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It is important that both the client and practitioner have a clear understanding of Kokoro Massage’s policies and procedures so that treatment may be as comfortable, safe, and effective as possible. New clients are required to be informed about my policies, detailed below, in order to provide informed consent prior to their first session. All intake paperwork can be downloaded here. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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Making an Appointment
Appointment Confirmation
Hours of Operation
Services & Fees
Facilities and Parking
Arrival
Cancelling & Rescheduling
Late Arrival
Sickness Policy & Health Conditions
No-Show
Payment
Gratuity
Bartering

Insurance Coverage
Health Intake & Session Goals
Informed Consent & Scope of Practice
Qualifications
Minors
Sanitation & Hygiene
Attire, Dressing Down, & Draping
The Sessions
Techniques Used
Getting the Most from Your Massage
Massage Therapy Frequency
Respect for the Client
Respect for the Practitioner



Making an Appointment
I am available by appointment only, so please call/text/e-mail me to schedule your treatment session. You can also schedule online via my website www.kokoromassage.net. Please do not arrive at my office unexpected or knock on the door if it is closed. During business hours, I may not be immediately available to take your call, however leave a message and I will return it as soon as possible.

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Appointment Confirmation
I will confirm appointments one to two days before the day they are scheduled. To avoid the cancellation fee of $25, it is up the client to give at least 24 hours’ notice of their rescheduling or cancelling, regardless of what time I confirm the appointment. Ask me about signing up for text/e-mail reminders to help avoid the fee.

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Hours of Operations
I am currently available by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4pm to 6:30pm; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 8am to 6:30pm. I will be unavailable on major holidays or in the case of severe weather.

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Services & Fees
I offer massage for 30 minutes ($30), 60 minutes ($70), 90 minutes ($100), and 120 minutes ($150). I offer Bowenwork for $50/session and packages of all my services are available. Read about these services in detail here.

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Facilities & Parking
Kokoro Massage is located in the South Bay Suites building in Downtown Fairhaven at 1140 10th Street, Suite #214 (Bellingham, WA 98225). There is limited free parking in front of the building, street parking all throughout Fairhaven, and a large gravel lot at 11th and Mill. There is van accessible handicapped parking in front of Village Books on 11th and Mill and a handicapped spot kitty-corner from South Bay Suites. There is an elevator, seating, clean bathrooms, and the temperature-controlled treatment room has fresh filtered water, seating, a place for your personal items, and for maximum comfort: a heated massage table, bolsters, and pillows. I use hypoallergenic massage oils, lotions, and linen detergent. Click here to learn more about the facilities.

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Arrival
If it is your first appointment, there will be a thorough health intake process to help determine the best course of treatment, so I recommend you arrive at least 15-20 minutes early. I will also have you sign an informed consent form and give you a health intake form to take home, fill out, and return. You can expedite the paperwork process by familiarizing yourself with these policies and signing the required forms prior to your first session, available (Download forms here).

If it is not your first appointment at Kokoro Massage, please arrive about 10 minutes early if possible as all sessions begin with a basic intake process to update any important health information and determine your goals for the session.

When you arrive, if my office door is open feel free to come on in. Otherwise please wait in the waiting area until my door has opened. Thank you for your patience.

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Cancelling & Rescheduling
Client Cancellation: I understand that life happens, so if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please do so at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled session. If the client does not give at least 24 hours’ notice of rescheduling/cancelling, they will be asked to pay a $25 fee. Emergencies and illness will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and not incur a fee.

Practitioner Cancellation: Our time together is important and I will only cancel or ask to reschedule if I absolutely must. And if I must, your rescheduled appointment will be significantly discounted.

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Late Arrival
Client Arrives Late: Because I am operating on a schedule, those who arrive late to their scheduled appointments may not receive a time extension and full payment is due at the time of service. The time remaining will be used to its best advantage.

