Massage therapy does not constitute medical treatment and is not a substitute for a medical examination or diagnosis.

If you are dealing with a serious physical or mental health condition check with your primary care physician and/or your mental health care provider before seeking massage therapy and make sure you inform me of any health conditions that may be adversely affected by massage therapy.

Massage therapy appears to have few serious risks if performed by a competent therapist. The number of serious massage-related injuries reported is very small. Side effects may include temporary pain, discomfort, bruising or swelling. If symptoms persist after more than 4 days, please inform me and consult with your primary care physician.

Hypoallergenic massage oils, gels, cremes and lotions are standard in the industry, but consumers with allergies to nuts, seeds or other ingredients should always ask massage providers for the list of ingredients in the products they use, and bring their own oil if the provider doesn’t have what the client needs.

The following cautions and contraindications is not comprehensive. You are responsible for consulting with your primary care provider to see if massage is appropriate for you.

 

Cautions

  • Vigorous massage should be avoided by people with bleeding disorders, low blood platelet counts and by people taking blood-thinning medications.
  • Massage should not be done on any area where blood clots, fractures, open or healing wounds, skin infections are present, or over weakened bones (such as from  osteoporosis or cancer) or where there has been a recent surgery.
  • Cancer patients should consult their oncologist before receiving massage.
  • Pregnant women should consult their Ob-Gyn before receiving massage therapy.

 

General Contraindications

Do not get massage therapy if you have:

  • systemic contagious or infectious diseases, including the common cold
  • acute conditions requiring first aid or medical attention
  • severe unstable hypertension
  • fever

 

Local Contraindications

Massage therapy is locally contraindicated and should be avoided on areas with:

  • Acute inflammatory flare-up, such as rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • aneurism
  • frostbite
  • contagious or irritable skin conditions
  • open sores or wounds
  • recent surgery
  • recent burn
  • varicosities
  • malignancy

Plan ahead

Make sure you can start your massage on time and have time to recover afterwards.

Please be showered and fragrance-free.

Do not take stimulants or other mind/body-altering substances except necessary prescriptions. You must be sober and in touch with your body for safe and effective massage.

To avoid gas, bloating or the need to use the restroom disrupting your session, do not consume heavy meals or more than 4 oz of liquids before your massage.

 

Time

An “hour” of bodywork means 60 minutes of hands-on time, not 50 minutes of hands-on time with 10 minutes of discussion and re-dressing like at massage chains.

Each appointment is booked 30 minutes apart to provide ample time for setting up, discussing your needs, reviewing your experience, scheduling your next appointment and packing away.

So a 60 minute appointment is really a 90 minute appointment, and a 90 minute appointment is really a 120 minute appointment, making my $99/hr rate actually only $66/hr.

Considering you’re getting the expertise of a 33 year massage veteran, and I charge no extra travel fees, you’re getting incredible value! 

 

Space

The massage table is padded, with a heating blanket that can be adjusted to your preference placed beneath a fleece cover that is covered by a fresh sheet and a warm blanket on top of that if needed. These accoutrements are necessary since body temperature can fluctuate as the body relaxes and energy blockages release to enhance circulation of blood and energy.

Please indicate what music you like to have during your massage, or if you prefer none at all.

Your home or work must have a minimum open space of 12’ x 8’ to accommodate my massage table and room to work around it.

Turn your cell phone off and ensure anyone you live with (including pets) will not disrupt your session.

 

Communication & Self-Awareness

PLEASE NOTE:

Massage may trigger emotions.

Read the following article for detailed information:

http://candacepert.com/where-do-you-store-your-emotions

 

Massage can alter consciousness.

Massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system which induces light to deep relaxation. In this state, you may enter dream-like states and subconscious content may manifest as sudden emotions, physical sensations and memories that may be experienced distinctly from perceptions of the present environment. This is especially true for those with traumatic pasts who may experience what are known as "flashbacks" where memories, sensations and perceptions related to traumatic events are triggered and may blur with the present environment and events. This can be alarming and even frightful for those who aren't accustomed to this phenomenon. Certain mental conditions such as schizophrenia and anxiety pose similar risk. 

Those who have gone through or are currently going through therapy, have a diagnosed mental condition or suspect they have a mental condition must obtain written, signed clearance for massage from their mental health provider and will be verified prior massage.

Read the following article for more in-depth learning about these and related issues:

www.amtamassage.org/articles/3/MTJ/detail/1817/recovering-body-and-soul-from-post-traumatic-stress-disorder

 

Massage may induce sexual arousal 

Massage stimulates the body's parasympathetic nervous system which, among other things, releases sex hormones. As such, sexual arousal may occur. This is a normal and natural response to professional massage, but if it prevents you from relaxing, you should inform me without reservation. Although awkward for some people due to social conditioning, this is usually diffused simply acknowledging your aroused state. 

If necessary however, we can pause for a few minutes to let you take a drink of water and have you tense and release various muscles with controlled deep breaths. This often diverts and dissipates the increased energy. 

In rare cases where this is not enough, it is best to end the session. If the aroused state lingers after I have left and/or is experienced early in the following appointment, it's advised to address this with professional counseling and not schedule massage until you're provided signed written clearance from the counselor.

 

Massage may create feelings of attachment or expectations

As the aforementioned article explains, the intimate and pleasurable nature of massage may lend to feelings of attachment and/or expectations in the client towards the therapist. This is especially common with those who have abandonment issues and/or have experienced abuse.

While this is simply the cause and effect of basic neurochemistry, the psychological ramification are profound. It's vital to maintain perspective and professional boundaries. If you find yourself having such feelings, you should immediately inform me, discontinue massage services and seek counseling until you feel you can resume massage services without developing attachment.

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In any case, immediately communicate any discomfort during your massage so adjustments can be made to accommodate your comfort and wellbeing, including ending the massage.
 
I'm a seasoned professional with over 2 decades experience. I've seen it all, so there's nothing you can't openly share with me and trust I will compassionately, respectfully and professionally respond to.

While there may be unavoidable discomfort to rehabilitate some conditions, it should always remain within your tolerances -which only you can determine and convey.

 

Style

When Asian techniques such as Tui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage or Jin Shin Acupressure are used exclusively, you can remain dressed in comfortable clothing that allows for free movement. This is highly recommended if this is your first massage experience ever.

Deep Tissue work and Esalen Swedish massage require undressing since these two modalities use hypoallergenic massage gel and gliding strokes over the skin. You will be given privacy to undress and lie on the massage table, under the top sheet. Some clients prefer to completely undress, while others keep their bottom underwear on.

During the massage, only the part of your body being worked on will be uncovered, and your cover sheet will be wrapped securely around your body to ensure no unwanted exposure occurs.

 When your session is completed, you will be given privacy to re-dress and come out when you’re ready. 

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