FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where are you located?

My office location is in the Oceanfront area at 1213 Laskin Road Suite 104 Virginia Beach VA 23451.  This is a brick building to the left of the Richard Stravitz Art Studio, home to a variety of holistic practitioners.  Entrance to my space is located in the back of the building.  Lot parking available in front. 

Please note that my massage room is on the second floor and there are stairs.  Should you be physically unable to walk up stairs I offer delivered massage service. 

Where do you deliver and how does that work?

I deliver within 10 miles of the Virginia Beach Convention Center (19th St. Oceanfront).  If you are outside of this area I may still be open to delivering but it will require an additional travel charge.  Please contact me with your location by phone (240-643-4079) or email and I will let you know if I can accommodate you.  When an appointment is accepted: 

  • Please let me know if there is a gate code I need to enter for your community or if there is a preferred place for me to park.  

  • Please have a place in mind where you would like for me to set up.  An ideal space is free of distraction, clutter, and large enough to fit a massage table (space 5'-8' or larger) or massage chair (space 4'x4' or larger).

  • I will bring relaxation music, but if you have music that you prefer to listen to you are welcome to have that playing before I arrive. 

  • On your first visit I will need you to fill out a brief health intake form.  This can be done before I arrive through MassageBook booking software or while I set up.  (you will be sent a link by email)

  • If getting a group together for chair massage I will use a sign up sheet to determine everyone's time slot.  An email will be sent prior to the appointment to gather this information.  

 

Please note the time you purchase is hands-on massage time.  It does not account for the time it takes to setup and cleanup upon arrival and departure. When planning your day please plan on me being there for additional 15-20 minutes of time.

How long are your sessions?

For table massages I offer a variety of session lengths from 1-2 hours in 15 min increments. (60 min, 75, 90, 105, 120 min) This is hands-on massage time.  Please arrive on time.  Lateness to your appointment may result your session time being reduced. 

On site chair massage is offered in 15 min , 30 min, or 45 min sessions.  This service may be performed indoors or outdoors per your request. 

Off site chair massage (delivered to your) is offered on an hourly basis and designed for groups. In one hour of chair massage 2 people could get 30 min each or 6 people could get 10 min each. 

How long of a massage session do you recommend I get?

A 60 minute massage is just enough time to have a full body massage.   If you have areas you would like extra focus on and still want everything addressed, a 90 minute or longer is recommended.  90 minute sessions are the most popular.  The more time I am given the more specific I can address your muscular issues.  Shorter massages are better if looking for general relaxation & maintenance.  Add-ons do not add time.  If you plan to include the add-on exfoliation or castor oil pack treatments, you must book a massage that 75 min or longer.   

How often should I be getting massage?

Depending on your issues and activity level most people enjoy scheduling massages every 2-6 weeks.  Most of the time I recommend a monthly routine.  If you are having specific issues that need extra attention I may recommend a plan for you to have several sessions close together until the issue is resolved and then seeing me bi-weekly or monthly.  After giving you a session I will be able to better recommend a plan that will be best for the upkeep of your body. 

What kind of massage do you specialize in?

I am a graduate of Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy which trained me in the specialty of Cayce/Reilly massage.  This is very similar to traditional Swedish massage but is designed to be more relaxing and spiritually-based.  Shortly after graduating massage school I studied to become a Reiki Master.  Reiki is not a massage technique, but is a specialty that lends well to enhancing it.   I am always keeping up with continuing education and learning new massage techniques.  You will find my style to incorporate elements of different modalities including acupressure, neuromuscular and reflexology.  Most people are pleased with my strength and ability to provide deep tissue with attention to detail.  

How much school do you need to be a massage therapist?

In the State of Virginia, 700 hours is required and you are licensed under the Board of Nursing.  Additional education is required every 2 years to keep your license.  My license is always with me and presentable to you at the time of your service.  Massage therapy is licensed differently in each state and some states may require more or less education.

I've never received a massage before.  What should I expect?

