What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I charge $75 per hour at my home office, $120 if I travel to you. Occasionally I will offer a lower rate for a first time client.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First I ask some questions, to try to understand what my client wants or expects from a session, and then when they are on the table, I try to feel what is going on. So my pressure can be lighter at first, gradually deepening until a therapeutic and tolerable level is reached. I always provide some relief in a first treatment, but lasting results may take a few sessions.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated with honors from the New York College of Health Professions, receiving an Associates Degree. I also have specialized training in Aromatherapy, Sports Massage and Thai Massage. I am a Pain and Posture upper body specialist, certified by the Freedom From Pain Academy. I am also a Level 2 Japanese Usui Reiki practitioner, working my way towards becoming a Master. I am also enrolled in a Yoga Dual certification course from Yoga Vista Academy.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
For me, masage therapy is more of a calling than a profession. I was at a crossroads in my life and knew I had to make a change, but I had no clue which way to go. I had a frozen shoulder and was recovering from a 3 month battle with pneumonia. One day I just woke up and enrolled in massage therapy school. It didn't make any sense at all, but from the first day, I felt like I was finally doing what I was meant to do with my life. And I've never regretted it. Not for one minute.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked at several of the most luxurious spas on Long Island, and so I have plenty of experience bringing the stressed out into a state of blissed out in 60 minutes. I also work with a holistic Chiropractor, performing deep tissue, medical and sports massage to those clients who have been injured in some way. I incorporate therapeutic stretching, Chinese cupping, and thermogenic treatments that bring some instant relief, and greater relief over the course of a few sessions.