These are the top 10 frequently asked questions with regards to my massage practice.
1. Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept or bill insurance. Each client will be responsible for full payment of each session at the time of treatment. If a client is seeking reimbursement from their health insurance or other association, I can provide a receipt for the service upon request.
2. How can I make an appointment?
All sessions must be scheduled in advance and are available Monday through Saturday and on most holidays. I am unable to accept walk-in appointments. To schedule an appointment feel free to call (if you leave a message, I’ll return your call as soon as I am able), or schedule online by clicking the appointment button on the right side bar.
3. I’m not sure if massage is right the right approach for me, can we talk first?
Yes! If you need more information to determine if I am the right type of massage therapist for your needs, please feel free to contact me for a complementary consultation. Just call the number on the side bar or click here and scroll down a bit to the contact form.
4. If I am in pain, should call my doctor or see you first?
Please note that I am not specialist in the treatment of pain and injuries. So if you need help for a severe acute or chronic pain problem, you should consult a medical doctor first to rule out the possibility of serious condition, then go to the appropriate healthcare professional for treatment of any orthopedic injuries or severe pain.
5. What type of massage do you practice?
I am primarily a hands-on manual therapist using Classic/Swedish massage, deep tissue massage techniques, trigger point therapy, passive and active joint range of motion, and stretching techniques. During your treatment session I may employ, depending upon the goal, any one of or a combination of these techniques to help you reduce muscular pain and tension, relieve stress, improve joint range of motion, and restore function. This bears repeating… I do not treat pain and injuries. Consider as well, that while massage treatment can be remarkably helpful for many conditions, it is certainly not a panacea.
6. What are you fees?
The fee for your first-time appointment is $115. Your first appointment will take about 90 minutes to complete – 30 minutes or so for the initial intake and 60 minutes for your massage session.
After your first, visit follow-up fees are as follows:
- 60 minutes – $85
- 75 minutes – $105
- 90 minutes – $125
- 2 hours – $165
7. Are massage treatments painful?
Some techniques, like trigger point therapy, can be somewhat uncomfortable but there’s no need to “bite the bullet”. To desensitize the area your therapist will use a moderate pressure which may elicit a mild to moderate state of discomfort – but not mash you into silly puddy. After the area has been treated about 3 – 5 times (in the same session) any sensitivity should be significantly reduced. During the session I will stay in communication with you and encourage you to let me know anytime the pressure is too intense.
8. What should I wear to massage treatment sessions? Do I need to remove my clothing?
If your session is scheduled as a full general massage, I inform all clients to undress only to their level of comfort but suggest leaving your bottom underwear on. If a session is more movement intensive (i.e. stretching) the client will be instructed to wear comfortable clothing such as shorts and a t-shirt, or a sports bra for women. Whether a client is fully or partially disrobed for their treatment, they will be appropriately draped with a table linen. Only the part of the body being treated will be exposed. The breasts and genitals will never be exposed or touched and the buttocks will never be fully exposed. Clients are not required to disrobe for treatments. You can receive a great massage session fully clothed.
9. Do you travel to a clients home or office?
No. Currently, I only work out of my office location in South Miami.
10. Should I eat or fast before receiving massage treatments?
I would suggest that you do not eat a heavy meal just prior to a session. If you do, give yourself plenty of time (at least 3 hours) to digest your food. It can be quite uncomfortable to receive massage or bodywork on a full stomach. If you must eat before your massage try a light snack to hold you over.