My Ultimate North Shore Massage To-Do List

Finally, a to-do list that I can handle!

         Here is my Haleiwa Massage Muse Tip of the Day. Let's simplify our lives! Really, there is very little you need to be happy in life. If you are blessed to be in good health, that is most of the battle! Get a good night's rest, eat healthy food, enjoy your family and friends, move around/exercise your body, and do the things that make you happy.
        For me, these things are simple! I laugh with my children, write and do some journaling, skate around the neighborhood, and enjoy my pull-up bar. I also love to give and receive massage! I challenge you to find your own ultimate to-do list in life!

Take care and get a massage! Feel better today, why wait!?

Sonia Beauchamp
"The Haleiwa Massage Muse"
at Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy in Waialua.
Call our massage clinic to book your North Shore massage now.

Words of Gratitude

I just wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank all of you for your support. I have had my small massage clinic in the Ka'ala Healing Arts building since the end of 2005. Never a day passes that I am not in awe of how lucky I am to serve the North Shore community by providing massage therapy. It has always been a dream of mine to have a successful massage practice.

I have come a long way in the past twelve years. One of the things that has made this possible is sharing my office with Abby Parker of North Shore Ashiatsu and Massage. When I first started out at Ka'ala Healing Arts after years of spa, resort, and mobile massage work, she took a chance by allowing me to sublease her office space from her part-time. In effect, we became business partners without actually sharing a business together. Several years later, I was able to return the favor when she moved back to Oahu after a brief mainland stay. I would not have a successful part-time massage practice without such a gifted and reliable therapist to share my overhead with. Mahalo, Abby Parker. I am so happy to share space with you!

The past twelve years has also brought so many life-changing experiences! From finally graduating college with a BA in Psychology, to getting married to the most wonderful man in the universe, to having two amazing little munchkins... I have so much to be grateful for. My heart is truly full. Some of my massage clients have been with me all this time, while others have moved away to be replaced by new ones. I want you all to know how much I appreciate you coming to me for massage. I love what I do for a living, and it is one of my greatest joys to be privileged enough to have a job that I am passionate about. Not everyone is so lucky. Thank you for making it possible!

My schedule is full, my heart is full, and my life is fulfilling. I am truly thankful for everything I have.

Sonia Beauchamp
"The Haleiwa Massage Muse"
Our Waialua massage clinic is just outside of Haleiwa Town on the North Shore of Oahu. Give me a call to book your appointment in advance. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Insurance Coverage and Prescriptions for Massage

The following information is meant as an informal overview of massage therapy health insurance coverage in Hawaii. 
I have written this with good intentions, but I do not make any claims to the accuracy of this information. 
Please consult your health insurance company, lawyer, or accountant to verify massage coverage and
 eligibility for tax credit or compensation.
*Massage therapy is covered under your health insurance policy when you have a CAM rider.*

Insurance covers hand massage in Hawaii

When do I need a referral or prescription for massage therapy?

There are some instances when you need a formal prescription for massage therapy from your medical doctor or primary care physician. A referral is a medical document that will be kept on file for insurance reimbursement purposes. It often resembles a prescription for physical therapy, stating your diagnosis and the prescribed treatment of massage therapy (97124). It includes all of your prescribing doctor's information. Some health insurance plans, such as Kaiser Permanente, require that you have a referral on file which has been written within the past year. If you have a workers compensation claim, motor vehicle accident or no-fault (PIP) insurance claim, or if you plan to seek other reimbursement, you will need to have a prescription for massage. You may also need proof of medical necessity for massage therapy if you plan to deduct your expenses on your income taxes or use money from a health care spending account (HSA). *Please consult a professional accountant, insurance company, or lawyer to verify if your expenses are eligible for compensation.  Just because you have a referral or prescription does not mean your massages are automatically deemed eligible. 

*HMSA usually allows patients to self-refer if they have complementary care coverage. This means that no referral may be necessary for massage in some cases.

Who can write my prescription for massage therapy?

If in doubt, always get your prescription from your primary care physician (PCP). Most companies will only accept them from licensed medical doctors. Some companies will also accept referrals from Chiropractors. 

Always get your prescription for massage therapy from a licensed medical doctor (M.D.) or (D.O.). 

the only exception in Hawaii is:
Kaiser Permenente accepts referrals from Chiropractors (D.C.).

