No, it is not. I have many clients who just come to me for one or the other. At some point, I might advise you that both things together would be beneficial for you; however, it is totally your choice.
I will always start each session by checking in with you about your areas of tension, your general stress level, how you’ve been feeling, and your individual massage preferences. The session will be an integration of a variety of modalities meant to specifically address your needs.
There is often a misconception among people that, by definition, Deep Tissue massage must be painful. This is not the case. Yes, there are times that you may feel a strong sensation that is unfamiliar or even uncomfortable, or at times a “hurts-so-good” type of pain; however, it should never be the kind of pain that causes you to flinch, grimace or hold your breath and guard. If done properly, Deep Tissue work can be very pleasant and relaxing. The key is for the practitioner to move slowly and sensitively enough so that the deeper layers of your muscles and connective tissues have time to let go and release tension.
Please arrive five minutes early in order to fill out a brief in-take form detailing your physical health and history. After I look over your form, I will talk with you about your expectations for the session and what your short and long-term goals are. I also will want to look at your posture and how you move, so even if you‘re just receiving massage and not exercising, please bring some comfortable clothes (shorts, yoga pants, leggings, t-shirt etc.) that you can change into if necessary.
Yes, absolutely. I have worked with a number of people through their clothes and many of the modalities I practice can be adapted to someone fully clothed. Just make sure to wear something comfortable for moving (shorts, t-shirt, sweat pants, yoga pants, leggings etc. No blue jeans, please!).
Check with your insurance company to see if your policy covers massage therapy and under what conditions. For instance, you may need a prescription from your doctor for massage therapy in order to get reimbursed. If your policy does cover massage therapy, I can provide you with a properly coded invoice and session notes so you can file for reimbursement. I do not do in-house insurance billing.
Check with the administrator of your FSA to see if they will cover massage therapy. In most cases, massage therapy is an acceptable treatment for Flexible Spending. I can provide you with a properly coded invoice and session notes so you can file for reimbursement.
I have had many positive results working with people with:
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
Rotator Cuff injury
Chronic low back pain
Hip flexor strain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Chronic neck and shoulder pain
And many more
* Please note that I can help you work with almost any pain or injury; however, I do not diagnose conditions. Given the circumstances of your individual situation, I may ask you to consult your doctor first for a diagnosis before coming to see me.