1. What can massage therapy do for me?
Stress relief, anxiety and depression reduction, and temporarily alleviating muscle soreness due to exercise are some of the reasons why many people get a massage. Whether you are training for the marathon, stressed from work, or not getting enough sleep, a massage can help alleviate some of the symptoms.
2. What can I expect during the first session?
New clients will complete a health assessment that examines your health history, your goals, and anything concerns you wish to address. This is done either online or in-person. During the consultation, which runs about five to ten minutes, you tell me why you are here and we set a plan to see what works best for you. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to your sessions.
3. What modalities do you use? Which ones are best for me?
I use a combination of different modalities, such as Swedish, sustained compressions, lomilomi, and other hands-on work. It would depend on your condition and your reaction to touch. Some clients respond better to deeper pressure; others feel better with lighter touch or somewhere in between. Rather than focusing on a modality, what I use is based on your condition and needs—within my scope of practice.
This philosophy is based on the operator and interactor concept from manual therapy. This is a client-based practice (focus on the clients’ issues) rather than a “modality-based practice” (focus on my method and beliefs). This is analogous to a physician who knows more about the drug or procedure than the disease or injury it is supposed to treat.
4. How often should I get a massage?
As often as you like! Once a month, twice a month, once a week—up to you. If you have a recommendation from a physician, physical therapist, or another healthcare professionals, we can accommodate a plan for you.
This FAQ will change and be edited as the practice and science evolves.