FAQs 2018-01-24T14:19:29+00:00


What kind of oils do you use?

I use Young Living Essential and Therapeutic grade oils that have passed European Standards, such as the ICO , EC, and AFNOR. The FDA currently does not have standards for essential oils, making the industry of finding quality oils difficult. I also will use a variety of BIOTONE oils for the rest of the body massage. This oil is either a hypo- allergenic oil or a herbal blend of oil and lotion to give hydration to the skin. If you are allergic to anything, please state that when making your appointment.

What kind of massage techniques do you do?

I am always on the look out for new and old types of massage therapy. I can do individual types solo or a combination of techniques to fully get the body relaxed and healed. I am knowledgeable in:

  • Swedish
  • Shiatsu
  • Polarity
  • Reiki
  • Deep Tissue
  • Therapeutic
  • Thai
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Raindrop Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Maternity
  • Chair Massage
  • Associated Music Massage
  • Hot Stone
  • Shirodhara

I also can do certain body treatments, like sugar scrubs and mud wraps. am also a licensed nail technician (LNT), able to do many nail services like pedicures, manicures, artificial nails, wraps and designs.

What is Swedish massage?

One of the most popular and well-known techniques, Swedish massage incorporates: effleurage (which are long sweeping strokes), petrissage (a kneading technique to influence the circulation), friction (to warm up the layers of muscle or work in a specific problem area), vibration (to break up adhesions in muscle tissues) and percussion in order to stimulate the circulation. This is a very light and relaxing type of massage.

What is Shiatsu?

This Japanese system of palpation and rhythms is used to balance the life-energy flowing through specific pathways of the body. Similar to Acupressure, Shiatsu is used to prevent and relieve chronic and acute conditions on both a physical and emotional level. However, acupressure uses just the points on invisible lines on the body, called meridians. Shiatsu uses the flow along those meridians.

What is Polarity?

Polarity, developed by Dr. Randolph Stone, is a blend of Eastern and Western healing sciences used to realign and unite body, mind, spirit and emotions into harmony. Treatment uses dietary principals, posture, stretches and energy balancing. Using the magnetic poles of the body, I will attempt to balance energetic flow within the body.

What is Reiki?

Being a gentle hands-on energy healing technique, Reiki treatments can activate and balance the body’s power to heal. This modality can be used as a health maintenance program, healing art and in the prevention of diseases. I am very intuitive when focused to this type of healing.

What is Deep Tissue?

A variety of hands-on techniques are used to restore the connective tissue to its natural state. Another name for connective tissue is fascia – tissue surrounding the muscles. Techniques used can restore flexibility and functionality to the muscles and remove pain. This type of massage is good for athletes and body builders to encourage muscle mass.

What is Therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic Massage can incorporate many modalities where the focus is therapeutic and restoration of muscles to well being. Many Eastern and Western disciplines can be used. This technique requires the practitioner to really know the client.

What is Thai massage?

Based on the theory that invisible lines of force run through the body, Thai Massage seeks to release blockages and allow the flow of energy throughout the body. Practitioners incorporate the use of hands, feet, arms and legs to stretch, balance and energize the clients`body. The client can remain clothed.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the inhalation and bodily application of essential oils from aromatic plants to relax, balance, rejuvenate, restore or enhance body, mind and spirit. Pure essential oils are extracted from many parts of the plant including the flower, leaf, resin, bark, root, twig, seed, berry, rind and rhizome.

A basic principle of Aromatherapy is to strengthen the self-healing processes by indirect stimulation of the immune system. The depth of use of essential oils is quite wide, ranging from deep and penetrating therapeutic uses to the extreme subtlety of a unique fragrance.

Aromatherapy is considered by some to be an ancient yet timely and modern approach to total well being that is in tune with nature. I am armed with technical and emotional understanding of the oils (single and blends) that I use.

The results of Aromatherapy are very individual. While there is general agreement about the actions of certain oils, Aromatherapy texts may vary in their descriptions of the properties and characteristics of an essential oil. In addition, no two people are affected by the same essential oil in exactly the same way. Even the same person can be affected differently by the same oil depending on surroundings, time of day or mood.

What is Reflexology?

Based on the science that there are pressure maps represented on the feet, hands and outer ears. Practitioner will apply gentle pressure to various points on the hands, feet and outer ears that correspond to areas of the body in order to restore health and rejuvenate the entire body. Usually I only massage the hands and feet, but one can be done without the other. Client can remain clothed for this type of massage.

What is the Raindrop Therapy?

