How long have you been a massage therapist?
What type of massage do you do?
I do Swedish and deep tissue massage. I've studied other modalities that influence my style, but it's most accurate to say that I give a basic massage that feels really good.
Swedish massage includes the long flowing strokes and kneading that most people are familiar with. Deep tissue massage is slower and sinks into the muscles more.
Do you do sensual massage?
I adhere strictly to North Carolina law, as well as to the codes of ethics outlined by the American Massage Therapy Association and the National Certifying Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Can you fix problems? For example, if I threw out my back?
The massage I do is very relaxing, and people often find some relief from pain. However, I'm not certified in structural integration, so I can't claim to fix problems.
If you have a problem that might benefit from a modality like Rolfing, sports massage, physical therapy, chiropractic work, or something else, I can give referrals.
Massage therapists can't diagnose medical conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms, but you don't know what's causing them, I can help you find an appropriate medical practitioner.
What are the benefits of massage?
Here are a few:
- Massage creates a sense of peace and well-being and is associated with reduction of anxiety and depression.
- In studies, massage is frequently shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- Lower cortisol leads to improved immune function.
- Massage increases activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for "rest and digest" functions.
- Parasympathetic activity is associated with improved alertness and cognition.
- Massage can relieve pain caused by a variety of conditions, such as headaches and fibromyalgia.
- Advanced techniques can reduce constrictions in muscles and connective tissue, promoting greater range of motion and improved posture.
You can read about more benefits of massage at the Touch Research Institute.
How often should I get a massage?
I encourage everyone to answer that question for themselves, based on their goals and resources.
Some people believe that getting massages regularly (weekly or monthly) helps them stay healthy. Other people get massages occasionally, when they are in pain, stressed out, or wanting a treat.
Is there any reason someone shouldn't get massage?
Massage is usually safe and therapeutic, but there are some medical situations where massage should be modified or avoided to protect your health. You can call me or email me if you are unsure whether massage is right for you.
We will go through a confidential health history before your first session. Please inform me of any medical conditions you have and keep me up to date if your health status changes.
I'm a famous movie star. Will you gossip about me and sell my picture to the tabloids?
I guarantee your privacy as dictated by the law. Massage therapy is a health profession, so your information is protected under HIPAA, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act.
Where are you located?
There is parking behind the building, back a narrow gravel driveway to the right. Some people prefer to park on the street or in nearby parking lots.
You can enter the building from the front or back, and my office is toward the middle, facing the lobby. If my door is closed, please be seated in the waiting area.
After your massage, it's convenient to stroll around East Campus, browse nearby bookshops and boutiques, or get some food on Ninth Street.
Do you do massages at people's homes or hotels?
No. I only do massages at my office.
What should I expect during the first session?
Before the massage, you will complete a brief health history and consent form. You don't need to arrive early. I will add time to the end of the session so the intake won't reduce the length of your massage.
Some people like to print and fill out the intake form ahead of time. You can download it by clicking this link.
The price of your first massage is 20% off as an introductory discount.
Will I be draped during the massage?
Yes. Draping of breasts and hips is required in North Carolina.
However, the corner of the drape can be tucked down when working on glutes (butt muscles), which most clients prefer, but some people ask me to work through the drape or skip the glutes altogether.
Do I remove my clothes?
Most clients take off all their clothing since they are draped throughout the massage, but some clients leave on underwear, bras, socks, or whatever they need to feel comfortable.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I take cash, checks, and credit cards.
Do you take insurance?
I don't, but some insurance plans will reimburse you directly for massages that you pay for. In many cases, you need to get diagnostic codes from your doctor and an approval code from your insurance company before getting the massage.
Do you offer discounts?
Yes. Choose from the following discounts:
- Introductory Discount: Your first massage is always 20% off.
- 3-Pack: Get a 10% discount when you pay for three massages at a time. Packets can contain any combination of 60- and 90-minute sessions.
- 6-Pack: Get a 20% discount when you pay for six massages at a time.
- Sliding Scale: For people experiencing financial difficulties, I offer a sliding scale on 1-hour massages.
Should I leave a tip?
If it feels good to leave a tip, you can leave a tip. You will receive the same quality of massage no matter how much you pay.
Do you sell gift certificates?
To purchase electronic gift certificates that you can email to people, click the button labeled "Buy Gift Certificates."
I also offer paper gift certificates, which you can buy in person, or you can mail me a check, and I will send them via the USPS.
There is no expiration date on gift certificates.