When scheduling a table massage keep in mind that there will be additional time involved. The amount of time you request I consider to be hands on time. I communicate with each client before and after every treatment to discuss how their body feels, any changes they notice, to get feedback about what techniques were most effective for them and to suggest educational and self care information. Generally, I recommend people add 15 minutes to their treatment time for the total session. For example, if you schedule a one hour massage you can expect that the total time in my treatment room will be 75 minutes or more.
I encourage clients to choose appointments times that allow them to feel the benefits of their session for as long as possible. Having to rush off to a stressful meeting or do strenuous physical activity after a massage is not ideal. Being able to relax, hydrate and take a hot bath is a great way to help enhance and make more lasting the mental and physical benefits from the massage treatment.
All first time clients fill out a health intake form. This information is kept confidential. It is important that clients honestly disclose all their current medications and any medical condition they get treatment for. Also any past broken bones, accidents, illness or surgeries can be important to know and beneficial in determining the best treatment options. Returning clients are expected to inform me of any changes in their medications or condition. If I deem it necessary to consult another health care provider treating my client, I will do so only with that client’s permission.
I work with clients at their comfort level and encourage them to let me know their preferences with regards to pressure, technique, position, temperature and even music. For those more comfortable wearing clothing, I suggest something that stretches and is close fitting. I have a body cushion, bolsters and many pillows to provide support and comfort in many positions, during pregnancy, after injury and to accommodate all body shapes and sizes. A heated table, blankets and small warmed pillows help clients stay cozily warm throughout the session even on the coldest of days. Clients are invited to choose from the variety of music I have or to bring their own to accompany their session.
At the beginning of each session I discuss the client’s goals and will employ a variety of treatment techniques to reach them. I have studied and have experience in numerous techniques and enjoy discovering what works best for every individual. Clients may remain passive and relaxed or agree to participate in more active modalities. Range of motion, stretching and resistance exercises may be incorporated to help unwind, lengthen, strengthen and realign muscles and joints. Subtler therapies like cranial sacral work and energy work can provide deep relaxation and help motion, release and fluidity in the body on a different level.
I primarily use organic coconut oil when it is necessary as a lubricant. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and absorbs quickly into the skin and so does not leave a greasy feeling at the end of a session. I have other natural body care products and lotions at hand for anyone who prefers not to use coconut oil.
Often during injury treatment sessions I will employ hydrotherapy – the use of heat and cold – to help facilitate healing of damaged tissue. Heat can increase circulation and help prepare muscles for deep work. Short applications of ice packs after therapeutic work can help decrease pain and inflammation in healing areas.
I am one of many people with sensitivities to body care products with chemical fragrances such as perfume, cologne, hairspray, aftershave, lotions, etc. Before a session, please avoid use of such products or make an effort to wash them off before you arrive. Natural aromas from the essential oils of plants usually do not trigger sensitivities and can be used therapeutically as aromatherapy during sessions. If you are unsure about a product you use, read the ingredients and if it contains the word “fragrance” please do not use it on the day of your massage.
Outcall fee $20
My portable massage table allows me to bring massage anywhere. If you are unable to get to my office, I am happy to come to you. If you have a quiet 8×12 foot space at home, receiving massage there can be a special treat for yourself or a loved one.
Fees for locations outside the Brattleboro/Guilford area will be negotiated.
If for any reason you are running late or unable to make your scheduled appointment please contact me immediately. If you are late, your massage time may be shortened accordingly. If you fail to show up for an appointment without contacting me in advance you will be expected to pay for your missed session.
If you are feeling ill with a cold, flu, fever or other contagious condition please stay home, take care of yourself and reschedule your appointment with as much notice as possible.