Business Policies

I follow the American Massage Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, as well as the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

I strive to learn what clients’ wants and needs are and I am committed to listening to them, caring about them, and offering choices every step of the way.

Upon completion of a personal health intake form we discuss what results the client wants from their massage session; review the priority list of the areas of the body that the client prefers to be massaged and the areas that the client has given permission to have massaged; inquire about relevant past surgeries and accidents; and determine whether there are possible contraindications to the massage.  If it is recognized that a client has a health problem that’s outside of my scope of practice or beyond my skills, I do my best to refer the person to someone with the appropriate experience.

Only upon signature of a statement authorizing release of information about care is information shared with other professionals involved in the care, and, if applicable, the insurance company paying the bill.

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During the massage clients are encouraged to give feedback on pressure levels, comfort, and positioning.  A scale of 1 to 5 is sometimes used to help differentiate pain or pressure tolerance levels and, upon agreement as to what number represents what threshold, I then adjust my approach according to what feels most right.  My motto is “Less Pain, More Gain,” as I attempt to be as non-invasive and respectful of individual tissue release levels and myofascial resistance barriers as possible.  A “prescription” for follow-up care, e.g., stretching exercises, massage with massage CV-4 balls and S-bars (acupressure point stimulator tools), and use of hot or cold backs is often recommended during or at the close of the session.

Cancellation Policy:  Please allow at least 24 hours when canceling an appointment.  I reserve the right to charge for 1/2 the treatment fee if the appointment cannot be filled after having been given less than 24 hours notice.  The full fee for the treatment will be charged if no notification is given when missing an appointment.

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