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Below are answers to my patients’ frequently asked questions. If there is something I’ve missed, please don’t hesitate to ask. For more information, get in touch. I look forward to meeting you soon.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Call or text  (808) 999-7761 and we will be happy to find a time that works for you! It is recommended that you book in advance as there are no guarantees that I can schedule you last minute. ​

**A credit or debit card is required to reserve an appointment, however you are not charged for anything until after the appointment is completed.  After your appointment, you can also choose another form of payment.

Are walk-ins and same day appointments available?

All appointments need to be scheduled prior to appointment, walk-ins are not offered at this time. Same day appointments are sometimes available, and I can also put you on the waitlist. However, booking in advance is highly recommended.

Will I get a full 60 minutes of massage when I book a 1 hour appointment?

Yes, you receive the full amount of treatment time that you pay for.  You are not charged for the intake and interview process, or the time it takes you to dress.

Do you offer couples massage?

I don't currently offer couples massage, but we can always schedule appointments back to back. I am 5 minutes to the beach and Haleiwa town, so there are great things to do while waiting for your partner/friend/child.

What if I arrive late to my appointment?

Please try to arrive on time for your appointment. I do put a buffer time before and after your session to create a more relaxed entry & exit. Being on time will guarantee that you will receive your full booked time without having to shorten your session for following appointments. 

We will do our best to provide you with the services you have booked, but we cannot guarantee the full time if you arrive late.  Full payment for your scheduled services will be expected.

What if I forgot to shave or have excessive body hair? 

No problem at all. I practice different techniques of compression (working over the sheet) as well as skin to skin contact in which cream or oils will be used to prevent hang uncomfortable hair pulling. 

What type of payments do you accept?

I accept card, cash, venmo, apple pay, and gift certificates.

Do you accept insurance?

I am not accepting insurance at this time.

Should I tip my massage therapist?

Tipping is neither required nor expected, but of course we appreciate the gesture!  Our massage therapists do not depend on tips, but if you would like to leave a tip, simply add the gratuity at checkout.

The best appreciation you can show is by referring your family & friends and letting them know about the amazing benefits of massage therapy!

Is my therapist licensed?

Yes. P is licensed in the State of Hawaii #16557,  as well as a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). She also completed her Ashiatstu Deepfeet Bar Therapy certification with Abby Parker in 2019.

To be licensed in the State of Hawaii individuals must meet the minimum education and training hours requirement of 570 hours & pass the State of Hawaii licensure examination. As well as possess current infant and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation ("CPR") certificate from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. LMT's also must complete in continuing education (CE) annually to renew every other year. 

What should I expect from my first session?

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Do I need to come showered for my massage?

You don't need to necessarily shower right before your massage, but please come to your appointments clean and free of fragranced personal care products.

Should I take off my underwear for the treatment?

This depends on your comfort level and the type of massage you are going to receive. 

For Ashiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue Massage,  Hot Stone, many people prefer to be completely nude when they receive a massage, while others prefer to keep their undergarments on.  It's completely up to you, and you are encouraged to undress to your level of comfort.

Tight-fitting or bulky undergarments can sometimes get in the way of the massage, especially if your problem areas are the low-back, buttocks, or hips.  Women usually remove their bras so no straps are in the way of back and shoulder massage. 

Licensed massage therapists must ensure that clients are always properly covered by a sheet or towel, genitals will never be exposed, and only the specific areas being massaged will be uncovered. 

The pressure isn’t deep enough, but I don’t want to complain… what should I do? 

You are encouraged to openly communicate with your massage therapist about your preferences and comfort, the session is meant to be the very best for YOU. If anything needs to be adjusted, or if we are almost (but not quite) getting the right spot, just speak up and let us know right away!

 I will check in with you when working on your upper body and again when shifting to lower body on pressure preference using a scale 1-5. 1 being very light almost no pressure and 5 being too much pressure. My goal is to keep you at a 3 or 4. Sometimes we may also find that an area is just really tender and needs a 1 or 2 pressure level, if that is the case please speak up and say something along the lines of “that’s tender there, or a little less please” and we will adjust for your comfort. 

The myth that massage therapy needs to hurt in order to be effective is not how I practice. Some of the most effective techniques involve very light, gentle touch.  Often, too much pressure can cause muscles to tighten further, and detract from the effectiveness of your treatment. I like to keep the body feeling safe, relax the nervous system, and allow you to be in control of your healing session. 

Is it okay to talk during my massage?

You will experience the greatest benefits from your session if you just allow yourself to become quiet, relaxed, & become aware of your breath. Give yourself a serenity break by just focusing on just you for your appointment, & I can focus on providing a great massage. Silent team work. 

Definitely communicate with me if you feel any pain or discomfort, if you have any concerns during your massage, or if there is anything that I can do to make you more comfortable. Room temperature, noises, pressure, etc. I am here to make you as blissful as possible for the ultimate self care session. 

I woke up with a cold today. Should I come in? 

A massage will likely just make you feel worse. If you are sick, you may get your therapist sick and pass it on to other clients that day. Even if you are giving less than a 24 hour notice, we prefer you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling unwell, so let us know as soon as possible.

