My name is Kristen Johnson. I am a licensed and insured massage therapist in the state of Florida. I graduated from Pensacola School of Massage and Health Careers and received my license in 2012. I have over 20 years of massage experience. I graduated from massage school at the top of my class and bring my hard work and dedication into my business. The modalities I practice are Relaxation Massage and Therapeutic Massage with elements of Lomi Lomi, Acupressure, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Rolfing, Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral, Sports Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Medical Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy. My goal is for each client to have a unique massage experience and to be at their best .I came into this line of work because I believe in the healing power of massage and it is an effective non-pharmaceutical (holistic) approach to pain management and stress relief. Massage Therapy is one of the oldest forms of medicine. It has been around for over 5,000 years. Massage therapy is being considered more each day due to its numerous health benefits.Some of the benefits include a better quality of sleep, improved concentration, energy renewal, pain relief, and most of all it feels GREAT!! The benefits of massage therapy are endless and better for your overall health and well being.
Swedish Massage: Long, fluid connecting strokes while kneading the muscles promotes relaxation. Your pain limits will not be tested with this type. This massage type is best for those wanting to reduce stress, relaxation, and for first time clients.
$60 an hour/$80 for 90 minutes
Pack of 5: $200 for 5 hours, $300 for 5 90 minute Swedish Massages (Savings of $100 per package)
Deep Tissue Massage: This massage is tailored more towards those who receive massages regularly. I will be focusing on deep muscle tension, as well as providing great relief for overworked muscles. If at any time, the pressure is too much, let me know so I can adjust the pressure. This massage type is for those suffering from acute to chronic pain conditions, sore or overworked muscles, or those looking to improve their overall athleticism.
$70 an hour/$90 for 90 minutes/$110 for 2 hours
Packages: $250 for 5 1 hour sessions, $350 for 5 90 minute Deep Tissue Sessions, and $450 for 5 2 hour Deep Tissue sessions (Savings for $100 per package)
Stretching:Add stretching to any session for $10 more. This is great for anyone who lacks range of motion and needs to improve in this area. Active assisted stretching and passive stretching are used. This is a great way to enhance the quality of your massage.
My personal recommendation for anyone that hasn't had a massage in a while is to do a 90 minute massage with stretching. In most cases, the muscles have been seriously overworked and will need extra attention.For those on a budget, might I recommend the packages. Each one comes in a pack of 5 and saves you $100. That's $20 off each session at the regular price. I offer these year round.
Did you know?
83% of Americans are stressed out at work. Over 50% of lost work days are stress related which keeps over 1 million people from work per day. That is because 80-90% of illness is caused by stress. 40% of job turnover is due to stress. Massage can help with stress a great deal. Massage has been proven to boost the immune system and release endorphins(stress-relieving hormones and the body's natural painkillers) making people HEALTHIER and HAPPIER. Just 60 minutes of massage therapy has the same healing properties as the body getting 7-8 hours of sleep. Think about that. We live in a touch deprived world. Most people that get massage therapy do so because a need isn't being met whether it is physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Massage taps into them ALL. It has been proven that the act of touch itself can help a person grow and thrive.
Most people (43%)get massage therapy for medical reasons that pertain to pain relief from conditions such as muscle soreness, stiffness, and recovery from injuries. Some get massage as a means to stay fit. A bodybuilder can increase muscle mass by getting a massage twice a week. Then there are some who get massage for stress reduction/relaxation. This catergory is 32% of those that get massage regularly. Only 25% receive massage as an indulgence. It is a luxury to a degree, but the benefits alone cannot be ignored.
When you come to the office
1.Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment. You will have paperwork to fill out, followed by an intake interview. Also, if you need to use the restroom before your session, please do so. Your appointment time is when I prefer to have clients on the table so that it does not interfere with other appointments.
2.If the massage pressure is too light or too hard, please tell me.
3.If the temperature of the room is uncomfortable, please let me know. I want your massage experience to be one that you enjoy.
4.Make sure to drink water before and after your appointment.
5. Please shower before your appointment.
6. Please do not shower after your appointment. The oil I use is made in office and is designed for the health, moisturization, and pain relief of the client. Crucial in the winter months when dry skin can wreak havoc.
7. If you plan on coming back, I suggest buying a package if your decide to become a regular. It knocks off $20 off the regular price (saving you $100) and you get massages up to 5 months if you come once a month.
8. The recommended frequency of massages should be at least once a month. This keeps stress and pain levels to a minimum and helps to keep the body in balance.
9. Do not worry about shaving your legs. It does not bother us at all, it shouldn't bother you.
10. In the case where you might be sore, drink plenty of water, stretch, and/or take an Epsom Salt bath. This will speed up the healing process.
What to do and not to do in a massage session:
Before you get on the table, there are a few rules of massage etiquette you should abide by.
1. Do not address a massage therapist as a "masseuse" :Massage therapists have worked really hard to rid the misconception that asking for a "happy ending" is acceptable. Most therapists if not all agree that the word "masseuse" is not just insulting, it's a misunderstanding of what we do.
2. Shower before getting a massage:Showering before a massage helps the body to relax and it's a courtesy to the therapist.
3. Pay attention to your feet:Make sure your feet are clean before coming into a session. We don't want to be touching dirt or spreading it all over you.
