How Do I Get Started ?

Create An Account

Before your first visit, it is helpful to create an online account in the Kodawari online registration system. You can always just show up and fill out the liability waiver and establish an account in the studio.

  • All visitors must register for an online account and sign our electronic liability waiver
  • Please check “Subscribe to email reminders & notifications” to receive receipts and waitlist confirmations
  • We recommend managing your schedule using our smartphone app for Apple or Android devices.
  • Each visitor is required to have their own online account with a unique email address. Young yogis age 13 and up must practice with a parent or legal guardian

Can I Leave Before The Class Ends ?

For the benefit of yourself and fellow practitioners, we request that you don’t arrive to class later than 10 minutes after class has started and to avoid leaving early, if at all possible.

The true benefits of yoga come through experiencing the practice in totality. Each class starts with a warm up period and ends with a relaxation period. These are intrinsic pieces to the whole. Entering late and leaving early doesn’t allow for you to achieve the full benefits of the practice and can be disruptive for your fellow practitioners as well.

In the event that you arrive late or need to leave class early, please unroll or roll up your mat quietly (in the hallway if necessary), open and close the door mindfully – be aware of how you impact others in transitioning into and out of the practice room.

Can I Share A Class Card With My Bestie/partner/family Member ?

YES! You can. Please talk to the front desk directly to link your class cards.

Can I Share A Membership With My Bestie/partner/family Member ?

Yes and no. We designed a Family Membership option that supports 2 people doing yoga for 1 price. Please visit our pricing page to see the details and conditions. Otherwise, no.

Can I Bring My Cellphone/Apple Watch/Camera Into The Practice Room ?

We encourage you to take a break from your devices…in fact, unless you are a doctor and/or are expecting some emergency call we ask that you leave your cell phone in the hall, on mute or vibrate, with your other belongings for the duration of the class. If you must have your cell phone/apple watch with you and will need to answer a call or text we request that you take the following steps to safeguard the peace your fellow yogis are hoping to revel in…1. alert the teacher before class begins. 2. Arrange to be at the back of the room closest to one of the exits and 3. Discreetly and quietly leave to conduct your business so that the class can proceed uninterrupted.

Whistles, dings, and blips are incredibly distracting and, frankly, downright disruptive. Filming in class is strictly prohibited.

How Do I Get A Space In A Class? How Early Can I Sign Up ?

Review our class schedule and select an appropriate class for your level and sign up for your chosen class at your earliest convenience. You can reserve your space through our Kodawari app, through the Mindbody app or in person at the studio. If you have registered online and are not present 3 minutes prior to class your spot will be given to the first person on the waitlist if the class is full. Please check-in on our iPad or with the front desk personnel upon arriving for your chosen class.

Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class starts. Allow time to find parking and to check in and settle down.

Do You Offer Your First Free Class ?

If you are new to yoga or our studio you will want to avail yourself of our BOGO new student special. This offers you 2 classes for $20. This purchase is good for a year and yet, we don’t think you should wait that long!

What Do I Wear ?

Shoes: Not needed! Yoga is done barefoot.

Wear clothing that is comfortable to move, stretch, and sweat in. Materials that breathe and wick away moisture are most suitable. Any comfortable exercise pants or shorts will do and a shirt that is a little bit fitted works best. Baggy t-shirts will probably slide down every time you bend over.

Bras: A solid sports bra that can keep things in place is an imperative. This doesn’t have to be a super expensive, luxury item. Think function first and then get fancy if you want to…

What Do I Need To Bring ?

An open mind and a yoga mat (we rent them if you forget yours or don’t have one yet). Bring a water bottle – we have a water bottle filling station and/or you can buy water at the studio.

We will provide any blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps that you will need. Often your teacher will tell you which props will be needed for class.

What Do I Need To Do To Prepare For A Yoga Class ?

It’s best not to eat a heavy meal right before you do yoga. A light snack can more than likely get you through. And try to come well-hydrated and/or bring your water bottle or buy water for your practice.

Can I Do Yoga If I'm Not Flexible ?

Yes, EVERY body can practice yoga. We offer a wide range of class styles and besides the focus in yoga is on the process not the result.

Do You Have Changing Rooms/showers/lockers?

