FAQs

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.

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