Therapeutic Bodywork

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is Thai Massage different from a typical "spa massage"?
  2. How How can I book my first massage?
  3. What should I expect during my visit?
  4. What is Thai massage used for?
  5. How much does Thai Massage cost?
  6. Are there contraindications for Thai Massage?
  7. How should I decide the duration of the session I choose?
  8. How often should I receive Thai Massage?
  9. Do you offer couples massage?
  10. Will I experience any muscle pain or discomfort after Thai Massage?
  11. Do you offer gift certificates?
  12. Do you accept medical insurance?
  13. Additional tips.

How is Thai Massage different from a typical "spa massage":

  • The foundational theory of Thai Massage is about the movement of energy.
  • Thai massage is more rigorous and ENERGIZING than almost all of the more typical forms of massage.
  • Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because your therapist moves you through a series of yoga-like stretches using his hands, knees, legs, and feet.
  • Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without having to do any work.
  • A combination of muscle compressions, joint mobilization techniques, and acupressure are also used during treatment.

How How can I book my first massage?

  • Online booking. You can find available times and book your session 24 hrs. a day
  • Use the booking tab at the top of the page. You will have your appointyment in no time!

What should I expect during my visit?

  • Traditional Thai massage is performed on a padded mat which is either placed directly on the floor or on a raised surface large enough to accommodate a full sized mat.
  • You are asked to bring loose fitting or flexible clothing to the massage.You will be fully dressed during your entire treatment. The best type of clothing is whatever you wear during Yoga or any active workout routine. If you do not have suitable clothing, I can provide this for you.
  • A typical Thai massage is 90 minutes to three hours long. It is not uncommon to get a three hour session in Thailand. The longest session I have ever rendered was 4 hrs. 45 minutes. Although I do offer 60 minute sessions, I recommend 90 minutes and up for therapeutic treatments, in order to have the time to be thorough.

What is Thai massage used for?

  • Restore balance between areas of excess and restraint.
  • Stress Reduction.
  • Increasing the Range of Motion (ROM) throughout the entire body.
  • Improved Circulation.
  • Centering the Mind and Body.
  • Increasing overall flexibility.
  • Speed the recovery after intense workouts or from Jet-Lag.
  • Boost energy.

How much does Thai Massage cost?

  • 60 min. = $135
  • 75 min. = $168
  • 90 min. = $201
  • 120 min. = $267
  • 150 min. =$333
  • 180 min. = $396

Are there contraindications for Thai Massage?

  • Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds.
  • Immediately after surgery.
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor.
  • Predisposition to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.
  • If you have heart disease, please check with your doctor before having any massage.
  • Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are experienced in pregnancy massage.
  • Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

How should I decide the duration of the session I choose?

  • Look at the services menu on the booking tab for descriptions which include new options.
  • I recommend sessions of 90 minutes and up, in order to have the time to complete a thorough treatment.
  • If you have specific areas in the body that you would like to have addressed during the session, 60 minutes will not be an adequate amount of time unless you are quite small.
  • If you are not sure that Thai Massage is for you, book 60 minutes and "try it out". But be advised, the first session is likely to make you aware of areas of tension that you did not realize you had. Since a 60 minute session is already considered to be an abbreviated sequence, consider the 75 minute option. It's also a better value.
  • Book 2 hours if you would like to make sure you get a thorough treatment.
  • If you are a large person, it will take longer to complete the sequence.
  • Consider taking a day and putting it toward your health.

How often should I receive Thai Massage?

  • There is no risk in receiving a Thai massage as often as you wish. For clients new to Thai massage I would recommend scheduling your first massage and then deciding on the interval after you determine how long the affect lasts. The affect of Thai Massage does last longer than other typical massage modalities but the duration is different for every individual.
  • Most of my regulars schedule their massage on a weekly basis, however I do have customers who book biweekly, triweekly and monthly appointments.
  • If you are a person who has an area of the body that needs attention, consider a series of treatments. Health professionals agree that committing to a series of treatments produces a deeper affect in comparison. Discounts available for multi-session purchase.
  • If you want to change something, consider booking appointments closer together until the benefits taper, then spread out your visits as long as you are satisfied.

Do you offer couples massage?

Yes, I do offer couples massage, however, due to added staff requirements, I am able to offer this service with advance booking only. Same-day booking for couples massage is not available. Prices may vary depending on who is available to assist me. For house-calls and Thai Massage in your hotel, you may prefer to have your sessions back-to-back, since I may waive the extra travel fee depending on the session length you choose.

Will I experience any muscle pain or discomfort after Thai Massage?

  • This therapy combines pressure point work with stretches and can be as deep or as light as you wish. Typically, here is no residual muscle pain afterwards, just a feeling of flushing out the by-products from muscle contraction and increased circulation.
  • If your objective is to achieve marked tissue change, there may be need for increased intensity and although it is rare, some clients experience a bit of stiffness first thing the next morning which clears up as soon as they get moving. This is followed by greater ease in movement, increased range and greater strength.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, I do offer gift certificates. If you need the certificate immediately, I'll send the image to your smartphone and you can forward it on to the recipient.

Do you accept medical insurance?

  • No. At the present time I am not set up to accept medical insurance, but it is definitely on my list of features that I plan to add to my practice.
  • Please send a message expressing your interest and I will notify you when this component becomes available.

Additional tips.

  • Do not eat a heavy meal directly before the massage
  • If it's your first time, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the Health History Questionnaire. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to relax before starting the massage.
  • If you arrive late for your session, it may not be possible to receive the entire time that you have booked without extending into the time that another customer has reserved. However, you are still responsible to make payment in full for the time that you have reserved.
  • Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with certain conditions and specific medications should not have Thai Massage.
  • If you feel discomfort at any time or if something does not feel right, let your massage therapist know. Your feedback may make the difference between an ordinary session and and extraordinary one.