Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
My office is located at 6542 SE Lake Road, Suite 106, Milwaukie 97222. Off of Hwy 224, between Lowe’s and Bob’s Red Mill in the Lake Road Medical Building. Directions can be found here. Parking is easy and there are no stairs to deal with. My office is in the same building as Mitchell Physical Therapy, Pacific Foot & Ankle, Pacific Pain Management and Eastside Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. It’s a great central location near the I-205/Milwaukie Hwy 224 exit. Neighboring cities are Portland, Sellwood, Oregon City, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Oak Grove and Clackamas, and it’s within reasonable driving distance from West Linn, Lake Oswego and Damascus.
How can I get the most out of my massage?
- My #1 suggestion is to make sure you’re hydrated. Your massage will be more effective and proper hydration has many benefits throughout your body such as joint health, digestion, energy, metabolism, and detoxification.
- A warm bath (with or without epsom salts) or shower to warm up your muscles prior to your massage is especially helpful for people that tend to run tight overall, or are feeling sore.
- I have a breast cushion available for women who like some support when laying face down (just let me know ahead of time).
- Please let me know if you’d like more or less pressure, if you’re too warm or cold, if the face cradle needs to be adjusted, if you’d prefer different music, etc. You won’t hurt my feelings, truly; this is your massage and I want you to have a great experience.
- Last but not least, I hope you can relax & enjoy some quiet time after your massage, letting the full effect soak in.
How can massage therapy benefit me?
Reduces stress & promotes a relaxed state of mind
Helps relieve muscle tension, stiffness and soreness
Reduces spasms and cramping
Relaxes and softens tired, overused muscles
Encourages proper healing of injuries and reduces pain and swelling
Improves flexibility and range of motion
Improves circulation and the condition of the skin
Helps develop body awareness
Promotes deeper and easier breathing
Boosts the immune system
Improves stress-related conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, and digestive issues
Reduces or relieves headaches and migraines
Enhances sleep quality
Improves concentration and focus
Helps lower high blood pressure
Helps athletes prepare for, and recover from strenuous workouts and events
Is it safe for me to get a massage?
Most people can benefit from massage, but it may not be appropriate if you have:
A serious health condition
Fractures or open wounds
Moderate to severe osteoporosis
Deep vein thrombosis
Bleeding disorders or taking blood thinning medications
*Please discuss with your doctor whether or not it is appropriate for you to receive massage*
I’ve never had a massage. What should I expect?
Your comfort is my biggest priority. Let’s walk through a typical session so you know what to expect:
We’ll start by going over your Massage Intake Form, and I’ll ask if there are any areas you’d like me to focus on/areas that are bothering you, and we’ll come up with a plan for your session. I’ll go over instructions on positioning yourself on the table, where to put your things, etc. and I’ll step out of the room so you can change.
You can undress to your comfort level, knowing that you’ll be covered with a sheet & blanket, and only the area I’m working on will be undraped. I’ll knock before I come back in the room to make sure you’re ready.
I typically start my clients face down on the table, beginning with work on the scalp, back of the neck & back, the glutes/hips, and back of the legs. You’ll then turn over, and I’ll massage your face, continuing work on the neck, upper chest/pecs, hands & arms, front of the legs & feet.
After your massage, I’ll step out while you get dressed, go over instructions on self care & hydration, and then we’ll get you checked out and you can schedule your next appointment if you’d like.
NOTE: If at any time something isn’t quite right (if you’d like lighter or deeper pressure, if you’re too warm or too cold, if the face cradle of the table needs to adjusted, if the music is annoying, etc.) please let me know since most of the time it’s an easy fix. I do check in with you, but please feel free to speak up. It’s your massage, and my goal is to make your session a great experience!
Is massage therapy covered by insurance?
It’s definitely worth checking to see if you have benefits for massage therapy. I offer billing for motor vehicle accident insurance with a prescription from a physician (can be an MD, ND or chiropractor) and a valid/open claim. Health insurance billing for massage is not currently available in my office.
What about tipping?
Since this is a common question, I just want to clarify that tipping is not necessary or expected. My goal is to make scheduling & receiving massage as easy as possible for you. If you love what I do, referrals to friends and family members are always appreciated, and I’d love it if you left me a review to help potential clients learn more about my work. I truly appreciate your business!