What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Prior to beginning the first massage service the client will fill out an information form providing basic health information. At the start of each service I will conduct a brief interview to establish the client's needs and their goals for the massage and to ensure that the client is fully informed and comfortable with the processes planned.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In addition to a BA in Psychology and graduation from Cortiva Institute of Massage, I have had additional training in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Pre-natal Massage, Reiki,Aromatherapy, Sports Massage and more. I have 7 years of experience as a licensed massage therapist and have worked in a variety of settings, including chiropractic, independent massage studio, wellness center, private practice, mobile practice and upscale resort.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Integrative Therapeutic Massage
Individual Rates: 1 hour $85; 1.5 hours $115; 2 hour $150
Group/Workplace/Event Rates: (Any combination of 15 minute to 2 hour services Minimum 2 hours. Maximum 5 hours.) 2 hours $75/hr; 3-5 hours $60/hr
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I came to massage as a profession after realizing the immense benefits of this alternative health treatment following a back injury in 2008. My previous work had been in the helping/service professions, supporting those in need. Massage therapy has been a natural progression in that direction and a most fulfilling career.
What types of customers have you worked with?
It has been my privilege to work with many different types of clients, from 92 year old yoga practitioners to 12 year old tennis players; from stressed out attorneys to college football players, pregnant moms, exhausted linemen, blushing brides, transgender burlesque dancers and ice road truckers. I enjoy supporting healing for all of these groups, particularly those whose daily lifestyle involves physical and mental/emotional stress that becomes held in their muscular system- and hey, that includes all of us. :)
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
About a year ago, with my previous employer, I organized and implemented a support program for the local women's shelter, providing massage for victims of domestic abuse on a volunteer basis.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Massage therapists are required to pass a thorough background check and most are very trustworthy, so don't be concerned about their legitimacy as long as they are licensed in your area. The level of skill increases with experience, not just specialized training. Look for a therapist with at least 3 years of active experience, a professional demeanor and one who appears to 'walk the talk', taking care of themselves in body, mind and spirit. You might also inquire as to whether they carry professional liability insurance; this is not required in order to practice but indicates professional integrity and business sense.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Your therapist is responsible for making sure that you are able to completely relax, and that means you should be comfortable. So, as they say, there is no such thing as a stupid question. Make sure you have all the answers you need in order to customize your massage experience and be as relaxed as possible.
Do you prefer a male or female therapist?
Are you comfortable undressing (you can get a great massage fully clothed, but your therapist can do her job better if you are undressed under the sheets)?
What are your goals for the massage?
Do you have specific needs to be addressed?
Do you really want a deep tissue massage (Most therapists can provide that, but it is not necessary to have deep tissue in order to achieve the benefits of massage, and you might walk away in more pain than you came in with.)?
What kind of pressure might work best for you?
Are there areas of your body that you don't want to be touched (for example, some clients prefer not to have ticklish feet worked on)?
Do you want a full body massage or would you like to focus the hour on a particular trouble spot?