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Are you considering working with me but have some questions? You’re not the only one. Here are some of the most asked questions I receive from clients. Don’t see your question on here or want me to elaborate? Send me a message!
Massage Therapy Questions
Absolutely, yes! Massage therapy is safe at any stage of pregnancy and that includes the first trimester. It is an old and annoying myth that massage should be avoided during this time. I do recommend being treated by a therapist who has extra training and experience in pregnancy massage.
You have two options for positioning after the first trimester of your pregnancy, side-lying and prone (lying on your belly) with the support of special pillow designed specifically for your growing bump! Both of these positions are safe, but there are certain situations where one position might be better than the other. We will go over positioning before every treatment so that you are always comfortable.
Please plan to arrive at least ten minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will allow you time to use the washroom, get acquainted with the space and for us to get settled into the treatment room.The first 5-10 minutes of your appointment will be spent going over your health history and discussing your reasons for seeking massage therapy. I know this part can sometimes feel silly and you just want to get on the table but keep in mind that my getting to know you and your wellness goals helps me give you a better treatment with better results. The hands-on portion of the treatment will end a few minutes before the end of your scheduled treatment time, this will give you time to get off the table and for us to discuss any home care and further treatment planning. It is not uncommon for first time appointments to be 90% on the table and 10% chatting.
A line you probably hear from your RMT often is, "undress to your level of comfort" - I use this line myself all of the time. But what does that mean? It's a pretty open ended statement that can leave some people standing in the room alone, panicked because they don't know what their level of comfort is. I will tell you what I tell my clients after making that statement: Generally, people undress to their underwear and remove their bra however, I've massaged people fully clothed and completely naked so wherever you fall in that spectrum is a-okay with me. I only undrape the area that I am working on, everything else will be covered by the sheet.
Personally, I would really love to see us move away from tipping massage therapists. We are health care professionals (would you tip your chiropractor or physiotherapist?) and I just don't think it's necessary. In my own practice, it's always rewarding to know a client enjoyed their treatment enough to want to tip me but I do not accept them (even though I am appreciative of the gesture). If you enjoyed your treatment, the best tip of all would be to tell your family and friends or leave a review about your experience.
Hey, I get it, life is unpredictable and sometimes you need to cancel your appointment at the last minute. It happens. However, as a sole-proprietor, 100% of my income comes from my amazing clients, and that’s you! When you cancel at the last minute or do not show up for your appointment, my livelihood is jeopardized. You have also taken an appointment away from someone else who would have benefited from my care. Though sometimes possible, it can be difficult to fill appointments that are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. As such, I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel, need to reschedule or no show for your appointment for any reason (unless you are in labour) with less than 24 hours notice, the credit card on file will be charged 100% of the treatment cost. You are welcome to send a friend or family member in your stead.
Thank you for valuing my time.
At this point, I unfortunately do not have an accessible space. There are 3 steps up to the building and then a set of stairs up to the treatment space.
Yes! There is a small parking lot at the back of the building (off Yarmouth St). You will see signs saying, "Staff Only" however I have made arrangements with the landlord to allow my patients to also use the parking. We also have lots of street parking on Norfolk.
In short, a doula is your own personal tour guide through pregnancy, labour and birth. They’ll point out all the must see attractions, give you thoughtful answers to your questions about what you’re seeing/experiencing, give you insider tips on how to make the most of this time, and they’ll help you create and navigate the kind of journey you’re hoping for. It has been proven that people with continuous support from a doula during labour are more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth and cesarean births (Bohren et al. Cochrane Review, 2017).
No. Midwives are medical care providers. Doulas are not. Your midwife (or other primary care providers) are responsible for the medical care of you and your baby(ies) and perform all the clinical tasks. A doula is there for emotional, physical and informational support.
This isn't a question but it is a concern that pops up lot. As your tour guide, a doula does not minimize this special time between you and your partner. They are there to be a part of your already strong team of supporters. A doula can help a partner just as much as the birthing parent by giving them reassurance, allow them to take breaks and get food/sleep/a moment if needed. I always say, I know labour and birth and your partner knows you so together we make the perfect team!
YES! Most hospitals allow doulas and other support people to accompany you during your labour. When in doubt, contact the hospital you plan to give birth at and confirm they will allow a doula to accompany you.
Choosing your doula is a highly personal choice. When interviewing potential doulas ask yourself, is this someone I feel can support my choices? How do they make me feel? Would I be comfortable with this person seeing me naked/pooping/throwing up? Make a list of what is important to you and then ask the doula in your interview. Don’t be shy, we’ve heard it all!
No. However, some extended healthcare providers do cover some of the costs of a doula.
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