We have women and men’s bathrooms both of which have 2 showers each. We have cubbies and space for you to store your bags and shoes.

Can I Do Yoga If I Am Pregnant, Have An Injury Or A Medical Condition ?

If you have an injury, medical condition or history of an injury and/or a pre-existing medical condition (e.g. low blood pressure, heart conditions, etc.) check with your doctor that your chosen style of yoga is suitable for you and talk to us – we want to help you!

We also ask that you inform the instructor before class. If you are unsure of whether your medical history will permit your participation, please contact us.

And while we don’t see being pregnant as a medical condition (we do know that it is a life-changing event) we ask that you inform the instructor, do your research and select an appropriate class for your level. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions – we want to help you!

Is It Possible To Book A Private Yoga Session And What Are The Advantages?

Is It Possible To Book A Kodawari Teacher For A Corporate Event?

Yes! Please send your request for a Kodawari teacher to [email protected] or for a more, immediate response call the studio directly @ 813.999.1874. We are happy to bring the Kodawari quality of attention and teaching to you in your workspace. We are also available to give presentations on the multitude of ways to bring health and wellness into an everyday setting.

Is infrared heat safe?

Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared heat is so safe, it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

What’s the difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas?

Infrared heat is very gentle. The experience is similar to lying in the sun on a warm day and feeling the heat radiate to the core of your body. Unlike traditional (hot rock or steam) saunas–which operate at well in excess of 200°F–infrared heat has the benefit of being effective at a more comfortable operating temperature of 100°-150°F.

Traditional saunas heat the air vs. the body directly. Rather than inducing detoxification and relaxation, this can make the experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe. Because infrared heat penetrates human tissue vs. simply heating the surface of the skin, infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body. By raising the body’s core temperature, infrared saunas can produce a sweat composed of 20% toxins vs. only 3% toxins with a traditional sauna.

What Should I Do to Prepare for a Good Infrared Sauna Session?

Leave the temperature at the default setting of 150°F and turn your sauna on 60 minutes before you’re ready. Enter with 30 minutes remaining and you’ll have the perfect session! If time is short, jump in after 15 minutes, as your Sunlight Sauna will already be at 100°F! Drinking an electrolyte replacement water or sports drink is strongly recommended before and after sauna use.

I’m Taking Prescription Medications, Can I Use an Infrared Sauna?

Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs effect when the body is exposed to infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers may impair the
body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as
amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.

Will a sauna help to keep me in homeostatic balance?

Most people have a slight hyperacidity in their body tissue. Harmful substances can weaken your immune system, trigger pains in your joints or muscles, give you a headache, lead to problems with your digestion, or cause any one of a number of chronic illnesses. Using a sauna regularly helps to “wash out” harmful acids and toxins from your tissues. “Sweating out” poisonous trace elements such as lead, cadmium and nickel in the sauna is a positive side effect.

Can using a sauna help with asthma?

For those with asthma, or bronchitis with asthmatic symptoms, using the sauna can help by relaxing the muscles in the bronchioles. Asthma and other respiratory issues can cause the muscles in your respiratory tracts to tense up. The warmth inside the sauna enables them to relax again. Building up a defence system in this manner is doubly beneficial since those who suffer from asthma are also more susceptible to infections, which can lead to a vicious circle.

How does a sauna affect blood pressure?

Studies have shown that sauna use can help to lower blood pressure, and that regular use of a sauna can help to stabilize your vascular system. However, please note that before using a sauna, you should always check first with your GP if you taking medication of any description. Beta blockers, for example, which are prescribed against high blood pressure, can prevent your heart rate from accelerating, which in turn can hinder the cooling down process in your blood vessels. Your GP will be able to advise you based on your state of health. If you have high blood pressure or another serious illness which has not yet been brought under control, you should not subject your body to undue stress by using a sauna.

Why are saunas made of wood?

To create a pleasant, mild and salubrious (like that? Big words!) atmosphere in the sauna, most of the interior needs to be manufactured from wood. Only wood is capable of absorbing heat evenly during the warming-up phase, and later emitting it again evenly. Another major advantage of wood is that it does not heat up through thermal conductivity to the same extent as other materials, so sauna-goers don’t get burned.

What happens to my body temperature when I use the sauna?