Raindrop therapy is a complicated assortment of 9 essential oils and 2 blends. Used primarily on the feet and back to give balance to the body, techniques like Vita Flex (a different type of reflexology), feathering, and vibration sawing these oils not only relax the mind and body, they match the frequency of the spine. Raindrop uses Lakota principles which are derived from nature. This treatment is better to give in the earlier part of the day and must let the oils absorb at least 20 minutes before rinsing off.

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the application of massage and bodywork techniques that incorporates the use of water, which includes but is not limited to ice therapy, water massage, Vichy showers or a Hydro tub. I have a tub that I use for this type of technique. In this very relaxing session, I include herbs and aromatherapy.

What is Maternity (or Pregnancy) massage?

Massage is provided during pregnancy to address both the physical and emotional needs of the mother. This could also include massage during labor and postpartum. One must be certified to give a woman who is pregnant a massage. Always talk to your physician before receiving massage while pregnant. There are studies showing that massage during the first trimester are risky, while others say it fine to do so. I’d rather be safer than sorry, especially when it comes to the safety of your child. If you are in your first trimester and want massage, I require a written doctor’s note for approval. If you are pregnant, this is the only type of massage I recommend. A body pillow is used for a side-laying position to receive massage on the back.

What is Chair Massage?

Usually chair massage is provided in a business or corporate setting. Also used for introducing clients to massage and bodywork. Clients remained fully clothed and sit in a chair while I massage all the stress away from their back and shoulders.

What is Associated Music Massage?

This massage incorporates the beat from any type of music genre (of your choice) and replicates that rhythm from the techniques of other therapies onto the body. We are all beings of frequency and vibration. Our frequencies can change from minute to minute activities, so the only true frequency that the practitioner and client can hear and relate to at the same time is from the music. So, a massage with a fast beat will create quicker techniques. (And vice-versa) This type of massage is something I might not have created, and certainly other therapists might do, but I have not found any other information regarding it.

What is Hot Stone?

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. The heat helps tight muscles release. The stones are heated in 120 and 150 degree water.  Using traditional strokes of Swedish and Deep Tissue, the stones are massaged into the body. The heated stones might be left on specific points along your spine, or in the palms of your hand, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.

What is Shirodhara?

Shirodhara is an ancient Indian type of healing.  After a nice foot and head relaxing ritual, the client receives a typical massage starting face down. Once the massage ends, a warm flow of sesame oil is dripped onto the third eye.

When should I get a massage?

Any time is a good time to get a massage. Waiting until you’re really stressed or injured often has little increase in the body’s equilibrium. Massage works wonders as preventive care for a person’s body and mind. A regular massage is a wonderful way to cope with stress, both physical and emotional, and to keep it from causing discomfort or harm to your body.

When should I not get a massage?

There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage:

  • Fever
  • Any type of infectious disease
  • Systemic infections
  • Severe cold
  • Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
  • Liver and kidney diseases
  • Blood clot
  • Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia
  • High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Open skin lesions or sores (may work around them if localized)

The guidelines here are pretty straightforward. You don’t want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse, and you don’t want to pass anything contagious to me. If you’re unsure about whether a minor condition should prohibit you from getting a massage, call me before your appointment. If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor before proceeding on a course of massage therapy. For some illnesses, other bodywork modalities may work well.

At your initial visit, you will be asked to fill out a one-page client intake form. Not only does it provide me with your name, address, and phone number, it  also has a place to list any underlying medical conditions. I should be aware of any of ailments. Even if you have an allergy to a certain food, you should list this. You are expected to tell me of any new medical or physical conditions for any subsequent visits.

Does the gender of the massage therapist make a difference?

The short answer is no. There is a perception that male therapists can give a deeper massage, and in many cases this is true. I’ve had massages from petite women, however, that have been deeper than massages I’ve received from some men. In general, nothing about a therapist’s gender will give you a clue about the style or quality of the massage they give.

In reality, many people are nervous about receiving a massage from one gender or the other. Some people are more comfortable receiving a massage from a person of the same gender, some from a person of the opposite gender. While no professional wants their services refused based upon their gender, they also realize that if you’re too nervous about who is giving you the massage, then you won’t be able to relax and enjoy it.

The constant linking of touch or massage with sex, is a thought that hangs in the back of many people’s minds. Rest assured my massages are professional and are intuitive to your body wants.

What if I’m overweight or embarrassed about my body?

I can’t believe someone saying they’d get a massage if they lost weight first or didn’t have that cellulite on the back of their thighs. Don’t let this stop you. You’re denying yourself quite a pleasurable experience.

