What can I expect?

Before your session:

If this is your first visit to Eastern Skies, please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out paperwork. A comprehensive intake and health history will be taken. All information you provide will remain confidential and is important to ensure that you receive the best possible work for your individual needs. You will also be asked about your expectations for the session and a treatment plan will be suggested.

If you are here for therapeutic massage, you will undress in private to your comfort level. This means you take off as much or as little clothing as you like. Many people disrobe completely. This allows the therapist easier access to areas such as the low back and gluteal muscles. That being said, an effective massage may also be given through your clothes. The choice is always up to you. Shiatsu massage is applied through clothing. Please wear or bring a pair of loose, comfortable pants and a t-shirt. You may be asked to remove jewelry.

During your session:

During your shiatsu or massage, your areas of concern will be addressed as discussed during your treatment plan. I will check in with you several times during the session to make sure that you are comfortable and I am using the appropriate amount of pressure. Please let me know if you need any changes or adjustments made(pressure, bolstering,
temperature, music). If you have a favorite CD, feel free to bring it in.

If you are receiving therapeutic massage, you will be on the table and draped at all times. Only the areas being worked on will be undraped, and then re-draped before moving on to the next area of the body.

Remember to breathe! It may sound silly, but your body will respond best to bodywork when you are comfortable and breathing with ease.

After your session:

After the session, you will be left in privacy to re-dress. It is important to drink plenty of water after receiving bodywork. To encourage this, a free bottle of water is always available to you after your session. I schedule 30 minutes between appointments to allow me to provide a peaceful, unrushed experience. Feel free to relax in the reception area following your session.

It is not uncommon to be sore for a day or two following a therapeutic massage or shiatsu session. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, please feel free to call me. If the soreness lasts more than a few days, please let me know at the beginning of your next visit so I can adjust the pressure.

How often should I be getting bodywork?

The long term benefits of bodywork tend to be cumulative and are most effective when received consistently. How often you personally receive treatment, is best based on your lifestyle and goals. Ask yourself: “What do I want to get out of receiving bodywork?”

If you are experiencing an acute condition, a number of 30-60 minute visits close together (1-2 times per week) for the first few treatments may be your most effective option. This varies and is dependent on individual situations. The frequency of treatments would be reduced as the problem improves.

If you live a physically active lifestyle, deal with significant levels of stress, and/or have considerable aches, pains, or tension, a weekly or once every other week schedule may be recommended.

For those leading a less active lifestyle, those with minimal stress levels, and people who are most interested in the benefit of relaxation, consider bi-weekly to monthly visits.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Currently, I accept cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please note that there is a $15 fee for returned checks. I am able to bill insurance companies in most cases when there is an open claim for an automobile accident or a personal injury.

What are your policies?

Late/cancellation policy:

Being on time allows you to make the most of your session. If you are late for your appointment, I will do my best to accommodate you, time allowing. If that is not possible, you will still receive treatment at your originally scheduled time, but your appointment will be shortened. For example: If you are 15 minutes late for an hour long appointment, you will receive 45 minutes of hands on work and will be charged for the full hour.

A missed appointment is a loss to us both. To allow other clients the opportunity to schedule if you are unable to make your appointment, there is a 24 hour cancellation policy. If less than 24 hours notice is given, you will be billed and asked to honor partial payment for the missed session.

Illness:

If you are sick and have an upcoming appointment, please call ahead of time and reschedule. Bodywork received at this time may only serve to make you feel worse. Listen to your body!

Emergency/weather policy:

Some things are beyond our control. You will not be billed for appointments missed for these reasons. Please call as soon as possible to let me know you will not be able to make it. I will do my best to reschedule you at your earliest convenience.

Minors:

Any client under the age of 18 must have a signed parent/guardian consent form prior to any treatment. The parent/guardian must be on the premises at all times during the session.

Termination of a session:

I provide only professional, non-sexual therapeutic bodywork services. Inappropriate language and actions will result in the immediate termination of your session with the scheduled payment due in full. Future appointments will not be granted.

How do I give the gift of bodywork?

Shiatsu and massage make excellent gifts any time of the year. Look for specials offered around holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas. Gift certificates are available for purchase in person, by mail, or anytime online.

It is easy to quickly and securely purchase a customized instant gift certificate which you can print out or email to someone special. Please note that discounts do not apply to gift certificates purchased online.