When you use a sauna, you’re in effect voluntarily subjecting your body to “extreme” conditions. While in the sauna, the temperature of your body rises. After around 10 minutes in the sauna, your body will react to this additional heat. In technical jargon, this is known as hyperthermia, and is one of the positive effects of using the sauna. It significantly stimulates and increases the turnover of various substances – your metabolic rate, in other words. Raising your body temperature is like inducing an artificial fever. Unlike your body itself, numerous bacteria and viruses which can make us ill are unable to cope with such high temperatures, which means that using a sauna can be an effective way of combating infections before they attack.

Are children allowed to use the sauna?

The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.

Is it important to take a shower before using the sauna?

Showering before using the sauna helps to remove any creams or oils from your skin. This will help you to sweat faster. After you show, remember to dry yourself thoroughly so that moisture on your skin does not slow down your sweating process.

Does a sauna help if you have a cold?

Using a sauna regularly strengthens your immune system and your circulation. This in turn has a positive effect on your metabolism – and helps to prevent you from catching a cold or falling ill. If you feel like you might be about to come down with something, taking one or two sauna rounds can help to prevent it from exploding in full force. There’s no reason in such cases to avoid using the sauna. But if your immune system is already on maximum alert, or you’ve already got a temperature, the heat will do more harm than it does good.

Can you catch a cold from using the sauna?

Cooling down thoroughly after using the sauna brings your core body temperature back down from high to normal, so it’s unlikely that you would catch a cold from the process. So it’s important to follow a clear, strong heat stimulus with a clear, strong cooling stimulus (a lukewarm shower will do the trick!) in order for the thermostat inside your body to react properly.

Do sauna goers live longer?

There are many good reasons for using a sauna, quite apart from the feeling of well-being it brings. The most significant observation scientists have made is the capacity of the human body to adapt to different temperatures, and the resulting long-term decrease in core body temperature. After a matter of weeks, regular sauna-goers begin to sweat more healthily and more efficiently. In winter, they feel the cold less than others, while in summer, they suffer less from extreme heat. Over time, the body learns to release more heat. After using the sauna just ten times, the skin temperature rises thanks to improved circulation. While the body is better able to release heat on the one hand, the accompanying diminishment in its insulating effect – caused by regular heating up and sweating in the sauna – leads to a long-term decrease in your core body temperature. Within just a few weeks, the core body temperature of tests persons had sunk by 0.5°C. However, they did not register this drop by feeling cold; their bodies simply thermally adjusted to the new body temperature. A 0.5°C lower core body temperature increases your life expectancy by at least five years. And even if your body does not thermally adjust until you’re middle aged, you can still add two or three years to your life expectancy. The thermal adjustment to which sauna goers subject themselves by alternating between hot and cold also decelerates various aging processes. Most life processes are temperature-sensitive. In general, most processes are accelerated by heat, whilst cold can have the opposite effect. To benefit from the health advantages described above, you should follow the heat of your sauna session with a cold shower afterwards. Japanese studies have shown that the expansion of blood vessels triggered by alternating between hot and cold in the sauna can help to combat arteriosclerosis. A lower core body temperature also means that your body releases fewer free radicals. These are responsible for speeding up the aging process. Sauna use is the most effective way of steeling your body. In order for blood vessels to expand, you need the hot air followed by a cooling process – alternating between hot and cold, in other words. There are few things as simple as reaping the benefits of regular sauna use.

How often can I use the sauna?

It’s a good idea to use the sauna once a week, every week, to increase your feeling of well-being and stay healthy. For those who are susceptible to infections, or suffer from high blood pressure, tension headaches or asthma, many doctors recommend using the sauna twice a week. If you use the sauna twice a week, keep an eye on the temperature and the time you spend inside the sauna; you’re not trying to break any records. There’s no reason not to use a sauna as much as three times a week. But if you do so, make sure you don’t sit in the heat for too long, and make sure you cool down and rest thoroughly afterwards.

How do essential oils in the sauna affect the way I feel?

Eucalyptus, spruce and pine oils have a soothing effect on your respiratory tract. Citrus oils make you feel more cheerful and active. They also have a calming effect, and can help you concentrate better. Rosemary has an invigorating, stimulating effect; lemon balm relaxes you; and chamomile is good for your skin. Use sparingly, as you’ll also be inhaling oil particles. For this reason, you should use only high quality oils.