I have seen many bodies in every imaginable shape and size, from young to old, short to tall, etc. I do not judge your physique or ogle your body. I’m a professional who found massage to be a wonderful gift to give to men and women alike, regardless of age and weight, and are proud of what I can offer to people in need of help or just wanting to luxuriate in the sense of touch.

How much will a massage cost me?

Please refer to my pricing chart for full details.

I offer 20% off for a client’s first referred visit, and a 50% discount to the person who referred me. Incentives for both! I will also consider bartering for my services.

What happens during a typical massage?

When you first arrive at my studio, you’ll be asked to fill out a client intake form. This will give me personal information about you that will guide me to give you the style of massage most appropriate for you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about anything which you’re unsure, or any concerns you might have. If you’re expecting something in particular from the massage, make sure this is told to me. For example, if you’ve been having a lot of tightness in your right shoulder, and you’d like some extra attention given to it, tell me. If you prefer a lighter or deeper massage, make that preference known. I will usually discover your tight and sore areas during the massage, and will prioritize the time spent on these areas, and may do less work on areas that don’t need as much attention. Letting me know ahead of time about these problem areas, lets me prepare to spend some extra time there.
Once you’ve finished with the intake form, I will give you some privacy to get undressed (to your comfort) and get on the massage table. A drape, either a sheet or towel, will be provided. Depending on your intention, I might start the massage lying on your stomach or on your back. If you’re to start on your stomach, there will be a cushioned U-shaped device at one end of the table. This is a face rest, and you should place your face in there. This allows you to be face down, and keep your shoulder and neck muscles relaxed. If you lay your head on the table and turn it to one side, the muscles in your neck and shoulders won’t be in their relaxed state and won’t be able to receive the best benefits of the massage. If you are to start face up, do not rest your head inside this face rest, as it will be uncomfortable and harder for me to massage your neck.

There will also be a pillow under the sheets on the other end of the table. This is used for your ankles and knees. If you’re lying face down, the pillow goes under your ankles, so you’re not hyperextending your feet while lying that way for an extended period of time. If you’re lying on your back, it goes under the knees to prevent any hyperextension of your knee joint.

Once you’re undressed and under the drape, I will knock first and then come back into the room. For the most part, your work is done, and all you have to do is relax and enjoy. I usually tailor each massage to each client. However, there is an order to which I massage. I will first “ground” you by holding your feet, and then go to your head and massage your face, neck, scalp, and shoulders without using any oil. Then I undrape one section of the body that I would work on first, and apply oil to the skin. I will use a variety of strokes, some rubbing, kneading, vibration, percussion, whatever your body is asking me to do.  Stretching, rocking, or pressure point work may all be added. If you hear me breathing loudly, it might be an indication that I think you are not breathing, just follow along. If I stretch or rotate any joint, don’t try to help. Just stay as relaxed and limp as you can and let me move that part of your body for you.

When I finish with one area of the body, I will put the drape back over that part, and undrape the next section to be massaged. At some point, you will be asked to roll over under the drape.  When the massage is over, I will give you several minutes to breathe deeply, meditate or take a short nap. Upon my return, (you should be dressed by now) please tell me how you feel, if you have any concerns, what you did or did not like about the massage (or the environs), settle the bill, and make your next appointment.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

This is a very easy question to answer. Basically, I will work wherever you need me to and not work wherever you don’t. Typically I do not work the breasts, private areas, or throat.  For women I do not usually massage the abdomen unless there is enough time to do so.
If you would prefer these areas to receive some massage, just ask me, and I may agree.  I will respect your wishes.

Can I request a part of my body not be massaged?

A person getting massaged should be relaxed. If anything during the massage causes you to tighten your muscles, than the benefits from the massage won’t be obtained. So if having your buttocks massaged makes you suddenly steel every muscle in your body, then massaging this area is a waste of time. On the other hand, the body is one interconnected organism. Even though you may feel discomfort in one part of your body before a massage, the cause of the problem may rest in a different area of the body. Overcompensation for an ache or nagging injury by limping, walking differently, or carrying yourself other than your normal way will cause muscles throughout the body to suffer. To reap the most benefits from a massage, all areas should be addressed. Skipping an area like the buttocks will ignore all the large and important muscles in that area that connect the torso to the lower limbs.

