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Cancellations and Late Arrivals

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Cancellation Policy
We understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. In our desire to be effective and fair to all clients, the following policies are honored:

24 hour advance notice is required when cancelling an appointment. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to give us 24 hours advance notice you will be charged the full amount of your appointment. This amount must be paid prior to your next scheduled appointment.

No-shows
Anyone who either forgets or consciously chooses to forgo their appointment for whatever reason will be considered a “no-show.” They will be charged for their “missed” appointment.

Late Arrivals
If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. Depending upon how late you arrive, your therapist will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start a treatment. Regardless of the length of the treatment actually given, you will be responsible for the “full” session. Out of respect and consideration to your therapist and other customers, please plan accordingly and be on time.

We look forward to serving you!

Physician Permission Form

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Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
MEMBER

Practitioner/Clinic Name: Veda King Blanchard/Rooted Arts

 Contact Information: (862)202-6948; rootedarts@gmail.com

Patient Information

Patient Name: _________________________________ Date of Birth: ______________

Permission Granted to

Provider Name: _______________________________

Specialty/Type of Treatment: ________________________

Reason for Permission

There is no reason to believe that massage or bodywork treatments will harm this patient’s progress.

However, please  note the following considerations:____________________________

Description of condition:______________________________________________

Possible interactions with medications:_____________________________________

Special instructions:__________________________________________________

Permission Granted by
Physician/Health-Care Provider Name:

___________________________________________________________________

Phone: ________________________ Fax: ________________________

Email: __________________________

Signature: ___________________________________ Date: __________________
Please note: Should you notice anything unusual or significant during treatment, please notify this office immediately. Otherwise, any update at the conclusion of care would be appreciated.

First Time Client Form

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Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals MEMBER

Practitioner/Clinic Name: Veda King Blanchard/Rooted Arts
Contact Information: (862)202-6948; rootedarts@gmail.com

Client Contact Information
Client Name: ___________________________________ Date: ____________
Date of Birth: ____________ Gender: ____________

Address: _________________________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________

Email: ___________________________________

Referred by: ___________________________________

Emergency contact: ____________________________

Phone: ___________________________________

Physician/Health-care Provider name: __________________________ Phone: ____________________
Is this massage/bodywork medically necessary (is it for a medical condition, injury, surgery)? Yes ☐ No ☐
Do you have a physician referral/prescription? Yes ☐ No ☐

Massage Information
Have you ever received professional massage/bodywork before? Yes ☐ No ☐
How recently? ___________________________________
What types of massage/bodywork do you prefer? ___________________________________
What kind of pressure do you prefer? Light Medium Firm
What are your goals/expected outcomes for receiving massage/bodywork?

______________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

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How do you feel today?

______________________________________________________________________
List and prioritize your current symptoms/issues (stress, pain, stiffness, numbness/tingling, swelling, etc.):

_______________________________________________________________________________

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Do these symptoms interfere with your activities of daily living (e.g., sleep, exercise, work, childcare)? Yes No
Explain:
________________________________________________________________________________

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List the medications and supplements you currently take:
________________________________________________________________________________

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Are you wearing contacts? Yes ☐ No ☐
Are you wearing dentures? Yes ☐ No ☐
Are you wearing a hairpiece? Yes ☐ No ☐
Are you pregnant? Yes ☐ No ☐

Health History
Have you had any injuries or surgeries in the past that may influence today’s treatment?

________________________________________________________________________________

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Circle any of the following health conditions that you currently have (If you are unsure, please ask):

blood clots, infections, congestive heart failure, contagious diseases, pitted edema

