What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
A one hour sessions is $75 and a 90 minute massage is $100.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
New clients are welcome to schedule their appointments in a way that works best for them: via my online website, by phone, text, or email. Arriving 10 minutes early to complete their initial health intake form is encouraged. That way, the client gets more time on the massage table. Another option is to print a form (from my sacredtempos.massagetherapy.com website), fill it out at home and then bring to your appointment.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a graduate of the Oregon School of Massage, with over 20 years of training in Dancemeditation, which is to say, I've been committed to healing and an embodied spiritual path for a long time. I've also studied Aroma Acupoint Therapy with Peter Holmes and Tiffany Pollard of Snow Lotus Aromatherapy. I am passionate about the subtle and profound healing properties of essential oils and continue to learn more everyday. While in massage school, I studied with Gayle MacDonald on how to give massage to people living with cancer. Gayle has written a book on the subject, is somewhat a guru in the field, having worked at OHSU for over 20 years. In my current massage practice, I offer Swedish, Shiatsu, and Reiki.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a young child, I remember being sensitive to the pain of others and sincerely wanting to help them feel better. This desire ultimately led to pursuing a career in the healing arts. Also, having dedicated so many years of my life to meditative movement, I noticed the body-mind connection early on. Specifically, how our body holds trauma and tension deep in our cells, and therefore we need more than logic or talk therapy to fully heal. I've found it's surprisingly powerful to listen to the messages our body sends us rather than talking the story that's been stuck in our heads for years about who we are and what has happened to us in our life. Our bodies know how to heal and crave help with finding release and relief from pain. The beauty of massage is that it allows the mind to slow down and relax and to appreciate the body's wisdom and the delight of being in the present moment. In turn, when the body is deeply relaxed, the mind can find a sense of expansion and peace, ease and well-being.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Many different types of clients come to me for relaxation and for relief from muscular tension and pain, as well as from anxiety and depression. From overworked moms and dads to college professors trying to get out of their heads and into their bodies. I see injured athletes, the elderly, cancer survivors, survivors of domestic or sexual abuse, and those with chronic pain and fatigue. Almost everyone can benefit from therapeutic massage no matter what stage of life they are in or what health condition they are currently facing. We all have more stress in our lives than our bodies can cope with effectively without some additional help. That's the beauty of bodywork, it offers health benefits for just about everyone.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your own research. Gather information from online sources, ask around town to hear about others' experience with massage, and then ultimately follow your heart and intuition regarding what's best for you. You'll want to feel safe and comfortable with your LMT, so make that a priority. Also, don't be afraid to try a new provider if you find that you are needing a different kind of bodywork or if you feel curious about a particular modality.