Embrace Positive Touch, LLC

Fredericksburg, VA

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How does your business stand out?

I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, trained at Northern Virginia Community College. I offer traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage Therapy for relaxation and muscle pain. I offer Sports Massage packages especially for runners. I also offer Nurturing Touch Sessions including Platonic Cuddling Sessions. These are more for emotional well-being and self-empowerment. You can learn more about Nurturing Touch and Cuddle Sessions on my website. This is a very new field in holistic/complimentary medicine, and I am always happy to answer any questions you may have. Of the clients that have come to me for Touch and Cuddle Sessions, I have had a 100% positive feedback record, with clients describing our time as "spiritual" and "well worth" both the time and money. One of my clients was experiencing angina due to stress, and his blood pressure was so improved from cuddling that he was able to (with his physician's okay,) stop taking blood pressure medication. (Results vary, and a physician should always be consulted before discontinuing medication.)

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

People tell me that I am a very talented massage therapist, and it brings me a great deal of satisfaction to be able to use something as simple and natural as touch to relieve pain and melt away stress. As a person who has struggled with depression and anxiety, I have learned firsthand the power of touch to elevate mood and increase one's overall sense of well-being. I have studied the research being done on touch, and I am excited to share what I have learned with others because I think it is so important to understand the important role it plays in our health. Our culture has built many obstacles to receiving nurturing touch, and I am part of a small but growing movement of people who are reclaiming that right for myself and others. My services are tailored to a client's individual needs and can address PTSD from combat or abuse or simply fill a need for human connection. All of my clients have given me consistently positive feedback, describing their experiences as "spiritual" and "fulfilling" in ways that they had not expected or imagined. I love what I do because I love people. (I also run a Meetup Group called Embrace the World. We give FREE HUGS. Because people need them. :-) Even if you just need a hug, I hope you'll reach out. My hugs are always free.
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Fredericksburg, VA 22407

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9 Reviews
  • Ronald L. Oct 6, 2016
    Deep Tissue Massage
    Verified Review
    Best ever!
    She was very EXCELLENT. The best massage I ever had. I will go back for another massage! She hit every spot that was hurting,
    Donna P. Apr 27, 2017

    I'm glad I could help, Ron. See you again soon!

  • Heba G. Feb 4, 2016
    I had an excellent experience with Donna. I got a massage which was really good. Then I went for cuddling and it was really emotional and relaxing at the same time. It took me back to my family feeling who live thousands of miles away. Donna is very friendly, welcoming, attentive and full of love. She knows what she's doing both in massage and the cuddling. Embrace Positive Touch is my place to go to relax and drop life stress and tension. I always leave better than how I came in. So I definitely recommend EPT to everyone I know.
    Donna P. Feb 4, 2016

    Hugs to you and your lovely family, Heba! Hope to see you again soon! Be well :-)

  • Chase G. Feb 3, 2016
    Very relaxing massage, very knowledgable and kind.
    Donna P. Feb 4, 2016

    :-) Be well, Chase!

  • Richard R. Feb 3, 2016
    After my auto accident I went to see Donna. She is amazing! I'm recommend her!
    Donna P. Feb 4, 2016

    Glad you are feeling better, Richard. You have too much dancing to do, to be in a neck brace!!

  • Judi C. Feb 3, 2016
    Love ,love love Donna !!! Amazing!! Very flexible with appointments and WOW!! Did I feel fantastic afterward!!
    Donna P. Feb 3, 2016

    Thanks, Judi. :-) See you again, soon!

  • Jennifer M. Feb 3, 2016
    Donna's skillS were immediately noticible to me. She could identify which muscles needed healing. And her touch is magical. Best message ever !
    Donna P. Feb 3, 2016

    I'm glad you enjoyed the massage, Jen. Hope to see you again soon!

  • Stan M. Feb 3, 2016
    Donna is absolutely the best! After our session I left feeling like a smurf!
    Donna P. Feb 3, 2016

    Well, that's a new one. I think I massaged your scalp too much. But as long as you're happy...Smurf away.

  • David S. Feb 3, 2016
    Donna P. Feb 3, 2016

    :-) Thank you for your feedback!

  • Chris B. Feb 2, 2016
    Embrace Positive touch is very Professional Experienced Atmosphere. I went in needing severe deep and gentle massage but after I got out I got done with my first appt. I have never felt so relaxed and at peace. The whole experience was worth a lot more and made sure to tip.
    Donna P. Feb 3, 2016

    :-) Thanks, Chris. Glad you were pleased!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My rate for massage is $100 for one hour, but only $105 for 90 minutes. I do this to encourage clients to give me enough time to create a really luxurious experience. My rates for Touch and Cuddling Sessions begin at $1 per minute, (60 minute minimum,) and increase only if a third party therapist or filing insurance paperwork will be involved. I accept cash and major credit cards. No checks, please.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
If a client wants a Massage, I have the usual health information intake forms, and we discuss what their particular concerns are (areas of pain, medical conditions, surgeries, etc.) I answer their questions before I begin and as I go along. If a client is seeking Cuddling or Touch Sessions, we first meet to discuss what they hope to accomplish through the sessions, and to set our intentions. You can read about the entire intake process for these services on my website on the Intake Process page.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was trained in Massage Therapy at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Virginia. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014. Before deciding to pursue Massage Therapy, I had been an Elementary school teacher for 16 years. I also studied Nursing at Germanna Community College for a year prior to Massage Therapy school, but found Massage Therapy to be a better fit for me.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I retired from teaching in 2011 due to depression and anxiety. I heard about Jackie Samuel in New York, who had opened a Cuddling service called The Snuggery. It resonated deeply with me, and I began researching and learning about touch. I found that it helped my depression and anxiety to cuddle. So, I trained as an LMT in order to meet the VA Department of Health requirements so that I could legally provide this service. Now, I do something that helps me while I'm helping others. Win win win!!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have given Sports Massages to a High school athletes (with a parent present,) and hand and foot massage to a 90 year old woman in hospice (which I volunteered with.) I have massaged runners after the Marine Corps Marathon. I've given massages to people who have a history of abuse, tailoring my technique to accommodate their needs for time and space to process their emotions. I have clients with very different preferences in touch pressure, which I am always able to accommodate. I have cuddled (professionally) with both men and women from 18 to 80, of a variety of ethnicities and orientations. People are people, and I enjoy them all. As long as someone can understand and respect boundaries, it's all good.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I lead a workshop at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library last February. I discussed how touch impacts your health. I am also founder of a meetup group called Embrace the World. We give free hugs and raise awareness about the importance of touch to good health. You are welcome to join us. You can find us at meetup.com/embrace-the-world. Some people go YEARS without hugs. Let's fix that!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure that their intentions and yours are aligned...so that your expectations and theirs are on the same page. Be clear about what you are looking for. If you want a massage, make sure they are LMT or CMT trained by an accredited school and have a license from the VA Board of Nursing. People who are not professionally trained can accidentally hurt you. The therapists trained at NOVA come very well recommended over other schools in this area, in my experience. I went to a M.E. once (that chain massage place..) and had to teach the Therapist myself how to release Iliopsoas. You shouldn't have to teach your therapist how to give a massage... Just be very clear about what it is you are looking for. Craigslist is not the place to find a Massage Therapist. You can ask friends for a recommendation, or you can look for providers on the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals website. Search Google for ABMP. You could also call Northern Virginia Community College, ask to speak to the Massage Therapy Department, and ask them to recommend a recent graduate in your area. NOVA grads ROCK!