As a general rule, just try to stay relaxed as much as possible during a massage. If it’s your first massage, and you suddenly find yourself nervous as I move to a new area, just try to make your mind float and enjoy the feeling of having the stress worked out the muscles there. As you see more of me in future visits, your nervousness about these areas will probably go away pretty quickly as you come to trust my strokes and professionalism.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

You should undress to your comfort level. I  will work around the clothes left on the best way I can. You should realize that this may mean that certain areas of the body may not be massaged at all, or may only receive minimal work there. I suggest to my clients that they be completely undressed under the drape, but they should leave on whatever clothes are necessary for them to be relaxed during the massage. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then receiving a massage that way won’t allow you to obtain the optimal benefits from it.

The pieces of clothing left on the most often are either panties or boxer shorts. Certain styles of panties will allow access to most muscles in the buttocks if they are moved slightly. Boxers and panties that come over the bottom of the buttocks usually mean that no work will be done in that area. Some women wear thong panties to a massage. It allows access to all of the major buttock muscles, and also allows them the comfort and modesty they prefer.

Do I have to use a towel or sheet as a drape?

I think the vast majority of therapists will insist on draping, considering it’s an insurance ethic.  A drape should be available when you undress. I allow my clients to receive a massage undraped if they wish. The proper way to do this is to ask before the massage starts. Sometimes I’ll come back into the room after the client has gotten undressed and on the table, and find them on top of the drape instead of underneath it. I check to make sure that they know they can use it if they want.

Can I talk during a massage?

The key to a massage is relaxation and allowing yourself to enjoy the experience. I might discourage you from talking during the massage if your intention was to relax. However, it’s not uncommon for many people to be more relaxed talking. After all, you’re lying undressed on a table with me touching your skin. Talking makes this interaction easier for you to place your trust in me, and therefore make it easier for you to relax. Many clients talk in the initial stages of a massage, and as the massage progresses, they slip farther into a state of total relaxation and become quiet. If your intention was to be energized, talking is sometimes encouraged.

There are times when you should speak up during a massage. If anything makes you uncomfortable, bring it to my attention. If you’re too cold or too hot, the room is too bright and hard on your eyes, or if you prefer the strokes to be deeper or lighter, mention it to me. Feel free to speak up, if something about the massage isn’t working for you.

Will a massage hurt?

That depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light massage that doesn’t probe very deep into muscles shouldn’t hurt. At the same time, the light massage won’t be able to work out any stress that’s deep within those muscles. A muscle that is relaxed will be supple and soft and won’t hurt when rubbed. Muscles that are tight, and in many cases have been chronically tight for a long time, may have that “good hurt” feeling with a deeper massage. Think of that “good hurt” as the feeling you get when you stretch a sore muscle during exercise or a yawn. Muscles can be very sore from overuse or tightness, and that good hurt can become painful. A sharp pain may indicate a muscle that has been injured and has some sort of inflammation. In this case, you don’t want the deep work to continue in this area. A deep massage with tight muscles may leave some residual soreness the next day.

Everybody has different thresholds of pain. The depth of a stroke may not be deep enough for one person’s liking and may cause pain for another. Some people want the massage as deep as possible regardless of the soreness. Others want something much lighter, more sensual and pleasing, to help them relax rather than deeper work that might be sore. So make your preference known to me, and give feedback at any time during a massage that the depth of the strokes is more than you’d like.

What if a massage wasn’t quite what I wanted?

Sure, I have my own style of massage, the strokes I like to use, and the depth I usually like to work. Not every client will “click” with my energy. The key is to find someone who can deliver the type of massage you like best. Remember, if you don’t tell me what you normally like and don’t like, I will not be able to give you what you want.

How often should I receive a massage?

The answer here depends on the reasons for receiving the massage. If a client comes for some injury relief, and to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with their daily lives in some way, weekly sessions may be necessary for a while to build on each session’s improvement in their relief and healing. For those who use massage as preventive care and managing the daily stress in their lives, once a month is about the norm. They may shorten the time between massages during stressful periods. Some come more often just because they enjoy it that much.

For most people, the frequency of the massages they receive is limited by their pocketbook. It’s an unfortunate fact, but once many people realize the benefits it provides them, and the pleasure they receive from it, they find a way to incorporate a regular session into their budget. I hope you can too!

Are you a certified massage therapist?

Currently, certification is not regulated in the state of Pennsylvania.  However, I did take enough hours (585) when I graduated from the Massage Arts & Science of Philadelphia in 1998.  I would probably be “grandfathered” into certification when Pennsylvania becomes a certified state.  I am certified in other types of modalities, like Maternity, Shiatsu, Reiki, Raindrop and Shirodhara.

What does LNT stand for?

Licensed Nail Technician. In the state of Pennsylvania, one must be licensed to perform nail services. I have gone through all necessary education and passed testing on the very first try for both practical and theory examinations in August of 2007.