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  • What is your response to COVID-19?
    Masking is voluntary. I will continue to mask and practice with increased PPE protocols.
  • How long is an appointment?
    Appointments range from one hour to two-and-a-half hours long for Structural Integration/Bodywork sessions, and from one hour to an hour-and-a-half long for Craniosacral sessions. Please plan accordingly, especially for parking.
  • How much does it cost?
    Structural Integration/bodywork is $165 per hour. Craniosacral Therapy is $100 per hour. Full payment is due at time of service. Sessions that run over our scheduled time may have additional cost.
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    Cash, most major credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted. FSA and HSA cards are accepted too.
  • What are your current hours?
    Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
  • Where are you located?
    4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300, Seattle WA 98105 My office is in the same building as the AMC 10 movie theater, inside the University Business Center - located on the third floor. If you need instructions to find my office from the street, they are located on the Client Info page.
  • 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. This process is known as Structural Integration. I use these and osteopathic techniques to also address physical body issues to address trauma, injury, pain, tension, even those of mysterious origin. To address the nervous system, I use a process known as Craniosacral therapy. It uses gentle touch at specific locations to create changes which support and bolster the nervous system. My background contains many different techniques (known as modalities in the bodywork field) which have informed my skills over time, and continue to do so. You can view a full list of the classes I have taken in the Education section of the About Mark page.
  • Where have you studied?
    Mark's original massage training was at Seattle Massage School (1998-1999), before it became Ashmead College, which is now Everest Institute. In addition to attaining his massage license, he has also completed certification programs in Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI), Paul St. John's Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), and Craniosacral Therapy (CCST). He is also a Board Certified Structural Integrator. His studies also span other training methodologies, and a full list of the continuing education courses he has taken can be found on the About Mark page. In addition, he continues to research and is constantly striving to broaden his medical knowledge, as well as increasing the efficiency of his techniques.
  • 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. For Craniosacral therapy sessions — You will remain clothed during the full session. Please wear comfortable clothing that is soft and easy to feel through. For Structural Integration/Bodywork — 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. Men and women are worked in underwear. Bras are optional for women.
  • You do a visual assessment... what does that entail?
    For Craniosacral therapy sessions, there is no visual assessment of standing posture. For Structural Integration sessions, we begin each session with a quick visual assessment of standing posture — which helps to 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. For the visual assessment I do need to be able to see the skin, which necessitates the wearing of minimal clothing during the session (see previous question).
  • Do you provide relaxation massage?
    Not as such. I focus on Structural Integration and treatment work, including Craniosacral Therapy. 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 possible at treating soft tissue imbalances in the body. Having said that, many of my clients fall asleep or zone out on the table during their session. If you are instead looking for a more traditional Swedish massage, I will be happy to refer you to a colleague for that work.
  • 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. During your session, you are in control of how deep, how fast, and how much area we work.
  • Can I download the intake form and fill it out before I come?
    Certainly! Click here to download the intake form (PDF).
  • 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. Your body is meant to move, easily and gracefully. Doesn't that sound good to you?
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