General Questions

 


Where is your practice located?

I practice massage at Studio 34. Studio 34 is located on Baltimore Ave in West Philly. It is easily accessible via public transit, and there is street parking available on Baltimore Ave as well as on residential streets nearby.

*New location added!*

I now offer massage on Mondays and Wednesdays at Ahimsa House, located at 5007 Cedar Ave in West Philly. It is accessible via public transit and there is street parking available.


Is your location wheelchair accessible?

The front entrance to Studio 34, located on Baltimore Ave, involves a relatively steep, narrow staircase of 20 steps, with railings on either side. There is a rear entrance on Springfield Ave with a ramp that is accessible to those with mobility impairments. If you prefer to use the rear entrance, please let me know when we schedule our first session and I will coordinate the details of that with you.

Ahimsa House has four steps down into the healing space, and also has a short, steep ramp that should be wide enough for most wheelchairs.


When should I arrive?

You are welcome to arrive right when your appointment starts, although I encourage you to arrive a few minutes early so you don’t feel rushed.


Do you take tips?

I don't expect tips in my practice, because I'm working for myself. The rates quoted on this page reflect the whole cost you can expect for the session.


What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, credit, checks, and Venmo/Paypal. I'm also open to trades of goods and services of roughly equal value.


Bodywork Questions


What kinds of massage do you practice?

I practice client-centered therapeutic massage, which means that each session is individual and tailored to what you need and want in that moment. To meet those needs, I draw from a variety of styles of bodywork, including Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, Trager technique, and craniosacral therapy.

Here are the most common sessions people receive:

Pain relief and injury rehabilitation: These sessions are primarily deep tissue massage, focused on the area(s) of pain or injury. We work with deep breathing and lots of communication to stay within your limits while achieving serious, lasting relief and freedom of movement. These sessions can also include scar tissue work and myofascial release, which is ideal for addressing long-held imbalances in the body's structure.

Sports massage - Increase mobility, reduce pain, and boost performance. A sports massage session typically includes Swedish massage to flush and rejuvenate tissues, deep tissue massage to address injuries or pain, and assisted stretching to increase mobility and provide release.

Deep relaxation - These sessions are more holistic in focus. The pace is slower, the music is gentler, and while areas of pain are addressed, the intention of the session is to bring your body-mind-spirit into a place of deep relaxation and hold space for the spontaneous healing that arises in those conditions. These sessions typically combine Swedish massage (gentle massage with oil over the whole body) and craniosacral therapy (long holds at the head and feet, with an energetic focus).


Do I have to be completely undressed?

How much you do or don’t wear during a massage is totally up to you – feel free to undress to your comfort level. Some people stay fully clothed, some go buck naked, some strip down to just underwear. Any body parts we aren't actively working on will be covered by a sheet and blanket during the session. The most important thing is that you are true to what will make you the most comfortable during your session.


What am I supposed to do during the massage?

The only thing you “need” to do during a massage is be present and breathe. I welcome feedback on whether you would like more pressure, or if anything is uncomfortable for any reason. Feel free to ask questions, express emotions, or fall asleep - this is your time to connect with your body, and the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and supported during your session.