A: No. You will undress to your level of comfort, and I can make positive changes even if you remain clothed. I have many clients who undress completely (personal areas remain covered by the massage sheets), and some clients who keep their underwear, socks, or even their pants on. It's totally up to you. With less clothing, I have more approaches available to treat the muscles, but the main point is for you to be as clothed as you need to be to relax and feel safe.
Q: Should I tip?
A: My prices reflect what I feel is a fair market price for my services. If you would like to offer me a gratuity, I will not decline, but I will also never expect compensation above my set fee.
Q: Do you take insurance?
A: I do not accept health insurance, and I do not bill to car insurance companies. If you would like to receive a receipt so that you can submit your own claims and get reimbursed, I can provide you a receipt.
Q: Will the massage hurt?
A: When working in an area with a chronic condition, there can be discomfort at times. We will communicate clearly so that we are working in a way that will benefit your system and be within the limits of your tolerance for discomfort. You, the client, are always in control of your massage and how deeply I work. In addition, I will do soothing, relaxing work in between treating the trouble spots, so that your nervous system can remain calm.
Q: What kind of massage lotion/oil do you use?
A: My go-to full body massage oil is Nutri-Naturals massage oil by Biotone. It is made primarily of avocado oil with vitamin-fortified oils including jojoba. For a complete list of ingredients, click here. I also use 100% shea butter at times, particularly on rough, dry, or cracked feet. Additionally, I offer the use of Cannabis Basics Love Yourself Massage Oil (yummy lavender & tangerine, or unscented) for an additional $5 per massage. Occasionally I will spot-treat for pain or foot problems with a CHABA/CBD product or Biofreeze gel at no additional cost, at my discretion (and with client's permission). I also have an array of optional essential oils for aromatherapy at no additional cost.
Q: Can I bring my own cannabis-infused oil for you to use on me?
A: If the product is CHABA-- that is, if the manufacturer guarantees the product to have less than 0.3% THC in it-- then, yes. Otherwise, no-- using an oil that is not guaranteed by the manufacturer to be CHABA is a Class C felony.
Q: How long will the massage be?
A: I like to give people the full length of the scheduled time on the table. This means that if you book a 60 minute massage, I want to be working hands-on with you for 60 minutes. Please allow an extra 30 minutes after your appointment time, so that we have time to talk for 5-10 minutes beforehand about your needs and expectations, a full 60 (or 90) minutes on the table, and another 5-10 minutes afterwards to talk about stretches, posture, and other techniques you can consider for self-care between massages.