Do you do full body massages?

I don’t do ‘massages’ 🙂
I practice the Functional Muscle Manipulation, a specific therapeutic technique, with specific goals: To release your chronically contracted muscles mostly next to your spine, in order to heal you from muscle and nerve pains, improve your flexibility, improve your quality of life. With an emphasis of long term results.
I typically don’t work on the arms and legs, but there are cases where it’s necessary, and we can discuss that. 
In case it is not clear by now, I also don’t do ‘pleasure massages’ with intimate expectations.

Where do you practice?

My office is at ste 105, 1601 N Gower St, in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.
If you are looking for a deeply relaxing but also therapeutic massage near Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Westwood, Central LA, Koreatown, Mid City, Culver City, Silver Lake, you are near. 
If you have back pain, nerve pain, neuropathy, headaches, migraines, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and are looking for deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, relaxation massage, pain relief, muscle rehabilitation, neuromuscular massage, the Functional Muscle Manipulation will surprise you with it’s efficacy. 

What if I want a 90 mins massage?

I practice the Functional Muscle Manipulation.
The sessions are 50 mins long ‘hands-on’. In total you will be in my practice for a bit more than an hour.
It is focused work for both the therapist and the client. The client participates, works with the therapist.
Keeping ‘contact’, being present in other words, is like a workout to your nervous system.
The therapy works by releasing the deep muscles next to the spine. Not on all your body.
Although shorter, the FMM will relieve your chronic tension much more than any other type of massage you have tried or may try in the future.

I offer an 80 mins option of an FMM session. I advise you to pick the Discounted First Session at first, though, unless you have specific issues that might not be covered in the typical session.

Drapping

You will remove your clothes from the waist up and you will lie face down.
The FMM is practiced almost solely on the back and I use unscented high quality vegetable massage oil that doesn’t leave stains.
You can keep your pants or skirt on, or take them off to feel more comfortable.
Often you will need to have the upper part of your buttocks exposed, to work on your glutes. Your legs will be covered.

Paying with insurance

If you pay with an HSA or FSA account, you will not pay sales tax, and you can deduct the expense on your tax-return.

I cannot get paid by your insurance for my services, but some clients had success in getting reimbursed. You could ask your insurance provider if they would reimburse an invoice by a massage therapist after a referral by your in-system physician.

In case of a Personal Injury by a car accident, your chiropractor might be able to refer you to me and your insurance should be able to cover my therapy.

Music - Talking

Your first session will be mostly without music, since I have a lot to tell you, and some things to hear from you.

In order for you to have results that don’t just last for the day, I will help you understand what keeps you contracted and how to unfold.

Don’t expect a spa-type session where with the use of soft but indifferent music and soft strokes you will hopefully fall into a reviving nap.
You will need to breathe in a certain way, and be present in your body while I work on you. We are looking to enhance your body-mind connection.
I will be guiding you.

From session 2 and onwards there will be music. I almost always play soft and emotional songs with some meaning. If a tune brings out memories or emotions, that is something desirable most of the time. It helps you feel and connect to your body.

Occasionally, someone may ask me to not play music at all or to play just instrumental music. I can accommodate either.

Sliding scale payment

My philosophy is that noone that understands the need for real therapy with the Functional Muscle Manipulation should be left out because they can’t afford it. If you understand your need to be treated, you are willing to commit till we have lasting results, but have low income, let’s talk. In most cases, I should be able to accomodate your need.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel 24h in advance to avoid penalty.

A “no-show” will ne charged at 50% of the standard session cost.