Please answer honestly, as massage may not be indicated for the above conditions, and may, in some cases, be dangerous.
Please indicate conditions that you have or have had in the past. Explain in detail, including treatment received:
Current Past Muscle or joint pain _____________________________________
Current Past Muscle or joint stiffness _____________________________________
Current Past Numbness or tingling _____________________________________
Current Past Swelling _____________________________________
Current Past Bruise easily _____________________________________
Current Past Sensitive to touch/pressure _____________________________________
Current Past High/Low blood pressure _____________________________________
Current Past Stroke, heart attack _____________________________________
Current Past Varicose veins _____________________________________
Current Past Shortness of breath, asthma _____________________________________
Current Past Cancer _____________________________________
Current Past Neurological (e.g. MS, Parkinson’s, chronic pain) _____________________________________
Current Past Epilepsy, seizures _____________________________________
Current Past Headaches, Migraines _____________________________________
Current Past Dizziness, ringing in the ears _____________________________________
Current Past Digestive conditions (e.g. Crohn’s, IBS) _____________________________________
Current Past Gas, bloating, constipation _____________________________________
Current Past Kidney disease, infection _____________________________________
Current Past Arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis) _____________________________________
Current Past Osteoporosis, degenerative spine/disk _____________________________________
Current Past Scoliosis _____________________________________
Current Past Broken bones _____________________________________
Current Past Allergies _____________________________________
Current Past Diabetes _____________________________________
Current Past Endocrine/thyroid conditions _____________________________________
Current Past Depression, anxiety _____________________________________
Current Past Memory Loss, confusion, easily overwhelmed _____________________________________

Comments:________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________Consent for Treatment

If I experience any pain or discomfort during this session, I will immediately inform the practitioner so that the pressure and/or strokes may be adjusted to my level of comfort. I further understand that massage/bodywork should not be construed as a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis, or treatment and that I should see a physician, chiropractor, or other qualified medical specialist for any mental or physical ailment of which I am aware. I understand that massage/bodywork practitioners are not qualified to perform spinal or skeletal adjustments, diagnose, prescribe, or treat any physical or mental illness, and that nothing said in the course of the session given should be construed as such. Because massage/bodywork should not be performed under certain medical conditions, I affirm that I have stated all my known medical conditions and answered all questions honestly. I agree to keep the practitioner updated as to any changes in my medical profile and understand that there shall be no liability on the practitioner’s part should I fail to do so. I also understand that any illicit or sexually suggestive remarks or advances made by me will result in immediate termination of the session, and I will be liable for payment of the scheduled appointment. Understanding all of this, I give my consent to receive care.

Client Signature: _____________________________________________________________

Date: ____________

Parent or Guardian Signature (in case of a minor): ___________________________________

Date: ____________

Joy

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All energy is one.

I call this one God.

 

I am God

 

Mothers leaning over newly met babes are God richly steeped in joy. New shoots poking forth from ground and branch in early spring are God joyfully bursting with excitement. I admire, I grow, I am God expressed in Joy. I am Joyful.

 

I release my joy into infinite God knowing as I do that it is so.

 

And so it is.

 

Chair Massage

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Massage Chairs are great tools. With appropriate adjustment, they allow clients to ease into an aligned position perfect for a short session. Chair massage is best utilized at three times, quick pain relief, wellness support between sessions, and relaxing breaks.   On those days you wake with a sore neck, or an aching back, a fifteen or thirty minute chair massage can provide just the break you need to feel better and get back to your day. Relaxing into a semi-inclined position opens the neck and exposes the upper and lower attachments of many of the anterior and posterior neck muscles in a way well fitted to the bracing and stretching of those muscles.   Chair massage is intended for convenience, so it’s not a position that allows for draping. Clients remain completely clothed in order to ensure appropriate warmth and comfort to promote optimum relaxation.

Full Juice Ahead

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The wellness visit with my Doctor was smooth and easy. Though she didn’t see the need for my doing such an extended fast, she was in general unconcerned with my doing a juice fast since I’m young and healthy. After talking to her, I visited the website for Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (FS&ND) to look further into the 60 day reboot. Joe Cross has developed an incredible support system to help other people travel the journey he documented, an amazing resource for anyone starting a fast complete with wonderful recipes for anyone who likes to juice. After reading more information on juice fasts, it’s been a long time since I’ve done one, I started mine.

 

I’m now on day three. Day one was brutally intense. Last week was full of quick food, stress eating, and preservatives. A family crisis had me constantly on the go with little time or energy for food prep. My body was so full of toxins that switching to full time juicing brought on a vicious detox headache. I rested most of the day. I had no energy for anything. Finally I decided to follow advice I had seen on Joe Cross’s site, and I allowed myself a small, healthy meal. Committing to a juice fast is difficult enough. Since I have no pressing health emergency, I decided not to make the transition from eating to fasting more painful than necessary.

