Frequently Asked Questions

Are you the right massage therapist for me? Maybe!  My specialty is targeted, deep tissue massage geared towards overuse injury prevention and/or chronic pain management.  I love trouble-shooting soft tissue imbalances and mystery pain, and I tend to use focused, firm pressure.  I will adjust my pressure as needed to stay within your comfort level, but I don't do "light pressure" or anything that might be confused for a relaxation massage.  Scottsdale has many beautiful, relaxing resorts that can provide a top-notch, relaxing massage (I frequently enjoy their offerings myself); please be aware that what I offer is very different.

Do you sell monthly memberships?  No.  I trust my clients to know their bodies' needs and their scheduling realities better than I can, and I provide the same effort and attention to my clients regardless of how often or infrequently they come.  Therefore, I neither discount nor surcharge for my services.

Are you accepting new clients? Sometimes.  Most of the year I book 3-4 weeks in advance and, in the interest of maintaining availability for current clients, I consider that to be capacity.  However, I do get cancellations and slow periods and I am happy to accept new clients who use the online booking system to help me fill my schedule.

Does massage therapy provide any genuine health benefits?  Yes!  Targeted deep tissue massage can help restore normal tone to muscles locked in a new or chronic imbalance, encourage healthy scar tissue formation, and facilitate healthy circulatory processes.  Therefore, massage is an excellent treatment adjunct for conditions that originate with soft tissue dysfunction, such as IT band syndrome, piriformis syndrome, and thoracic outlet syndrome.  More importantly, massage can help you avoid injury in the first place:  if you engage in any repetitive activity that may involve imperfect posture–from running a marathon to using a mouse–regular massage can prevent the unevenness from turning into a problem by re-balancing muscle tension before it leads to an overuse pathology.

What are the limits of massage?  Muscles rarely develop chronic patterns of tension all by themselves.  Rather, these patterns result from an underlying pathology, such as an injury or a poor postural habit.  Massage can relieve the tension and give your body a chance to relearn a normal balance, but it cannot reverse the underlying injury or correct the posture.  In other words, massage treats the symptoms, but not the cause, of your condition.  Therefore, massage makes an excellent adjunct to physical therapy or posture re-training (e.g., working with a running coach to balance your stride), but it is not in itself a cure.