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      •  Welcome Letter

      •  Client Health Intake  (Cash/Credit/Gift)

      •  Patient Health Intake  (Insurance Benefit or Claims)

      •  Insurance Benefit Check  (Courtesy Service)

      •  Office Policy  (Provider/Client Agreement)

You may also review a collection of common questions about massage and bodywork.  Please feel free to submit any questions, not answered below, for inclusion on this site:  info@thewellnesszone.org.

     •  What is massage therapy and bodywork?
     •  How will massage and bodywork benefit me?
     •  How do I find the best practitioner for me and my family?
     •  What will an appointment be like?
     •  What should I do during my session?
     •  How should I dress for a massage/bodywork session?
     •  How will the massage/bodywork feel?
     •  What areas of the body are worked on?
     •  How will I feel after each session?
     •  What should I do after each session?
     •  How often should I receive massage/bodywork?
     •  Can you bill my insurance?
     •  Do I need a referral from a doctor for massage/bodywork?
     •  When is massage/bodywork NOT recommended/appropriate?

What is massage therapy and bodywork? 

Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Its vital role in healthcare was universal. In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine recommended "the massage of skin and flesh." More than two thousand years later, Hippocrates - the father of modern medicine - wrote that "the physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing" (the ancient Greek word for massage). 

Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue - muscles, skin, fascia and/or tendons - by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet. Bodywork is a general term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to promote health and healing. 

Almost a quarter of all American adults have received at least one massage in the past twelve months. And the number continues to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage - for relaxation, rehabilitation and performance. 

How will massage and bodywork benefit me? 

Massage and bodywork benefits almost everyone for various reasons. Touch is a basic human need; not unlike oxygen, nutrition, and sleep. People require touch to truly thrive. Massage provides a safe, therapeutic way to receive some of the positive effects of caring touch. 

Some of the physical and mental benefits you may experience from a wellness program, with massage & bodywork, include: 

Reduced stress, tension, pain and discomfort throughout the body
 Prevention and relief from cramps and muscles spasms
 Increased flexibility/range of motion
 Improved athletic performance
 Better efficiency of movement
 Better blood & lymph circulation
 Strengthened immune system
 Improved posture
 Deeper and easier breathing
 Relief from tension headaches
 Increased capacity for clear thought
 Improved feeling of well-being
 Better connection of mind/body/soul 

How do I find the best practitioner for me and my family? 

One should first look at a provider's credentials. Massage & bodywork providers should be licensed in the state(s) they practice, by each state's respective governing body. Washington State's Department of Health requires Licensed Massage Practitioner's (LMP's) to complete a minimum of 500 certified hours from an approved and accredited massage school/college. LMP's must also pass a National Certification Exam by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). 

The easiest way to ensure that your massage provider is skilled, knowledgeable and ethical is to ask whether they are nationally certified. If so, there should be a certificate from the NCBTMB in their office - or an NCTMB seal of certification on their business materials. 

And, not least of all, you should feel comfortable & secure with your provider, and their place of practice. Ask them any questions or concerns you have about your health, wellness and treatment plan. 

What will an appointment be like? 

Once your completed health forms are reviewed, you will accompany your provider to the treatment room. You will be invited to use the restroom prior to treatment, to help prevent any discomfort or interruption during your session. 

Once in the privacy of the treatment room, I will ask you general health questions and assess any problem areas to determine the best treatment approach. This assessment may include: standing or sitting postural analysis, gently palpating joints & problems areas for alignment & tenderness, and checking areas for restricted, weakened or painful movement. I will then explain the treatment plan to make sure you are comfortable with the type of work to be done. 

You will be given the privacy of the room to dress down to the appropriate level, for your massage/bodywork treatment. You will then get on the table, under a topsheet & blanket, in the position indicated for treatment. You will have time to enjoy a selection of music, breathe deeply and relax before your bodywork session begins. 

What should I do during my session? 

Your activity during each session depends on the treatment objective. You will always be encouraged to breathe deeply and relax. Breath-work techniques will be shared with you as needed. 

During relaxation sessions you remain very passive, as you simply concentrate on breathing deeply and relaxing. You may communicate with me at any time, if it enhances your personal relaxation. It is perfectly acceptable (and common) to fall in & out of sleep during relaxation sessions. 

During sports, clinical treatment and other integrative bodywork sessions, you may be asked to participate in certain techniques that involve joint movement. It is still possible to achieve deep relaxation, during more active sessions, with the right focus and breathing techniques. 

Do not hesitate to ask questions or make comments about how you feel. Your feedback can be very valuable in providing you the best possible treatment. 

How should I dress for a massage/bodywork session? 