What is the difference between a prescription and referral?

A prescription designates frequency and duration of treatment in addition to your diagnosis. For example, massage therapy twice a week for one month (2x wk/ 1 mo) to treat lumbago. A referral simply states a diagnosis and the treatment recommendation of massage without designating frequency and duration. 

Your documentation will need to contain the correct icd-10 and CPT codes.

If in doubt, always get a prescription. The only exception when a referral will suffice is when you are covered through Kaiser Permenente and certain other plans that are managed by American Specialty Health Group (ASH Group). HMSA does not normally require a prescription or referral.

How do I get a massage therapy prescription or referral?

If you have been involved in an accident, it is necessary to see a medical doctor to have your injury evaluated and documented. At your appointment, you can get a prescription from your doctor if massage therapy is recommended. They may also be willing to fax it directly to your massage provider. 

If you are currently seeing a doctor and have had a recent appointment, you might be able to obtain a referral over the phone. Your medical clinic can send it to you and/or your massage provider electronically, by mail, or by fax. Keep in mind, you will have needed sign a medical release form ahead of time that allows them to do this.

My doctor refuses to acknowledge that I have medical coverage for massage. What can I do?

Coverage for massage is easy to verify using the on-line database. If your doctor does not believe you are covered for massage and you are having a hard time getting a referral, tell them you verified coverage on-line. If you continue to have problems, you can call your insurance company and have them call your doctor's office to verify your coverage with them. 

It can be frustrating to get all the paperwork in order to start a treatment plan that includes massage therapy. Because of this, do not wait until the last minute. It may take a week or two before you can start getting massages. If you have any questions, I am happy to help. This process may seem complicated, but it is fairly simple once you get started and know what to do.

A word of caution regarding over-prescription of massage:

Massage therapy is part of a goal-oriented treatment plan. This means that your therapist will be measuring your progress with the intention of discontinuing therapy when you reach your goals or reach maximum therapeutic benefit. Even if massage therapy continues to enhance your quality of life, even if you still have some degree of pain- your massage therapy coverage claims must be reasonably discontinued. It is important not to abuse the system.

If you have chronic pain, do not expect your insurance claim to cover massage that does not produce a minimum clinical difference in assessment scores. You must be demonstrating progress with your pain level and/or disability. When the massage only helps your chronic pain for the short term, it necessitates your health care providers to turn to different treatment options other than massage.

Massage is not eligible for coverage as a preventative treatment. Hopefully, this may change in the future.

Mahalo for taking the time to learn more about massage therapy insurance coverage. I am by no means an expert in this matter, but I have done my best to share my knowledge with you. Please understand that this information may not be accurate. You must consult a specialist to verify the information on this page before using it to make any decisions.

Give my Waialua massage therapy clinic a call. We offer massage on the North Shore of Oahu, HI. Our massage therapy clinic is located just outside of Haleiwa town and convenient to Mililani and Wahiawa. We specialize in deep tissue massage for pain relief and prevention. If your health insurance policy has a complimentary health-care rider that covers massage therapy, we can accept your medical insurance for massage. I am a ASH Group massage therapy provider and can accept some HMSA, Kaiser, and other health insurance plans. 

I look forward to meeting you and helping you live life more fully,
Sonia Beauchamp 
"The Haleiwa Massage Muse"
Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy
in Waialua near Haleiwa at Ka'ala Healing Arts.

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Haleiwa Massage Muse Tip: Luxury vs. Necessity

Is massage therapy a health necessity or a luxurious indulgence?

Massage therapy can be viewed as either a luxury or a necessity depending on the context and form of treatment you wish to receive.  Massage is an important way to manage chronic pain and helps recover from injury. In the context of medical massage, it is seen as a heath necessity. However, spas and other upscale facilities offer luxurious add-on treatments along with massage and bodywork. These types of massage treatments lead to the belief that massage therapy is an indulgence. 

sunrise cup of North Shore Hawaii coffee

Where can I get the best of both massage worlds on the North Shore of Oahu?

Here at our Waialua massage clinic near the town of Haleiwa, we offer both kinds of massage services. If you want a luxurious experience to indulge your senses, book a custom massage treatment. It can include aromatherapy, heated aromatic compresses, hot stone, and deep tissue or ashiatsu barefoot massage. Give us a call at 808-285-3009 to find out about our holistic Hawaiian massage services.

