What kind of massage should I expect?

While I employ many different modalities during sessions, my work can be broadly defined as "deep tissue" massage.  I use slow, specific pressure to engage fascia, the layers of fibrous connective tissue that surround, stabilize, and connect muscles and other tissues in the body.  I will sometimes combine precise pressure with joint movement and stretching in order to increase your body's response to the work.  

Will the massage be painful?

My approach to massage requires engagement of deeper muscles and fascia, but I will only work within your individual comfort level, and the work should feel therapeutic, not painful.  While the work can be very deep, I will only move at a pace that your body can accommodate, and it should never feel like I am fighting your muscles in order to apply pressure.  It is possible that you will feel some mild muscle soreness after the session, but it should be a "good" soreness, like the feeling you might have after a workout.  

How should I dress?

Your session will take place in a private room, where you will have an opportunity to change into your "massage attire."  It is very common for clients to choose not to wear any clothes while receiving massage, but I can easily work through clothing if you prefer to wear underwear or other items during your session.  Either way, your body will be secured under a sheet and blanket during the entire session, and I will only uncover the area I am working on at any given time. 

Can massage exacerbate an injury?

It is possible to "overtreat" an injury by working too deeply in an area that is still in the early stages of healing, or by applying too much bodywork to an area that has not been accustomed to receiving deep pressure or stretches.  However, I am well trained in identifying and assessing injuries during different stages of healing, and I work very carefully to aid, rather than intervene in, your body's natural healing processes.  

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, I am not able to bill insurance at this time.  However, this may change as more insurance companies begin to cover massage as a form of injury treatment and preventative healthcare. 

Other questions?  

Feel free to email me at perennial.bodywork@gmail.com with any questions, concerns, and/or comments.  I look forward to hearing from you!