FAQs

WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE AREA?

Currently I serve Green Valley, Fairfield, Suisun City, American Canyon, and Vallejo.

For an additional service fee, arrangements may be made for clients outside of my service area, provided my schedule permits. Contact me and we’ll discuss this option.

 

I'VE HAD A MASSAGE ONCE AND DIDN'T GET MUCH BENEFIT AFTER.  WHY SHOULD I GET ANOTHER?

The benefits of massage are cumulative. The more frequently you receive bodywork, the greater the benefits will be. Massage is neither one-size fits all nor one-session-fixes-all, but I do work hard to provide a treatment that will address the specific needs you have as well as issues that may present once you're on the table.

 

IS PAIN AFTER A MASSAGE NORMAL?

Occasionally massage can leave you feeling sluggish or even more achy than when you came in. That’s not unusual, and the pain should resolve within a few days. However, deep-seated pain that lingers long after a massage could be an indication that too much pressure was used.

To avoid this, I will check in with you a couple of times during your session to ensure the pressure is to your liking. If at any time during the massage you need the pressure adjusted, simply communicate that need with me.

For deep tissue massage (REALIGN), the goal is to work at no higher than a 7 on your personal pain scale, not to take as much pressure as you can stand. Again, clear communication is key here in order to reap the greatest benefits from your session without causing injury. 

 

WHAT IF I FALL ASLEEP ON THE TABLE?

That's great! One of the side effects of a good massage is a state of complete relaxation. Sleep is one of the few times when the conscious mind turns off and the body is allowed to direct all of its energy toward healing and recuperation. If you fall asleep on the table, your massage will continue just as if you were awake. And when you wake up, both your mind and body will feel refreshed. 

 

WHAT IF I'M EMBARRASSED ABOUT MY BODY? 

Massage therapists are first and foremost professionals. We provide a safe, judgement-free environment, and are sensitive to issues regarding therapeutic touch and body weight, scars, medical conditions, disabilities, amount of hair, skin conditions, and trauma.

Please understand I am not judging you, and only wish to help you reach your wellness goals. You’re safe here. 

 

DO I HAVE TO BE NAKED? 

No. Disrobe to your level of comfort. If you opt to remain fully clothed, please wear garments that are loose and breathable, such as cotton.  For women — especially those who need a focus on shoulders or mid back — removing your bra will provide unimpeded access to the musculature of the shoulders, neck, and back, even if you decide to leave your shirt on. 

During your massage, you will be completely covered by a sheet and blanket. I will only undrape the area I’m going to work on and then cover it again once I am done.

 

DO I NEED TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE?

I encourage you to shower before your treatment. The heat from the water will help the muscles relax before you get on the table, making it easier for me to work out any knots or adhesions. 

Shaving is not necessary.

 

I HAVE A HISTORY OF ABUSE OR TRAUMA. IS MASSAGE RIGHT FOR ME?

Massage can go a long way in helping to release negative emotions trapped in the physical body. As a result, clients with a history of abuse or trauma may experience an emotional release while on the table. This release can manifest in many forms, for example, laughing, crying, increased heart rate, or anxiety. 

If you are under a physician’s care for any psychological or physical trauma, please communicate this with me. I need to be clear on what sort of touch is safe and comfortable for you. Honor your deepest needs. If at any time during your session you need to pause or stop the massage, the massage will pause or end immediately.

 

I HAVE AN ILLNESS OR DISEASE. IS MASSAGE SAFE FOR ME?

While massage is great for everybody, and everyone can benefit from healthy, positive touch, there are instances where performing a specific massage type can cause greater harm than good. For example, deep tissue massage is contraindicated (medically unsafe and not recommended) for clients with leukemia. However, a lighter massage may prove to be safe and effective.  

Before seeking out a massage therapist, speak with your physician to determine if massage is safe for your specific condition. Once you’re medically cleared to have a massage, communicate your health issues with your therapist to ensure the proper massage type is used during your session. 

Massage therapists are not doctors. We do not diagnose, or purport to heal. But we are guided by the same fundamental oath to do no harm. To help us do that, clear communication is key.

 

SHOULD I GET BODYWORK IF I'M SICK WITH COLD, FLU, OR FEVER? WHAT ABOUT SKIN IRRITATIONS?

Bodywork can push toxins through the tissues in order to help the body eliminate them. As a result, having a massage when you’re ill can make you feel worse. In general, if you’re experiencing an infection that is contagious or in the acute phase (first 3-5 days), it’s probably best to reschedule your massage. 

The same is true with skin irritations, such as rash, poison ivy, or sunburn. If pressure applied directly to an area will cause greater harm, reschedule.

 

WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?

A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to cancel and/or reschedule. See the CANCELLATION POLICY for details.

 

WHAT PAYMENT METHOD DO YOU ACCEPT?

Cash, check, credit card and Paypal are all accepted. There is a $35.00 fee for any check returned for insufficient funds.

 

I PURCHASED A PACKAGE. CANE SOMEONE OTHER THAN ME USE THE TREATMENTS?

Massage packages may be utilized by two (2) people living in the same residence receiving the same massage type. There are no refunds on any packages

 

HOW MUCH SPACE WILL I NEED FOR IN HOME MASSAGE?

The more space the better, however an area of roughly 12' x 5' should be enough room for the table and accessories. Also, access to an electrical outlet is necessary.

 

Have a question that is not listed here? Don't hesitate to contact me and ask!