywork?
- What is not included in a therapeutic massage?
- Can massage actually get rid of knots - and what are they anyway?
- Is there anything I should do before, during, or immediately following a massage?
- Do you diagnose?
- I have a hard time getting onto a table/I need to sit up during a massage.
- I am embarrassed about ...
- Is it customary to talk during a session?
- Do you sell gift certificates?
- Do you accept insurance/credit cards?
- Am I supposed to tip and how much?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- What if I am late?
- Tell me about your studio.
1: What does massage do?
Massage aids in the natural healing process of your body. It relieves pain associated to physical predicaments such as sports injuries, car accidents, and overexertion of muscles. It diminishes psychological ills such as stress, anxiety, depression, premenstrual syndrome, posttraumatic stress, and insomnia. It also improves circulation which consequently aids in the management of high blood pressure, edema, and diabetic difficulties. And it simply feels great to receive.
2: What do I wear during a session?
Depending on the primary techniques of your choice, you may or may not need to undress.
For modalities that include oil-based massage, I will ask you to undress to your personal level of comfort. Most people disrobe completely while some choose to keep on their undergarments. It is your choice. You will always be covered with a sheet except for the area being worked on. I will leave the room while you undress and get comfortable on the table in between the sheets. I will knock on the door before re-entering the office to make sure you are ready.
Modalities that are typically performed fully clothed are: Craniosacral Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Acupressure, and Reiki. Please wear comfortable natural garments that allow free movement.
3: What kind of oil or lotion do you use?
I make my own massage cream. Even the best organic products seem to contain chemical preservatives. Since I make the cream in small batches and store it in the refrigerator, you can be assured that I will always use the freshest and healthiest cream on your skin.
List of ingredients: sweet almond oil, water, beeswax, emulsifying wax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, lecithin, vitamin E oil, and grapefruit seed extract.
Please let me know if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Please also feel free to bring your own lotion or oil should you so prefer.
4: How often should I get a session?
That really depends on what your goals are, and your budget. I recommend getting a massage at least once a month, as the effects of massage are cumulative. Some of my clients come in once a week, many come in every other week, some every three weeks, and some once a month. If you are receiving sessions to help heal an injury or to get rid of chronic pain, a weekly massage is often needed until we have reached that goal. If you are receiving bodywork for prevention, health maintenance, or just to feel better, you have more leeway.
5: When should I not get bodywork?
There are several contraindications for massage. If you have fever, any type of infectious disease, or a severe cold, I would like you to reschedule for a later time because massage could spread the infection through your body. If you have a skin rash, please know what it is before your massage as some skin conditions are contagious. There is always the option of working around the afflicted area or working through your clothing with a modality such as Tui Na, Thai, Jin Shin Acupressure, or energy work.
6: What is not included in a therapeutic massage?
My sessions are strictly non-sexual. If you are looking for a "happy ending", I need you to go someplace else. Our appointment will end and full payment will be due if there is any sexual proposition.
7: Can massage actually get rid of knots - and what are they anyway?
So-called knots can be a variety of things. Sometimes they are overtight muscles. Sometimes they are an adhesion within a muscle or fascia. Often they are triggerpoints, tiny contraction knots that develop when a muscle is overworked or injured. Trigger points frequently send their pain to some other site, causing symptoms such as headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Usually it takes multiple treatments to get rid of trigger points as they are generally caused by years of muscle strain, improper posture, and overuse. Even though massage can address trigger points, life habits often need to be changed in order for them not to reappear - this may include working on your posture, taking up exercise, or changing work and sleeping habits.
8: Is there anything I should do before, during, or immediately following a massage?
Before your massage: You might not want to have a big meal right before your massage. If you can, allow yourself enough time to arrive leisurely. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure to discuss them with me. You might also think about and communicate your intentions for your session.
During the massage: Make sure you talk to me should you experience any discomfort or have feedback regarding the amount of pressure, speed or movement, choice of modality, etc. Please also let me know if there are distractions related to the environment, such as room temperature, music volume, or lighting, or you forgot to mention anything during our initial check-in. Keep your breath flowing as this greatly supports relaxation and healing.
After the massage: Take a couple of minutes on the massage table to breathe and feel. Make sure to drink extra water for the next couple of hours. Massage tends to release metabolic waste from your muscles into your bloodstream and water intake helps flush toxins out of your body. You might initially feel slowed-down before experiencing increased energy and a sense of greater well-being. Some people like to take a hot sea salt bath to encourage the release of toxins. If we incorporated focused deep tissue work, I might suggest icing afterwards. If you have the time, I highly encourage you to rest after your session.
9: Do you diagnose?
I am a holistic health practitioner and not a physician or psychologist. I can not "diagnose" nor "treat" any medical conditions or psychological disorders. If you have any condition or disease that may be aggravated by bodywork, please talk to your primary doctor and receive the go-ahead before scheduling our session.
10: I have a hard time getting onto a table/I need to sit up during the massage.
My massage table has a hydraulic feature that allows me to lower the table before and after your session as needed for effortless access. The table can additionally be adjusted to a seated position, which is often more comfortable for women in the last trimester of pregnancy or for the medically frail. The table's thick foam, topped by merino wool padding, is designed to conform to your body and support it at the same time. The face cradle is adjustable. A table warmer provides additional warmth in the cooler months.
11: I am embarrassed about...
Please don't let embarrassment stop you. As a certified massage therapist with eighteen years of experience, I am accustomed to a wide array of health histories and occupations, all ages, weights, and body types. My heartfelt goal is to help you feel better. Feel free to talk to me about any concerns you might have.
12: Is it customary to talk during the session?
This is completely your choice. Some people like to talk with me during our session while others enjoy a quiet space. Please don't feel like you have to make conversation. This is your time. Feel free to close your eyes and relax. Regardless of your preference, please do talk openly to me about anything that isn't right for you. Good communication will allow me to tailor the session to your preferences and your needs. I love feedback and will never feel offended by it.
13: Do you sell gift certificates?
Since my practice is currently full, Gift Certificates are no longer available.
14: Do you accept insurance/credit cards?
I don't handle insurance claims. However, I will provide you with a receipt which you may submit to your provider for possible direct reimbursement.
I do not accept credit cards. Please make your payment by cash or check at the end of our session.
15: Am I supposed to tip?
Tipping is a matter of personal discretion. Some of my clients do tip, some do not. You will get the same level of excellent service whether you tip or not. Tips are never required but always appreciated.
16: What is your cancellation policy?
All cancellations need to be received 24 hours in advance. Payment in full is expected should you fail to cancel your scheduled appointment or cancel less than 24 hours in advance.
17: What if I am late?
You are encouraged to be prompt in order to receive your full session. Sessions start and end on time. The full charge still applies should you arrive late for your appointment.
18: Tell me about your studio.
The setting in which massage takes place is very important to me. My home office is at ground level and designed to be as calm, relaxing, and inviting as possible. It is located on a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown Fairfax with ample parking on the street. It has a private entrance and its designated bathroom. The walls are painted a peaceful sage color. Original paintings by Sue Mironer add sacred beauty and spaciousness to the clean and warm healing space. As you enter, soft music will be playing in the background and a glass of filtered water is provided to hydrate your body. I will invite you to sit down with me for a couple of minutes to go over your health history. On subsequent visits, I will review your personal file before our appointment and ask about updates and your goals for this particular session.