 

The past two days, each with small meals added into my fast, have been much easier. I’m following the suggested five day intro, and, based on what my body has already shown me, trusting that tomorrow and the next day will continue to ease my transition into a full blown fast. I’ve also decided to adjust my fast in other ways. FS&ND suggests planning on a 15 day fast and allowing how you feel on day 15 to determine whether continuing further is the right choice for you.

 

Somehow, I’d not only forgotten the benefit of a gradual lead into fasting, I’d also forgotten the energy required to continue pursuing a new enterprise. Since I’m in the process of building a business, I’ll be taking my commitment and energy levels into consideration as well. I see little point in improving my health, since it’s already good, at the expense of the rest of my life.

 

But already I’m happy with the movement I’m creating through this new undertaking. I’ve shed the 10lbs I added to my body by stress eating last week, my energy level is currently only slightly lower than normal, and my motivation is rising. I’m excited to see what other changes this will bring, and I’m still hoping to reboot myself out of the habits I’d rather not have.

 

The difference between Massage and Bodywork

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Generally speaking, the difference between massage and bodywork can be explained as the difference between Western and Eastern practices.

Massage modalities such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial address specific musculature or circulatory systems, working with the body by releasing specific areas of tension. These are the modalities more frequently encountered in a spa setting, and, typically, clients are expected to relax as their soft tissue releases.

Bodywork modalities like Reflexology, Shiatsu, and Reiki treat the body holistically. With bodywork, the expectation is that increased overall wellbeing will prompt individual musculature to release, and will ease and increase circulation as energetic systems clear and restore the body’s ability to heal itself.

Really, both Massage and Bodywork modalities address the same issues, they simply approach it from different perspectives, massage from the micro, and bodywork from the macro. Modalities like the Raindrop Technique are wonderful because they incorporate the best of both (aroma to address rebalancing of the energetic system, and massage techniques utilized on specific musculature).

In the end, choosing the modality best suited to you is completely individual. Often the best way to find out what works for you is to alternate trying new modalities with integrative sessions, where the therapist chooses. Communicating about what works from each can help to quickly develop your ideal treatment plan.

Should Massage Be Painful?

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Massage is a passive workout, so it is very possible to do too much. In any therapeutic session, it is important to mention any pain you might experience. In general, massage should not be painful.

It can be tempting to try to breathe through the pain. And it’s true that deep breathing will help you relax into a more sedated state, assisting in allowing the therapist to work more deeply more quickly. However, keep in mind that it is possible to overstress the body, and bracing any muscle, the way we all do when experiences get too intense, can be counterproductive to the massage.

A 1 to 10 scale can be really helpful in communicating during massage sessions. With a 1 being very little or no intensity, and a 10 representing the most intensity imaginable, describing the ever subjective topic of pressure becomes possible. The therapeutic range tends to top off around a 6, and can be anywhere within that range, from extremely light to incredibly deep, with all layers of intensity at some time needed to help the body heal.

Once you reach a 7 or above, the likelihood that you will feel sore later or the next day begins to grow exponentially. Bracing also tends to happen at this point. Simply clenching your teeth can tighten your jaw, neck, shoulders, back, and on throughout your body as habitual muscle patterns kick into effect.

Over time, the need for communication between therapist and client will often lessen as the therapist learns the client’s average threshold and preferred pressure. But though it lessens, the need to communicate never ceases completely. With an ache or unusual stress, sensitivity may increase, and your generally preferred pressure may not be appropriate for that day. Always feel free and comfortable in letting your therapist know that the pressure needs to be adjusted. We are happiest when providing the most appropriate massage for you.

The Doorway Stretch

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The doorway stretch is a great way to relieve neck and shoulder stress. The best part about it is that there are doorways everywhere, read more →

Three Towels Stretch

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RICE and Heat

With our shared typical postural habits – leaning over a laptop, driving while leaning to one side, carrying things on the same side all the time… Many of us experience some discomfort of the neck or back. One of the largest favors we can do for ourselves is the three towel exercise.

The three towel exercise is a passive stretch requiring a beach towel, a bath towel, a small hand towel or washcloth, and a piece of floor. Roll up each towel and lay flat on your back with the beach towel under your knees, the bath towel under the small of your back, and the hand towel under the curve of your neck.

This is a passive stretch, so if you feel any strain, like you might be pushing your body in any way, adjust the towel causing discomfort. Try laying this way for 10 to 15 minutes a day and you’ll quickly feel the difference.