First, you should know the Scope of Practice for a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist. Massage Therapy is a profession where the therapist applies manual techniques to the body with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client. Massage therapists do not diagnose or prescribe for medical conditions. Certain health issues require the consent of a doctor before being treated. When necessary, a massage therapist may refer you to another professional for diagnosis, such as a physician or chiropractor.
Next comes Informed Consent. On your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a health history form to make sure the best treatment plan is created for you. At the beginning of each session, your goals for that session will be discussed and the treatment plan laid out. The last page of your new client paperwork is a consent form. By signing, you agree that you have disclosed all relevant health information, you have read and understand the policies and procedures of the therapist, and understand the purpose of massage and bodywork therapy. It is the responsibility of the client to let the therapist know of any changes in health and medication. Any client who goes a full year without follow-up will be asked to fill out a new health history form at their next visit. Any sexual advances will result in immediate termination of the session and the proper authorities will be contacted.
With every session, the clients comfort is a top priority. If at any point during the session you need an adjustment made to the depth of pressure, the area being worked, the temperature, or even the volume of the music, you are encouraged to let your therapist know. It is your session! How much clothing you take off is up to you. No matter what, you will be draped and only the area being worked on will be exposed.
Payment is due at the end of each session. While not required, gratuities are always appreciated. Cash, check and cards are all accepted forms of payment. Any returned checks will result in a $25 fee and cash payment for future sessions.
If you are redeeming a gift certificate, you must present the certificate at the beginning of the session.
It is very important you are on time for your session. New clients should arrive 15 minutes early, while existing clients should arrive 5 minutes early. If you are late for your session, your session may be shortened accordingly, but full payment will be expected. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please let your therapist know 24 hours in advance. A no show or failure to notify of a cancelation within the time frame requested, may result in a deposit being required for future sessions and a 50% fee for the missed session.
If you still have questions, check out the FAQ’s below. If you don’t find the answer there, feel free to reach out to me. I want to make sure you have all the information you need when choosing me as your massage and bodywork therapist.