What do you get for a $100 massage?

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A Full Hour

You get my full attention and expertise for a full hour. 60 minutes. Not 50 minutes. For one hour, you are the only one that matters. You’re the reason we are here in the same room. Want total silence? We can do that. Want me to work only upper body and your right foot? Sure, I got you.

60 minutes of no phone, no demands. Just you being cared for for a solid 60 minutes.

The clock doesn’t start till I put my hands on you. ⏰ This isn’t always the case for every massage business. I worked in luxury resorts for years and I can tell you that 50 minutes doesn’t always translate to 50 minutes hands on even if you arrive early in some cases!

In my studio 60, 90 and 120 minute treatments last exactly as long as advertised. (If you’re late, I may have to adjust that time in consideration of the next scheduled client.)

Experience

I’ve had over 15 years of practice and hundreds of hours of continuing education. I’ve worked with thousands of bodies. I’ve taught massage continuing ed to massage therapists. You get the full benefit of all those years of experience in a unique session just for you. I’ve picked up a lot of techniques and tricks over the years so that I can more effectively treat folks. I take more than the required hours of continuing education course every year so I’m always bringing something new into the mix. My investment in my ongoing education directly translates to my sessions.

I’ve got all kinds of neat pillows, blankets and ways of supporting your comfort while you’re on the table. Does it bother you to lay face up or face down on the table? No problem. Some of the best work I do is while lying on your side in a super supported and comfortable position. I got this. I will help you get so cozy that you will relax completely for your session.

So whether you are coming in for stress relief or a chronic pain issue, I’ve got the skills and level of experience to work with you effectively and safely.

High quality massage products

I only use the best products on your skin. I am super picky! You won’t leave my studio feeling gross from a ton of oil. You also won’t break out from synthetic fragrances.

Some therapists choose their products based on price. I have super sensitive skin myself and my hands are in this stuff for hours every week so I choose my products based on safety and quality. Only the best for you and I! 🙌 I mainly use jojoba. It’s not really oil, it’s a wax ester. It’s close in composition to our skin’s natural sebum.

Consistency and Professionalism

I maintain credentials with American Massage Therapist Association and the Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals. Why does this matter? I care about being properly credentialed and educated for the safety and care of my clients.

I’m amazingly consistent. You’re session will always start at the scheduled time and I’m a really clear communicator. I will always ask you what kind of session you need that day.

You want silence and no music? No prob. You want to listen to your favorite podcast? Sure, why not. It wouldn’t be the first time giving a massage while listening to My Favorite Murder or Serial. Want to hear your own music? I’m game. I’ve had folks want to listen to everything from Led Zepplin to Chopin and everything in between. Left to my own devices I typically choose ambient music that you can lose yourself in. (Brian Eno is a favorite of mine) It’s your time. I follow your lead, if you want to chit chat, that’s cool. You want silence? Sure thing.

You are always welcome to speak up any time in the session if you need more or less pressure, more blankets, another heated neck wrap, a change in aromatherapy. Trust me, you won’t offend me by asking. I want this to be perfect for you!

I also maintain a super clean space. I wipe down my entire room in between each client. I air out my space and maintain high standards in cleanliness. My studio is a sanctuary and I aim to keep it a perfect little space of peace and calm.

You’re supporting a small business!

Yep, it’s just me. Not a big massage-in-a-box box place or a fancy-schmancy spa. I’m just a local business owner who is lucky to do the thing she loves for a living.

Keep those 💰in the local economy!

Posted on August 26, 2019 .

Should I cancel my massage when I'm sick?

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Short answer: Yes, please.

Long Answer: Yes, please.

Massage is great. You know this. But it’s not always such a great idea.

As cold and flu season approaches again, it’s important that you know when it may be necessary to cancel your appointment.

Why? 

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving massage is an active task, it is not entirely rest. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. That’s no good.

You’re not going to be cozy on the massage table.  Sure, it sounds like a warm squishy massage table would be great. But the moment you put your already-stuffy head into that face cradle, you’ll realize the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friend here. Even if I do a great face massage to drain your sinuses, you’ll likely feel worse when you get off the table.

You could get me sick. Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, I could pass the cooties along to more clients before I even know it’s happening.

Further, when I get sick, I have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. I work for myself, with no paid sick days to compensate for lost wages. Sure, as a responsible business owner I have a fund for these situations. But I would rather use that fund for a nice trip or a fancy new oil holster. So I’m gonna try to stay germ-free this winter.

So it’s a deal. You’ll cancel so as not to infect me and my massage room, and I’ll do the same for you. We’ll keep each other safe. 🙌

When to cancel

If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling funky from a recent bout of such things.

If you’ve had a fever in the past 24 hours, or fever-related symptoms. This includes chills, aches, and fatigue. Even if you’re keeping the fever down with medicine, you’re still sick. The fever counts.

If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies. And even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on my table would be wasted time and money for you.

If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.

If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.

There is often some gray area here, especially if you are in the recovery phase of a virus or bacterial infection.  If you’re unsure about your situation, please call me before your appointment and we can make a decision together.

Posted on August 26, 2019 .