First, I will need you to fill out a brief medical history form to determine if there are any contraindications or areas of caution.  After a brief verbal discussion to determine your area(s) of focus I will step out of the room, sanitize my hands, and allow you to privately get on the table and between the sheets.  Be sure to remember to take off necklaces and other jewelry that may get in the way.  Some people are comfortable undressing completely and others are more comfortable leaving their underwear on - it is your preference - your groin and buttocks will always remain covered in the security of a sheet and blanket at all times.  Each body part will be un-draped, massaged, and re-draped.  It is not necessary to 'help' or assist me in any way.  (I will move your arms, legs, etc if I need to.  The best way to relax is to keep yourself limp, concentrate of your breathe, take a moment to meditate and enjoy the experience.  If at anytime you are uncomfortable with anything about the service it is important that you voice your concerns to me immediately.  It's also good to hear (during or after) the massage what parts you enjoyed (or did not enjoy) the most so I can make note of it and be able to better customize your future services.  

What is Reiki?

In Japanese ‘Rei’ (pronounced 'Ray') stands for universal spirit, or the higher power and ‘Ki’ (pronounced 'Key') means life force energy.  It is a technique for relaxation and healing that treats the whole of a person including mind, body, and spirit. When there is an imbalance in the energy of a living organism, symptoms manifest as ‘dis-ease'. Reiki is a spiritual practice that works to correct these imbalances for better health & a more fulfilling life.  Several elements are needed & utilized by the practitioner including:​

  • Meditation & Use of Mantras

  • Breathing Techniques

  • Chakra Knowledge

  • Ancient Sacred Symbols

  • Ethical Principles

  • Attunements from a Reiki Master (There are 3 levels to Mastership)

What is cupping and would it be good for me?

Cupping is a Asian technique and there are a variety of types of cupping tools.  I use silicone cups, which are a very effective tool in relieving muscle tension.  By creating vacuum pressure, layers of muscle and soft tissue are pulled apart, creating more space, increasing blood flow, and speeding the healing process.  I find this works really well on people with dense muscles that are difficult to release.  It is important to know that cupping is not for everyone.  Pressure can be controlled some, but the sensation feels like a deep tissue technique which some either really like, or really don't like.  Cupping is contraindicated for use on anyone with blood disorders, on blood thinners, or those that bruise easily.  On some occasions marks (nicknamed 'cup kiss') may be left on the skin after receiving this treatment.  This is normal and a visible indication that blood flow has increased and the healing process is taking place.  These marks usually go away within 3-5 days. I have found cupping to work really well with improving:

  • Headaches

  • Arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Post-injury trauma

  • Post-surgery adhesions

  • Cellulite & stretch marks

  • Musculo-skeletal problems (pain, spasms, tightness, stiffness)

  • Vertigo

What are hot stones good for?

Besides feeling great, hot stones are a very relaxing way to soften muscles during a massage.  The heat of the stones warms the muscle tissue and relaxes you to help me get to the deeper muscles effectively and in a gentle way.  

Can I get a massage when I'm pregnant?

Yes.  Receiving massage during pregnancy can really help with relieving the mental and physical fatigue that comes along with the changes your body is going through.  However, there are contraindications to receive massage if you are having a high risk pregnancy or have a history of blood clots.  If you are in your 1st trimester I would prefer a doctor's note before giving you a massage.  To avoid pressure on the abdominal region you will be propped up with a wedge when laying on your back and/or you will be laying on your side with the support and comfort of pillows.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol which is a compound naturally found in the cannabis plant.  It has become increasingly popular in recent years due to a number of scientific and medical studies that find it is extremely helpful for treating a wide range of health issues.  CBD is legal, extremely safe, you cannot overdose on it, and it has no psychoactive properties like its friend, THC.  It has been found to be effective in relieving people of the following:

  • Inflammation

  • Pain, including chronic

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression

  • Psychosis

  • Seizures

  • Spasms

  • Arthritis

  • Diabetes

  • Alcoholism

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Schizophrenia

  • PTSD

  • Antibiotic resistant infections

  • Epilepsy

  • Neurological disorders

  • Cancer fighting properties

CBD is sold and used in many forms and a variety concentrate levels.  You may find CBD oil in dropper sized bottles that you can take orally, supplements, and specialized edible treats.  In my practice per your request via the muscle relief add-on, I use CBD infused massage oil and cream that absorbs into your skin.  Please note that as a massage therapist it is beyond my scope of practice to diagnose you for a medical condition or prescribe you a medication.  If you have any health concerns about using CBD oil it is important that you speak with your doctor.  

