Frequently Asked Questions
Below are questions that are asked frequently. Please take a browse through them if there is anything you are wondering about, for the answer might be closer than you think. If the answer you seek is not there, please use the methods listed to the right to contact and get them answered.
Can I Receive a Massage While Pregnant?
You absolutely can! Massage is very beneficial while pregnant, having been shown to relieve many of the symptoms associated with pregnancy, or at least make them more tolerable. In addition, it’s wonderful as a mother growing new life to have some me-time to relax, you’re body is doing a lot of hard work and you should honor that!
It is not recommended to receive a massage in the first trimester (there are some LMTs that specialize in this though), so please wait until at least your second trimester to book.
I Have/Had Cancer, is Massage Okay?
Cancer is a tricky one. If you are currently going through treatments for cancer, you will need to consult with your doctor prior to receiving a massage. Questions you need to ask are:
• Can I receive a fluid-moving massage?
• Should my massage therapist wear gloves due to my chemotherapy treatment?
• Are there any other precautions I or my massage therapist should be aware of?
If you are three months or more past your last treatment, then we can move forward with little to no precautions, dependent on how the cancer and treatments affected you.
Massage therapy is wonderful for those who have had cancer, or who are treating cancer (where it’s okay to receive). It can help the body to recover from the treatments, which are often rough on the system, and can make many of the symptoms of treatment more bearable.
Can I Receive a Massage While I have a Cold?
If you have a cold (or similar), kindly reschedule your massage. There is a risk that you could be contagious, and a massage will bring us into close contact with each other.
In addition, a massage will make you feel 100x worse than you already do. One of the benefits of massage is that it gives your lymphatic system (the one responsible for helping deal with disease) a temporary boost, but in doing so when you have a cold means that it intensifies it. It also means that you won’t have to deal with it for as long typically, but you will feel like you were hit by a bus, then it backed over you, and ran over you again.
So in short, no, not from me. Please reschedule.
Do You Take Walk-Ins?
No. Appointment times vary, and on slow days I will stay home to work on behind-the-scenes items for the business (like bookkeeping or advertising). So to avoid you either showing up and not being able to see me due to me being with another client already, or to show up when I’m not in at all, you do need to make an appointment. Luckily, it’s pretty easy, and you can always check Facebook to see if I have same-day availability (though this is rare).
Can I Book a Same-Day Appointment?
Unless I have specifically posted on Facebook about openings, no. All appointments need to be made at least 24 hours in advance so that we have time to make sure all necessary details are taken care of, and to account for potential delays in communication.
This is also true if I have offered you an appointment 24 hours in advance, you will need to respond before 9pm that evening with final confirmation (for which you will receive an email) to lock in the appointment time. Failure to do so means that I may book someone else, or won’t be in the office at that time.
Do You do Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is the practice of really getting down and dirty into a specific muscle. If you wish to target one or two muscles for deeper, therapeutic work, then the answer is yes.
To preserve my body so that I can work many long, wonderful years in massage therapy, I am unable to do a Swedish full-body massage with deep pressure throughout the whole massage.
If you would like deep pressure for the entire massage, I would recommend Shiatsu. Due to the nature of this massage I can safely give you what you can tolerate, up to my full body weight in pressure, at no risk to my career.
Does Massage Contain Energy Work?
Shiatsu massage is an energetic form of massage, and does contain energy work.
As a Reiki master, I am capable of adding energetic work into my standard Swedish massage as well.
If you do not want energy to be used during your Swedish massage, please let me know up front. I am capable of keeping it out of the session. I respect that some belief systems do not recognize the inclusion of energetic work, as well as personal boundaries regarding it.
When Should I Call and Cancel my Massage?
Under very few circumstances do you have to cancel your massage. In most cases, a massage can be modified to work around an area that should not receive that kind of work.
First and foremost, you should call and reschedule if you are ill. This is for both your sake, and the sake of the LMT and other clients. The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to not expose others to it, when possible.
Second, if you have consumed anything that is mind-altering you should reschedule. This includes alcohol, marijuana, and similar drugs; but also prescription medications for pain that you are taking for an acute (not chronic) issue. When you are under the influence of these substances, it can cause the massage to become unsafe because you are unable to adequately communicate with the LMT. It is also NYS law that a massage therapist cannot knowingly work on someone who is under the influence of anything like this, so if you show up in such a state, services will be refused.
Can I Book a Massage via an App?
You sure can! Click here to be brought to my online booking service. This allows you to make your own appointment within my availability, without having to call, text, or use Facebook messenger.
There are limitations with this. First, you must book a minimum of 48 hours in advance, and no more than 30 days. If you want a quicker appointment, you’ll have to contact me. Second, you and I won’t have any communication before the massage, unless of course you contact me outside the app.
What About Inclement Weather?
In the event of inclement weather, be it a snow storm, icy roads, kids ended up with no school, etc.; please do not feel obligated to come to your massage. All I request is that in this instance you give me a minimum of a 90min heads-up that you cannot make it due to the current weather/travel conditions. No massage is worth life or limb, not to mention we cannot predict when the kids are suddenly out of school (this applies for sick kiddos, too). Similarly, if the weather is treacherous for me I will give you at least a 90min heads-up. In all cases of this, we will look to reschedule your massage for when it’s convenient.
How Old do I have to be to Receive Massage?
Anyone of any age can receive a massage, even infants! There are massage therapists that specialize in neo-natal massage, but the youngest client I will see is at the age of 10.
If the person receiving massage is still a minor, parental permission will be required for the massage to happen.
Due to HIPPA and client privacy, parents will not be able to be present during the massage itself, unless the child requests it. There is no waiting room, however the Ballston Spa Public Library is very close where one could wait.
Do I have to Take Off My Clothes?
If you are receiving Shiatsu without adding on cupping, you will be fully clothed through the whole massage. Please do not wear a skirt.
For Swedish, you will need to undress to your level of comfort. For some people this means no holds barred, and for others they want underwear left on, and some yet don’t want to take anything off. Whatever your level of comfort is, is fine. Just realize the more you remove, the more the massage therapist can access.
At no time will you be indecently exposed. You will undress in private while I leave to wash my hands, and I will not re-enter the area until you are on the table under the covers (or mat, if you have chosen Shiatsu with cupping).
For the actual massage, each body part that is being worked on (back, arms, or legs) will be carefully draped so that only the area that’s being worked on is exposed at a time. This will never include sensitive areas like genitals or for women, breasts.
Can I Receive a Massage after Surgery?
Massage can be very beneficial when you are post-op, but is not for everyone. Depending on how long it has been since your surgery, the massage therapist will probably need to speak to your doctor and/or surgeon to determine if you can receive fluid moving massage. In many cases, massage is indicated, but has to be modified so as not to disrupt the healing process.
If you are specifically looking to help reduce inflammation (swelling) after surgery, there are massage therapists that specialize in Lymphatic Facilitation. I do not currently specialize in this.
How do I get a Gift Certificate?
Presently, the only way to get a gift certificate to give to someone is to purchase it directly from me. This does not require you to book a massage, but you will want to coordinate with me to know when I will both be in the office, and not with a client.
I am open to discussing working out online payments via Paypal or similar, or check-by-mail, but this will be limited to established clientel for the time being.
My Kid is Home Sick, Now What?
Kids get sick, it happens. When they do, it’s important that they have a family member present to take care of them in many cases. If you find yourself in the position where you have a sick kid at home, and you simply cannot step away, just let me know 90min in advance minimum so we can reschedule your massage. You’ll probably need one more after nursing your child back to health than prior too anyways. Family comes first, always.