I do not accept or bill insurance. Full payment of each session is expected at the time of treatment. Accepted payment forms include cash, credit/debit cards (Visa, Master Card, Amex, and Discover), and personal checks. If you are paying with cash please have exact change. Returned check fees may be charged according to Florida law. All massage treatments are provided at my office location.
Single Session Office Fees:
- 60 minutes session: $90.00
- 75 minutes session: $112.50
- 90 minutes session: $135.00
Additional treatment time is prorated at $22.50 per 15 minutes.
At your first visit, you will be required to complete important paper work regarding your current and past health history. You can download by clicking the links below…
Once the paper intake is completed, I will verbally review the information with you and we will also discuss your desired outcome for the massage treatment. Feel free to ask questions at any time. If necessary, physical assessments may be performed (to measure joint range of motion, test muscles and movements) which are intended to help design an appropriate massage treatment for your needs. In total, this first appointment takes approximately 90 minutes to complete (with your massage session lasting 60 minutes).
About Massage Services…
Swedish Massage: Swedish Massage, also referred to as the Western or classic style of massage, was devised as a systematic approach of manual manipulations applied to the soft tissues of the body (e.g. skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) for the purposes of relaxation, rehabilitation, or health maintenance. A typical Swedish Massage treatment takes one hour but can go longer when necessary. An oil, lotion, or cream may be used to allow your muscles to be manipulated without causing friction to the skin. The client lies on the massage table and is draped with a sheet to provide warmth, privacy, and to maintain professional standards. Passive or active joints movements and stretching may also be incorporated into the treatment. A Swedish Massage is typically applied as a full body treatment but can also be modified for a focused regional treatment (e.g. neck and shoulders, or back, etc). During the massage, each stroke builds upon the effects of the previous stroke to help increase circulation, alleviate muscular pain and discomfort, reduce muscle spasm, and to help relieve stress. The intensity of a manipulation can vary from light to vigorous and can be adjusted to each clients’ individual preference.
Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue or deep muscle therapy is an umbrella term for any massage and bodywork system which attempts to affect deeper layers of muscles, connective tissue, and fascia usually for the purpose of pain relief or to help create structural balance in the body. Deep tissue techniques begin with lighter pressure and gradually build up to deeper strokes as the client adapts to the pressure level. The strokes are slow and deliberate which helps to facilitate tolerance to the deep work which can produce a certain level of discomfort to the client. Other techniques use a combination of firm yet comfortable pressure along with active movement from the client to affect release of deeper myofascial tissues. Deep tissue massage is contraindicated on injuries, bruises, vascular weaknesses such as varicose veins, for pregnant or nursing mothers. Be sure to give your massage therapist a thorough health history before electing for and receiving deep massage work.
Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger point therapy is a method for treating muscle pain caused by trigger points. A trigger point is a hypersensitive spot in muscle tissue which can feel like and is sometimes referred to as a “knot”. The “knot” is essentially a contracted cluster of some muscle fibers and within that cluster lies a palpable nodule which is the trigger point. A trigger point can be the source of acute muscle pain and tends to feel like a dull and aching pain. This pain can be reproduced when you or your massage therapist presses directly on the trigger point with a moderate pressure (which normally wouldn’t hurt). Trigger points have the ability to refer pain or other sensations to another area of the body in predictable patterns though pain referral is not unique to trigger points. In addition to pain, trigger points can also cause muscle weakness (like a dead and heavy feeling) and refer sensations like tingling, numbness, even itching (weird huh), and prevent full range of motion at a joint it affects. Deep stroking massage applied directly to the trigger point is a safe and effective treatment. Massage treatment for trigger point pain is very specific and focused. General massage will not do. If you massage just the area where you feel pain, the odds are that it won’t work. The muscle harboring the trigger point must be correctly identified. Then the trigger point must be located within that muscle. Once the trigger point has been deactivated, the treated muscle is then gently stretched to help restore it’s normal length. Your massage therapist will also discuss perpetuating factors which can aggravate and prolong trigger point pain along with self-help measures.
Active Isolated Stretching: Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a stretching system developed by Aaron L. Mattes which is based on controlling the body’s stretch reflexes. Following established physiological and neurological principles, AIS allows muscles to be safely stretched, pain and joint stiffness eliminated, leading to a body with more movement potential and less structural stress. Active Isolated Stretching is beneficial for athletes, desk bound workers, or anyone with stiff joints and tight muscles. The exercises are simple to learn and very practical to implement into a daily routine. It can serve as part of your daily exercise routine and can be safely incorporated into a rehabilitative protocol. Why should we stretch our muscles? Flexibility is a key factor for human movement and performance potential. Movement is much more efficient and enjoyable when our bodies are flexible and can perform our daily activities without restriction. Flexibility is not a general whole-body factor. It is specific to each joint. The work or exercise we perform every day may require repeated use of the same muscles and joints within a limited range of motion. These repetitive actions can lead to muscular imbalances causing reduced joint flexibility and postural changes. Over time, muscles become tight, joints become stiff, and joint degeneration and muscle pain may develop. A regular program of specific muscle stretching may prevent such degenerative changes.