Helpful Information & Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer discounts?
We offer a blanket $10 discount to students, starving artists and active military personnel. Simply tell us your situation when you book your appointment and we will adjust our fees.
If you are looking for an even lower cost massage, we suggest that you visit PMTIs student or graduate clinics, prices at $37 and $55 respectively.
If you feel strongly that Peace at Hand is the massage provider for you, and do not wish to look elsewhere, let's talk. It is important to us that massage be comfortable and accessible to those who desire it.
How do I prepare my space for an outcall?
Please define an area where we will be working, and see that it is as free of obstacles as possible. We will work with whatever is available, but if there is a decision to make between two spaces, the one with more open area is best.
Pushing furniture to the edges of a room is helpful, as is picking up any children's or pets toys. If you know that you will need help preparing the space, please let us know ahead of time so that we can schedule your session accordingly.
If we will not be working in a private space, it is a great idea to inform anyone who is likely to wander through that a massage will be happening. It may not ensure that the space will be quiet or your massage will be uninterrupted, but at least there will be no surprises!
Consider what you can do to minimize distractions. Are you able to silence your telephone or answering machine? Leave a note on the door asking the mailman not to knock? Will you and your pet be happiest if they are in a different room, or will they want to snooze under the table? Do the people who count on you know that you will prefer not to be bothered for a time, and can you give them an opportunity to ask their questions and have their needs met before we begin?
How far will you travel?
We typically see clients in upper Northwest D.C. and the surrounding areas of Montgomery county. We will travel to other areas of D.C. and Maryland, but an additional charge may apply.
How often should I get a massage?
Like so many other things in massage, it depends.
There is no hard and fast rule, and everyone responds to the work differently. There are, however, some conventions that I can share with you.
If you are treating a specific injury, you will likely need 4-6 regularly scheduled sessions before your mind and body have been "reprogrammed" and broken out of the most active holding patterns. After that point, you will be able to gradually taper off. "Regularly scheduled" can mean different things, but in a perfect world, you would come once a week for at least a month before tapering off.
During pregnancy, it is a great idea to schedule massage sessions with the same frequency as your OB appointments, starting slowly and increasing over time.
For general maintance, having a massage every 4 to 6 weeks is a great cycle and one that most people can find a way to keep up with. If you are physically actve, you might lean more towards every 2 to 4 weeks.
The bottom line is that, like exercise, any massage is better than no massage, but the more regularly you receive the work, the more results you will see.
Should I do anything to get ready?
There is nothing particularly special that you need to do, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
You will probably be most comfortable if you avoid eating immediately before you get on the table. Its not a bad idea to give yourself an hour to digest.
Likewise, try to avoid caffeine and other stimulants within several hours of your massage.
Consider how you dress for your appointment. Depending on the sort of work we do, it is possible that a small amount of lubricant or essential oil may remain on your skin. I haven't yet had a client complain, but be aware that those products can stain delicate fabric, and that essential oils are sometimes slow to fade. As a rule, I try to avoid wearing anything that can't be thrown in the wash. You may also find that after your massage, you feel hesitant to put on restructive clothing or uncomfortable shoes, so keep that in mind as well.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.
What will my massage be like?
That depends on a lot of things. The American Massage Therapy Association has a fairly comprehensive writeup posted here that will give you a good idea about what to expect.
Where Are You Located?
I see clients at a small studio space in Hyattsville, MD or in their homes and offices in the DC metro area.
Will I have to take off my clothes?
There are some techniques that are most effective over bare skin and many traditional massage modalities are designed to be performed that way, but there are always methods of addressing the body that do not require undressing.
We ask that you undress as much as you are comfortable. For some, that means disrobing completely. For others, that means removing their socks. You will be fully draped with a sheet throughout the entire massage, and we will uncover only the area on which we are working. At no time will you be indecently exposed, even if you undress fully.
Should you choose to leave some of your garments on initially, you will always have the option of removing them as the massage progresses, if you begin to feel that you are missing out.
If you are particularly unsure about undressing, we suggest that you begin with a seated massage, which is traditionally performed with the client fully clothed.
Will you bill my insurance?
Sorry, but no. Insurance billing is a complicated beast that we are not yet set up to handle. We are happy to provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.