Frequently Asked Questions
what i should i look for in a massage therapist?
A couple things. First of course is training and certification. You don’t need a license to practice massage therapy in California, and in Davis, massage therapists only need 100 hours of schooling to get a business license. Many therapists opt for the voluntary California Massage Therapy Council certification, which requires 500 hours of education, passage of an exam, and a criminal background check. Only therapists who have been approved by CAMTC can call themselves CMTs, or Certified Massage Therapists.
The second consideration is skill and modality. There are many different types of massage, and it’s ideal to find someone whose style matches up with your preferences and needs. Do some research on massage modalities and call potential massage therapists to figure out if their work will be a good fit for you.
The third consideration is chemistry. I believe that finding the right massage therapist means finding someone who you click with. You should feel safe and comfortable around this person, enjoy their level of conversation before and during your session, and just generally look forward to seeing them. Sometimes, even if a massage therapist is really skilled, you just won’t feel comfortable going to them. Listen to that instinct—it’s okay to be picky about who you trust with your body!
Do you accept clients who are not members of the LGBT community, or who don’t struggle with anxiety, depression, or symptoms of trauma?
Absolutely! While I specialize in working with those populations, I welcome any client that is respectful of me and my time. I see athletes, grandparents, students, pregnant folks, stay-at-home parents, professionals, out-of-town visitors, and people of all genders. If you’re the kind of person who thinks to ask this question, you’ll definitely be a good fit!
Am I expected to tip you?
Nope. While I do gratefully accept tips, I don’t expect them for a few reasons:
First, I believe I am providing a healthcare-related service rather than a beauty or spa service. Massage therapy can be an integral part of your self-care regimen considering its many physical and psychological benefits (including decreased muscle tension, reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, increased range of motion, decreased blood pressure, and improved sleep quality). I urge my clients to see massage as a necessity rather than as a luxury. It is an important part of the maintenance we all have to do to take care of our bodies and minds, and I want to do my part in making it as accessible as possible.
Second, I think tipping adds an unnecessary element of stress to a bodywork session. I have been on the table, trying to relax, mentally calculating how much my session will end up costing after the tip, or trying to decide if a tip is even necessary or deserved.
Third, tipping encourages clients to view bodywork as a quick fix, when in reality, it can take up to 72 hours after your session to see improvement. Your body is still processing and integrating the physical results of a massage therapy session, and the psychological results of a Cranial Sacral session, long after you leave the table. Sometimes, there won't be some big, apparent change during or after your session, and that's okay too. Just slowing down and receiving human touch is beneficial in and of itself.
If you are happy with your session, the best way you can show your appreciation is by rebooking, and by referring your friends and family. I would much rather you be able to come in more often than have to worry about paying ten, fifteen, or twenty percent extra every time you come in.
Does that mean I can’t tip you at all?
My tipping policy was born out of a desire to make my services more enjoyable and relaxing to my clients. I recognize, however, that for some people, not tipping is more stressful than tipping. If this is you, I will of course gratefully accept your tip. Tips help me offer sliding scale appointments to clients who would otherwise not have access to the bodywork they need. But the best way to support my business is by booking regular appointments and referring your friends!
How long of a session should I book?
Great question! I offer three massage session lengths and two Cranial Sacral session lengths to accommodate my client’s varying needs and resources.
30-minute massage sessions are ideal for deep, focused work on one or two problem areas. Many of my clients use these appointments for neck and shoulder work.
60-minute massage sessions are ideal for deep, focused work on more than two areas, or a full-body massage with additional focus on up to one area. For example, if you want a full body massage with extra time spent on your shoulders, 60 minutes will be enough time.
90-minute massage sessions are ideal for a super-relaxing full body massage or a full body massage when you have more than one area where you want deep work. For example, if you are having shoulder and hip pain and want a full body massage, we will need a full 90 minutes.
30-minute Cranial Sacral Balancing sessions are a “band-aid” option for clients who are limited in time or financial resources, or who come in more than once a week. While you won’t get the benefits of a full session, you will get a taste of what Cranial Sacral is all about and get relief from acute symptoms.
60-minute Cranial Sacral sessions are standard unwinding sessions that allow us to do full body work as well as work focused on symptomatic areas.
I’m self-conscious about my body. Will you judge my (fill in the blank)?
Nope. Really and truly, I’m focusing on your muscles and soft tissue, not on how your body looks. I make it a habit never to comment on clients’ bodies unless there’s something that might be harmful to them or to me (I’ll ask about a rash, for example, to make sure the client is aware of it, and that it’s not contagious).
i can’t afford your rates, but i also feel guilty about taking advantage of your sliding scale option
My goal is to provide quality bodywork to people who need it the most. I offer sliding scale appointments because I think it’s the right thing to do, but also because, through the support of my other clients, I am able to. I’m in this business to help people, and while I can’t offer discounted services to everyone, I am always happy to talk about how to work with any financial situation. And think about it this way—bodywork helps you be the best version of yourself. Instead of feeling guilty, try to think about all the ways you could pay it forward if you were out of physical and emotional pain.
What can I do after my massage to maximize the benefits of my session?
I have lots of handy tips for what to do after your session, and between sessions, in this blog post.
what is the height and weight capacity of your massage table?
My table is 73 inches long and 30 inches wide, and has a weight capacity of 800 pounds. If for whatever reason you are not comfortable on the table, I also have a massage chair available to use. Please let me know before your appointment if you anticipate needing accommodations.