Note: These logistics only apply to in-person massage therapy!
If you are a new client, you will need to fill out an intake form ahead of time for legal reasons and to help start the intake process. To set up an appointment with me at Freed Bodyworks, you can book online or email me, and you will be emailed instructions to fill out their form once you are booked.
At our first appointment, we will have a half hour intake to talk through your form, health history, comfort, goals, concerns, etc. before we start anything hands-on. After the first session, we will still check in for a few minutes at the start and end of each session. If you are uncertain about receiving touch/don’t want to commit to booking an appointment, and would prefer to have the initial intake via zoom, email me. There is no charge for the intake portion, in person or via zoom.
See the FAQ for questions on clothing, sickness, cancellations, areas of the body we can work, some common conditions that massage can benefit, what kind of massage I do, consent and communication practices, ticklishness, pressure/pain tolerance, what “to do” when you’re on the table, information on language, Disability, and other metal health, physical health, and body-related concerns. Note: If you book an appointment with me, I will talk you through everything, so no need to actually read any of the FAQ unless you want to. It’s there for folks who would like to know more ahead of time, and for folks who are considering if massage is a thing they want to try exploring.
I offer chair massages for organizations/groups/workplaces, and may offer sliding scale or a package deal depending on the resources of the group. Please email me for more info on that.
Cost, Questions about Insurance, and Sliding Scale Option:
The cost for the tier of massage therapist I'm in (professional) is $105/60 min. or $145/90 min. Tips (not expected, but greatly appreciated) are being encouraged to be paid separately thru apps these days (I have PayPal and CashApp). Freed can provide a special receipt for massage if requested to submit for reimbursement from flexible spending accounts, but please know that most (if not all) insurance will not accept/reimburse for massage.
If you are interested in receiving bodywork (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or just once in a while), the thing that is most important to me is making that happen, so please email me, and we can figure out how to make it work financially. The amount you pay can be the same or vary each time. I'm currently trying to figure out how to expand my sliding scale offerings at Freed Bodyworks after having closed my sliding scale private practice location, so this may change, but for now, I am going to try to offer $30-$105 an hour/$50-$145 for 90 min. to BIPOC, and $60-105 an hour/$90-$145 for 90 min. to white folks for whom this sliding scale would make bodywork accessible.
My sliding scale relies on having support from folks who are committed to this vision and able to redistribute wealth by contributing to my sliding scale. To help me provide sliding scale massage therapy at Freed Bodyworks, the current way we have that set up is for you to buy a gift certificate for any amount and please put my name "J Sheffield" for who it's for, and in the message/memo, please put "sliding scale." I can then apply that money to cover the amounts I deduct from sliding scale appointments. If you know of any donors who might like to contribute to this, please do pass this along and/or connect us -- I would be so appreciative. Offering sliding scale is both the work I believe in, and also, hard to do through another business because of all the cuts that have to be taken.
Hours of Operation:
I will start back at Freed Bodyworks on May 17, 2021 in SE DC:
Mondays: 6 - 9:30 pm, and
Wednesdays: 3 - 7:30 pm.
Additional times will be added over the coming months.
Location and Accessibility:
Freed Bodyworks is in SE DC at 1337 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003. It is a block from the Potomac Metro stop. If entering Freed Bodyworks via ramp from a gravel lot would be more accessible than having to walk up the one set of stairs up from the street, email me to set up the appointment, and let me know that you’ll be using the ramp so that I can reserve the ground floor room connected to the ramp entrance.