Frequently Asked Questions

Here in VA, massage therapists are not affiliated with any provider group, and therefore are unable to submit to insurance. However, we are happy to provide a receipt for your visit which you can then submit to your insurance company or Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Insurance companies and FSAs that do reimburse typically require a medical diagnosis. If you have a diagnosis code from your physician we will include it, along with our treatment codes, on the receipt we provide. If required, we are happy to provide treatment notes and payment history for your personal records. We will communicate directly with your insurer at their request only. If you call your insurance company to inquire about coverage please be clear that you are receiving massage therapy services, not physical therapy. This policy applies to massage therapy as well as lymphatic drainage massage.
Our services are usually an allowed expense for medical savings accounts and flexible spending accounts.

Yes. That’s why you’ll fill out a detailed intake form prior to your session. It is very important that you inform your massage therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If under a doctor’s care, it is advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required. And all information, whether communicated in writing or verbally to your therapist, is kept strictly confidential.

I am not accepting elective plastic surgery clients at this time.

Yes, as long as the work has been cleared by your physician and you are in good health and compliant with post-operative instructions.

I am not able to do home visits at this time. Your best option for home care would be to find a home health agency that offers lymphatic care and works with your insurance.

Unlike the vascular system that utilizes the heart to circulate blood throughout the body, the lymphatic system does not have a dedicated pump. Instead, it relies on skeletal muscle
contraction, breathing and exercise for movement. And yes, MLD is a great way to move lymph. There are actually lots of things you can do in the comfort of your own home to increase lymphatic flow. You can read about them in my blog post here.

Well, hello there, Massage Newbie!! πŸ™‚ Of course you’re a little nervous. As a licensed, highly skilled and professional massage therapist, I’m trained to make sure you are comfortable at all times. The Commonwealth of VA requires strict adherence to draping policies, and I love and support those policies! Before you even hop onto the warm, cushy massage table, I’ll answer any questions you have, and will guide you through the session when movement is required (such as lifting your arm or turning from face up to face down).

Just chill, little grasshopper! Many people simply close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

This is what I do, most of the time. Clients want focused work on where they hurt, and so that’s what I do.

That’s like taking candy from a baby. Seriously? No. Each Whole Body massage is fully customized to meet client needs, so it might include several modalities. I never charge more for one type of massage over another. Water is water, folks.

Uh, nooooooooo. In our industry that’s called an upcharge. These niceties are just part of the fully-customized, fabulous massage therapy experience that I’m known for. (Feel free to read my Google reviews. Blush). I don’t upcharge anything. $10 for a drop or two of essential oil? Who does that? Not me.

After 11 years of doing massage and 6 years of doing lymphatic work, I’ve built a loyal clientele who make my job feel like a day at Disneyland. And the best way I know to do my job well is to take good care of myself I’m careful to spend my time in a balanced way so that my clients always get top-quality care and by working in this manner, I can keep doing what I love for another 10 or so years.