:: Frequently Asked Questions
What type of massage do you practice?
Even though a number of clients come to my practice for relaxation and stress reduction, most seek relief from physical restriction and/or pain. Some might classify my work as medical massage or clinical massage. The techniques I use support the idea that our muscles and bones comprise a sophisticated system of pulleys and levers. I’ve found that analyzing and treating problems using this model can be very effective in addressing issues of pain and diminished range of motion. Typically, sessions may include combinations of myofascial release, neuromuscular work, deep tissue and various stretching and lengthening techniques. Time is set aside in your treatment session to measure results and provide you with an indication of the level of progress we’ve made. Clients looking for a more relaxation-based approach may opt for classic Swedish massage blended with techniques to assure a totally relaxing experience.
I look at each session as an opportunity for clients to learn more about themselves. Using anatomical models, 3-D software and tactile feedback, I help clients gain a better understanding of their own bodies. Whenever possible, I will suggest how you can best care for yourself between sessions. I believe that empowering clients with an effective self-care program is essential for achieving optimal results. My ultimate goal is to help you feel better as quickly as possible.
What are your professional credentials?
State of Illinois Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB)
Professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
Graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, 1998
Do you work on pregnant clients?
Yes. I initially became certified in prenatal and perinatal massage in order to help my wife reduce discomfort throughout her pregnancy. Since then, I’ve successfully treated many women during and after this physically demanding time.
What can I expect at my first visit?
Your first visit to my office begins with filling out a brief, confidential health survey. We will then discuss your particular needs relating to massage and agree on a treatment plan that is appropriate for you. Next, you will be given complete privacy to disrobe to your level of comfort (see FAQ “What should I wear during my massage treatment?”). Once you are comfortable on the table and covered by the sheet, you will be able to press a call button to let me know that you are ready. Remember that during the massage treatment, you are in charge of the level of pressure. Please communicate if you are uncomfortable with any part of your treatment because there are usually other modality options available. Also let me know if you feel either too cold or too warm. The table is heated and can be easily adjusted for your comfort. At the end of your session, I will take time to review my observations along with any recommendations I might have. Generally speaking, your first visit will involve more assessment and evaluation than subsequent sessions. This allows me to develop an individual plan to guide the focus of my therapy. By doing this, I can spend more time on the areas that need it without wasting time on areas that don’t require therapeutic attention.
What should I wear during my massage treatment?
Simply stated, Illinois law requires that clients not be exposed any more than what would be legal on an Evanston public beach. Let your comfort be your guide. Some individuals prefer to wear loose-fitting clothing, some wear only underwear and others prefer to be nude under the sheet. In all cases, clients are covered with a sheet during the treatment session. The only area uncovered is that which is being worked on. Rest assured that your comfort is my goal. On occasion, I might make suggestions about what would work best with the modalities that I plan to use. Remember that you always have the final say as to what feels right for you.
Will the massage hurt?
People often describe the pressure that I use as “firm but sensitive.” In all cases, you are in charge of the amount of pressure used. I engage a level of pressure that lets me feel a response in the tissue. But keep in mind that everyone is different. I believe that you are the ultimate sensor as to what feels right for you, and I can easily adjust the pressure per your request.
Occasionally after a therapeutic massage, people will report feeling some soreness. They usually describe the sensation as how someone might feel after a good workout. Tenderness can show up 24–48 hours after the massage. It is usually short-lived and clients often report significant improvement in their condition shortly thereafter. Drinking plenty of water after the massage can help reduce post-massage soreness. I will be happy to discuss other methods with you that might be appropriate in your specific case.
How long will it take me to feel relief?
Unfortunately, there is no single answer that applies to everyone. Some people respond right away while others require more time. Many factors can affect how quickly people respond to therapy. Time is set aside in each session to assess and discuss your progress. If I determine that another type of treatment may be more appropriate for you, I will be happy to provide you with a referral.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes. I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus and American Express.
Will my insurance company pay for my massage?
Presently in the State of Illinois, health insurance coverage for massage therapy is generally limited to massage done under the supervision of a medical doctor, in a medical office or a hospital setting. In some cases, automobile insurance will cover massage therapy if a physician prescribes it and the treatment is directly related to a claim. Clients have reported varying success in submitting receipts through their employer for a pre-tax health savings plan. Although I do not submit insurance documents on behalf of the client, I will be happy to provide you with receipts and/or documentation to support the treatment related to your claim.
Is massage therapy covered by Medicare?
No, massage therapy is not covered by Medicare.
How soon can I get an appointment?
Same-day appointments are difficult to come by. Occasionally, an opening will become available from a last-minute cancellation. Best advice is to book your appointment far enough ahead so that you’re not competing with others for an open time slot. I maintain a wait list to fill last-minute vacancies as they come up. Be sure to let me know if you would like to be placed on the wait list.
What if I need to cancel or change my appointment?
Cancelled or changed appointments
If you need to make a change to your appointment, kindly give 24 hours notice so that I may offer your appointment time to someone else.
Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full amount of the appointment if I am unable to fill the opening.
The fee will be waived if the client cancels with more than 24 hours notice or I am able to fill the opening left by a late cancellation.
Missed appointments will be charged the full amount of the scheduled appointment.
Do you have other therapists working for you?
I lease office space in the building to four other therapists. Each of us works independently, maintaining our own appointment schedule and individual business structure.
Will you come to my home, office or other location?
I see clients primarily at my office. Outcalls are generally limited to seated chair massage at corporate or charity events and table massage at sporting events. Any requests for outcalls are handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact my office if you are interested in additional information.
Is the building handicap accessible?
Generally, yes. My office suite is located on the ground floor. Access from the front entrance requires navigating one step. Assisted wheelchairs seem to be okay with this approach. Persons in unassisted wheelchairs or others who prefer not to negotiate a step may prefer the back entrance, which is mostly flat. The height of my table adjusts electronically. This eliminates the need for the client to “climb up” to a fixed table height. The table can easily adjust its height to accommodate your specific needs. The washroom is conveniently located across the hall and is ADA compliant.
What is the history of the building?
Built in 1865, our office building is reported to be the oldest, continuously operated, commercial building in Evanston. The building has been moved twice since its original location at 619 Davis St. It has occupied its present location since around 1897. The building was first built as a hardware store with apartments upstairs. Over the years, the space has housed a grocery/meat market, a second hand goods store, a photographic studio, a law office and now a massage clinic and insurance office.
Photo of the building that now stands at 2002 Maple Ave. This photograph was likely taken sometime in the 1880's, when the building stood on Davis St.