Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I choose the right service?


The primary goal for your session determines the right service: - Relaxation Massage is a traditional table based massage which is clothing optional and uses lotion or oils in gliding strokes primarily for stress relief. Sessions are generally full body. - Therapeutic Massage is a table based massage that is clothing optional using lotions or oils with slow firm strokes and passive stretching primarily for deeper massage techniques. The session can be focused to address specific complaints or problem areas. - Postural Bodywork is a table and/or mat based service that combines advanced massage techniques with postural movement re-education. This service is best for individuals with problematic areas and/or movement/postural dysfuctions. The client will be required to wear active wear and become an active participant in each session with simple movement assessments and re-education.




What makes Postural Bodywork unique?


Postural Bodywork follows three pillars to success:

  1. Utilize soft tissue manipulation techniques including Synergetic™ Structural Integration, St John Neuromuscular Therapy, and other modalities to help decrease pain and hypertonic tissues throughout the whole kinetic chain.
  2. Design and implement an effective individualized postural movement re-education plan in order to improve postural and functional movement dysfunctions. The goal is to reduce the reoccurance of habitual pain patterns through addressing the whole kinetic chain.
  3. Identify and develop strategies to improve negative habits that contribute to postural and movement dysfunctions including work and leisure ergonomics, tech neck, and proper exercise form.




What should I expect the first session?


The most important aspect of Balanced Bodywork is open communication and ensuring that you will receive the service you want. It is okay if you are not sure which kind of session to book. We will talk before each session to determine what type of session best suits your needs that particular day. I understand that needs change depending on the situation. You will never feel unsafe nor have a lack of control during any session. I always welcome questions or concerns you may have before, during or after any session.




What are your mandatory office safety protocols?


The following precautions have been instituted in light of COVID-19 and are subject to change or modification.

  • I request you be fever free for 48 hours prior to the session time.
  • Your temperature will be checked with a no touch thermometer upon arrival to the facility. If you register 100 or greater, I will reschedule our session.
  • If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 30 days, you will be unable to book a session.
  • The waiting room will be closed until further notice. If someone comes with you to the session, they will be required to remain in the vehicle.
  • Before your session begins, you will be provided a new intake form to complete.
  • Masks will be required to enter the facility. I will provide handmade cloth masks if you need one (just let me know).
  • You will be required to wash your hands before and after our session.
  • The treatment room and bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each session.




Can you fix my shoulder/neck/back pain?


By law, Licensed Massage Therapists and Certified Personal Trainers are not allowed to diagnose or prescribe treatment for any medical conditions. I am allowed to make observations on posture imbalance and movement dysfunction and formulate strategies to improve both through soft tissue manipulation and corrective exercise program design. My main goal is to provide therapeutic bodywork and postural movement re-education in order to help you live a life with decreased pain, improved functional movement, and better movement habits.




What can I do if the day or time is not avaliable when I try to book online?


Online booking requires 24-hour advanced notice and is designed to make it easier for you to schedule a session, but I will have the ability to schedule you directly by either text or phone. If your time is not avaliable, please contact me and I will try to accommodate your request or find an acceptable alternative time.




How does online booking work?


In order to book online: 1. Click on the Book Online button. 2. Select Service, Date and Click Search. 3. Select the appointment time and click book. 4. If it's your first time booking online, you will be required to create a user account with Vagaro (my scheduling software). 5. Make sure to include an email address and/or text message receivable phone number. You will receive confirmation messages when I accept the appointment or need to modify. 6. You can also get the VAGARO APP that allows you to book with me directly by searching for Balanced Bodywork.




What is a Posture and Movement Consultation?


A posture and movement consultation is a comprehensive assessment of your kinetic chain: feet and ankles, knees, hips, rib cage, shoulder complex, and head. Though pictures and video, we will analyze how they look stationary and move collectively. Assessments are divided into two main categories:

  1. Static - this consists of looking at the body in all three planes (front, back, and side) while stationary to observe postural dysfunctions.
  2. Dynamic - these consist of a variety of simple movements to determine functional range of motion in different points along the kinetic chain and extremities. Examples include: overhead squat, push or pull assessments, scapular movement and ankle mobility.