Therapeutic Massage in Washington, DC
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What do I need to know about therapeutic massage with Sarah @ Holding Space Together?
1640 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009 -- 2nd floor -- when you exit stairs or elevator on the second floor, turn left and go past the desk towards the hall. Then you'll see a Little Bird sign on the door--you've made it!
I work out of Little Bird Community Acupuncture (a fabulous community clinic with shared values), within the Festival Center, in Adams Morgan, DC.
I work during Little Bird's off hours, so we'll have the treatment room to ourselves. The building is secure and once in awhile, the front door is locked. If that happens, please call up to Little Bird using the call box to the right of the front door. Then I can buzz you in. If I don't respond right away, it means I'm in a session with another client and I'll be with you shortly!
The space is fully wheelchair- and walker-accessible.
At this point, I cannot accommodate house calls, unfortunately.
To see my specific availability, click the “BOOK” button above, and you can see what slots are open.
I value bodywork that's rooted in attentive listening, respect, and a clear, warm communication style (utilizing both language and perceptive touch). Before we even start using touch, I'll ask about what you want and don't want from our session/s, really listen, and work creatively with you to give rise to your most healing and enjoyable style of session. My massages are definitely not "one-size-fits-all."
I combine Swedish and Deep Tissue, and sometimes incorporate basics of other modalities, too, such as stretching, movement-based therapies, and energy work. You choose what you want.
I can use either English or ASL as our primary language.
I particularly love creating adaptive, empowering sessions and working with those living in non-normative bodies--including, but definitely not limited to, Deaf, Disabled, Queer, Trans, and/or Sick folks, those of all body sizes and shapes, Survivors of Trauma, and Elders. I welcome everybody, and extend a special welcome those who don't feel affirmed in most bodywork spaces. This is a radically body-positive space!
My style is warm, welcoming, intuitive, mindful, and affirming of whoever a client is, and wherever they are at, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
I encourage clients to consider continual sessions, to receive the benefits of massage most effectively. Even if it means paying less per session, I encourage you to consider your wellbeing and utmost healing in number of sessions, when figuring out your cost on my sliding scale--see below. To support clients in doing what's best for them is why I'm here, after all!
How much $?
I deeply value accessibility to integrative healthcare. I believe everyone who wants it should have access to massage. Here's how the Holding Space Together sliding scale system works:
60-min massages are completely "pay what you can." This means it starts at $0.
I have what I call "baseline" rates. This is market-rate. I ask for at least $90 for a 60-min session from those who can afford it. I depend on clients who can to pay baseline so I can keep offering the sliding scale and still keep the business afloat.
90-min massages are $120. I use this set rate for longer sessions to create sustainability for myself and the business.
I never accept personal tips. Rather, if a client wishes to show appreciation monetarily, I invite you to donate your "tip" to the "access pot." Any amount of $ above the baseline gets put into an "access pot." Then, I use $ from the "pot" to subsidize clients who can't afford the baseline. In this way, the more thriving my overall practice is, the more thriving my subsidized massage practice is.
The sliding scale is self-determined--you decide what you can afford, no questions asked.
Of course, if you can afford to donate any amount above baseline to the "access pot," I deeply appreciate it, as the pay-what-you-can sustainability depends on those who can paying baseline or higher. I have faith in clients' spirit of generosity (towards oneself as well as towards others). Other (free!) acts of generosity that HST sustainability depends upon are referrals and reviews. I deeply appreciate the when clients take the time to contribute in these ways.
[Inside scoop & transparency. I painstakingly considered many different community business models, and decided that as a developing, subversive small business, I'd experiment with offering all 60-min massages (and deathcare too) at a full-range & simple, self-determined sliding scale. The way it works is, if I have enough in the access pot, and I give a massage for under the baseline, then I can pay myself for the session up to the baseline. Though this grand experiment does scare me in terms of if the practice (and thus my own income) will be sustainable or not, I thought, I want to give this a try... this is a chance to move towards the fear. I truly believe the clients who are drawn to my work will take an interest in sustaining such a practice, and I deeply desire for there to be increased access in my community to informed, kind, therapeutic massage. I'll keep you posted on how it works. Here's to subverting systems of healthcare barriers together!
If you run a community-based/sliding scale small biz, especially a healing-centric one, I'd love to speak with you and share ideas/experiences.]
If it feels right for you, I look forward to working together!