Your level of dress will depend on the bodywork style to be performed, your treatment objective, and your personal comfort. The three standard options of dress are:
• fully undressed (under topsheet & blanket)
• dressed down to swimsuit or sportswear
• fully clothed (preferably light, non-restrictive apparel)
Also, please remove all jewelry and make-up if possible. 

It is recommended that you fully undress to enjoy the optimal benefits of relaxation and some integrative bodywork sessions. This allows your provider to access every major joint & soft tissue without limitation to the strokes & techniques used. Professional draping methods are always used to ensure your security and comfort. 

It is necessary that you dress down to a swimsuit or sportswear (eg. sports bra if female) for most sports massage sessions and some other clinical & integrative treatments. This allows your provider to move you around freely on the table, as well as perform stretches and other exercises during the course of your session. 

It is generally preferred to remain fully dressed for chair massage treatments, demonstrations, and during stretching/exercise portions of your session. Chair massage & fully dressed table-massage may be performed in-office or at a place of work/business. (see Corporate Sponsorship) 

Anticipate discussing the appropiate and preferred level of dress with me and please be prepared when you arrive for treatment. 

How will the massage/bodywork feel? 

The feeling of massage will be expressed differently from person to person. Working on healthy soft tissue typically feels very good. You will likely feel waves of tension leaving the body during your session. 

The pressure used will gradually increase from light & gentle to more firm & deep work, with your body-feedback and consent. If I am working on an area of injury or chronic pain, you may experience some initial discomfort that should lessen as I work. 

Your bodywork session should not be painful. In certain problem areas, you will communicate with your provider as needed, as not to cross the pain threshold or aggrevate any symptoms. 

What areas of the body are worked on? 

Most commonly: head, neck, shoulders, back, hip & pelvis (ie. gluteal muscles/buttocks), legs, feet, deep & superficial abdominal muscles, pectoral muscles, and facial muscles. More specific muscles & tissues will be worked on when indicated for treatment. 

If you have reservations about any areas being worked on, don't hesitate to discuss it with your provider. It is important that you feel comfortable and confident knowing your provider understands any personal boundries you may have. 

How will I feel after each session? 

You may feel deeply relaxed and ready to nap or you may feel energized and ready to take on the world. It depends on the individual and the work done during their session that day. 

Deeper work on problem areas may actually feel like you've just had a physical workout. And, not unlike a good workout, you may feel sore for a couple days after your treatment. As you receive massage/bodywork more frequently, those areas of soreness become less intense and fade away over time. 

What should I do after each session? 

Drink up to 12 glasses of pure, quality water in the 12 hours following your session. In comparing bodywork to a physical workout, it is equally important to rehydrate for optimal recovery and performance. This also helps flush out any bio-waste worked out of your muscles & tissues during your session (which may leave you feeling sick if not removed). 

It is also important to follow any custom stretching or exercise routines your provider recommends to you, regularly. 

How often should I receive massage/bodywork? 

Frequency of bodywork is generally an issue of need, commitment, and budget. We work as part of your healthcare team to provide you the best possible results, with a plan that fits your needs. 

It is recommended that anyone that commits to a regular wellness program receive bodywork at least once a month. However, some people find that it works best with their budget to receive bodywork as needed. Whatever your wellness goals, I work with you to deliver the best return on your investment. 

Can you bill my insurance? 

Yes. In most instances where insurance carriers cover massage therapy, I can provide care and bill for services rendered. 

The following cases frequently indicate massage therapy as a viable treatment modality:
 Auto Injury / MVA's / PIP Claims
 Work Injury / Worker's Comp / L&I Claims 

Some insurances require that massage providers be contracted, preferred, or "in network". I am currently a contracted/preferred provider with many local insurance carriers. As a courtesy service, I can check your massage benefits if you're not sure about your coverage. 

Click here to request a Benefits Check

Do I need a referral from a doctor for massage/bodywork? 

Insurance claims, such as those related to auto or work injuries, require a referal from a medical or chiropractic physician for massage therapy. 

Some insurance carrier plans (eg. Kaiser Permanente) require a referal from your primary care physician for massage therapy. Most insurance carriers do not require referals for massage/bodywork services. 

In some cases, depending on any existing health conditions, your bodywork provider may advise you to get permission from your primary care physician, before receiving massage/bodywork. 

When is massage/bodywork NOT recommended/appropriate? 

There are some medical conditions for which massage/bodywork is not appropriate. Prior to your treatment, please tell your bodywork provider about any health conditions you have experienced in the past 5 years. For some conditions, I may need to consult with your primary healthcare provider to assure your safety. 

If you currently have a health condition for which you are unsure if massage/bodywork is appropriate, please consult your primary care physician first.