4. Do not be concerned if your legs are hairy:We work on bodies all the time. To us, a body is a body is a body. It's not going to be an issue for us, it shouldn't be an issue for you.
5. Do NOT get a massage if you are sick:This rule is VERY important. Massage is a way to detox, but not when you are sick. The illness in your body will most likely get worse if you get a massage plus you can pass it to the massage therapist as well. If we get sick, we can't work. Practicing massage while sick has the same effect as a client receiving a massage that is sick.
6. Anticipate a glute massage:This area can be worked on or skipped depending on the massage therapist. We prefer to ask and leave that up to the client. If you don't wish for this area to be worked on, tell us.
7. Communicate with the massage therapist:There are some medical situations we look out for when working on a client. Sometimes, massage therapy isn't always a good idea. Be upfront about any medical issues that you may have. You know your body better than we do.
8. Don't tell us too much:You are there to relax and unwind. Any personal issues that aren't medically involved need to stay to yourself. You will get more out of your session when you don't speak.
After your massage:
You just finished your massage session, now what? Here are a few tips to help you in the next couple of days after your massage.
1. Drink Water
You hear us say this often, but there is a reason. We just released the lactic acid build-up in your muscles and it needs to go somewhere. Water is the fastest way to flush these out. It also can lower blood pressure and cause many of your systems work at optimal performance In particular your lymphatic system which helps with some of the waste elimination processes.
2. Eat a snack after your massage
If you feel light headed or dizzy after your massage, chances are you need to re-fuel. A small snack will help with this. Please do not overdo it.
Rest as much as possible for the next 24-48 hours so that you can get the most out of your massage. You can exercise before a massage, but it's not recommended after one. Why? Your body can use the muscle relief after a workout, but will be prone to injury after a massage due to all the muscles being relaxed.
5. Take a bath
In particular an Epsom Salt Soak. You should add about 2 cups of Epsom Salt to lukewarm to hot water and soak for about 20 to 40 minutes. Also, you can add baking soda(which is good for your skin and balances the water's pH) and essential oils if you wish. When I was a waitress, it was the only thing that got me through the shifts. I was in a lot of pain from walking when my shift ended, so much in fact that I had to crawl up the stairs just to get to the bathroom. After the soak, I could walk without a problem. It helps with muscle soreness and pain, so highly recommend.
10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of A Massage:
1. Get here early
If you need to fill out paperwork, do an intake interview, and/or use the restroom, arriving early is ideal so that it doesn't take away from your massage session.
2.Discuss any health questions or concerns
This will take place during your intake interview or right before your massage. If anything is going on, we need to know about it so that we are able to adjust according to your specific needs.
If you have questions about anything, ask. I am more than happy to discuss these with you.
4.Communicate your needs and comfort level
If the pressure is too much or not enough, tell me. If the temperature of the room is too hot or cold, let me know. Your comfort is of the utmost importance. It is your time and it should be used to make you more relaxed and in less pain than you are in when you come in.
Deep breaths help with a variety of things such as lowering stress levels and helping you push through something that can cause mild discomfort.
6. Relax your mind and body
The more relaxed you are, the better your massage will be.
7. Trust your massage therapist
We have over 500 hours of training specifically for this line of work and that is just straight out of massage school. My hours are probably well over 1,500 by now. We know what needs to be done to get you at your peak performance.
8. Ease out of your session
You may become slightly disoriented or dizzy after a massage. This is a normal side effect of massage. Take your time getting off the table and transitioning.
9. Drink water afterwards
Drinking water is important before and after a massage. Water is the quickest way to carry toxins out of the body and to properly hydrate muscles after they have been worked.
10. Schedule your next session
This is ideal to get the best time for you and to keep your stress and pain levels balanced properly. Once a month is a good starting point for the average person. Sometimes it is more depending on the person's condition.
I hear a lot about drinking water. Why is it so important?
In order for your body to function properly, water consumption is vital. Here are some of the benefits water provides:
1. Lubricates your joints
2. Forms saliva and tears
3. Delivers oxygen to the body
4. Cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues.
5. Regulates body temperature
6. Produces hormones and neurotransmitters.
7. Helps food pass through the intestines
8. Flushes out waste
9. Breathing(water is used to facilitate breathing)
10. Slows down the aging process. (You read that right) The skin in vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkles the skin.
The Fine Print and other Groupon FAQ's
If you have come across this , chances are you have considered getting a Groupon from me or have already purchased and redeemed one. With that being said, many clients do not understand what the fine print really means so I will explain it. So let's break it down.
Cancellations and Fees:
Appointment is considered cancelled if the client does not arrive to appointment within 15 minutes after scheduled appointment. It will be considered a cancellation after the 15 minutes.This does not mean that I will wait for you during your appointed time. Standard 12 hour cancellation policy applies( fees not to exceed the voucher price). This policy also applies if your appointment was made the same day.If you do not call out within this time frame or break the rule above, you will be required to pay a $25 fee before you can re-book. If your appointment was made the same day and you cancel, the cancellation policy also applies.
Limit 1 per person. Limit one per visit.
Only 1 voucher can be used per person even if the voucher is bought from someone else. Many have taken advantage of this in the past and will no longer be tolerated. Groupon costs me 75% per voucher. That equals out to $11 per massage.