Guide to Gifting Massage

Your family called, they would like a massage instead of socks this year

When you’re relaxing on a massage table, it’s easy to see massage as a gift. Whether you’re there to reduce pain, to ease anxiety, to help you recover from the physical and mental stresses work/athletic training/parenting/simply being alive, massage is a moment of freedom in an occasionally crushing world. If you’re thinking of sharing the gift of massage with someone else for a special occasion or “just because,” you are almost certainly doing so from a place of love and generosity.

Obviously, I’m a big fan of giving massage as a gift! But just as with choosing to visit a massage therapist yourself, there are some considerations when offering this kind of gift. Continue reading

Stress, Anxiety, and Massage

Why get a massage? According to a survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, 28% of Americans who get a massage do so for relaxation and stress reduction. That’s a lot of people in the US who feel strongly enough about their own experiences with massage for stress reduction to put their money on it. But aside from individual feelings, what exactly do we know about massage and how it relates to stress and anxiety? And what does the research have to say about that? Continue reading

Feel Good, Do Good 2018!

Massage Therapist hands in the form of a heart
For the past few years, each September I donate $5 for every massage I do to a few local charities, as it’s my birthday month and I like to give back and do something nice for others. This year is no different, but why wait? Let’s start now! Each time you come in from 8/20 through 9/30, you can choose 1 of these 3 local worthy causes to receive the $5 donation:

  • First Coast No More Homeless Pets
  • Mandarin Food Bank
  • St John’s Riverkeeper

This applies to ANY session I offer (massage, Thai massage, or reflexology), and it also applies if you come in with a gift certificate or a prepaid package session, so if you want to schedule in with one of those, feel free. In addition, all sessions from now through 9/30 will be $5 off, so it’s a win-win!

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Cancellation and Late Policies

One of the more challenging parts of running a service business is deciding how to handle last-minute cancellations, missed appointments and late arrivals. My new policies are below. I’m usually happy to be flexible about the policies when illness or emergencies strike. No doubt, if we’re working together, you are someone who is respectful of my time, so this won’t be an issue.

Cancellation Policy

I understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life, but in order to be effective and fair to all clients:

Failure to cancel at least 2 hours before the start of the appointment time will result in charge for 50% of the scheduled appointment price.

Ideally, you’ll give me closer to 24-48 hours notice when possible. I trust your judgement and consideration. Should I need to apply the cancellation policy, I will send you an invoice via email and you must pay prior to your next scheduled appointment.

Late Arrivals

If you arrive late, your session may be shortened. You will be charged the full amount of the scheduled session.

The Effectiveness of Hand Reflexology on Chronic Hand Pain

First page

During my reflexology certification course, I conducted a case study about how hand reflexology might affect an artist’s chronic hand pain. It turned out to be quite helpful! I just found out it was recently shared in the most recent magazine of the International Council of Reflexologists. I’ve shared screenshots of the first and last pages here (the latter is particularly cool, because it gives the results of the study). You can click on the images to actually read them, and if you’d like to read the full study, here’s a link to it in the Academy of Ancient Reflexology’s research archive.

Last page (with results)

Do You Work On Saturdays?

Another in the Frequently Asked Question series…

For some reason, a lot of people assume I don’t work on the weekend. Most Saturdays, though, I am available for sessions between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

Often on Saturdays, I am in a different room (at the same location), because I share space with another LMT a few days a month, and she gets the main room on those occasions. It’s a small room, but it’s cozy, and as long as I have enough notice to have the correct supplies, we can do any session type in there, even Thai Massage.

A few things to remember:

–My sessions are by appointment only, so make sure you get on the schedule! You can always see what’s available on my scheduling page.

–I rarely do same-day scheduling, so again, make that appointment ahead of time.

 

What to Wear (or not) During Your Massage

The most Frequently Asked Question in massage: Do I need to get totally undressed?

Short answer
No. Absolutely not.

Long answer
I think most massage therapists and bodyworkers (including myself) were taught in school to say, “Undress to your level of comfort.” However, I think that’s probably way too vague, and people new to massage have no idea what that means. Here’s what you need to know about clothing during specific sessions I offer: Continue reading