4 Therapeutic Kneads
"Where your needs meet my kneads"
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Q: What are the benefits of massage?
A: There are many but some of the benefits are circulation, relaxation, joint flexibility, and stress reduction, Click on some of the links below to view articles or studies that mention some of the benefits of massage.
From webMD
From the Mayo Clinic

Q: Why do you find massage therapy important?

A: That is a very good question I will explain. I was actually on the other side as far as getting massage. I did not think it was needed unless I was hurting, aching, etc. As I progressed through the program, I realized that we literally beat up our bodies every day. Whether sitting at desk, exercising, and even doing nothing we put a toll on our bodies. Just like a car, our bodies need to be maintained. This means we need to work on preventing issues from happening versus treating issues when they happen. There is a saying that I see from time to time and it rings true and that is, "When a car breaks down, we replace it. What happens when our body breaks down?"

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Q: What is Deep Tissue massage?
A: Deep Tissue massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. It is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment and one should drink plenty of water after to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that were released.

Q: What is Freestyle massage?
A: This is a blend of the various techniques (i.e., Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Sports, Swedish, etc.) that I have been trained in which I would integrate into the session. The use of these various techniques allows me the freedom to customize the massage to YOUR needs. This provides the best value for YOU because of the assortment of the methods that are used. 

Q: What is Hot Stone massage?
A: Hot Stone massage is where heated stones are placed at specific sites on your body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in your muscles. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.
Hot Stone massage is provided in various forms, where either the client is massaged with just the stones or placement stones are placed on the body as well as being massaged by the stones. I provide both to accommodate the preferences of the client. Go to my Services & Rates page to see pricing for both. 

Q: What is Shiatsu?
A: A Japanese form of massage therapy. Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). The combined stimulation of pressure points along the body and stretching techniques are used to encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.

***Please note that you are clothed during the session, so wear loose clothing (i.e., gym or yoga clothes) to allow for the stretches.***

Q: What is Sports massage?
A: Sports massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.

Q: What is Swedish massage?
A: Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. In short, the goal is of Swedish is help one to unwind and relax. If you have tightness of muscles, knots, etc. that need to be addressed, try Deep Tissue, Freestyle, or Hot Stone. 

Q: Which massage is good for me?
A: That won't be known until you talk to your therapist. Always discuss with your therapist what it is you are looking for concerning the massage. Your therapist should then plan your session accordingly.

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Q: Do you make house calls?
A: No.

Q: It's just a massage, why do I have to tell you about my health history?
A: Massage affects the body in many ways and depending on one's health history, it can determine if certain massage modalities, techniques, or even having a massage itself is even advisable.

Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
A: I accept cash or credit (American Express, Discover, Mastercard, or Visa). 

Q: How often should I get a massage?
A: Frequency of massage (Once a week, Twice a month, Once a month, etc.) differs with each client due to varied health conditions, physical activity, etc. Discuss with your therapist your area(s) of concern so that a treatment plan can be arranged.      

Q: Can I transfer one, some, or all of my prepaid sessions to someone else?
A: Yes. 

Q: Do you have specials?
A: Yes. I offer specials as well as discounts, packages, and promotions. Click here to see what is available.

Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: No.

Q: What do you do with my e-mail address?
A: It is kept within the business and used primarily for appointment confirmations and check-ins. Sometimes I may send out news, specials, etc. if clients choose to receive those notifications.

Q: What sets you apart from other massage therapists, spas, etc.?
A: The following are some examples:
  • For your scheduled on time session, you get the full session time (60 minutes is 60 minutes, 90 minutes is 90 minutes, etc.). 
  • Starting with your first session, I work with you on your massage goals.
  • Whenever possible, I will assist you with ways to help maintain the muscles of your body. 
  • From the first to future sessions, you will always be able to get more out of each session.
  • I want you to communicate your needs during the session. If the pressure is too much or you want more, feel free to let me know. It is YOUR session and want to make sure you get the most out of each session.
  • Though there is currently no requirement by California for continuing education, I am always looking to improve my massage skillset by attending seminars, classes, etc.
  • I follow up with my first time clients after a few days.
  • Communication is key (especially therapeutic work) and I want to know if I am working too hard or soft. I want to make sure you get the massage that YOU want.

Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: There are 3 ways to make an appointment:
1. The best and fastest way is through online booking, click on the button below to schedule an appointment.

2. Click here to e-mail me your appointment request and I will then get back to you as soon as I am available to confirm or schedule an available day and time. 

3. Call or text me at 925.260.5354 your appointment request and I will get back to you as soon as I am available.

Q: Why do I feel sore after a massage?
A: It can be a number of reasons; the type of massage (i.e., deep tissue), intensity of massage, etc. Please click here to read a little more about why.

Q: Do you provide any other services besides massage?
A: Currently no but there are plans for other services to be offered. Go to Services & Rates or News & Info to see what services I currently offer or have been been taught. 

Q: How do I verify you are certified?
A: I am certified (#26972) to practice with the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). Click here to look me up and verify my certification.

Q: Is there a difference between a 60, 90, and 120 minute massage?
A: In my opinion, a 60 minute massage is good for either spot treating a specific area (i.e., back, legs, etc.) or for just a general massage (i.e. Swedish) without having to spend a lot of time treating any issues that arise during the massage. A 90 or 120 minute session allows adequate time for a therapist to work on any areas of concern without sacrificing time on other parts of the body that need to be massaged. 

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Q: Why are there different rates for massage?
A: Rates can vary because of either the work that is being done (i.e., more work is required for a deep tissue massage than a Swedish) and-or set up (i.e., Hot Stone).

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Q: Is massage is just a luxury?
A: Click here to read an article that discusses this.  

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Q: What are your conditions for your gift certificates, packages, etc.? 
A: Conditions are as follows:
- Gift certificates, packages, etc. can only be redeemed at my Pleasant Hill office.
- Packages cannot be modified (i.e., 3 60 minute massages cannot be changed to 2 90 minute massages)
- Packages CAN be transferred among family, friends, etc.
- Packages must be paid in full prior to or at the time of the first visit.
- Packages are not refundable.
- If the gift certificate is a specified value (not a package), total value must be used at the time of the visit.
- Gift certificates for a specified value are for the services only, gratuity not included.
- Gift certificates do not expire (see below for exception).
- Promotions on gift certificate values and packages may (will be noted if so) expire but not the paid value.

Q: Will massage alone alleviate what is wrong with me?
A: In my opinion I do not think so. I see massage more of as a complement to other health and wellness practices (acupuncture, chiropractic care, fitness training, physical therapy, etc). versus the be all cure. Everyone is different so maybe massage is the be all cure. It has just been my experience that there were better results when combined with other aspects of health and wellness. 

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Q: Do you offer couples massage?
A: No

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