Below are some commonly asked questions, if there is anything else you would like more information on please don't hesitate to contact me
- Are You a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)?
- Why are your prices lower that others I've seen around Vancouver?
- How long should I book a treatment for?
- Where are you located?
- What is your availability?
- Do you do last minute bookings?
- I can't find my preferred time. What should I do?
- What payment options are available?
- What is the tipping procedure?
- What is your massage style?
- Do I have to be completely undressed?
- How many visits will I need?
- Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?
- How long will a massage treatment last?
- How long should I book for a first treatment?
- What can I get in a 30 min treatment?
- What if I have to cancel my appointment last minute?
- I'm sick, should I still come in?
- Do you do outcalls?
- How to I use my extended health benefits?
- I might be late, do I still get my full time?
- Do you do gift cards?
- Is massage therapy safe for pregnancy?
Are You A Registered Massage Therapist(RMT)?
I am a 2018 Graduate from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. I am set up to offer an official RMT receipt for you to bill to your extended health or do direct billing on your behalf.
Why are your prices lower that others I've seen around Vancouver?
The RMTBC suggests every two years the recommended prices for RMT services in BC. The prices you see at other clinics and spas will likely reflect these prices or may be higher or lower depnding on location and services. I am a new RMT so I have kept my rates a bit lower than those around me.
How long should I book a treatment for?
If this is your first time seeing me I would suggest booking for one hour. This gives enough time for a proper assessment, treatment and homecare. Although I have options for 30 min and 45 min treatments these times are best used for those I have seen before.
Where are you located?
I am currently working in downtown Vancouver at Sinclair Wellness Center located at the corner of Howe Street and West Cordova Street. The clinic is located in Sinclair Centre Building (old hertiage building). If you are on the southeast corner of this intersection it is the red brick building that has an entrance for the skytrain.
Check my instagram stories for the "directions" section to see videos on how to get to the centre.
I currently work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm and Friday 9:30am-11:30am, and Saturday/Sunday 9:45am-11:30am
Mon-Thurs I am somewhat flexibile with time and can come in earlier or stay later if that helps with your schedule, just be sure to reach out to me in advance.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 screening, I am required to pre-screen one to two days prior to your appointment.
The best thing to do is reach out 1 day prior to when you want to book and go over covid-19 prescreening with me. The book the following day if you are able to. I have some clients that work shifts and never know if they can make it until the day they want to come in.
If you are looking for a date/time outside my schedule please email me directly. I am happy to come in a bit earlier and stay a bit later in the day to help regular clients.
I accept VISA, Debit, Mastercard, AMEX, and E-transfer (I love) as well as direct billing to your extended health.
As a Registered Massage Therapist I do not accept tips. Some great non-monetary way of tipping is to pay with E-transfer or debit as these options cost me less. Referrals is another great way to help build up my client base. Also a quick social media post goes a long way!
Through my massage therapy program I have learned a variety of Swedish Massage techniques to help with pain, anxiety and muscle soreness. My style is a combination of light and deep soft tissue Swedish techniques as well as myofascial release and PNF stretching. Not all of these are used with every patient, and are incorporated as needed into the session.
Skin on skin contact is ideal for Swedish massage. However, this is your treatment and you should dress down to your comfort level. If that is fully clothed I can work over clothing. You will be draped at all times and when I am working on a certain body part then I will undrape and redrape after I am finished on that area before moving on. If working on the abdomen both men and women are covered the same with a towel across the chest.
Consent is important and I will discuss with you areas that will be touched or undraped before the treatment to get your consent.
The number of visits will depend on your problem and each individual responds differently to treatment. After your intake and assessment, we can discuss your treatment plan and suggested rehab program together.
In my practice you are draped with a sheet and a top sheet/blanket. This is the standard practice in British Columbia. If you find yourself hot during the treatment uncovering the feet helps to cool down if you are cold I can add another blanket.
I am currently set up to do 30, 45, 60, 75 and 90 minute massage bookings. 60 minutes allow for a good massage that covers most of the body. If you would like more focus on certain areas we can discuss what can be done in the time we have.
Alternatively, a 90 minute session will allow for a full body treatment but also more specific area of concern. 75 minutes is just the right amount of time for a full body massage while 45 minutes is good for a specific area of focus. A 30 minute treatment is best used as a subsequent treatment after you have seen me and will only be working on a specific area.
If you have never had a massage, or seldome go for massage I suggest at least an hour. If you have massage regularly or know what you want to achieve from your treatment then 75 or 90 min are options for you as well.
I would say that 45 min is the absolute minimum to book for a first treatment due to assessment and intake that is required before treatment on the table can start.
If this is your first massage with me then I recommend not booking a 30 minutes as it is not enough time for initial intake, COVID-19 screening, Consent for treatment, hands on treatment and homecare. Althought 30 minutes is bookable with me through the clinic website, I suggest it only as a follow up for a specific area to be addressed from a previous treatment where I have a history of working with you.
Due to COVID we are required to relax the 24 hour cancellation policy. If you are sick please let me know as soon as possible and we can reschedule in two weeks time.
If you simply forget you have an appointment, you will be charged out of pocket and not billed to your extended health (if you usually pay this way).
Due to COVID19, if you are feeling unwell or have any of the symptoms of COVID19 please call to reschedule. I confirm with my clients the day before treatment and 8 hours before treatment you will receive a COVID-19 screening form to ensure you are fine for treatment. If you are sick, we can reschedule in two weeks time as a precaution.
At this time I am not set up for outcalls unless you provide a table or live in Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver which is home for me. Please email if interested.
Check out my Direct Billing page for the list of insurance providers I can bill to as well as the policies and procedures for direct billing. It is best to set up your billing in advance of your appointment.
At the time of booking please check the box on the intake form to request a direct billing authorization form to be emailed to you.
Alternatively, your a receipt will allow you to claim your benefits directly with your own extended health plan if you prefer. A lot of extended health servies offer phone apps that are easy to set up and use.
Due to time between treatments for cleaning, COVID19 safety and other bookings I can't really go over your treatment time. If you are late I still have to do my due diligence and go through intake, assessment, treatment and homecare with you. Your time includes this and not just from when getting on and off the table.
Yes, please email me directly if interested. Please note: an RMT receipt will not be issued to the payee as most insurance providers require the person paying for the treatment to receive the treatment.
Yes, massage therapy is safe in all stages of pregnancy, though techniques and positioning are modified. If you have a condition you think limits you from having massage, please reach out to me directly to discuss your condition, as you can often continue getting massage with most conditions, with modifications to the treatment.