I am located at 2099 County Road 1100 N, Sidney, IL.
Appointments are available every day of the week. Go to the Make an Appointment page to submit a request or call or text me at 217-369-9442 to schedule a session and we'll find a time that works for both of us.
I accept cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover).
Tips are not expected. The rates listed on the Services and Rates page are exactly what you pay.
A typical full-body session includes work on your shoulders, back, hips (glutes/buttocks), legs, feet, abdomen/stomach, arms, hands, pecs (upper chest), neck, head and face, depending on client needs and session length.
If there is any area you want me to avoid, say you have very ticklish feet, I will skip it. At your first visit you will fill out an intake form that has a diagram for you to mark indicating areas to be massaged or avoided. You can also specify that work on a particular area should be done over the drape without uncovering it.
A Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. Your session will start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to work on specific areas and relieve muscular tension. A light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin.
Massage when you have significant muscle soreness can be uncomfortable, but should never be painful. You should let me know immediately if you feel pain that’s more than a level 6 on a 10-point scale (10 being your maximum pain tolerance). Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
I do not use extreme pressure and will not hurt you. If you're the type of person who believes a massage should hurt to be effective I am not the therapist for you.
Don't eat a heavy meal or drink alcohol before a massage session. Take a hot shower to get clean and start to relax.
If it's your first visit with me, arrive a few minutes in advance of your appointment to allow time to complete the intake form.
Good communication is important. Before the session, let me know what your needs are. During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it is from the massage or anything else -- room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc. Feel free to give feedback on the amount of pressure, speed of movement, etc.
Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. I will do my best to help you feel at ease.
During the massage, make yourself comfortable. Most people just close their eyes and completely relax. Many people fall asleep.
Some people like to talk during a massage session, while others remain silent. In general I will follow your lead.
Deep breathing helps you relax. People often stop breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged. If this is happening, let yourself breathe.
Tightening up during the massage is counterproductive. Let me know if I need to change my pressure or technique to allow you to stay relaxed.
If you are dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not sit up or get off the table too fast.
Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.
You will be modestly draped at all times to keep you warm, comfortable, and unexposed. Intimate parts will never be exposed at any time during the massage and you should never feel a draft. The drape will be turned down only over the area being worked on, one section at a time (your back, a single arm, single leg, etc.). I drape with cotton sheets during the summer and flannel sheets and a blanket during the cooler months. A table heater is available for additional warmth in the winter. If you tend to be too hot or too cold I can adjust the temperature and draping to make sure you stay comfortable during your massage.
It is entirely up to you to decide how much clothing to remove. You will always be modestly covered with a drape at all times. It's all about your comfort and feeling secure.
When asked about clothing, many massage therapists tell their clients, "Undress to your level of comfort.” But what does that mean? For your session to be the most effective you must be able to completely relax on the table. If you can't relax because you're worried about being too exposed, even with the drape, you have gone past your comfort level.
Some people get completely undressed and some keep their bottom undergarment on. Whatever you decide, except for the part of the body that’s being worked on, you will be covered with a drape at all times. If the session will include a lot of stretching I may ask you to wear shorts.
In some cases clothing you wear may influence the effectiveness of the massage session. Massage strokes are most effective when they work the entire length of a muscle from one end to the other. If you have low back, hip, or upper leg pain there are a lot of muscles that connect around the pelvis and hips. For example, upper leg muscles (quads, hamstrings, IT band, and adductors) all connect from various points on the pelvis to points near the knee. If you have pain in your lower back or upper legs and prefer to keep your bottom undergarment on, consider briefs or another style that allows access to the full length of the muscles. (Boxer briefs, for example, limit massage to about half the length of the thigh muscles.) The important thing is to wear what makes you comfortable enough to be completely relaxed.
There are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms and before you begin your first session. I will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. Before each session it is very important that you inform the me of any new injuries, health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage: