What is the Cancellation Policy?
What is your cancellation policy?
This is a very difficult question here on Maui.
My landlord’s rent bill, electric bill, insurance bill etc. are a constant, and therefore, my goal to myself and my family is to try and keep as reliable a work schedule as I can so that I have the financial resources to take care of my responsibilities to them all. In order to do that I must be able to count on my patients/clients making and keeping their appointments with the courtesy of at least 24 hours (one full day’s) notice if you need to cancel so that I can fill that spot if you can’t come and keep my business and finances healthy just like our bodies.
For some patients/clients, their lives are so complex – unpredictable children’s lives, unpredictable work schedules, unpredictable aging parents, a million and one responsibilities, many unknowns, it is almost impossible to know if the appointment you make today for next week is really possible. For people with these kind of very unpredictable schedules, the best for both of us if you can call me the day or two before you want a massage, when you really know your schedule, and we make your appointment.
Bob Hope (remember him?) had a massage every day! and lived to be 100 years old! In an old TV interview, he attributed a lot of his good health to his daily massage.
Of course, not ALL of us can have a professional massage every day, but we can have one once a week, or twice a month or... and Peter can show you how he utilizes simple things (like tennis balls) to give yourself a massage every morning!
There are so many benefits you receive from getting massage! I will add to the list later, as this website develops...
What should I wear?
What should I wear to my massage?
The main consideration is that you want to be comfortable and relaxed – no matter what you choose. A good massage therapist can work around just about anything you choose and still provide you a great massage, so choose a level of dress or undress that will allow you to relax and be comfortable.
The other thing to remember is that a professional massage therapist will keep you covered – or draped – in a professional, modest manner, making sure your privacy is respected at all times as he uncovers one leg or arm or your back, etc to work on that area. Or, you may have a traditional Shiatsu or Thai massage where you wear loose, comfortable clothing, as no oil is used at all.
How much you leave on or take off, also depends on what kind of massage you are having. If you are having a traditional Swedish or Lomilomi massage using oil or lotion then you will be covered at all times by a sheet and perhaps, on top of the sheet, a towel or blanket…, then, when your body is under the sheet or drape, you, like many people may wish to leave on your underwear bottoms, a bra or, take off everything as you are covered or draped professionally and no private areas of any kind are ever exposed.
The advantage to taking off all your clothes for a massage using oil or lotion, is that you are never concerned about the oil getting on your nice underwear, and you are dressed to your comfort level.
The advantage of taking off all your clothes and undergarments for a massage and just being covered by the top (thicker) sheet, is that you get more “flow” in your massage; the therapist’s strokes are more fluid as they never have to be broken up to cross over bra straps or the edge of undergarments way when working on the hip/pelvis area. But, please remember, you can get a GREAT massage no matter what you leave on or take off!
What is the difference between using oil, lotion or no oil?
When a massage uses oil or lotion, then the hands or forearms etc "glide" across the skin.. this is great for relaxation and for the long "stripping" strokes of Deep Tissue. The oil of lotion is great for you skin, especially dry skin to make it softer and more supple and hydrated.
Not using oil, say in a Shiatsu or Thai massage, we can perform many of the same motions or techniques, but we cannot "glide" across the skin, Instead we apply pressure in more of a pulsing manner, through your loose, comfy clothing. Or pressing in and out slowly, with your breathing to achieve much the same effect as the "oil" massage.
Can you recommend exercises, stretches and diet changes?
Yes, all of the above! Health has been my passion, my hobby - what I read and research every day. Plus, I have worked with many, many health-passionate professionals and have picked up many great "tips" which have helped me and my massage clients and patients.
If you have problems in your shoulders, knees, low back, neck - any joint - etc, I can offer you a variety of stretches and exercises which have helped me and those I work on. I can also refer you to a top-notch Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, etc.
Diet? Yes, I have found making simple, practical, "do-able" diet changes - such as drinking iced green tea with jasmine and stevia sweetener to replace diet colas has made me feel much better, many years ago, thankfully. And we can go much, much deeper into this subject if you want to. As one who can "gain weight listening to dinner music" I have also learned many tips which make losing and maintaining healthy weight much more achievable.
How hot are the Hot Rocks?
The hot rocks can be anywhere from "warm" to hot - around 120 to 130 degrees - not hot enough to ever burn your skin. And, I have to hold them in my hand, so, if they're too hot, I can't even pick them up. We will start with them at a nice, warm temperature, and then make them hotter to suit your personal preference.
Most people find that a Hot Rock massage is very, very relaxing. I can apply fairly firm pressure with the stones, but if you want it much deeper, then we will do a "combination" of around 80% hot stones and 20% regular massage using my hands and elbows, etc.
Can I have a massage with no oil?
Yes! Absolutely! Peter can customize any massage you have. Several massage techniques use no oil at all - Shiatsu and Thai massage. Both are usually full body massages using deep to soft pressure and can be very therapeutic or very relaxing. It's all YOUR choice.
Why do I need to drink water after a massage?
Because of the debris, toxins etc that were sitting around in your blood and lymph circulation vessels and in your tissues that was suddenly forced out of hiding from the pressure and the direction of the massage strokes. Drinking extra water helps your kidneys, your liver, your lungs and you bowel to process these unwanted items out of your body.
If someone does NOT drink extra water after a massage, once in awhile they will suffer from a slight headache, or have a more achy body than if they had drank extra water.
We also recommend having a good steam or sweat after a massage, along with the extra water to help you body eliminate the toxins, etc through the sweat.