Integrative? Individualized? What does that mean?

When asked what services I provide in my massage therapy work, I often use the phrases, “Individualized sessions” or “Integrative Massage“. I feel that these most accurately express the services that I strive to provide for my clients. But what exactly do I mean by these terms?

First of all, by using these terms, I strive to start the stress relief before you even leave your computer screen. How? By simplifying the process of choosing the best service. Personally, I find the huge lists that many spas, clinics and private massage therapists have for services to be extremely overwhelming. Do I know if I need the DeStressor or the Pain in the Neck service? What is the difference between Swedish and Relaxation? Do I really need a Deep Tissue massage? The stress of making the wrong choice when booking…well I would end up forgetting about the whole massage and be more stressed than when I began the search.

By stating that your sessions with me will be Individualized, the stress of choosing a service is gone. You now know that you will speak to me via email or telephone to tell me the basics of why you are seeking a massage therapy session and to book an appointment that best fits your needs and schedule. When you arrive for your massage session, you will fill out a confidential health history so that I know the past and present state of your body. We will then talk again about what has brought you to seek massage. There is no right or wrong answer. If pure relaxation is what you seek, fabulous! If relief from pain is your dream, awesome! This is your massage session, created just for you and your body.

Now, what about this Integrative Massage Therapy? Many massage menus  have separate listings and prices for services such as: Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Post-Natal, Relaxation, Acupressure/Shiatsu, and many more. The ‘One’ you book is the one service you will receive. Again, Integrative takes away the stress of choosing the ‘Right’ service. What this means is that by talking to you, hearing your concerns, needs and health history, I create a massage plan of action just for you. If we decide that the best plan is 90 minutes of massage work on just your back, that is what you will receive. If you only want your feet and neck worked on, then so be it. Do you need some deep tissue on your upper back and some acupressure to arms and hands? That can easily be worked together. If you only have 30 minutes and need to destress big time, I will work in my scope of practice to the best of my abilities to make that happen.

Remember that Integrative and Individualized is also organic and fluid, meaning that as we get into the session, what you receive may change as I work the soft tissues of your body. I will always check with you to make sure that you are comfortable and the work is helping our joint purpose for the session. Even receiving deep, concentrated massage work should have you in a safe, relaxed and trusting space in your body and within.

So what does Integrative and Individualized mean? It means simple, easy and stress free massage therapy services created just for you. This is the way life should be.

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