Treatment Massage

The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic

Here are some frequently asked questions.  Some of this information will be found on other pages, but this might act well as your quick resource.

  • How long are the appointments? Appointments are approximately one hour long.  Occasionally they will be slightly longer or shorter.  Please plan accordingly.
  • How much does it cost? My current hourly rate is $100, full payment due at time of service.  Sessions that run over one hour will have additional cost.
  • What forms of payment do you accept? Cash, check, credit cards.
  • What are your current hours? Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM.
  • Where are you located? 4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300, Seattle WA 98105
  • What techniques do you use? A full list can be found on the Massage Modalities page.
  • Where have you studied? I was trained at Seattle Massage School (in 1998-1999), before it became Ashmead College, which is now Everest Institute.  I have studied a lot more than my original training, and a full list of the continuing education courses I have taken can be found on my About Us page.  In addition, I continue to research on my own, and am constantly striving to broaden my medical knowledge, as well as increasing the efficiency of my techniques.
  • How long have you been in practice? Professionally since 1999, but I have been doing hands-on work since 1986.
  • What do I need to bring with me? Money for payment, medical history (if extensive), and clothing as appropriate (see next question).
  • Do I have to get nude/naked for the massage? No.  The goal is to have enough access to visually assess the tissue and also provide the manual work, while keeping you comfortable.  This kind of work is not only done with you laying on the table, but also sitting up, standing, and sometimes moving around.  Traditional draping with sheets makes some of that very difficult.  Men are typically worked in shorts or underwear.  Women are typically worked in underwear/shorts, and a bra.  Some women feel more comfortable in a two piece bathing suit, and that works too.  When the appropriate attire isn't available, then we will use traditional draping and/or modify what we do for that session.  If you are extremely body-shy, many times I can work through clothing, and that is something we should discuss ahead of time.
  • You do a visual assessment... what does that entail? Each session does begin with a quick visual assessment which helps me determine what tissues are short, restricted, or holding.  I am looking at how your muscles and tissue orients itself on your skeleton as well as the relationships of the bones and larger segments of the body.  For the visual assessment I do need to be able to see the skin, which necessitates the wearing of minimal clothing during the session (see previous question).
  • Do you provide relaxation massage? No, I focus only on structural integration and treatment work.  My feeling is that I can be a jack-of-trades and do many things decent, or I can focus on one thing and do it excellent.  So I choose to focus and be as good as I can be at treating soft tissue imbalances in the body.  I will be happy to refer you to a colleague that does relaxation work if you are seeking that kind of work.
  • I know you only do treatment work, but will it be relaxing at all? That depends on many factors.  Many of my clients find the work relaxing, and some even fall asleep.  Others say that it feels good, but would not describe it as relaxing.  I believe it depends on what is being worked, the current state of the tissue, and how body aware you are.  The body often recognizes this kind of work as being good for it even if it doesn't understand why.  During your session, you are in control of how deep, how fast, and how much area we work.
  • What is the difference between the treatment massage and structural integration? Structural Integration is focused on improving and aligning the whole system (i.e. the whole body) in gravity and does not focus on symptoms at all.  Treatment massage is focused on aligning and organizing more locally to correct an existing "problem" and its associated symptoms.  Both Structural Integration and treatment massage utilize release techniques for the fascial layers of the body, and both are organizing and aligning the tissue better.  The difference is really the scope of how much of the body is being considered, and the intended goals.  In reality, some people coming in for symptom related work will need the whole body addressed to unwind their larger presenting pattern of dysfunction.  In a case like this, we would utilize Structural Integration first, and then do any extra clean up work afterward with more localized treatment work.
  • Can I download the intake form and fill it out before I come? Certainly!  Click here to download the intake form (PDF).
All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105