Because I tailor my sessions individually for each client and may use several techniques on one client in one session, it is not possible to attach a rate to each method. I am also willing to work on a sliding scale on a client to client basis and according to whether or not you want/need massage regularly. NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD A MASSAGE IS NOT A REASON TO REMAIN IN PAIN...THIS IS MY LIFE PHILOSOPHY...SOOOOO, Generally my rates are as follows:
60 Minute sessions: $90.00-95.00 (Higher price if more deep tissue is needed)
90 Minute sessions: $120.00-125.00
2 hour sessions: $175.00-180.00
Chair Massage: Events: $90.00/hour, privately at office: same as above
Home Visits: $135.00/90 minutes (currently d/t COVID I'm not doing these)
Prenatal and TouchLife massage therapy should be a 90 minute session because of the nature of the work.
Cancellation policy: When you reserve a time for a massage I require a minimal 24 hour notice for all cancellations. If the appointment is not canceled in this time frame then you will be charged in full for the sceduled session. After all, I am reserving this time for you and I honor and dedicate myself to you during this time, less than 24 hour notice is difficult to fill this time slot with another client. No show, no call and last second cancellations will also always be charged full price. I hope this will be honored and understood. I do my best to make sure you get reminders but this should not be what you depend on to remember your appointment.
Payments: I take all forms of payment be it credit card, check, cash or Venmo.Venmo is a very handy, free app you can download on your phone and it doesn't cost you any money to use it. I also accept your FSA/HSA cards but please check prior to your appt if your provider includes massage. You will get a receipt for the session upon request.
Draping techniques: All clients are required by me and by law to be properly draped at all times. I only expose the area I am working on at that time. Anyone attempting to undrape themselves or requesting anything besides a therapeutic massage will be required to get dressed and leave my office after paying for their full session and requested to please not return. I MAKE NO EXCEPTIONS!
TouchLife Massage Therapy is described in Germany as the best holistic mix of Massage and Psychotherapy. It focuses on the Mind/Body connection and helps the receiver to become more balanced, centered and at home in their bodies. This method consists of a 90 minute session of which between 60-75 minutes is direct hands on and the rest of the time is a pre and post interview session where we discuss first where the area of focus needs to be for that session and how we will approach it. This will contain a postural assessment and an awareness assessment to help ascertain where the root of the stress or pain is. After the hands on session and a short period of self awareness and rest on the table, the receiver will then get dressed and we will continue with a post interview where we discuss the session and how you can take what we've learned together into your daily life as well as discussing when the next session should take place.
Please select the link below to read more about TouchLife and its origins. This is a German webpage which has been translated into English.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session. I'm not a firm believer in the fact that massage needs to be painful to be effective. We will keep an open communication during the massage to work within your level of comfort and to get the best results.
Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation. For those of you that are overdue, we can also work on various activating points if you are hoping to encourage the beginning of labor.
I have my certification with Carole Osborne, a well known educator in the area of pre/peri/post natal massage. This is an intensive week long certification including written exam and hands on test. I am confident in the safety of this type of body work and it's amazing benefits to you and your baby. I use a special positioning system created specifically by Carole Osborne and Oakworks for a perfect comfortable and safe position.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative. In Feb. 2019 I have also added "positional release" techniques to my toolbox, which is a painless way to release trigger points.
Trigger point therapy is integrated into my sessions as needed and tolerated.
Developed by Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. As you probably already know, stretching your muscles not only reduces your chance of injury, but also strengthens your tendons and improves your circulation. This is very helpful before and after any type of strenuous physical activity such as a marathon or bike race. I learned from Ben Benjamin, an instructor well in known in the Boston area (and the world of bodywork) for his expertise with various types of bodywork, especially in AIS.
Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension right in your home or workplace. You receive your massage in a specialized ergonomic chair which I bring to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.Chair massage is also a great thing to offer at your special event. Consider hiring me for your outdoor parties or marketing events or as a special gift for your colleagues at the office.
My very reasonable rates can be discussed depending on the event, length of time required and distance travelled.
Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompress rigid joints. My goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being.
Please note that I am NOT certified in this therapy but have taken continuing ed courses in it with James Waslaski and use many of these techniques in my bodywork.
Energy work is based on the belief that everyone has a "life force", and that the body needs to sustain its balance for optimum health. Anytime you experience emotional or physical illness, it indicates that your life force has simply become unbalanced. I work directly with your energy field to restore balance and flow to your entire system. And once your energy field has been restored to full health, your body will follow.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
I am currently Reiki 2 certified with Reiki Master Susan Coffey of Mansfield Ma.
Hara integrates Massage on the abdominal area and the reflex zones with six healing sounds in this advanced technique on the abdominal area. Hara in Japanese means your center and this healing form of massage combined with the above techniques promotes healing and deep relaxation. I often combine this treatment together with abdominal massage and TouchLife therapy.TM
Massage for the person currently dealing or have dealt with cancer and the many special circumstances that surround a cancer diagnosis. I have had a special training for people with cancer with Tracy Walton at Tracy Walton Associates in Cambridge MA. For many years a cancer diagnosis was often met with being told that massage spreads cancer. This is in fact not only a myth but massage can be helpful in decreasing pain, anxiety and nausea among many other side effects of medications and can increase sleep, relaxation, and a general sense of wellbeing. It is pertinent that only specially trained therapists do massage on people with cancer, both active and in remission, as there are many special considerations for the health of the client, ie. Lymphedema, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), scar tissue, and positioning for pain relief. Because I am a registered nurse this also gives me a special understanding of dealing with illness.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness. I have been trained at the Therapy 1 level of the "Doctor Vodder method of manual lymph drainage". This is the original form of MLD and has a very intensive and extensive training program for its therapists. I currently only do MLD for wellness! I am currently NOT doing MLD for post lipo patients right now as I do not have the available time for this in my current schedule. I apologize for any inconvenience. If you require bandaging and wrapping I do NOT do this at this point. I do however have some wonderful people I can refer you to in the Providence area. Please reach out to me per text and I will share this info with you. Also I have heard that Sturdy Memorial has an OT clinic where they do MLD.