For most people, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. There, I said it. We don’t like to talk about money, it’s supposed to be a private issue. But I’m addressing it head on. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.
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But if I expect you to jiggle the numbers and budget $130 for a session every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what you’re buying. So here it is, what you get from a 90 minute, $130 structural bodywork session.

Clarity in Pricing

What I charge is clearly listed here. I am more like your chiropractor or physical therapist than I am like your hair dresser, so I do not accept tips.

Structural bodywork is the only service I offer. Can you tell the difference between sports massage and deep tissue massage? Between deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy? I can’t either.

I will use the most current understanding of physiology, biomechanics, and clinical technique to help you move better so you can feel better. That’s it.

Expertise

Many massage therapists advertise to runners, but how many of them were collegiate athletes? Training for performance teaches a lot more about how to run well and stay healthy than a 30 minute jog 3 times per week.

Are you a rock climber? I can tell you why your upper back mobility is facilitating your shoulder injury, and help you improve it.

Do your hips hurt when you squat? I know what a good squat should look like, and can help you find it

Got a rotator cuff injury? I can help with that.

Specificity

A full body massage feels great, no question. But is that what you’re really looking for?

Wouldn’t you rather spend the time making sure your specific complaints get addressed thoroughly?

If you come to see me because of back pain, we will treat your back pain. If you come to see me because of wrist pain, we will treat your wrist pain. I will not spend 85 minutes on a full body treatment and carve out a measly 5 extra minutes for your injury. You deserve better than that.

A Full Hour and a Half

Your get my full attention for 90 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I sit down and check in with you and how you’re feeling in your body.

That’s not the case for every business. Massage Envy’s hour is 50 minutes. Elements gives you 55 minutes. That means the therapist has only 5 or 10 minutes to see you out, change the sheets, and maybe get a snack or go to the bathroom. How focused can they be for you?

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Why 90 minutes?

It allows us to check in, discuss your recent movement and pain history, and make a specific plan for your session.

Ninety minutes allows me to work deeply and thoroughly, without cranking the intensity up to 11.

If you’re under 16, or you have trouble recovering from a full 90 minute session, 60 minutes may be more appropriate, and we can make arrangements.

Ease of Scheduling

Scheduling tends to be the second biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. We never think of scheduling massage at a time that is actually convenient to call.

You can schedule with me online right here.

If you prefer, you can call me at 608-535-1154 to schedule. We may need to play a bit of phone tag since I may need to call you back between clients.

Proper licensing

There are plenty of massage therapists offering discounted massage, operating under the radar. Amazingly, licensure wasn’t required in Wisconsin until December 1, 2010.

If a therapist is operating without all the proper licenses, their insurance will be voided in the event of claim. That’s scary stuff right there.

Be sure to look up the license status if you’re ever in doubt. My license number is #12892, under Massage Therapist or Bodywork Therapist.

Referrals

A session with me gets you connections with all the practitioners I know. And that’s a lot of people. If massage isn’t helping your tendonitis, back pain, or shoulder pain, I’ll help you find the right acupuncturist, PT or chiropractor.

No oils, lotions, or creams

If you have sensitive skin, the first session with a new massage therapist can be an adventure.

Using lubricants makes it difficult to engage the fascia well, so I don’t use any. Slow, patient work allows my hands to glide without stretching, tearing, or irritating the skin. If you’re a guy with a super hairy chest, I might use a little beeswax, but that’s it.

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You get to support a small local business

I’ve got a fancy business name, but really it’s just me and my team. No conglomerate. No fancy management structure or corporate set up. Just a small-business owner, paying his taxes, raising his kids, and participating in the same communities he serves.

There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in an era of big box stores and Amazon. When you pay $130 for a session, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy.

All that, from a $130 structural bodywork session.