If I use the sauna regularly, will it strengthen my immune system?

Yes! Regular use of a sauna will strengthen your immune system, increase your cardiovascular fitness and make you feel better and healthier all round. Taking a sauna has an intensive and long-term recovery effect, which in turn makes you less susceptible to catching a cold.

Can I use the sauna if I’ve got my period?

In general, there is no reason why a woman should not use the sauna during her period. Using the sauna can help to relieve period pains, since warmth has a soothing effect on cramp-like pain; many women use heat cushions for the same purpose. During your period, you should exercise caution when cooling down, and not hose down your stomach area with cold water.

Can using the sauna prevent migraines?

If you feel a migraine in the making, taking a sauna can sometimes help to prevent the attack. But you should not use the sauna in the full throes of a migraine. Always listen to your body! If you suffer from tension-type headaches or migraines, using the sauna can relieve pain. But it could also intensify it. No two people react the same, so you’ll need to listen to your body carefully and experiment to find out what’s best for you.

Can I use the sauna if I’m pregnant?

In principle, pregnant women can use the sauna. In fact, it can have a positive effect on both the pregnancy and the birth. Women who regularly use the sauna can continue to do so throughout their pregnancy. Women who are pregnant but have never used a sauna before should wait until the fourth month of their pregnancy.

Are saunas suitable for older people?

Those who have always used a sauna regularly can continue the habit right up into old age. However, if you suffer from heart problems, have a vascular complaint, high blood pressure or vein troubles, you should first talk to a doctor who understands saunas, as your body could react differently – and unexpectedly – depending on what medication you’re taking. Older persons who have never before used a sauna can begin to do so, so long as they are not suffering from any complaints or illnesses which cannot be treated adequately with medication or by other means. If you have a heart complaint or high blood pressure which have been stabilized , there is no reason why you should not enjoy using a sauna. On the contrary – it can help to support your course of treatment.

Does a sauna help if you have acne?

Acne is a chronic skin disorder in which the skin’s pores become clogged due to increased sebum production. Sweating in the sauna has an extremely purifying effect. The heat makes sebum more watery, and helps to wash out bacteria, dead cells and dirt particles. This cleanses your skin deep down, making it look and feel much sleeker. In fact, your whole complexion is left looking rosier, fresher and smoother.

Can I use the sauna if I have problems with my veins?

Affected veins will not get worse as a result of the vascular dilation which occurs when using a sauna. On the contrary – it can significantly improve the flow of blood, which in turn decreases the risk of blood clotting (thrombosis). And using the sauna can “exercise” any veins which are not as yet affected. Nonetheless, it may be worth covering badly affected areas of skin and pronounced varicose veins with a cold, damp cloth. And sufferers should not allow their legs to dangle. During your last couple of minutes in the sauna, sit up slowly and rotate your feet. As soon as you leave the sauna, you should then hose down your feet with cold water, before you cool down in the fresh air. If you are suffering from phlebitis, you should refrain from using the sauna until the symptoms have settled. If you suffer from thrombosis, you should not use the sauna until the thrombus “has healed”.

Will using the sauna help me sleep better?

One of the positive effects of the sauna is that it can help to reduce sleep disorders if these are caused by nervousness or restlessness. After a sauna, you feel deliciously drowsy, which helps you drop off to sleep sooner and means you wake up less often during the night. You might not sleep for longer overall, but your deep sleep phases are longer and more intense, meaning you wake up feeling significantly fresher and more rested.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Like a pickle covered in maple syrup, pregnant women love floating!  There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body.  If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.

How often should I float?

While you can float every day without harm, we find that the relaxing effects of a one-hour float typically last beyond that day. For best results, we recommend regular sessions, and many clients find that floating once or twice a week provides the most benefits.

I’m a bigger guy / gal, can I still float in your tanks?

Unless you’re over 7 feet tall or over 500 pounds, you’re good to go.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.

How long have you been in business?

Kodawari first opened its doors March 6, 2016.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.

Can I float if I just dyed my hair?

While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you wait at least 48 hours after dying and then check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.

I just got a tattoo, should I float?