Practitioner Arrives Late: If I am late for the appointment, the remaining time will be used as efficiently as possible and/or a new appointment will be scheduled and the client will receive a discount.

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Sickness Policy & Health Conditions
Should the practitioner or client feel sick or contract a contagious disease that could spread during the massage session, we must reschedule. There will not be a fee unless this policy is abused. If you are exhibiting the following symptoms or illnesses, we absolutely must cancel/reschedule: diarrhea, vomiting, fever, asthma attack, acute flare-up’s, sinus infection, chicken pox, measles, mumps, meningitis, pink eye, rubella, lice, impetigo, influenza, tuberculosis, pneumonia, rabies, meningococcal disease, jaundice, polio, cardiac arrest, lymphatic cancer, hemorrhage, ringworm, scabies, thrush, whooping cough, common cold, or other possible infections. If you are intoxicated, we must cancel/reschedule.

There may be local contraindications that I must avoid during massage, such as: abnormal lumps, athlete’s foot, warts, blisters, bruises, cysts, polyps, ulcers, rashes, inflamed areas, infected areas, herniated areas, open wounds, shingles, varicose veins (I will avoid or go lightly over these areas depending on the severity), pacemakers, recent injuries or surgeries (may require physician’s clearance), etc.

The following are examples of conditions that absolutely require your physician’s clearance prior to treatment: acromegaly, aneurysm, atherosclerosis, burns, cancer, leukemia, cerebrovascular accident, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, hemophilia, Hodgkin’s disease, kidney stones, nephrosis, polycystic kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, peritonitis, uremia, etc.

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No-Show
Client No-Show: If no notice of cancellation is given and the client does not show up to their scheduled appointment, they will be asked to pay full price of the service.

Practitioner No-Show: If I misunderstand our scheduled appointment and do not show up at a time established between us, the appointment (whenever rescheduled) will be free.

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Payment
Payment is due at the time of service (before or after the session, whichever you prefer). Click here for descriptions of services and rates. I accept American cash, personal checks, and U.S.-issued credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). I also accept bartered services on a case-by-case basis (read below). Gift certificates are also available for purchase. Contact me or look on the bottom of this page to learn more about purchasing and using gift certificates.

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Gratuity
Tips are never required or expected, but accepted with great appreciation. The greatest “tip” you can give me is your referrals to friends and family and honest feedback and testimonials. Thank you for your support!

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Bartering
I may barter massage therapy services for other services as determined between the client and practitioner. I may not be able to barter treatment for the particular service you provide, but do not hesitate to ask. Typically I trade one hour of massage for one hour of bartered service. Understand that I will report bartered services on my tax return. Please contact me if you are interested in trading a service for bodywork.

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Insurance Coverage
Sometimes private insurance companies compensate clients for my services. If you wish to be reimbursed by your insurance company, it is best to get a prescription from your doctor. I can provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company, but I can’t guarantee that your sessions will be covered by insurance. It is at the discretion of your insurance company.

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Health Intake & Session Goals
At the beginning of your first session, there will be a thorough health intake process to evaluate your current health and determine your goals for bodywork. Prior to or after this first session, you will fill out a health intake form (available for download here). It is the responsibility of the client to communicate their preferences, expectations, and concerns for massage therapy, as well as their complete and accurate health information to ensure the safety and productivity of the sessions. I will also do my professional best to check in with you. Please keep me updated on your health and goals.

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Informed Consent & Scope of Practice
Licensed massage practitioners are trained in the safe use of manual soft tissue manipulation techniques intended to improve health and promote mind-body-spirit balance. Massage therapy is a system of bodywork that, among many other proven benefits, encourages the natural healing processes of the body and relieves muscle pain and tension.

Massage therapists are health care providers, but they do not work within the parameters of licensed medical professionals and therefore DO NOT diagnose, perform skeletal adjustments, prescribe, or provide treatment for specific conditions without written permission from your doctor. The practitioner will only perform services that they are qualified to perform and only provide treatment where there is reasonable expectation that it will be advantageous to the client. If at any time the practitioner feels you should be evaluated by another professional, they are required to refer you to your personal health care physician.

