Bethann Easterly, LMT, CPT-RES

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

What is Hendrickson Method of Orthopedic Massage?

What is CPT-RES?
What do you do?
What happens in the first appointment?
Do you take insurance?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage session?
How will I feel after the massage session?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

What is pain?
 

Where are you located? 

High Point Terrace neighborhood in Memphis, TN 38111.

 

What is Hendrickson Method of Orthopedic Massage?

This style of massage is performed fully clothed and without oil. It combines the relaxing benefits of massage and the rehabilitative effects of manual therapy. Clients receive a gentle, pain-free session that often provides immediate pain relief, as well as improved general health and well-being.

 

What is CPT-RES?

Since 2015, I've been certified through Nutritious Movement as a Certified Personal Trainer-Restorative Exercise Specialist (CPT-RES). I advocate whole body movement and help identify your blindspots and areas of weakness (underuse/overuse) so you can fill in the gaps with targeted movements and/or stretches. I want to help you move more easily and feel better.

 

What do you do?

I specialize in manual therapy and incorporate a range of therapeutic techniques including neuromuscular, myofascial, trigger point, and joint mobilization. I determine where the problem is coming from and address it. It's advisable to wear comfortable clothing such as a sports bra and shorts. You'll be properly draped during the entire session.

What happens in the first appointment?

I do an assessment and massage (and/or corrective exercise) based on your specific complaints and areas(s) of concern. I may ask you to perform certain movements so I can assess the quality and range of motion. I'll recommend specific movements and/or stretches as homework when appropriate. 

Do you take insurance?

Clients must pay at the time of service; however I can provide procedure codes that can be submitted to your insurance company. It helps to get a prescription for Neuromuscular Therapy or Manual Therapy with the specific diagnostic codes specifying where you're having pain. Insurance companies prefer to see diagnostic codes from the doctor and procedure codes from me for the best chance of getting your treatment covered.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

It depends on your reason for treatment. For pain relief, it's most efficient for me to do an assessment on your first visit or at some point early in your treatment in order to determine the best course of action for your condition. If you're coming for relaxation and have no specific complaints, I'll ask whether you'd prefer a more general full-body massage or a more specific massage focusing on 1-3 areas of discomfort.

 

What will the massage feel like?

Areas that need the work are often more tender than surrounding tissues. I will work within your comfort range, always allowing you to breath into any sensitive areas. Typically, these areas become less sensitive in one or more sessions. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken if necessary. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting. You should be able to relax into the work without feeling the need to hold your breath or tense other areas.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?

There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. I've studied a range of techniques since I started practicing massage therapy in 1994. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage session?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. If you have any questions during the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage session?

Most people feel more relaxed and often experience greater range of motion. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.

Are there any medical conditions for which massage is inadvisable?

Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, I ask general health questions. It's very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you're taking. If you're under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

What Is Pain?

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual, or potential, tissue damage.--International Association for the Study of Pain. Pain is a signal that something is wrong. Pain does not mean there is necessarily tissue damage, nor does the intensity of your pain correlate with the severity of damage. Pain is influenced (for better or for worse) by all the emotional, social, and cognitive factors in your life.  

 

 

 

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