Floating and fresh tattoos do not mix! Not only could floating with a fresh tattoo be painful (salt + open wounds = ouch) but the water solution could cause fading or discoloration of your tattoo and permanently ruin its aesthetic appeal. How long you should wait before floating depends on the tattoo and how quickly it heals, but tattoo artists/floaters we have talked to have suggested waiting 4-6 weeks.

Do I need to bring anything?

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank.  Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo…) Each room is fully private, and you go into the tanks nude, so there’s no need to bring a bathing suit.

How long do people usually stay in the tank?

We recommend 60 or even 90 minutes for first time floaters and yet, we do offer 30 minute float just so you can “get your feet wet” (and the rest of you also). As you float more frequently and begin to experience the benefits of floating, you may find that 60 or 90 minute floats are more effective and the benefits longer lasting. Others may want to float for 2, 3, or more hours.

What will it be like for me?

We don’t know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. Nearly every customer reports having profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the tank, so that they aren’t influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.

Will I be able to resume my daily activities when I get out?

Yes. And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.

Is there a cumulative effect of using the tank on a regular basis?

Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the tank. This is not documented by research, it is the tank users who know it is true. Relaxation is a learned art that needs practice.

What are the differences in your tanks?

Once you’re inside the tanks, the experience is practically identical in all of them. The Float Pods, we believe, offer a few more amenities and ease of use than other tanks. Read what others say about our tanks.

Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?

Only one person per tank. Right now, we only have one float tank, so it’s just you and some more of you for now. Stay tuned though, we would love to give your and your friends a chance to schedule something at the same time….

Do I have to stay in the whole time?

There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 90-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 30-45 minutes long).

What’s the longest someone has been in the tank?

We’ve had someone do a 24 hour float with us, and it’s possible to float even longer. One day we’ll get Guinness out here and get an official record.

How are the tanks kept clean and disinfected?

There is approximately 850+ pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of our tanks. Salinity is at 1.30 grams per cubic centimeter. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive in there. After each session, the entire volume of the solution is pumped out and filtered through a three part filtration and sterilization system utilizing Ultra Violet light and H2O2. Between each float, the water is filtered multiple times through a 1-10 micron filter. UV light is the safest most effective system available. It maintains the water’s soft, clean and crystal clear appearance. In addition all clients are required to shower prior to entering the tank.

Who invented these crazy devices?

John C. Lilly.

How long have float tanks been around?

The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70’s.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.

Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 50 years and has oodles of published research to back it up.  No mumbo or jumbo here.

Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?

No – your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.

Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?

Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.

Is this like altered states?

Yes, but you’re not submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a relatively small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.

Is it beneficial to have a massage & float together? If so, which order should I do it in?

A massage/float or float/massage is an amazingly relaxing & rejuvenating experience.  We find that clients who have experienced this combination once will book again as many of them claim that it is the most relaxing experience they have ever had.  Most clients who experience a float/massage or vice versa leave feeling like they are walking on clouds & even look younger (due to the lack of tension being held in their facial muscles).

Whether to have a massage before or after your float is personal preference. For clients with extreme muscular tension, floating first can assist with breaking through the first few layers of tension, allowing the massage therapist to more quickly achieve results.

Either way – it is a wonderful experience!

Will I be covered during the session?

You will be properly covered or draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. No areas will be exposed without your consent. You should always let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable for any reason during your massage session.

Must I be completely undressed?

You should undress to your desired level of comfort. About half of our clients prefer to be completely undressed, while the other half prefers to keep their undergarments on. This is completely up to you. You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room and will be securely covered by a blanket and a sheet during your massage session.

How much should I tip?

Many clients are unsure if and/or how much they should tip their massage therapist. We recommend you think of your massage therapist as you would a waiter in a restaurant. Our studios’ therapists love what they do and your tip may reflect your appreciation for their service. We recommend the tipping percentages be based on the full price of a regular massage.

How often should I receive a massage?

“Some is better than none.” What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you.

However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.

Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.

For those who use massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage a month is common. Weekly sessions may be desirable if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life. There are many people who incorporate massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief.

What does a massage therapist’s license or certification mean?

A license means that a massage therapist has met the requirements and paid the fee to legally practice massage in your city, county and/or state. To obtain a license, a massage therapist will usually have to complete a minimum number of training hours at an accredited or accepted school or training center.

What is included in the session time?

