Massage Therapy – Services and Rates
I offer a variety of massage and bodywork services, each session customized to meet your specific individual needs and goals. Hot towel treatments and aromatherapy may also be added to your session to complement the modalities used and make it uniquely yours each time!
Therapeutic massage is an integrative massage session incorporating a variety of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, Myofascial Release and reflexology, customized to meet your specific individual needs.
60 minutes: $90; 90 minutes: $130
Soothing and gentle therapeutic massage techniques tailored to the unique and changing needs of the client currently in treatment for cancer, or with a history of cancer treatment. Home or hospital visits may be arranged – please call me to request.
60 minutes: $50-90
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle, rhythmical technique to stimulate the movement of lymphatic fluids in order to assist the body in cleansing. MLD effectively reduces traumatic and post-surgical edema, and can provide symptomatic relief of migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), and stress, fatigue, and is also appropriate for maintenance of lymphedema. It also induces general relaxation and detoxification. MLD is based on the techniques developed by husband and wife, Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D., MT and Estrid Vodder, ND, in the 1930’s.
60 minutes: $95
Your reflexology session begins with a soothing and therapeutic hot mineral soak in a hand-hammered copper foot bath, with the option to add aromatherapy as well. During the session, gentle pressure is applied to specific reflex points in the feet, thus stimulating the more than 7,200 nerve endings there. Reflexology is intended to reduce generalized stress and help the body achieve a state of deep relaxation and harmony. Other benefits include improved circulation, immune function, skin tone, and concentration and memory. Studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer. One additional note – there is no need to undress for a reflexology session, just make sure your pants can be rolled up easily!
45 minutes: $65; extend the time for your session (also includes addition of working the hands) for $20 more
Hot Stone Massage
Heated, smooth stones are placed on or under certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The therapist may also apply gentle, gliding strokes with the stones in her hands. The warmth is comforting, and leads to deep relaxation. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage. It is especially recommended for those suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis or other chronic pain. The penetrating effects of the heated stones allow the massage to be delivered without excessive pressure.
90 minutes: $150
Note: Hot stone massage is not suited for those with fever, diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and certain cardiovascular issues, or those who are pregnant (warm stones may be used in place of hot stones, if you are pregnant). If you are in doubt, check with your physician prior to scheduling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question that you don’t see below? Let me know!
Why should I get a massage?
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, a little indulgence now and then in something luxurious feels so good. Massage is something many lump into that category of luxury items, but unlike a lot of things we indulge in, massage is actually good for you. Research* has specifically shown that:
- Massage can reduce sports-related soreness and improve circulation—good to know when you may be exercising more to reduce stress.
- Deep-tissue massage is effective in treating back pain.
- Fibromyalgia patients receiving massage have less pain, depression, anxiety, stiffness, fatigue, and problematic sleep.
- Massage reduces symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Oncology patients show less pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, and depression following massage therapy.
- Stroke patients show less anxiety and lower blood pressure with massage therapy.
- Massage therapy is effective in reducing postsurgical pain.
- Alzheimer’s patients exhibit reduced pacing, irritability, and restlessness after neck and shoulder massage.
Those with existing health conditions can especially benefit from massage. By proactively caring for your health through massage, you may help reduce costly doctor visits and use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Overall, massage therapy:
- Boosts the immune system.
- Reduces anxiety.
- Reduces the flow of stress hormones.
- Improves sleep.
- Improves energy levels and reduces fatigue.
- Improves concentration.
- Increases circulation.
- Improves self-esteem.
- Reduces frequency of headaches.
- Releases endorphins.
*Source: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
What should I expect at my massage session?
Before your appointment, I’ll have a brief intake form for you to fill out. You can fill out the intake form when you arrive at the wellness center, or beforehand at home. (I recommend beforehand.) We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what you your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax?
I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process. Then I’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet and blanket.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear it is entirely up to you. Simply put: bottom undergarment can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the massage.
Depending on the issues we’re planning to address, I may start the massage on your face, neck and shoulders, or maybe on your back. I use a light, unscented massage oil or lotion to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Scented essential oils will never be used without prior permission or request.
During the massage
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc., I’ll do the work! This takes practice.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may however be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury.
I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
I hope you enjoy your massage! Call or email me anytime to schedule your next session.
Do I need to get undressed?
No. Absolutely not.
I’ve found many massage therapists and bodyworkers say, “Undress to your level of comfort.” I think that’s way too vague. And people new to massage have no idea what that means. Heck, I’m not even sure what that means most of the time. Here’s what you need to know about clothing during a session:
First, no matter what, you’ll always be covered (draped) with a sheet and a blanket. You’ll never be left feeling exposed or chilly. When I work on an arm, I fold the sheet back and tuck it under your arm so it’s secure. (No drafts, my friends.) I follow the same protocol for the leg.
When I work on the full back, I fold the drape down at the hips. If you’re wearing underwear I’ll gently tuck the sheet around the waistband, to protect your clothes from massage oil. If you’re wearing a bra, I’ll work around it. If you’re wearing a tank top or shorts or long johns, I’ll work through it. I know plenty of very effective massage techniques that can be administered over clothing. If I feel I can’t effectively treat your issue through the clothing you’ve chosen to wear, I’ll tell you, and we’ll figure out another approach.
Please know that I don’t care, and I’m not judging you. This massage is about you and it’s important that you feel comfortable. For some people that means leaving some clothing on. For others, it means taking it all off. There is no right or wrong, this is your massage.
Enjoy your next massage!
Should I cancel my massage if I’m sick?
Short answer: Yes, please.
Long Answer: Yes, please!
Massage is great. You know this. But it’s not always a great idea.
Whether we are in the midst of cold and flu season or not, it’s important that you know when it may be necessary to cancel your appointment.
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
plagues 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 vacation to the Outer Banks, NC, or a fancy new oil holster. So I’m gonna aim to stay germ-free.
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’ve had nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling punky 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. My cancellation policy requires 24 hours notice, but I can and will be reasonable and make exceptions in cases like this.
If you have additional questions or would like to schedule your massage session, call or email today.