frequently asked questions
how does the sliding scale work ?
i have a "no questions asked" policy regarding the sliding scale fees . you may pay whatever amount feels appropriate to your situation for every appointment . the prices i list on the website are "market value" . i provide a self-screening questionnaire that i encourage you to review when deciding what to pay .
what is the difference between swedish and deep tissue massage ?
contrary to popular belief , deep tissue is NOT synonymous with deep pressure . both swedish and deep tissue massage may be done with heavy or light pressure . swedish massage consists of long and flowing strokes that connect the systems of the body and care for the whole being . deep tissue massage is focused , anatomically specific work that affects cellular change in the muscle tissues . most massages are a combination of the two techniques .
what is craniosacral therapy ?
craniosacral therapy is a touch modality that comes from the Osteopathic tradition of medicine . using light touch and sometimes energetic (off-body) contact , the practitioner feels for patterns of restriction in the body , and directs the body's own resources to releasing those restrictions to create lasting , sustainable change . craniosacral therapy may be used to treat a variety of conditions of body , mind , and spirit . it is often effective for managing conditions that are not helped by Western care .
does massage hurt ?
no ! the therapist will always work within your comfort . some people like to feel that "hurts so good" pain , so it is entirely up to you how much sensation feels right . you should NEVER experience pain or depth that causes you to cringe or withdraw . remember to communicate with the therapist about the contact and pressure . this is your session , and you are in charge of your experience :)
do i have to take off all my clothes ?
no . you may undress completely if that's comfortable for you , or you may leave on undergarments , shorts , undershirts , or everything if that's what's comfortable for you . there are some benefits to being completely undressed , since that provides the therapist with skin-to-skin contact , but the work can always be done over clothes . if you are undressed , your sensitive areas will be covered with careful draping at all times . please let the therapist know if you have particular sensitivities or discomforts .