E. Ruth Wellness Massage, LLC

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***New Location***

Posted Monday, November 24, 2014 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

I am happy to announce that E. Ruth will be relocating to the beautiful downtown Edmonds waterfront in December!

Just off Main street, you will find local shops, restaurants and waterfront activities to enjoy before or after your restorative therapy session. Parking lot accessible on 6th Ave.

Thank you, Queen Anne community, for providing a rewarding first few years in business.

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Get it Monthly

Posted Tuesday, September 09, 2014 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

While certain therapeutic goals would require up to 1-2 sessions per week to see the desired results (i.e. scar tissue mobilization), there’s a balancing act that we all play- between our goals, costs and our time. Finding that balance is an ever evolving task.

As a starting place, I recommend scheduling a massage once a month.

Your monthly session can be an hour and half; it can also be thirty minutes or even fifteen. The intent is a sustainable massage therapy plan. Fifteen minutes is enough time to pause a busy life, check-in with your body and refresh.

Schedule in advance. How about every third Monday at 5:30pm? While a set date and time might not be doable- try rebooking at the end of every session. Make a commitment to your wellness plan. Having an appointment on your calendar not only reserves your “you” time but gives you something to look forward to during a hectic day.

If you are not seeing your desired results or if your sessions are causing more stress than relief (in time or costs), all you have to do is speak up. Let’s discuss how we can make massage therapy a part of your wellness plan. Let E. Ruth help you in finding the right balance to welcome in comfort to your life.

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No (thank you) to Tips

Posted Sunday, August 03, 2014 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

I am a healthcare practitioner,

just like your dental hygienist and your registered nurse. Why do we not tip them? Ever slip your phlebotomist a $10 bill because they didn’t make you bruise?

I am in charge of my own fees.

What if all massage therapists, whether in a clinic, spa or franchise, did not accept tips either? Would employers then increase wages to attract and retain skilled therapists? I would want my employer to acknowledge and appreciate the value of my work.

I do not accept tips at E. Ruth.

It is always a great compliment when a client attempts to add a tip to their session fee. It is my job to listen and to promote comfort in their body-and it is also my responsibility to treat all my clients equally.

I am aware that my stance on tipping in the massage profession may not be the same as yours (or that of your therapist). I am writing this post not to argue against opposing positions but to explore why tipping is accepted or expected and why it might shouldn’t be.

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What I Ask of my Client

Posted Sunday, March 23, 2014 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

Depending on your goals, your health and your comfort level, my role as your massage therapist, is to assess and to treat. Whether you are in for 90 minutes of half-asleep stress reduction or for 30 minutes of targeted pain management- I hold every session to the same standards. To do so, requires me to ask two things of my clients:

  1. Accurate and complete health information. That detailed health history form that you fill out is important. There are massage techniques that are contraindicated (no-no’s) for even the most common healthcare conditions (asthma, uncontrolled high blood pressure). There are even times when people should not receive a massage at all (after certain surgeries, unidentified rashes). Some of these questions are for your safety, and others, for my own and other clients’ health. Health changes from session to session, so I include a written clause stating that clients agree (by signature) to tell me of such changes. I also verbally ask before each session. If you’re not sure if something is important (i.e that you broke your toe when you were six or that you took 200 mg of ibuprofen this morning), let me decide. It doesn’t hurt to bring things up, but there may be risk, if you don’t.

  2. Therapy engagement. A massage therapist’s training, skill and experience is often regarded as intuition. While it may be a compliment, we do not have super powers. Our skills are most effective when we are able to assess and adapt pre-session, during session and post-session. Assessment includes client engagement and feedback. During your next massage session, I challenge you to think about: where your body could really use some focused work, how the presure feels and what changes you are noticing. Staying engaged means speaking up. I challenge you to talk to your therapist about: why they are using a specific technique, what changes they are noticing in your tissues and what isn’t working for you. This session is for you- get the most out of it.

Maybe this is the first time you’ve heard of a massage therapist having responsibilities of their clients. My clients come to me for a reason. They seek out relief, management and prevention of physical and physiological stresses. But to fully achieve this requires a client who takes an active role in their healthcare. Massage therapy is an investment. It’s your body, your health, your time and your money. Hold your massage practitioner to high standards and don’t neglect to ask the same of yourself.

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What is Therapeutic Massage?

Posted Sunday, February 23, 2014 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

Why did you book your last massage? What type of session did you select? Would you describe it as a therapeutic massage?

The healthcare community, including massage therapists, gives different definitions of what constitutes a “therapeutic” massage. Therapeutic massage is often used synonymously with the term medical or treatment massage – so let’s start there.

Medical massage usually refers to massage sessions that are prescribed by a physician and, thus, paid by medical insurance. Medical massage = medical insurance.

What about the actual massage session? Is there any difference between a massage that is paid by insurance and a massage that is paid out of pocket?

There shouldn’t be.

I cannot speak to other states, but in Washington, your massage therapist is licensed through the Department of Health. We are healthcare practitioners; we pledge and abide by the same code of conduct as your physician or your chiropractor. We are HIPAA compliant, take continuing education courses in massage and in ethics, and, when you arrive at your session, we ask questions to ensure your safety.

We also ask questions to help meet your goals for what brought you in: hamstring injury, insomnia, stress, etc. To me, therapeutic massage means utilizing massage techniques to reach these healthcare goals. But wait- I’ve included stress reduction- doesn’t that describe a “relaxation” massage?

Glad to bring that up.

Many massage practices list “relaxation” massage as a separate, and often the less expensive session option (as opposed to a therapeutic/treatment/medical session). I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what separates stress reduction from all other healthcare goals. A relaxation focused session addresses a psychological goal, yet still, we listen, just as in a physically injured client. We use our ongoing training and experience for the most effective techniques. And, we follow-up, ensuring we have met your needs. Therefore, I ask the healthcare community: how is that not a therapeutic/treatment/medical massage?

So, then, what type of professional massage isn’t therapeutic?

It all is.

Maybe massage sessions increase your scar tissue mobility after a surgery. Maybe your sessions relieve and further prevent the strain you feel across your shoulders. Maybe your sessions promote breath awareness and ease. Maybe your sessions are your moments of peace in busy and challenging life.

You don’t need a prescription for added comfort in your life. Therapy, as massage can truly be, is about supporting a positive change in our life. No matter what the change is, or needs to be, you deserve it.

(Look for an upcoming post further arguing my position on relaxation focused massage as therapy).

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