A session consists of massage, time for you to dress and undress and time to communicate with the therapist to make your massage truly customized. Each time you visit the studio you will go through a brief review of how you feel – body, mind and spirit. This is done to ensure each and every massage session you receive from us meets or exceeds your expectations.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Your massage therapist may require you to fill out a health history form. After the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.

What do I do during a massage treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.

Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

How long will a massage treatment last?

The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60 to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.

Will the massage hurt?

This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn’t probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn’t hurt. With that being said, there is a ‘feels good’ hurt and an ‘ouch, stop it’ hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the ‘feels good’ hurt range.

Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body’s natural response, not against it.

If I want a really deep massage shouldn't I see a male therapist?

The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women.

It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if she/he does this type of work. And of course, during your session it is perfectly ok to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/deeper pressure. It’s your session! And remember, massage does not have to hurt to be effective.

Can I talk during my session?

Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.

In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation. The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you – speak up! It’s OK!

Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?

No. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) While many therapists play slower, quieter, ‘new age’ type music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience.

However, while this may be true, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to while you get a massage. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it at home, why wouldn’t it do the same during your treatment? Ask your therapist what music he/she has to offer or if it is ok to bring your own from home.

How will I feel after my massage treatment?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.

If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day – much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness. After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body’s tissues hydrated and healthy.

How many sessions will I need?

Honestly, it’s hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he/she has had a chance to evaluate your body’s tissues.

When should I not get a massage?

In my opinion there are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. That’s it.

There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn’t mean you can’t get massage. But it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.

What if I get an erection during my massage?

Sometimes it happens. Yet, most men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed.

Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection.

An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue for him/her. If you are still concerned, I recommend wearing more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers.

Note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, he/she may stop the session to clarify the client’s intent, and may decide to end the session immediately.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle hands on, whole body therapy that works at releasing restrictions in the body and around the brain and spinal cord (our Central Nervous System). Light touch is used to systematically encourage the body’s own self correcting mechanism.

This therapy encourages the body to naturally heal itself, fight more effectively against disease and maintain vitality and good health.

Over time, our body takes on stress and pain and with injury or trauma, our body works at adapting and compensating around these tensions. Changes can result in tight tissues, fascia, that muck up CSS. Brain and spinal cord may develop tension.

CS therapy locates restrictions using very specific techniques, light touch the weight of a nickel, to bring harmony back to the CSF which pulses around brain and spinal cord.

What kinds of conditions can CranioSacral Therapy help with?

Chronic pain, headaches, migraines, neck, back, hip pain, TMJ syndrome, scoliosis, neurological conditions, stress related conditions, PTSD, fibro, learning disabilities.

What can I expect during a CranioSacral session?

A stand alone treatment is 60 minutes. You can be fully clothed, lying comfortably face up. Therapist moves systematically touching with intention various specific points on head, feet, torso, supporting limbs, spine and skull. CranioSacral therapy can also be an “add-on” therapy, consisting of a 30 minute, 10 Step Protocol at the end of a 60 or 90 minute therapeutic massage.

How will I feel after a CranioSacral session?

You may feel very relaxed following a session, or even energized with a sense of unwinding. It may induce a memory or feeling state of a past trauma or injury as your body unwinds around the area of accumulated pain/tension.

How many massage or CranioSacral sessions do you recommend?

After 1 session, you may feel relaxed, after 3, you may feel a deeper release of pain or tension. Massage and CranioSacral therapy may give you a great deal of relief after just one session as it relaxes CNS and yet, regular bodywork helps to keep the body working smoothly as well as preemptively identifying areas of stress or tension before dis-ease becomes disease. In all bodywork modalities the natural healing process continue for days after therapy and the continued effects may be followed with a significant reorganization of body as you release patterns of tension.

Who would benefit from massage or CranioSacral therapy?

Many massage modalities are safe for almost everyone. In particular CranioSacral therapy, because the touch is very gentle and light (while at the same time very powerful) is good for infants through the very aged.  

The only contraindications for CST include changes in intracranial pressure, aneurysm, recent skull fracture.

There are a lot of chiropractors and physical therapists out there, why should I work with you?

I believe it’s important that you know what you’re getting yourself into. There are plenty of health care options out there, and the best care usually comes from informed decisions. So what makes me different?