When is it not okay to get massaged? 

It is important for you to fully complete your Health History and keep your therapist up to date on your condition.  Not all types of massage are appropriate for all conditions.Not all types of massage are appropriate for all conditions.  Many health conditions may require gentler forms of massage therapy, or more specialized techniques and treatment plans. In many cases, your massage therapist can come up with a treatment plan that will work for you and your health situation. ​​Even some prescribed or over-the-counter medications can contraindicate receiving certain types of massage therapy.  Be sure to list any medications you are taking, and inform your therapist of any changes since your last visit.
​In some situations, it might be best to request your physician's consent and recommendations before performing massage. It is really important for you to fully complete your Health History form and keep me up to date on your condition.  

​Be sure to let your massage therapist know if you have:

  • Any acute injury from a recent accident such as whiplash, sprains, or other soft tissue damage. 

  • Swelling or edema.

  • Acute conditions such as flared-up psoriasis, eczema, or rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, prominent varicose veins, osteoporosis, or any other serious medical conditions.   

What should I do after a massage? 

It's a great idea to give yourself some additional time after your massage to continue relaxing and to allow your body to fully absorb the benefits of massage. I leave plenty of time in between appointments so that you never feel hurried and can take your time before you head out the door.
I suggest continuing to honor your self care for the day and just take it easy to enjoy the prolonged state of bliss. Drink plenty of water and electrolytes to help flush out any lactic acid that has been released from your muscles. 
Ashiatsu is a deep pressure modality and is highly effective to release tension, your muscles and ligaments will feel just as relaxed as your mind does, so avoid lifting anything heavy for the next 24 hours. It is highly possible to tweak a muscle, if you do not practice caution. 

Is it okay to exercise after a massage?

Exercise is not recommended after an Ashiatsu session as your body is ultra relaxed and supple. 
A Swedish or hot stone massage would be a better option if you wanted to work out after your treatment. 

What if I fall asleep, drool, or snore? 

This very common & often happens during a massage and is nothing to be embarrassed about.  Massage naps are the best! Just take it as a sign you are enjoying the relaxation. I will continue to do my massage & just let you know when it’s time to turn over. 
I encourage the clients to relax as much as possible especially your first half of your massage when laying face down. Your body is the most relaxed and more progress can be made in your muscles. When I have you turn over to finish up the session, I usually start to engage with you a little bit more, using some stretching techniques to wake you up.. as well as ending the session off with hot towels on your hands and feet to bring you back to earth. 

Can I blow my nose, itch, or get up to go to the bathroom during a session? 

Of course! We don’t want you lying there uncomfortable and preoccupied, so feel free to take care of it.
If you need to get up- just let me know and I will give you privacy to get dressed, not a problem. Your comfort is my number 1 priority. 

How should I prepare for my first treatment?

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Should I tell my massage therapist if I have a rash, wart, or cut?

Yes, please let your massage therapist know right away so we can avoid and protect the affected areas. 

What if I have big breasts to get in the way or make him comfortable to lay face down?

I usually use bolsters under each shoulder to slightly pull back our shoulders that are 99.9% in a forward position. These do help make some space for large breasts as well as clients with larger rib cages. If you are uncomfortable laying face down, or in any other position, please let me know and I will adjust you with bolsters and towels to make you as comfortable as possible. Again- comfort is my number one priorty. 

Is it OK to use tobacco, marijuana, or drink alcohol before my massage?

We ask that you please refrain from using tobacco, recreational drugs, or alcohol at least 4 hours before your appointment.  Even some prescription or over the counter medications can contraindicate massage

What if I’ve experienced a trauma or abuse that is still triggered by touch? Should I let my massage therapist know? 

Yes, absolutely. I promise to keep my space safe for you in all aspects & you can have complete confidence that anything we talk about stays in the session room, between you and I only. Please let me know if you do not want to be touched in a specific area or in a certain way. You don’t have to give us any details, and you have the right to ask to take a break or end your massage all together at any time, for any reason.

If I’m attracted to my massage therapist, can I ask them out?

Our professional ethical code of conduct that requires us to make sure boundaries are clear, and massage therapist-client relationships must be kept professional, or be terminated if things become personal.  Additionally, we have a zero tolerance policy and any sexual advances, innuendo, or inappropriate touching is grounds for immediate termination of your session.

What if I get aroused or an erection during the massage session?

Arousal is a natural parasympathetic response, so don’t feel guilty. However, understand that it was not your massage therapist’s intention to arouse you. Our professional ethical code of conduct that requires us to make sure boundaries are clear.  If there is a distracting technique or motion (i.e. rocking the prone torso) that aroused you, it is okay to tell your therapist to stop that motion.   Just to be clear, I have a zero tolerance policy and any sexual advances, innuendo, or inappropriate touching is grounds for immediate termination of your session.

Can I joke about “happy endings” even if I have no interest in receiving one?

No, not even as a joke.  This is disrespectful to me as your massage therapist and to our profession.  Additionally, I have a zero tolerance policy and any sexual advances, innuendo, or inappropriate touching is grounds for immediate termination of your session.