What is a castor oil pack?

A cotton or wool linen cloth soaked in Castor Oil, heated, and placed over the abdomen is a Castor Oil Pack.  The pack is left on for 45 min - 1 hour.  This is a classic treatment that was recommended by Edgar Cayce and a holistic way to detox the liver and digestive system.   Based on Edgar Cayce's readings and other research the castor oil pack has been recommended to help with the following:​

  • Increases and balances eliminations/bowel movements

  • Stimulates the liver

  • Dissolves and removes lesions and adhesions

  • Relieves pain

  • Releases colon impaction

  • Coordinates nervous system

  • Stimulates gallbladder

  • Reduces toxemia

  • Increases circulation of lymph and blood

  • Increases gastro-intestinal assimilation

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Increases relaxation

  • Reduces flatulence

  • Reduces nausea

  • Dissolves gallstones

  • Reduces swelling

  • Draws out acidity

  • Relieves headaches

  • Improves coordination of perspiration/respiration

  • Helps to dissolve tumors

If receiving the Castor Oil Pack add-on you will be able to keep your pack and re-use it.  Regular ​application of the pack will improve results.  You will be given everything you need, except for a heating pad, to use the pack on your own for several more uses.  

Who is Edgar Cayce?

Also known as 'The Sleeping Prophet' and 'Father of Holistic Medicine', Edgar Cayce was a very popular clairvoyant in the early 20th century.  He gave readings on a variety of subjects including health/cures, philosophy/reincarnation, dream interpretation, psychic phenomena, and spiritual growth - all while he was in a trance.  He would not recall anything he said after he gave his readings, however his wife transcribed all of them which makes him the most documented psychic of all time. Through his readings, Cayce connected with Harold J. Reilly, a physiotherapist of the time, and through analysis of his health readings, the style of Cayce/Reilly massage was born.  Documentation of Cayce's 14,000+ readings can be found at the A.R.E. (Association of Research and Enlightenment) in Virginia Beach, VA.  The life and work of Edgar Cayce is fascinating.  If you would like to learn more about the life of Edgar Cayce I would recommend the book There is a River by Thomas Sugrue.  I would also highly recommend The Edgar Cayce Companion which is an organized compilation/reference of excerpts from some of his readings.  These books and many more can be found at the A.R.E. bookstore/gift shop.  

What forms of payment do you accept? 

I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards including HSA cards. 

Do you accept insurance?

At this time, no.  Unfortunately insurance billing for massage therapy can be challenging, as a lot of insurance companies do not recognize massage as a benefit and aid in healthcare and will therefore not cover it.  This is something I am educating myself on and I hope to be able to accept it in the future.  

What is your cancellation policy?

It is respectful to give 24 hours notice before changing or cancelling your appointment.  If you change or cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours notice a credit card will be required to book an appointment in the future.  If you change or cancel your appointment a second time with less than 24 hours notice you will be charged 100% of the service.  If you are late to your appointment you will be charged the full amount of time. 

Do you offer any discounts?

I love to show my appreciation to those that love my service, spread the word, and are committed to their health with routine massage.  I offer several ways of saying thank you:  ​

  • Refer a friend -they get $5 off, and you get a $5 credit to your account.  

  • Purchase a series of 5 massages and receive 10% off

  • Write a review online and receive $10 toward an add-on of your choice.  At this time you may submit a review on MassageBook or Facebook.  Limit up to $20 credit.  

  • Delivery Only - schedule more than one person in the same household/same day and save $15 off each massage.

  • Delivery Only - If you have a massage table & have it ready when I get there with your own provided linens that you are responsible for laundering, a discount of $10 is given.  

GET IN TOUCH

1213 Laskin Road

Suite 104

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Tel: 240-643-4079

Email: fortin.kate@gmail.com

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