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Qualifications
In addition to honestly representing my qualifications, I promise to consistently maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence, and strive for excellence through regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses through continuing education training. Lindsey Frazier has the following qualifications:
  • Licensed Massage Practitioner (Washington State, License #MA60398443)
  • Graduated from the Massage Practitioner Program at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington (August 2013)
  • Registered Bowenwork® Practitioner (May 2014)
  • Member of the American Massage Therapy Association
  • Member of the American Bowen Academy
  • Reiki Level I Certified
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid certified by the American Red Cross
  • B.A. in East Asian Studies and Japanese Language from Western Washington University (June 2011)

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Minors
Massage therapy and Bowenwork® is as beneficial for young adults, children, and even infants as it is for adults and I give special consideration to clients who are under the age of 18. Clients between the ages of 15 and 18 years old must present written permission from a parent or guardian prior to their first massage session. Clients younger than 15 years of age must have a parent or guardian present at all times during the massage therapy session.

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Sanitation & Hygiene
All equipment and linens that come in contact with the client are stored, sanitized, and cleaned in a healthy, professionally approved method.

I come to each session clean and before and after each session, I wash my hands and arms with hot soapy water and disinfecting solution. If there are any breaks in my skin, they will be covered with protective coverings.

The client will also come to the session clean and inform me if there are any health concerns, breaks in the skin, or areas I should avoid.

Should the client or practitioner start to feel sick or contract a contagious disease that could spread during the massage session or to other clients such as the cold, flu, or other infection, each will inform the other. The decision to reschedule will be handled on a case-by-case manner.

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Attire, Dressing Down, and Draping
Clients may wear whatever is comfortable to their sessions, unless otherwise discussed. For example, for certain treatments I may have you bring a pair of athletic shorts and a sports bra to change into, whereas a Bowenwork® session can be performed fully clothed. When I leave the room to give you privacy to get onto the massage table and between the sheets, you may dress down to whatever your level of comfort is. It’s okay to dress down all the way and it’s okay to leave articles of clothing on. Less clothing does mean more access for the practitioner to do work, but let your comfort level be your guide.

I will always use state-mandated draping that ensures the client’s safety, comfort, and privacy and only exposes the specific area being worked. I will never massage the breast nipples or genital area and will receive permission from the client before working near these areas (for example the upper chest or the adductors of the inner thigh).

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The Sessions
At Kokoro Massage, client health, comfort, and safety are paramount. All bodywork services are professional and sessions are conducted with the client’s greatest well-being in mind. We will communicate every step of the way to make for the most comfortable, safe, and effective therapeutic experience that is tailored to your wants and needs. During the first session, there will be a thorough intake process to talk about your health, define your goals for bodywork therapy, and determine the best course of treatment for you. You will fill out a health intake form, read Kokoro Massage’s policies and procedures, and sign an informed consent form. To expedite this process, you can fill out these forms prior to your first session and bring them in (download them here). Either way, I recommend you arrive to your first appointment at least 15 minutes early if you are able so that we can get the most out of both the intake process and the session. All sessions begin with an intake process, which is as long or brief as needed, so please arrive to all appointments at least 5-10 minutes early if possible.

After discussing your health and health goals, there will be an opportunity to use the restroom (which you can use at any time during the session, just ask). Then I will step out of the room and let you dress down to your level of comfort and lie on the massage table between the sheets. I will knock and receive permission prior to re-entering the room after which I will begin the treatment. I believe communication is key to a successful bodywork session and will inform, check-in, and inquire when appropriate. I ask that you also communicate with me regarding your experience and how we can fine-tune it to your custom goals and needs. Every body is different, so this communication is essential to a successful treatment. You may choose to talk or not talk during the session. Casual conversation is fine, but I will always be focused on the work and your well-being and never discuss inappropriate or private matters.

