Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What should I expect at my first visit?
You will be asked to fill out a health history form and general questions will be asked to establish if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, if there are areas you would like extra attention on (or not worked on at all), if massage or bodywork is contraindicated in anyway, and to determine what bodywork or massage technique is most appropriate for you.
How long is a massage or bodywork session?
The usual full-body massage treatment lasts one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time to focus on an area such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet.
Allow an hour for Zero Balancing (ZB) - the actual time on the table is usually 45-50 minutes, although shorter sessions (30 minutes or 15 minutes) may also be scheduled.
What do I wear during the massage or bodywork session?
You may or may not need to undress depending on the massage or bodywork technique used. For a full body massage (Swedish* or combination using lotion), you will need to undress (you may choose to wear underwear). You will have privacy to undress, and during the session you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except for the area being worked on. For other bodywork techniques, such as Zero Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy, Shiatsu, Foot Massage, Reiki, or a back massage (without using lotion), you will not need to undress. It is recommended to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
What do I do during a massage or bodywork session?
Relax and make yourself comfortable. The therapist will provide bolsters and pillows to assist in positioning you for comfort. During the session, the therapist will either move you or will ask you to move as needed if your position needs to be adjusted (otherwise, you may change your position anytime to make yourself comfortable). Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk - whatever helps you feel relaxed and comfortable. You are welcome to ask questions or give feedback at any time.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience relief from aches and pains. Some feel energized. Following the session it is best to honor how your body is feeling - not overdoing if you feel energized and resting if you are tired.
Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, drinking plenty of water following the session is recommended. One may or may not experience some soreness following the session. If you do, the soreness should pass in the following 24 hours.
Do you take insurance?
Healing Arts does not take insurance. Receipts are available with my Iowa State Massage License number printed on the receipt.
Will you make house calls?
The Healing Arts office is set up to provide a relaxing environment, away from the distractions of one’s home. However, under certain circumstances or for special occasions house calls may be arranged. An extra charge for time and travel may apply.
Do you take walk-ins?
No, all sessions are by appointment to insure that every client gets the best possible service. Please call in advance to schedule your appointment.
How long have you been a massage therapist?
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Iowa since August 1999. I received my diploma from Eastwind School of Holisitic Healing in Iowa City (now East•West School of Integrative Healing Arts). Five years prior to that I offered the complementary modalities of Reflexology and Reiki.
Do you have to take Continuing Education classes to renew your license?
To maintain my license in the State of Iowa, I need continuing education units. I have completed continuing education in Zero Balancing (Certified in 2004), CranioSacral Therapy, Touch for Health Muscle Balancing, Heated Stone Massage, Cupping & Gwa Sha, Focused Touch Shiatsu, Aromatherapy and Bach Flower Remedies.
Still have questions? Please contact Healing Arts at 641-224-2577.