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)?
- Do I need to wear a mask?
- 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 do 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.
Do I Need to Wear a Mask?
As of May 12, I have made masks optional. They are still STRONGLY RECOMMENDED by the College of Massage Therapy and I will continue to wear a mask during treatment.
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 working in my own studio space on Granville Street in the Rogers hertiage building. It is located at 470 Granville Street in the downtown core. I am minutes away from both the Expo and Canada lines and many buses pass by in the area.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm, Friday 7:00pm-8:00pm (by appointment), and Saturday/Sunday 10:00am-11:30am
Mon-Thurs I am somewhat flexibile with time. I can come in earlier or stay later if that helps with your schedule, just be sure to reach out to me in advance.
I can do same day bookings. Either reach out directly by text or book online. My online booking will let you book outside of 3 hours. Anything less please reach out to me directly. If I don't reply it is because I am likely already in treatment and can't reply right away.
If you are looking for a date/time outside my schedule please email or text me directly. I am happy to come in a bit earlier and stay a bit later in the day to help regular clients. It is also best to put yourself down on the waitlist for your preferred times then I can see if anything is available or if I can move anything around.
I accept Cash, VISA, Mastercard, Debit, AMEX, 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!
I provide therapeutic massage. I have worked a number of years at a local spa so I can incorporate relaxation massage as well. 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 tissue massage. I enjoy incorporating myofascial release, muscle energy, mobilization and stretching to my treatment. Not all of these modalities are used with every patient, and are incorporated as needed into the session. I would also say that no two treatment are ever the same and my spa background has resulted in me having a more flowing type of massage. You will enjoy my massage if you like deep pressure mixed with lighter techniques, if you have a therapeutic issue you want help with or if you want to zone out and have a relaxing massage.
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 before we start your treatment.
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 seldom 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.
I reserve 30 minute treatments for subsequent clients only. If this is your first massage with me then I recommend booking at least a 45 minute treatment. With 30 mintues, there is not be enough time for initial intake, COVID-19 screening, Consent for treatment, hands on treatment time and homecare.
If you are canceling due to being sick then please cancel online or contact me to cancel your appointment.
If you simply forget you have an appointment, or "something came up", you will be charged out of pocket. I can not bill to extended health plans for missed appointments.
Due to COVID19, if you are feeling unwell or have any of the symptoms of COVID19 please cancel your appointment and get tested. Recently with booster shots and flu shots some people are getting symptoms or "light colds". Please still cancel and see me when you are better. The cancellation fee is waived in these cases.
I nolonger have a mobile table, however if you have a table we can discuss me coming to you. Please reach out 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.
When you book online there is an option to include your extended health information. This is generally the easiest way for me to set up your extended health prior to your appointment. I have also created a section on the health intake form.
Alternatively, your 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.
The time you booked is YOUR treatment time. It does not start when you get on the table. Please text me if you are running behind. The time I have between clients is my clean up and charting time. Due to COVID-19 I value this time to create a clean and safe treatment space.
Yes, please purchase a digital card here.
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.