  • Lifestyle – A lot of therapists will tell you the best way to do certain movements or activities despite having never done them in their life. That’s not me. I walk the walk. If being active is an important part of your life, I understand your world. I’ve been active my entire life, continue to be to this day, and plan to be until the day I die. If you run, lift weights, do yoga, ride bikes or any other number of activities, I get it. I’ll never tell you to stop doing these things, I’ll try to help you do them better.
  • Patients – I have worked with patients of all ages, and varieties of activity levels. I have worked with people trying to get active for the first time, and I have worked with All-Star professional athletes. I have seen the spectrum of what the body can do and I know how to make it work better.
  • Education – Most practitioners did the bare minimum to get their degree, and do the bare minimum to maintain their license. Are these the kinds of people you want to trust with your health? I do 100s of hours of hands-on continuing education every year. Partly because I’m a geek that loves learning, but also to help provide the best treatment possible.

I've heard once you start seeing a chiropractor, you'll always have going forever. Is that true?

No! Traditional chiropractic treatment plans are based on the belief that spinal health is dependent on outside intervention. Most chiropractors believe that you will ALWAYS need “maintenance” adjustments (sometimes as frequently as every week) for the rest of your life. Instead, I’d rather just teach you how to move better, and not simply give you repeated passive treatments. If I do my job properly, you shouldn’t need me.

What should I expect if I work with you?

One of the unique parts of my approach is that I try to see the big picture before drawing any conclusions or rendering any treatment. That means my initial office visit starts with a 60-90 minute comprehensive assessment of your biomechanics. This involves measuring and assessing every movement pattern in your body. I want to know what moves well, what doesn’t, what’s too weak, what’s too tight and how it all integrates together.

From there, we should have a blueprint for what’s necessary to start functioning better – this could be stretches, exercises, modifying something in your day-to-day life, or treatments from me (my main treatment modalities are manual therapies). After the first visit I’ll usually give you 1-2 weeks of ‘homework’, (usually via email correspondence) based on what we find in the exam. We want to give your body an opportunity to begin to move differently before the next appointment. Follow ups are typically 30 minutes of 1-on-1 treatment.

Most patients start noticing changes within their first week of treatment, and it’s very rare that people aren’t starting to notice some sort of change after 3-4 visits.

My doctor told me there’s a lot of damage on my x-ray/ct scan/mri. Can you still help?

Probably. Most medical imaging findings show up well AFTER the body has been moving abnormally. Quite simply:

Abnormal stressors x Time = Breakdown

Also, just because there are imaging findings, it doesn’t mean they’re what’s causing the problem. In fact, in a 2012 study looking at low back MRI findings in people WITHOUT pain, it was found that:

  • 91% had disc degeneration
  • 56% showed disc height loss
  • 64% showed disc bulges
  • 32% showed disc protrusion
  • 38% showed annular tears

Similar trends are seen in other areas of the body. A digital snapshot in time doesn’t show how the body actually works. Moving better usually helps fix joint, muscle and nerve problems, regardless of the levels of degeneration.

That being said, if you have copies of images or imaging reports (X-Ray, CT, MRI, etc.), please do bring them in. While the images aren’t a substitute for a proper movement assessment, they can help show which areas in your body are under the most stress.

Will I have to stop participating in my sport/exercise routine while I am getting treatment?

VERY rarely. Occasionally this is a necessary move to allow for the most rapid and full recovery, but this is the exception. My goal is to get you back to the activities you love, as fast as possible. You’ll NEVER hear me tell you to stop doing an activity you love.

How many treatments will I need until I’m 100% again?

This is always a tricky question, because it varies with every patient and is dependent on a large number of factors. What I can say is that in general, you will usually need less than half as many treatments as you would expect to need when going to a more traditional PT clinic or Chiropractor.

Pain and dysfunction that has been present for a long time will usually, but not always, take longer to fix than more recent/acute problems. Certain conditions like herniated disks and frozen shoulders will obviously take longer to resolve than something like an ankle sprain.

In general, it is rare that we need more than 5-6 treatments for the average patient, and quite often 2-4 treatments are all that is needed. In an industry where 2-3 treatments/week for 3-6 months (or forever) is the norm, that’s quite good.

What are your prices and fees?

