Rachel Richards

licensed massage therapist

east village, nyc

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you do?

I am a New York State Licensed and Board Certified Massage Therapist who has worked with hundreds of clients. Conveniently located near the Union Square, East Village, and Gramercy Park neighborhoods, I specialize in chronic pain relief, postural alignment, and mobility.

Treatments primarily include blend of Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Medical Massage, and Myskeletal Alignment Techniques. My #1 goal is to free you of your pain so that you can perform your day-to-day activities with ease. I focus on improving alignment and balance and optimizing range of motion to help you move freely, without pain or restrictions.

My work is client-centered, and treatments are created to meet your specific goals. A thorough health history, consultation, and assessment are performed at the first session in order to figure out how to proceed with a personalized treatment plan. In addition, I offer client-specific corrective exercises and stretches that can be performed in between sessions in order to maximize the therapeutic effects of the treatment.

How will you help me?

Massage therapy is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and we will develop a custom program to best address your individual health concerns. Sessions are focused on alleviating pain, tension, and restrictions, improving alignment, and enabling you to move freely.

Other benefits include stress reduction, increased energy, better athletic performance, relaxation of tight muscles, increased body awareness, decreased tissue restrictions, improved posture, more restful sleep, increased circulation, learning self-care techniques, and improved quality of life. Whether it's running marathons, writing novels, or lifting up your child for a squeeze, I'm here to help you do what you love for as long as you love to do it!

Where do I go for my massage?

My location is conveniently close to several mid-Manhattan neighborhoods, including Union Square, the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, and Gramercy Park. I am only a few minutes away from the First Avenue L stop (which means only one stop from Williamsburg, Brooklyn), and a 10-minute walk from Union Square, with the N-Q-R and 4-5-6 trains. I am also right next to the M15 and M14 buses. When you book an appointment, I will be happy to help with directions.

Do you offer any specials?

Yes! I offer:

  • Get an extra 30 minutes added to your session for free on your birthday (existing clients only)
  • Special packages available - Save on a series of 5 or 10 sessions
  • Sign up for my free e-newsletter and receive surprise specials as well as videos and articles dedicated to helping you ease pain, reduce stress, and feel your best!

Should I tip?

Sorry, I don't accept tips. The best way to show your appreciation is the recommendation of your friends and family!

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes! I accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

What if I have to cancel?


Please note that once you have booked an appointment with me it means that I have reserved time in my schedule exclusively for you. If you cancel your appointment less than 24 hours before it is scheduled to take place, I will be unable to book someone else and will lose that time. Because of this, you will be responsible for the cost of the session in full.

To avoid this cancellation fee, please provide cancellation notice at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. You can cancel or reschedule an appointment by emailing me at RachelRichardsMassage@gmail.com, texting or calling 917-359-8641.

How many sessions do I need before I'm better?

The healing process is extremely complex and varies for each individual. Even long after your symptoms have disappeared, your body continues to regenerate. Full recovery from an injury or pain condition can take weeks or years, and depends on a multitude of factors, such as:

  • The severity of the injury
  • How long you've had the condition
  • Your age
  • Your general health
  • If you smoke or drink
  • Your diet
  • Exercise
  • Past injuries
  • Anxiety levels
  • Sleep quality
  • Frequency of massage therapy sessions
  • Compliance to massage therapy homework, such as corrective exercises, self-care practices, and ergonomic adjustments.

I generally begin with weekly sessions and we adjust as needed.

Do you do outcalls?

I will come to your home or office provided that:

  1. You are located within a reasonable distance (mainly Manhattan).
  2. A massage table is provided.
  3. I have enough time available in my work schedule to travel to you.

The rates are higher for outcalls, and will depend on how many sessions you book back-to-back at the same location. The more sessions, the lower the fee per treatment.

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American Massage Therapy Association

Swedish InstituteCertified Myoskeletal TherapistNational Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

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