Frequently asked questions
How long is an appointment?
Appointments are approximately one hour long, to an hour and fifteen minutes long. Please plan accordingly, especially for parking.
How much does it cost?
Bodywork hourly rate is $150, full payment due at time of service. Sessions that run over one hour may have additional cost.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash and credit cards. FSA and HSA cards are accepted too.
What are your current hours?
Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM.
Where are you located?
What techniques do you use?
These days I am using techniques related to releasing fascia, with focus on correcting the body as a system in gravity as well as problematic issues. This process is known as Structural Integration.
Where have you studied?
My original massage training was at Seattle Massage School (1998-1999), before it became Ashmead College, which is now Everest Institute.
How long have you been in practice?
Professionally since 1999, but I have been doing hands-on work since 1986.
What do I need to bring with me?
Money for payment, medical history (if extensive), and clothing as appropriate (see next question).
Do I have to get nude/naked for the massage?
No. The goal is to have visual access to assess the tissue and provide the manual work, while keeping you comfortable. This kind of work is not only done with you laying on the table, but also sitting up, standing, and sometimes moving around. Traditional draping with sheets makes some of that very difficult.
You do a visual assessment... what does that entail?
Each session does begin with a quick visual assessment which helps me determine what tissues are short, restricted, or holding. I am looking at how your muscles and tissue orients itself on your skeleton as well as the relationships of the bones and larger segments of the body.
Do you provide relaxation massage?
No, I focus only on structural integration and treatment work. My feeling is that I can be a jack-of-trades and do many things decent, or I can focus on one thing and do it excellent. So I choose to focus and be as good as I can be at treating soft tissue imbalances in the body.
I know you only do treatment work, but will it be relaxing at all?
That depends on many factors. Many of my clients find the work relaxing, and some even fall asleep. Others say that it feels good, but would not describe it as relaxing. I believe it depends on what is being worked, the current state of the tissue, and how body aware you are. The body often recognizes this kind of work as being good for it even if it doesn't understand why.
What is the difference between massage and structural integration?
Structural Integration is focused on improving and aligning the whole system (i.e. the whole body) in gravity. It is not directly focused on symptoms or relaxation. As the system improves, symptoms reduce. Think of aiming a fire extinguisher at a fire. In this instance (using structural integration), the fire extinguisher is not being aimed at the flames (i.e. the symptoms), but rather is aimed at the base of the fire (i.e. the source of the issue). When the source is addressed, the symptoms reduce or disappear entirely.
Can I download the intake form and fill it out before I come?
What benefits would an athlete get?
Stretching out and lengthening your short/contracted muscles and connective tissue.
Correcting muscle imbalances.
Increasing the flow of nutrients to your muscles.
Increasing the flow of waste products from your muscles.
Increasing the rate at which you recover from injury, as well as decreasing your chances of injury.
Aligning your body to optimally oppose gravity, and move with ease.
Decreasing recovery time between workouts.
Reducing physical restrictions that hold you back from your goals, or cause you to plateau.
What is your response to COVID-19?
Per Washington state guidelines, masks are required at healthcare providers. I will continue to practice with increased PPE protocols, including wearing a mask through our appointment.