I am a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist, and am a member of AMTA. I have worked in health care as an Occupational Therapist for over 15 years, serving a variety of clients in many different settings. I approach massage as a way to continue to help others and share the human experience of touch.
Yes, they can be certified as a massage therapist or a massage therapist and bodywork practitioner. NCBTMB is the national organization in charge of this certification, which requires continuing education every four years to keep licensure. Massage therapists are also licensed in the State of Illinois, which is renewed biennially with a continuing education requirement as well. I hold certifications in massage therapy and bodyworks (NCTMB), am licensed in the State of Illinois (LMT), and am a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L)
Yes, appointments are necessary to allow for the best experience that works with your busy lifestyle.
Yes they are available in a variety of monetary amounts. Please see the current massage rates to get an idea of what you would like to give.
A waiting room and bathroom is available to all clients. All massages are provided in a private room.
Cash and local checks are accepted.
Massage therapists should be treated as other service personnel ( hairdresser, valet, manicurist) where tips are often given but not expected.
Come in comfortable clothing so that you are able to leave in comfortable clothing. A Swedish massage can be performed with any level of clothing that the client feels comfortable with. Clothing might interfere with strokes and massage techniques that can be applied, so a typical Swedish massage is done nude with sheets covering areas not being massaged. Clothing will be removed with the therapist out of the room, which is entered only when the client is under the sheets.
Personal privacy and respect is of paramount importance. Sheets cover any areas not being massaged, and you may specify any specific areas that you do not want touched or exposed.
Your personal information is also respected. Any personal (financial and medical) information is shared with nobody.
Unfortunately, the small number of health insurance providers that cover massage services makes it impractical to accept insurance.