Your First Visit

Your First Visit

Take a few moments to download and complete the Client Intake form (available here), and bring it with you to your first appointment. If it’s more convenient to fill out the form in my office, don’t fret. I’ll have plenty of copies available.

During the Session

After you arrive, we’ll spend a few minutes chatting about your Intake form,  your medical history, your current physical condition, your lifestyle and stress level, any pain you may be experiencing, and why you’re seeking treatment. We’ll do relevant orthopedic assessments.  You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have.

Then I’ll step  out of the room, and you can disrobe to your level of comfort and position yourself on the massage table, underneath the top sheet. You will always be draped with the top sheet during your massage session, and an additional blanket is available at your request. I will only uncover the part of the body I am working on, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times. Communication is a key factor in the effectiveness of a massage session. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, or if the massage itself becomes painful, you should let me know at once.

Once we’ve concluded the table portion of the appointment, I’ll step out while you get dressed. Then we’ll take 10 or 15 minutes to discuss the session and review yoga postures and self bodywork exercises that I’d like you to practice between visits. This is a crucial point: As an orthopedic massage therapist, I can manipulate your soft tissues to facilitate conditions that are supportive of healing, and I can equip you with tips to stabilize, maintain, and improve your health. But the results are always going to be more profound and long lasting if you take ownership for your wellness and choose to play an active role in your health.

What’s Next?

The number of sessions you may require can vary widely. If you are using massage for stress relief, you may want to make appointments as often as once a week. For acute injuries or chronic pain, the number of treatments will depend on the nature of your condition. Package discounts are available; email me for details.

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Hurts so good!

For my clients who don't mind a little intensity, I heartily recommend the RAD Roller. I use it to keep my upper back and shoulders tuned up. It also works pretty well on quads and tight forearms.

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