Why are you not currently accepting new clients?
I wish to maintain my current workload, which is currently at my desired capacity.
I’ve been blessed with wonderful, loyal clients. Limiting my client base allows me to reserve my time and energy for them, so that they receive the best possible service.
Periodically I will accept a limited number of new clients, and will do so by maintaining a waiting list. Please send me an email if you are interested in being added.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time I am not able to bill insurance companies for payment, but will be happy to email you an invoice you can submit to your health care provider if you are eligible for reimbursement. Some insurance companies will request that I contact them directly for sessions covered by insurance, in lieu of the customer doing so. I do not directly work with insurance companies, and do not make exceptions for this. As a single person office, my time is limited and best spent working with my clients, not insurance companies. My suggestion would be to visit a massage therapist through a chiropractic or physical therapy office if you are seeking treatment for a situation covered by insurance. These types of injuries are not situations I typically treat, since my services are mainly focused on relaxation.
How do I book a massage with you?
The preferred method for booking appointments is using the online scheduling software. Simply click the “Book Online Now” button at the top of every page of this website, or on the BODHI Massage Therapy Facebook page. You can also call and text me at 612-454-0260, but appointments are not guaranteed until you have it confirmed with a return phone call or text message from me. Since I am a single person operation and may potentially be in sessions most of the day, I am not able to answer all phone calls and return messages until I have time available, which may be several hours later, so please consider using the easiest option of checking available times and booking online.
Do you accept walk-in appointments?
At this time, I do not accept walk-in appointments. I am only at the service location during times when appointments are scheduled. You can schedule appointments online up to 2 hours before the scheduled session time. This will guarantee I receive your appointment schedule and have ample time to meet you at the salon during my available times. I do not take appointments on Wednesday or Sunday.
What are the benefits of massage?
Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and depression, and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before we begin your session I ask general health questions. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly 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.
If there has been a recent illness or surgery, there may also be limitations. If this applies to you, please e-mail me ahead of your appointment time to verify if this could be an issue. Every therapist has different requirements and precautions, so mine may vary from other therapists. I prefer to be very cautious, so please check with me before your appointment to potentially save yourself from having your session cancelled.
Do you offer prenatal/pregnancy massage?
I do not currently offer prenatal/pregnancy massage during the first trimester of your pregnancy. This is a very delicate time for you and your baby, so I do not perform massage services until the mother is at least in their second trimester (13 weeks).
After your 20th week, the maximum massage time I offer is 30 minutes, which will be performed while lying on your back, or in side-lying positions with pillows for support. Other therapists may offer longer session times, but 30 minutes is the maximum I offer.
Effective June 25, 2015, I no longer offer pregnancy massage services.
What should I expect from my first massage?
When you arrive for your initial appointment I will ask you to fill out a Client Intake Form, which will ask some general questions about you and your health history, since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. After familiarizing myself with you, we will discuss any specific areas you would like me to focus.
I will leave you in privacy to undress. You will relax on a soft, fleece padded table designed for stability and comfort, and be completely covered, except for the area being worked on. When you are ready, I will return and make sure you are comfortable, placing cushions under your knees or ankles, if you would like. The room will be warm and quiet, with soft music to set a relaxing mood.
During the massage, I will use a lubricant or scented oil, and will begin with relatively gentle pressure to calm your nervous system and begin relaxing you. Gradually, I will work more deeply to address specific areas. During the massage I may move your arm or leg to facilitate the massage. You should try to relax, let go, and allow me to do all the work. Only the part that is being worked on is uncovered, and your modesty is always maintained. Always let me know if anything is uncomfortable or irritating.
When the massage is over, I will leave the room so you may get dressed and wait for you in the common area so that we can get you on your way.
Will I have to get undressed?
No, it is not required that you completely undress. However, to derive the highest benefits of a massage, the client should be disrobed to allow the therapist to employ techniques without the disruption which clothing causes. Many techniques are most effective when performed directly to the body. I will leave the room while you undress, get comfortable on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or blanket. I operate under high professional standards. Only the specific area being massaged will be uncovered.
I will work to give you the best massage no matter what you are wearing. You disrobe to the degree YOU decide for your massage.
What should I do during my massage?
Do not hesitate to ask questions or give feedback at any time, but you are not expected to do anything during your session. You are paying for a service for the purpose of relaxation and I encourage you to simply let everything go and be comfortable. This is your time.
What if I fall asleep?
It is not uncommon for people to fall asleep during their massage. It is normal, and you will be gently awoken after your session is complete.
How will I feel after my session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage or you could suffer from a “massage headache” the following day.
Is “tipping” or a gratuity expected?
Gratuity is always at the discretion of the client and never expected. While tipping is not required, it is most welcome if you enjoyed your massage.
What methods of payment are accepted?
For your convenience, I accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and America Express, as well as cash payments. I’m sorry, but personal checks are not accepted.
Is Minnesota sales tax required on my massage?
Yes, at this time Minnesota views massage as a “luxury service”. The current sales tax rate in Saint Paul is 7.625%. Sales tax is already included in my posted prices, so the prices you see are the prices you will pay.