FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your Questions, Answered
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM
MY FIRST SESSION?
First of all, a big hearty welcome! Plan to arrive a little early to fill out a short form with your contact information & a short medical history if you haven’t done so online in advance. Having this form gives me a better understanding of how you are doing and what’s going on with your body both in the past and today.
Once that’s completed, we’ll head into the treatment room and have a short consultation where you can tell me about your goals for this session, any areas you want extra focus on, areas to avoid, etc. We’ll map out a plan for the session and then I’ll step out of the room so that you can get undressed to your comfort level, settle onto the table (between the sheets!)
When I return, we’ll adjust the headrest, bolsters, linens to make sure you are as comfortable as possible and then begin the session. Throughout the session, please feel free to speak up at any time to adjust your comfort level.
As the session ends, I’ll step out to let you take some time to “come back to earth” and get dressed. Once you’ve joined me outside, we’ll discuss ways you can assist the work we’ve done at home, schedule future sessions, and take care of payment.
WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?
I prefer to use single-ingredient products like Jojoba and Coconut Oil in my massages for simplicity’s sake as well as to protect those with allergies. If you have a product you would you like me to use, I’m happy to discuss whether it would work well for your session.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT
DO YOU ACCEPT?
I accept payments of all types including cash, credit, HSA/FSA cards, PayPal, Venmo, & CashApp. Personal checks may be considered on an individual basis. Tips are never expected, but gratefully accepted.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
My studio is located at 972 Valencia Street on the second floor. Unfortunately the building does not have an elevator at this time for those with mobility challenges.
Free and Paid Parking is available on the street within the neighborhood. The Mission Bartlett Garage is also available for paid parking just around the corner at 3255 21st St. Please allow for plenty of time to park as street parking can be limited.
For those taking public transportation, I am located about a 1/2 mile walk between the 16th & Mission and 24th & Mission BART stations.
WHAT DOES "UNDRESS TO
MY COMFORT LEVEL" MEAN?
Understandably, everyone has different levels of modesty and comfort around nudity.
Typically in a Swedish-style massage that uses oil or lotion, the norm is to undress fully (or leave just your underwear on) to allow for the long, flowing strokes (effleurage) and direct access to the skin throughout the massage. At all times, you will be draped with a sheet & blanket on any areas that are not being directly worked on for your warmth and comfort.
If you would prefer to wear clothing for your massage, we can still do your session using different techniques like compression, positional release, etc. Typically no oil/lotion will be used, except for small detail areas like the neck and hands. I suggest that you wear thin, flexible layers such as yoga pants and a t-shirt/tank that will allow as much access to to your body without having to go through thick layers of clothing.
WHAT ARE YOUR COVID-19 PROTOCOLS?
With COVID-19, we have all become more aware of how crucial infection control can be, especially when spending extended time in such an up-close environment as a massage session. I continue to practice the same universal precautions I have had such as changing all table linens between clients, sanitizing the table & other surfaces in the room, & safely assessing whether a massage is suitable for each client before the session begins. Since reopening my studio after COVID, I have also added a BlueAir whole room air filter that exchanges filter air 5 times an hour as well as having a new space that allows me to air out the room to the outdoors between sessions (or even during if you should wish.) Masks are available for your use and mine at anytime, however, not required.
I am fully vaccinated & 2x boosted and experienced my own bouts with COVID-19 in May 2022 & February 2023 and certainly would NOT like to have that experience again. As such, I request that if you or a close family member or co-worker have been exposed or tested positive within a week of your planned session, please call or text me as soon as possible to reschedule. If you have any suspicion of being sick with any bug on the day of your appointment, DO NOT COME IN! While I would love to see you, you're much better off resting and recuperating at home. Thank you for your consideration to keep us all healthy and well!