What You’ll Get from Your Massage

Massage therapist's hands on client's back with gray sheet. Text reads, What you'll get from your massage.

I know that you want to get the best possible massage. And if I’m suggesting that you put weekly, monthly, or quarterly massage appointments into your calendar — and you’re adding them to your budget — then it’s my job to tell you what you’re investing in, right?

So here it is — what you can expect from booking your next massage here at Quiet Strength in Virginia Beach.

Clear & Simple Pricing

Each massage that I offer, along with the price, is clearly listed here on my Services page. You won’t get stuck with any sales tax, credit card fees, or surge up-charges. And your price is the same whether you want aromatherapy, if you’re pregnant, or what level of pressure you prefer.

(Onsite chair massages for events will vary. But we’ll confer about that cost upfront.)

A Full Hour. Really really!

1 hour = 60 minutes of therapy. The clock doesn’t start until I walk into the room and actually begin your massage.

(Did you know? That’s not the case for every place where you might go for a massage. If you go to Envy, Luxe, or one of the other franchises, their hour is 50 minutes.)

Clock with text, Your 60 minute massage means 60 minutes! None of that silly 50 minute hour stuff here.

And in the past, I’ve worked at many local spas that also operated on a 50-minute clock. That just always felt wrong to me… as if clients were being rushed around.

So, in my office, when you book a 30- or 60-minute session, that’s what you can expect to receive. And you won’t feel rushed! (If you’re late to arrive for your appointment, we may have to adjust accordingly.)

Ease of Scheduling

Scheduling might be another obstacle to getting regular massage appointments on your calendar. If you’re swamped at the office, standing watch on our military bases, or shuttling kids around town for their sports & activities, you might not get a chance to call during business hours to find a massage appointment.

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But guess what! You can schedule with me online right here. The booking system (Schedulicity) is simple to use. And the system is available whenever you have time to go online. Book your preferred appointment slot with just a few clicks. Ta-daaa! No phone tag necessary. (After all, phone tag is so 1997.)

Your Massage is All About You

You get my full attention. For 1 hour, you are the superstar. You are the reason we’re in the room. You can talk if you’d like to, but I’m not going to be a Chatty Cathy or expect you to listen to my problems.

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You can change the music if you want to. I’ve got “spa-type” music (mostly piano & guitar & classical), but we can play something else. Jazz? Holiday tunes? A movie soundtrack? Let me know.

Want me to spend the full hour on your feet? Sure. Need a pillow to elevate your head? Not a problem.

You can relax & chill. And I’ll focus on whatever issues you want me to spend time on. 60 minutes with no phone calls to take; no work demands; just zone out if you want to.

Experienced Therapist

I’ve had 20 years of massage therapy practice, along with hundreds of hours of continuing education. Those hours were all just prep for your massage!

And as a preferred practitioner with the Society for Oncology Massage, I’ve taken specialized training to be able to offer therapy to folks who are going through cancer treatment (or who have a previous cancer diagnosis).

What is the best massage for cancer patients? Linda Boyer is a Preferred Practitioner with the Society for Oncology Massage.

As someone who’s also been through cancer, I can empathize with folks who are in chemo or radiation. And I’m actively pursuing more knowledge of cancer treatments, advocacy, & involvement with survivorship issues.

Yes! I do also work with clients who do not have a history of cancer.

Clinical prudence, safety, & integrity

I won’t practice any techniques that are unsafe for you or your health condition.

Sometimes, in massage discussion groups, peers advise each other to “get a doctor’s note” or basically “get permission” to work with a particular client’s medical issue. The problem with that: we have so many different kinds of massage (and so many varied practitioners). Unfortunately, that peer advice doesn’t consider some important variables.

Blue pen with checklist. Text reads, Your best massage has lots of variables.

Especially with complex conditions like cancer, your therapist needs to be prepared for how you may be affected – the style of therapy that’s best, any elevated concerns such as lymphedema risk, any medical devices such as a port, or what side effects are common with your medication.

Sometimes you may not have received all the info about your risks or contraindications. And with any particular injury or new medical diagnosis, your “usual” style of massage may no longer be appropriate. So, as your LMT, it’s my responsibility to know how to adjust each session (and make recommendations) so that it’s safe and beneficial for you.

Proper licensing — I’m legit!

There are plenty of massage practitioners offering discounted bodywork, operating under the radar.

Did you know? The title Licensed Massage Therapist is regulated by the Board of Nursing here in Virginia.

Caveat: If a practitioner is operating without licensing, they may not have completed the proper training & education to work safely with you. (Also, if someone is not licensed, they cannot legally call themselves a massage therapist; and they cannot advertise their work as massage therapy.)

My licenses & credentials are posted in my office, and I’m glad to explain any questions you have about my schooling & scope of practice. (Also, you can verify any practitioner in the state by looking them up here.) I’m proud of my 20-year Virginia license!

Referrals & resources

A massage with me gets you connections with all the health-related practitioners I know… plus, numerous other local small business owners! (And that’s a lot of people.) If massage isn’t helping your tendonitis/backache/anxiety, I can offer resources to help you find an acupuncturist, PT, or counselor.

And there’s a whole page of tools, articles, and info especially designed to help people in the cancer community, right here on my website.

High-quality massage products & equipment

I only use the best products on your skin. Since 2018, I’ve been using HobaCare jojoba! It’s from a company in Maine and they offer first-press organic jojoba.

What’s so cool about that? Well, jojoba is a wax ester– it’s not a nut product, so it won’t cause a reaction if you have a nut sensitivity. It’s not going to clog your pores if you tend to have skin breakouts. And it’s safe to use on fragile skin, such as my senior clients or those who are going through radiation treatments.

The essential oils I use are also organic.

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And the massage table I use is pretty awesome. Not only does it have thick layers of padding and an optional warmer, but it’s motorized. I’ll adjust the height so that you’ll be comfortable getting on and off the table with ease. And throughout your session, I’ll tweak the height to work on each muscle group from an optimal angle — one more strategy to give you the best possible massage!

You get to support a small local business

It’s just me! No conglomerate. No fancy management structure or corporate setup. Just an independent business owner, caring for her customers, & participating in the same communities she serves.

From time to time, I share news about other locally-owned businesses that I love (Vaughan’s Produce? Ocean View Hardware? Eggleston Garden Center?) And I’m a member of some local business owners’ groups, too. One of them (Virginia Beach Women for Good) supports local non-profit organizations every quarter.

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When you choose my business, you can feel good that your money stays in our local Hampton Roads economy! And (since it’s just me) you know that you’ll get the same therapist, every time you book. You can communicate your preferences & concerns, and be assured that I have time to listen to you.

All that, from a massage! It’s an honor to help mitigate your pains & stress. I appreciate my clients so much. Click the button below to book your next appointment!

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