How should I book appointments?
Online booking is typically the easiest way to set up an appointment.
If you would rather use the phone text is always the best, 512-701-4936.
Because I am either in session or running around with my daughter Finley I very rarely actually answer my phone. Under most circumstances I will reach out to you via text within 24 hours. If you would like to chat on the phone it might take a little longer.
Do I have to prebook appointments?
Yes. Right now I can not accommodate walk ins.
What does a first time trigger point session look like?
Every first time appointment begins with filling out paperwork. If you booked online this step is already taken care of. It is a standard information form as well as a general liability waiver. After that we will chat about which areas you are in pain, what you think caused the pain, how long your have experienced it, and which movements make it worse. Depending on the pain pattern and the movements tests we can fine tune a treatment plan. Likely we will work on one specific area until we get some change.
Do I have to take all of my clothes off?
No. You will disrobe to your comfort level. While I may not be able to use every technique if you have on clothes there are always alternative approaches for most issues. Some of the relaxing aspects are lost using this approach, but significant improvement in pain is possible even if you remain completely clothed.
Do you do Pec work?
Yes. I have heard from quite a few clients recently that they have had trouble finding a therapist willing to work on their pecs. This is ridiculous, very frequently upper back, neck, and shoulder pain is accompanied by overly tight and chronically shortened chest muscles. I always insure conservative draping, and necessarily some aspects of Pec work can only be done through the drape.
Will you work on my glutes please?
Yeppers. If you have low back pain, then more than likely you have some craziness going on in your glutes. This area contains the most powerful muscle group in the whole body and sitting all day can make this area a constant source of pain. I know that if you have never had your glutes worked on the idea of someone touching your rump is uncomfortable, but please understand that all work in this area can be done through the drape. If you suffer from low back pain you owe it to yourself to ask more questions about this area of the body and the options for treatment.
Can I work out after a massage?
The short answer is maybe, and honestly it is up to you. If you came in for pain in your lower back, I would suggest not going to the gym and doing heavy squats or deadlift. There is a chance that you could undo everything you got from the session. The same is true for any localized muscular spasm and an activity that relies heavily on those muscles. If however you came in for more generalized maintenance then you might end up having a better work out than you have had in a long while. There is still always a chance that you might erase the good of the session but in my experience it happens much less often. I personally have gone and done very hard workouts directly after a session, but I think you should think about the possible consequences and decide accordingly.
What forms of payment to accept?
Cash, Check, or Credit/Debit. Honestly cards are the easiest.
How will I feel after a session?
The vast majority of people feel “massage drunk” after a session. A small percentage of people feel sore, queasy, or light headed. I once had a chiropractor describe this as a "healing reaction," and as far as labels go it works well enough. Massage has been shown to cause a short term drop in heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar. If you do end up sore it should not be any worse than post work out soreness and it rarely lasts more than a day or two. Insuring that you take in enough water during the 24 hours following your session should help mitigate this type of thing. If you received a particularly targeted trigger point session I would encourage you to play with Ice/Heat or over the counter pain meds in any combination you know works well for you.
Can I use my FSA? How about Insurance?
As of right now people can use their FSA for massage services. Occasionally it will get kicked back by your managing group. As far as insurance is concerned I do not file, and more often than not you will need to get a prescription for Therapeutic Massage from your PCP/Pain Management. If you are under the care of a pain management clinic and there are specific areas they want you to have worked on feel free to bring me written instructions and we can get down to business. If you need a receipt for services rendered just ask and I can get it sent off to you. You are on your own with regards to interacting with the people in charge of your individual Insurance.