The initial appointment is $225, and will last between 60-90 minutes. Follow up treatments run approximately 30 minutes and are $70.

Why don’t you directly bill insurance?

Because I want to give you the services you need, not what an insurance company thinks you need.

Chiropractors in clinics that bill insurance often have to see at least 4-6 patients per hour (usually much more) and use technicians to apply multiple modalities like ultrasound and e-stim. They must do this, as these are the services that insurance companies usually reimburse. I don’t believe that modalities are nearly as effective as hands-on treatment (and neither does the research). I also don’t believe in simply counting sets and reps of an exercise in the clinic that that you could perform at home.

Instead, your follow up visits will be 30-60 minutes of direct face-to-face treatment, which is one reason the results are so much faster than average. Given fewer visits, better quality treatment and better results, most patients end up spending far less than they would seeing your average physical therapist or chiropractor at 3x/wk for months.

Can I bill my insurance?

This depends on the insurance you have, but yes! You should be able to print claim forms off your insurance company’s website, and send it in with the needed receipts and treatment codes that will be provided upon request at the clinic. The amount of reimbursement (or application to deductible) is completely dependent on your own personal insurance plan. Ask about reimbursement for “out-of-network Chiropractic” expenses, and make sure there are no other requirements like a pre-authorization before you get started.

What kinds of conditions respond well to acupuncture?

  • Pain: Muscle pain and cramping, headaches and migraines, back, shoulder and joint pain, arthritis and sports injuries.
  • Digestive complaints: Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, food allergies, irritable bowel, colitis, acid reflux, nausea, indigestion, morning sickness, peptic ulcer, and gallstones.
  • Emotional/Psychological: Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bi-polar, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, mood swings, nervousness, addictions, and chronic fatigue.
  • Respiratory: Common cold and flu and prevention, allergies, hay fever, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis, cough, bronchitis, and sore throat.
  • Cardiovascular: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor circulation, palpitations, angina, atrial fibrillation, anemia, and edema.
  • Women’s health: Hormonal imbalances, PMS, infertility, menstrual disorders, pregnancy and fertility enhancement, menopause symptoms, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, UTI’s, interstitial cystitis and incontinence.
  • Men’s health: Sexual dysfunction, BPH, infertility, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, urinary dribbling, and frequent urination.
  • Neurological: Headaches, migraines, neuropathy, shingles, vertigo, and tremors.
  • Skin: Hives, acne, dandruff, dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, and rashes.

Is it safe?

Oriental medicine, functional medicine, and acupuncture are safe and effective during all phases of life, including childhood, during pregnancy, and while undergoing other medical treatments.  In many cases, offsetting some of the unpleasant side effects of western treatment, such as those seen with prescription medication, chemotherapy, radiation, and steroid use.

Does it hurt?

The needles that are used are extremely thin, thin as a human hair. In fact, 20 acupuncture needles can fit inside a common hypodermic needle that most patients have experienced in the past with a common shot.  After the acupuncture needle is inserted most individuals describe a sensation of heaviness, achiness or tingling in the area. In acupuncture, we call this the “arrival of Qi.” This is seen as a good thing and is a sign that Qi is being dispersed and on the move.  When utilizing the acupuncture needles from a trigger point perspective, every so often there may be some pain as the muscle releases and relaxes. This happens within seconds and the pain dissipates as fast as it arrived.

How many sessions do you recommend?

After the initial evaluation, a trial course of acupuncture is recommended. This usually consists of four to six visits during a three or four week period.  If the patient is experiencing acute or even chronic pain, I personally expect to have a 20 to 30% reduction in pain after the first treatment. How long this reduced pain lasts varies from patient to patient and depends on the patient’s overall health and various other cofactors.  Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, with each treatment building upon the last. As patients experience improvement in their condition, treatments may be extended once a week to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally. Consistency in the treatment plan will produce consistent results.  Chronic problems generally require more treatment than acute problems. My goal is to get you feeling better, period. If that is not happening than we change course and direction or I find you someone that can better serve you.

What can I expect during a session?

Most patients really enjoy their acupuncture treatments and many fall asleep!  Most treatments produce a deep level of relaxation often only attained through meditation.  If your treatment consists of cupping, scraping or more physical modality most patients relate it to a deep tissue massage, where the feeling of relief comes after treatment.