When the session is over, I will step out of the room and give you time to come back, refresh, and get dressed. I will knock prior to re-entering the room after which we will discuss the session, subsequent sessions if appropriate, and payment. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the treatment sessions.

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Techniques Used
I am trained in traditional Swedish relaxation massage which includes strokes and techniques such as rocking, jostling, effleurage, petrissage, kneading, friction, tapotement, passive stretching, and hydrotherapy.

Additionally, I am trained in treatment massage which includes basic structural integration techniques, trigger point release therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release techniques, and active stretching. I also have basic energywork, reflexology, and shiatsu experience that I incorporate into the sessions. You can read about the different treatments I offer here. If at any time you would like me to adjust my technique, speed, or pressure, please let me know.

I am also a registered Bowenwork® practitioner. Bowenwork uses very specific, light-touch fascial "moves" to unravel deep-rooted pain and trauma, and create long-lasting mind-body-spirit balance. You can learn more about Bowenwork here.

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Getting the Most from Your Massage
Before the Massage:
Right before your massage, it is best to avoid eating any large or heavy meals, sugar, caffeine, or other stimulants. Instead, 24 hours prior to your massage drink more water, and at least one hour prior have a light meal or snack. You don’t want to come to sessions on an empty stomach as massage therapy is something like a workout, as relaxing as it is. Calories are burning and the body’s rest and digest systems are working, so you might get hungry if you don’t have anything to eat before the massage. Lastly, good communication is very important to a successful treatment, so before each session please let me know about any health concerns and what your needs and goals are for the massage.

During the Massage:
During the massage, please report any discomfort, whether it is from the massage (table, face cradle, draping, pressure, speed, techniques, etc.) or distractions related to the environment (room temperature, music, lighting, etc.). Every body is different and my goal is to customize your sessions so that we can meet your goals. Also helpful during the massage is smooth, gentle hara breathing (breathing from the belly and diaphragm instead of from the chest and neck) and relaxing your muscles, as tightening up and contracting is counterproductive to massage therapy. If you are having a hard time relaxing, let me know and we will do everything possible to make you comfortable.

After the Massage:
Right after the massage, if you are feeling dizzy or lightheaded, do not get off the table until this has passed. Be sure to drink plenty of water after the session to promote tissue hydration and mobility. If you do not drink enough water after a session, you could get headaches or regain tension in the muscles. One of the best things you can do for your health after a massage and between sessions is doing self-care exercises, such as relaxation techniques, gentle stretching, prescribed physical therapy exercises, nature walks, yoga, and hydrotherapy. Self-care depends on the individual client’s health and goals, so we will discuss recommended methods after each session. Your body and your doctor have the ultimate say in your after-care practices.

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Massage Therapy Frequency
Massage therapy is a pampering and effective modality of healing that benefits all the body’s systems and taps into the body’s own restorative abilities. A lot of massage therapy is retraining muscles, helping to correct posture, and rebalancing areas of compensation and weakness, which cannot simply be corrected in a single session. The benefits of massage therapy are cumulative and in many cultures a daily ritual that ensures balance, health, and longevity.

If you are interested in daily massage, 30-minute sessions are sufficient. A weekly or twice-a-week 30-minute massage session also reduces the physical and emotional stress that builds up in the body daily.

If you are suffering from chronic stress, anger, anxiety, depression, insomnia, or other psychological/emotional conditions, it is recommended that you receive one or two 60-minute massages every week for a month or two after which at least one 60-minute monthly session is beneficial.

Likewise, in the cases of chronic illness or pain, it is best to receive one to two 60-minute massages every week for a month or two, after which at least one 60-minute monthly session is recommended.

If you are seeking massage therapy to help overcome an injury or if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, the process may take anywhere from one to six months, to even a year or more, depending on the incident and massage frequency. In this case however, massage frequency very much depends on the nature of the injury or accident, doctor and physical therapist recommendations, the client’s health, and their participation in their own recovery.

