As part of Val's continued commitment to her clients, she's compiled a list of answers to most frequently asked massage questions. However if you don’t find a question that matches yours, please feel free to contact us at and we will get right back to you.

1. Are you a licensed massage therapist?

Yes, Val is licensed by the city of Santa Monica.

2. What is the difference between relaxation and therapeutic massage?

While Val is experienced in many massage techniques, she is most often called upon by clients for her therapeutic massage expertise.

Firstly, despite the name differences, both techniques are therapeutic in different ways.
As the name suggests, a relaxation massage is performed with the intention of helping the client relax. Often performed in a day spa, a typical session incorporates medium to light pressure strokes designed to calm and restore.

While therapeutic massage is often relaxing, the end goal of the session is to not relaxation, but palliative. Often recommended by health professionals, as part of a larger treatment plan therapeutic massage is intended to affect specific areas of the body (unlike relaxation massage, which is generally full body) and is frequently used to alleviate symptoms associated with repetitive strain or stress injuries, postural imbalances, chronic aches and pains, arthritis, TMJ or fibromyalgia.

Unlike relaxation massage therapists who normally use Swedish massage techniques, therapeutic massage practitioners often uses specific advanced modalities such as, neural muscular therapy and connective tissue release techniques to achieved the desired goal.

3. What are the benefits of a massage?

There are many proven benefits to massage, however, everyone’s experience is different. However, Some of the most common benefits include:

- Relaxation of the whole body
- Loosening of tight muscles
- Relief for tired and aching muscles
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- Reduction of chronic pain
- Calming of the nervous system
- Lowering of blood pressure and heart rate
- Enhanced skin tone
- Assistance in recovery from injuries and illness
- A strengthened immune system
- Reduction in tension headaches
- Diminished mental stress
- Improved concentration
- Restful sleep
- Mental relaxation

4. How long is a session?

A typical session is 55 minutes.

5. What kind of oils do you use?

Val uses light, lubricating, readily absorbable, hypoallergenic oils such as grape seed oil and jojoba oil. These allow her to work on your muscles, without causing excessive friction to the skin. Please note: if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotions please let Val know before beginning the session.

6. Do I have to take off my underwear?

It's a matter of personal preference and what makes you feel most comfortable. Many people prefer to keep their underwear on during a massage, while others prefer to be completely nude. Underwear can sometimes limit muscle accessibility (particularly if your problem areas are located in your lower back, hips, buttocks, or groin) so thongs for women or briefs for men are often a good compromise. However, Val will never ask you to do something you're not comfortable doing, and always works with her clients to accommodate their needs.

In North America, if you do remove your underwear licensed massage therapists must ensure that you are always properly covered by a sheet or towel, with only the area being massaged remaining uncovered.

7. What parts of my body will be massaged?

Val will discuss with you the desired outcome of your session and tailor them accordingly. This will determine which parts of your body require massage.

8. Will Val be there when I undress?

No. Val will leave the room and provide complete privacy while you undress, and only enter the room once instructed to do so.

9. Can I talk to my massage therapist during the session?

Yes. Communication is the cornerstone of any good massage.

10. What is your cancellation policy?

To avoid being charged the full amount of your session, please let Val know 24hrs hours ahead of time if you will be unable to make your scheduled appointment.

11. Will a single session help me feel better?

For relaxation and to work out the day-to-day aches and pains, massage can have an immediate impact, but for issues that are more serious, regular sessions would be more advisable.

12. How often should I have a massage session?

Everyone is different and the frequency of your massage sessions should be determined by your goal. Keep in mind that the accumulative effective of massage is always going to be greater then the benefit of any one-treatment session.

13. How will I feel afterwards?

That will depend on what issues you are looking to address. Some people experience increased energy and heightened awareness, some feel more relaxed and some (depending on the serious of their issue, i.e., chronic muscle spasm, soft tissue inflammation, or other soft tissue injury) experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.

14. Will you cover me with a towel or sheet?

Known as draping, Val always appropriately places a sheet or towel over you , so the only area uncovered is the area being massaged.

15. What should I do during a session?

Relax and make yourself comfortable! When Val wants you to adjust your position, she will gently move you, or ask you to move/adjust accordingly. Remember this is your session, so whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. If you wan to close your eyes, fall asleep or prefer to talk, feel free. Most importantly, do not hesitate to ask Val questions at any time. Good communication is key to a good massage.

16. Are there any medical conditions that make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Yes, and it is imperative that you inform Val of any health problems or medications you are taking before beginning your session. If you are under a doctor's care, Val strongly advises that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork before beginning your session and may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.