Enlightened Therapeutic and Prenatal Massage

Professional Massage Therapy~ Kristina Casini LMBT #10679

NEW TO MASSAGE?
 
What to expect Before, During & After your massage
 
Before you arrive, take a warm bath (if possible). The warm water will begin the relaxation process and increase the blood flow near the skin. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time, you will complete a health history form and the Massage Therapist will review it with you to determine the best treatment based on your needs. Your massage is YOUR massage. This is time set aside for you. If you wish to ask questions during your session, please feel free to do so. If you prefer silence, that is fine too. Be aware that during some types of massage some level of communication is required to provide you with the desired outcome. Please let your therapist know if they need to adjust the pressure. After the massage, be sure to hydrate with plenty of water. You should consume half of your  body weight in ounces on a daily basis, and this is even more important after a massage. Most people who feel achy the day after a massage either forgot or ignored our reminder to drink plenty of water in the 48 hours after the session. If you don't drink enough water, you may feel worse the next day, like a cold was coming on or very fatigued. This just means that your body is still cleaning itself out.
 
How do I schedule an appointment?
All you need to reserve your appointment is a phone and a credit or debit card.  You may use another form of payment (cash or check) once the services have been rendered.  If you have a promotional voucher or gift card, you will  need to provide that number to reserve your appointment time.
 
I understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. In my desire to be effective and fair to all clients, the following policies are honored:
 
What is your cancellation policy?
Please allow 24 hours advance notice to reschedule or cancel. Cancellations in less than 24 hours and “No shows” will be responsible for a $25 fee. The charges will go on the credit card you gave when scheduling your appointment or you can pay by cash.
These rules also apply to Gift Certificates*/ coupons/ other promotions~ in the event of a "no show" or same day cancellation the voucher will become void and is considered redeemed. (including but not limited to Groupon and Living Social vouchers). *You may choose to keep your gift certificate and pay the $25 fee instead.

What should I know about Gift Certificates / Coupons/ Promotional Vouchers?
It is the responsibility of the client to keep up with their coupons/gift certificates/vouchers. They must be presented at time of service to be redeemed for credit. No refunds.  Cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. They must be used in full, no cash back. Cannot be combined with other specials, discounts, promos, coupons or any other offer. If you miss your scheduled appointment or fail to give at least a 24 hour notice of cancellation, your gift certificate (see above) /coupon/ voucher will be considered redeemed and becomes null and void. If you arrive late for your appointment, you will be given the time remaining.
 Do you take walk-ins?
No, please call to schedule your appointment.
Please call to set up a time to purchase a gift certificate also.

Do I need to arrive early?
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to use the restroom and ensure adequate time for us to discuss any changes in your health or medical status. If you are a new client, you will need to complete an intake form.
 
What if I'm running late?
Please give a courtesy call as soon as you know. Late arrivals are not granted extensions, and will receive the remainder of their scheduled session and full session price will be due. If you are 15 minutes late, your appointment may be considered missed. Please contact the therapist directly. Also, if you schedule one hour and decide to only get a 30 minute session, you will still be charged for the time that you initially reserved.

What can I expect for my first massage?
When you arrive for your first appointment, you will be required to fill out a Client Intake Form and sign the Office Policy. After discussing your health history, current need for massage, and any painful areas of concern we will create a personalized session tailored just for you, as there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" massage session.  Then you will be given a few minutes of privacy and peace to undress to your level of comfort before laying on the massage table. You will be draped in sheets and a blanket or towel for the duration of the session. Take a few breaths to settle in and the therapist will knock before entering the room again.  Once the massage begins, feel free to openly communicate if you would like to change the pressure, temperature, music, or have a drink of water. This is your time to relax, so be comfortable and content!
 
Why do I need to fill out the Client Intake Form?
The more the therapist knows of your medical history, the better they can adjust the techniques/products used during your session. Please answer each question to the best of your knowledge. If you are unsure how to answer a question, just ask.  Take responsibility to update your form when necessary (e.g. recent surgeries, new painful areas of concern, skin rash, new medications, etc). Any information you provide is private and confidential.  These forms need to be updated yearly.
 
Is there ever a bad time to get a massage?
Actually, yes. If you are suffering from fever, severe burns, poison ivy, or any other form of widespread skin rash/irritation, please refrain from booking a session or call to reschedule your appointment within 24 hours. Also, if you've suffered from an injury within the past 36-72 hours, it may be best to practice RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) or seek medical help. Lastly, if you are currently ill or are even 'starting to feel better today' after an extended illness, just wait a little longer before receiving a massage (massage promotes healthy immune function by improving lymphatic circulation but this may make an ill person feel worse). 
 
What kind of payment do you accept?
Payment is due at time of service. Cash, check, or credit card. Returned checks are subject to a $25 fee. There are no refunds once services have been rendered.
 
Do you sell Gift Certificates?
Yes! Giving the gift of Massage is a wonderful way to show your spouse, friend, or co-worker that you care about their wellbeing.  Once purchased, Gift Certificates are non-refundable.  Call to make arrangements for purchase. If desired, you can include a gratuity (tip) on the gift certificate, just let your therapist know at the time of purchase.
 
Can you help me avoid the doctor?
No. I am a licensed massage therapist in the state of North Carolina.  I cannot diagnose medical diseases or disorders, prescribe medications, or perform manipulations or adjustments of the human skeletal structure. I will be happy to refer you to those who are licensed to do so.
 
Can I bring my child with me?
To enjoy the full benefits of massage, children are not allowed in the treatment room unless they are old enough to enjoy their own session. You will not be able to fully relax and they may interrupt another person's session. I do not have a babysitter on staff, please do not leave young children unattended in the waiting area.
 
Do you accept tips?
Although not expected, gratuities are gratefully accepted at your discretion and are customarily about 20%.

Do you perform erotic massage?
No. Never. If this is what you seek, do not contact me. I provide only non-sensual, professional therapeutic massage. Any act of sexual misconduct or harassment by the client will immediately terminate the session, and full payment will be due.  Law enforcement will be notified if deemed appropriate.  Do not 'hint' or make 'suggestions' that are in reference to sexual conduct. Any such statements will be noted in your client record. 
 
I have the right to refuse clients from booking or scheduling.