Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved serving others and making people happy. As I grew, that desire also grew and intertwined with my interests in health and fitness. As a result, in May 2015, I became a licensed massage therapist.
For two years I studied massage therapy at Phoenix College in the Therapeutic Massage Program. As I was going through the massage program, Dr. Kilcup (my dad) tutored me. After decades of caring for his patients, he has developed his own massage methods. I would practice what Dr. Kilcup had taught me while I was in school, and my teachers and classmates wanted to know where I had learned what I was doing.
One form of massage therapy that I received extra training in, and really enjoyed, was prenatal massage. For five weeks, I focused on learning how to help a woman in her third trimester. Massage therapy is a perfect fit to help expecting moms deal with the aches and pains that they often experience during and after pregnancy.
After I finished the massage program and became licensed, I have continued my education by taking classes on sports massage and oncology (cancer) massage.
Yes, you read that right, oncology massage. It surprised me too when I first heard of it. What I learned was that people with cancer can benefit from massage therapy, too. I’m not saying that massage can cure cancer. It can, however, help circulate the cancer killing medication, increase relaxation and sleep, decrease pain and discomfort, and it provides comfort that can only come through the form of touch. Through this training, I learned just how important it is to adjust to each person’s individual needs and to listen to what they have to say.
My goal with each client is to match the right massage techniques to the client’s needs. In order to do that, I make sure that I understand each client’s needs and expectations before I start working on them. During the massage, I check in with my clients to make sure that what I’m doing is what they need.
That means from visit to visit, a client may need different types of massage. For example, on one visit they may need more relaxation help and on another visit the client may need tight muscles loosened up.
Often, Dr. Kilcup uses me as part of a patient’s treatment. It’s not uncommon for tight muscles to contribute to a patient’s neck or back pain. We make a great team because Dr. Kilcup helped train me.
What to Expect:
Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your first visit to guarantee you get the full time you scheduled for.
When you first come in for a massage, I will take you to the massage room to discuss any questions you might have, and determine what treatment will most benefit you. Depending on your needs, this takes around 5-10 minutes.
Before beginning the massage, I will go over the treatment with you and make sure you are happy with it.
When the massage is finished, I will give you some water. It is extremely important to hydrate after a massage! It is also common for me to give the client instructions for continued home care such as stretching or postural adjustments.
How Long of a Massage do I Need?
Most massages last between 30 minutes and an hour.
Often, client’s who have specific needs don’t need a full hour massage session to help fix their problem. For example, many clients only come in for 30 minutes if they are only dealing with neck and/or upper back pain. Whereas clients who need massage to help melt stress away benefit most from a 60 minute full body massage.
How Much Does Massage Therapy Cost?
There are several factors that affect the cost of a massage. Depending on insurance, the price can be different for each patient. Because of this, it is best to call the office so we can take a look into your particular situation.
How Can I Schedule a Massage?
It’s easy! Just click here and fill out my new patient forms. After that, you can schedule your appointment. If you’re not sure what you need, just call the office. I would be more than happy to talk with you and help you figure out what’s best.
Darrell Kilcup, DC, CFMP
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