What type of massage do you practice?
Even though a number of clients come to my practice for relaxation and stress reduction, most seek relief from physical restriction and/or pain. Some might classify my work as medical massage or clinical massage. The techniques I use support the idea that our muscles and bones comprise a sophisticated system of pulleys and levers. I’ve found that analyzing and treating problems using this model can be very effective in addressing issues of pain and diminished range of motion. Typically, sessions may include combinations of myofascial release, neuromuscular work, deep tissue, and various stretching and lengthening techniques. Time is set aside in your treatment session to measure results and provide you with an indication of the level of progress we’ve made. Clients looking for a more relaxation-based approach may opt for classic Swedish massage blended with techniques to assure a totally relaxing experience.
What are your professional credentials?
State of Illinois Licensed Massage Therapist (since 2006)
Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB)
Professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Professional member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Graduate of Soma Instute of Clinical Massage (2006) (www.soma.edu)
Do you work on pregnant clients?
In 2006, I completed a 32 hour certification program through Carole Osborne Sheets, the leading expert in Prenatal Massage.
What can I expect at my first visit?
Your first visit to my office begins with filling out a brief, confidential health survey. We will then discuss your particular needs relating to massage and agree on a treatment plan that is appropriate for you.
Next, you will be given complete privacy to disrobe to your level of comfort and get comfortable on the table, under the sheets. Remember that during the massage treatment, you are in charge of the level of pressure. Please communicate if you are uncomfortable with any part of your treatment because there are usually other modality options available. Also let me know if you feel either too cold or too warm. The table is heated and can be easily adjusted for your comfort. At the end of your session, I will take time to review my observations along with any recommendations I might have.
Generally speaking, your first visit will involve more assessment and evaluation than subsequent sessions. This allows me to develop an individual plan to guide the focus of my therapy. By doing this, I can spend more time on the areas that need it without wasting time on areas that don’t require therapeutic attention.
What should I wear during my massage treatment?
Simply stated, Illinois law requires that clients not be exposed any more than what would be legal in a social setting. Let your comfort be your guide. Some individuals prefer to wear loose-fitting clothing, some wear only underwear and others prefer to undress under the sheet. In all cases, clients are covered with a sheet during the entire treatment session. The only area uncovered is that which is being worked on. Rest assured that your comfort is my goal.
Will the massage hurt?
People often describe the pressure that I use as “firm but sensitive.” In all cases, you are in charge of the amount of pressure used. I engage a level of pressure that lets me feel a response in the tissue. You are the ultimate sensor as to what feels right for you, and I can easily adjust the pressure per your request.
Occasionally, after a therapeutic massage, people will report feeling some soreness. They usually describe the sensation as how someone might feel after a good workout. Tenderness can show up 24–48 hours after the massage. It is usually short-lived and clients often report significant improvement in their condition shortly thereafter. Drinking plenty of water after the massage can help reduce post-massage soreness. I will be happy to discuss other methods with you that might be appropriate in your specific case.
How long will it take me to feel relief?
Unfortunately, there is no single answer that applies to everyone. Some people respond right away while others require more time. Many factors can affect how quickly people respond to therapy. Time is set aside in each session to assess and discuss your progress. If I determine that another type of treatment may be more appropriate for you, I will be happy to provide you with a referral.