Scope of Practice
Massage Therapy is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques and adjunct therapies with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.
Massage Therapists do not diagnose or prescribe for medical conditions nor do they provide treatment for a specific medical condition without an attending physician's acknowledgement. When required, I will follow recommendations or course of treatment requested by your physician or care professional.
Cancellations: Please provide no less than 24-hr notice if you intend to cancel. You may cancel/reschedule online. If your change is less than 24-hrs, you must text or email. Cancellations less than 12-hrs in advance will be charged for the session.
No Shows: Clients that fail to show for appointments will be charged for the session. Abuse of cancellation policy and/or repetitive no shows may be asked to pre-pay for future services.
Gift Certificates: Gift certificates/prepayments are good for six months from the date of purchase.
Pre-booking Appointments: Scheduling ahead is a great way to ensure that your bodywork is set for the dates and times that best fit your schedule.
Forms of Payment: Cash and major credit/debit cards. NO checks.
Eating and Drinking: Try NOT to eat at least 1 hour before your session, and avoid the consumption of alcohol on the day of your session. Drinking plenty of water before and after will help your body remove toxins flushed into the bloodstream.
Cell Phones: Please have cell phones and tablets turned off or away from the massage area.
Informed Consent: Prior to each session, we will discuss your goals and establish a treatment plan. This will include physical or medical conditions and focus area. Any concerns, questions about the plan, or clarification should be made before the session begins. Of course, you are welcomed to ask questions or request a change to the focus during the session.
Confidentiality: The discussion between massage therapist and client is confidential. Clients will need to provide a Release of Information Form if you would like information about your sessions to be discussed with any individuals, including immediate family.
Modesty Issues and Boundaries: I am well trained in the "art of draping" which means that I will keep you comfortable and covered at all times except for the area of the body being worked on. Before the treatment begins, I will leave the treatment room while you get under the sheet for massage. At the conclusion of the treatment, I will leave the room for you to change. Most clients fully disrobe for treatment. You may leave on as much clothing as needed for comfort, refuse any massage methods, or stop the massage at any time. This is your session!
The breast and genital area will not be massaged under any circumstances. Permission will be asked before working close to these areas; otherwise, a professional distance will be maintained. Low back, hip and gluteal areas will be worked. This is done through the draping or clothing.
Occasionally, an emotional response occurs. If this happens, it is ok to express your feelings in this safe, nonjudgmental environment - or you may request privacy or end the session. You are in control.
Requests for sexual activity will not be tolerated, will be viewed as solicitation, and reported to the proper authorities. The client will not be rescheduled if this occurs.
On rare occasions, an involuntary sensual response may occur. This is a natural body reaction and will subside on its own in a few moments.
Existing and New Medical Conditions: Clients will be asked about any medical treatment and medication currently being taken. Depending o your condition, you may be asked to provide written acknowledgement by your physician/health care provider, etc., that bodywork may be initiated or continued.
Clients will be asked about any changes in health conditions at each visit.