For more affordable maintenance, cumulative benefits, and for those who are dealing with stress management, one to two 60-minute sessions a month is a beneficial and luxurious treat that gives long-lasting results.

Occasional or irregular massage sessions absolutely provide temporary relief and relaxation, but the cumulative effects of massage therapy are lost if it is not experienced on a regular basis. The client’s health goals and needs are the most important factor in determining the length and effectiveness of each treatment plan. We will communicate about what's right for you.

Bowenwork® is often recommended once a week for one month for the client to fully feel and accumulate the most benefits, but treatment may require more or fewer sessions depending on the condition. Find out more about Bowenwork here.

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Respect for the Client
Clients have the right to a clean, safe, and comfortable massage treatment environment as well as the highest quality of care that is provided with the client’s informed and voluntary consent. Clients have a right to be treated with consideration, dignity, and respect. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you have a right to speak up and we will stop and communicate. I respect and uphold your right to refuse, modify, or terminate treatment at any time. My goal is helping you reach your goals and we work together as a team creating and adapting your treatment plan to best suit your current health and health objectives. We will always have an open channel of communication and I will be clear about what the treatment will involve and what areas I will be working on. Clients may dress down to their own level of comfort when getting on the massage table and state-mandated draping that ensures the client’s safety, comfort, and privacy and only exposes the specific area being worked on will be used in all sessions. The breasts and genital area will not be massaged under any circumstances. Permission will be asked before working close to these areas, otherwise a professional distance will be maintained.

I encourage feedback regarding temperature, music, lighting, pressure, technique, etc. I want you to be comfortable and everybody is different. Please let me know what you like and dislike so we can tailor the treatments to your style. Inform me of areas you would like me to avoid and if anything makes you uncomfortable at any time, you have a right to say so, I will stop, and we will talk before proceeding. Sometimes we are not aware of what is sensitive or uncomfortable until an area is touched, so please feel free to communicate as you become aware of your needs.

As a licensed health care professional, I abide by HIPAA and swear to safeguard client confidentiality and privacy, unless disclosure is required by law or necessary for the protection of the public. Any referrals out to other health care professionals will be discussed with the client and is solely their decision.

I refuse to unjustly discriminate against anybody.

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Respect for the Massage Practitioner
I am a professional dedicated to health, well-being, and a strong professional code of ethics. I will not initiate or engage in sexual activities or behaviour involving a client and such conduct represented by the client will lead to an immediate termination of the session.

Clients are expected to arrive prepared for their session as discussed with the practitioner. Uncleanliness, obvious contagious conditions, or suspicions of alcohol or drug influence are reasons for terminating of the session. I reserve the right to refuse to treat any person or part of the body for just and reasonable cause.

As much as you are able, please refrain from wearing perfume or scented body lotions in consideration of other clients’ sensitivities and allergies.

All clients will be expected to read Kokoro Massage’s policies and procedures (this) and sign an informed consent form, stating that you have read the information listed here, understand it, and agree to comply. Clients will also fill out a health intake form with as much detail and accuracy as possible so that we can ensure the best and safest treatment possible. These forms can be downloaded and filled out prior to your first appointment here. It is the responsibility of the client to keep me, the practitioner, informed of any changes in health, condition, medications, or treatments currently being taken and, if necessary, written permission from the physician, chiropractor, physical therapist, etc. that massage therapy is still appropriate.

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*Introductory Special*
New clients receive half off their first treatment.

By appointment only. Please schedule online, or call/text.


Phone:

(360)306-0191

E-Mail:

lindsey@kokoromassage.net

Location:

1140 10th Street, Suite #214
Bellingham, Washington 98225
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Hours of Operation:

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
3:30PM-6PM

Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays
8AM-6PM

New clients can download, print, and fill out necessary forms prior to their first appointment here.


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