We also offer medical and orthopedic massage for pain relief. We can work with your doctor or chiropractor if you have received a prescription for massage. 

This has been your Haleiwa Massage Muse tip of the day. Don't put off scheduling a massage because you see it as a luxury. Massage is important for health and well-being! 

Sonia Beauchamp
"The Haleiwa Massage Muse"
at the Ka'ala Healing Arts Building
Get your North Shore Massage and feel better today!

I'm sick! Should I cancel my massage? Haleiwa massage tip of the day, massage in Waialua on the North Shore.

Oh, no! It is the night before your massage appointment, and you feel a little funky. Perhaps you might be coming down with a cold? It's so hard to tell... Should you cancel your massage? Or just hope for the best and show up to your appointment anyways? Your body aches horribly and it sure would feel good to have your muscles massaged. Read the rest of this article to find out more about when you should cancel or reschedule your massage session.

Sick woman cancels her Haleiwa North Shore massage
If you feel sick, it is best to reschedule your massage

I'm feeling sick. Should I cancel and reschedule my massage?

There are times when canceling your massage appointment is a no-brainer. For example, when you have a fever, massage will actually make your body feel worse! We're not just talking about when a family member rubs your shoulders and feet to provide comfort while you're sick in bed... What we ARE talking about is an extensive therapeutic massage session like what you would get at a massage clinic. When you have a fever, a therapeutic massage will actually over-tax your body and make you feel even worse. Even though you feel achy, the last thing you want to do is receive a full body massage. You need to conserve all your energy to fight off your illness, so the next time you come down with a cold, DO NOT make an appointment for a massage. Your body will thank you :)

I'm feeling funky and run-down. Should I cancel my massage?

What about those times when you feel kinda funky? Maybe you have that strange tickle in the back of your throat, or you feel weak and run-down. It is so hard to know for sure. You could just be overworked, but then again- if you are getting sick, the initial stages are when you are most contagious. If you suspect you might be coming down with something, the best thing to do is call in sick and cancel your appointments. By staying home and getting plenty of rest, you give your body the best chance of fighting off the cold. You also prevent the spread of germs by staying away from the public while you are most contagious. If you even question whether or not you are coming down with a cold, cancel your massage. Even if it is the morning of your appointment, your massage therapist will understand. If they don't, you should switch to a therapist that cares about your health and well-being more than having a full schedule.

I am sneezing and have a runny nose- it might be an allergy. Should I cancel my massage?

Those of you who are prone to allergy attacks are extremely familiar with how it feels. If you are in doubt, there is a good chance you could be getting sick instead. Again, this is another instance where it would be beneficial to err on the side of caution. Just spend the day at home relaxing and give your body the best chance possible to stay healthy. Conserve your energy and reschedule your massage if you are sneezing and have a runny nose. Unless you are certain it is due to allergies, consider these symptoms a sign of illness.

When should I consult my doctor before getting a massage?

There are certain medical conditions where massage is actually harmful. These are uncommon, but that is why it is important to let your massage therapist know about your health status over the phone when booking your appointment. In some cases, it is important to consult with your primary care physician before you receive massage.  For example, if you have been in an automobile accident, you should see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Another circumstance you should consult your doctor is in the case of severe unexplained pain. This may be an indicator of an underlying medical condition. When in doubt about your health status, always remember... a massage therapist is not able to diagnose medical conditions. It is important to always consult the proper medical professional first.

This has been your Haleiwa Massage Muse tip of the day. It is important to know when to reschedule your massage appointment. A good massage therapist will always prioritize the needs of their clients when it comes to health and safety. If you are feeling sick, there should never be a penalty imposed for cancellations. 

Give us a call today to book your North Shore massage appointment in Waialua near Haleiwa. Our Hawaii massage clinic offers therapeutic massage and Ashiatsu barefoot massage therapy. We are located in the Ka'ala Healing Arts Center. Schedule a full day of wellness by including facials, waxing, lash services, counseling, massage, and colon cleansing. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse 
at Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy

808-285-3009 call or text

in the Ka'ala Healing Arts building
66-216 Farrington Hwy Ste 203
Waialua, HI 96791