2 Hands Studio is wrapping up it's 10th year! Every day I appreciate my clients and community, my employees and One to One Physical Therapy.
Something I do not appreciate, almost on a daily basis, insurance companies. Admittedly, there has been much improvement over the years. However, there is a long way to go.
I have been a therapist for over 10 years in this state, Dana even longer. Both of us, highly skilled in treatment work, have not been able to be providers for some insurance companies. It's mind boggling.
Just because a therapist is a provider with your insurance company, doesn't mean they should be working with you.
Here's how it works:
I moved here in 2006.
Sent in all my paperwork with my i's dotted and t's crossed.
Waited some more.
I was credentialed with most of the insurance companies, except one.
It rhymes with grievance. (haha...)
I called and they say that my area is saturated with massage therapists. So, I cannot get on the list.
This has been the answer for 10 years.
Flash forward to 2012.
Massage therapists who work in Chiro offices or massage therapy offices with more than 6 therapists, become providers for this company. What? Are you serious? I've been working this whole time and calling and writing letters? I can't get on, but a newbie can?
Flash forward to 2016.
I'm interviewing therapists for employment. Newly graduated therapists who have worked in chiro offices were able to get on with all the insurance companies and able to keep the credentials when they left.
So, someone who has little to no experience, is fully credentialed with all the insurance companies. ???
I'll say it again.
Just because someone is a provider with your insurance company, doesn't mean they should be working with you.
Dig a little deeper. Do you know your therapists background? Where did they go to school? How long have they been practicing? Who do they practice with? What are their skills? Have they worked with professional athletes? Have they worked in a hospital setting? Do they have hands on experience with pre/post operative patients? Does your therapist have experience with oncology diagnosis? Neurologic? Amputees? Quadriplegics?
Do they get regular massage? Do they have their own healthy lifestyle and practices?
Just something to think about and consider.
Have a wonderful Fall!
Come see us!
Wow! All of a sudden 5 and 1/2 months goes by.
It's been a busy 10th year so far for 2 Hands Studio. We had a wonderful open house with lots of visitors who got to taste some tasty treats from Happy Belly and received some free massage and yoga classes! It was a blast!!!
On to something I would like to share with my gang and anyone else who reads this... I did an experiment on myself this past year. I made it a goal to practice yoga 4-5 times a week and receive body work 2 times a week for a year.
I focused mainly on hot power yoga with at least one class a week being power pilates. All of my body work has been clinical, integrative or Thai massage. There were a few other types such as ayurveda massage, reflexology, lypossage and hot stone. All great.
As most of you know, I am a rather disciplined person, so sticking to the goal was easy. At the beginning, it was difficult to acclimate to the hot yoga. It's flipping HOT! And I thought I was strong until I hit that first Pilates class. Very humbling.
As the first half of the year went by, I was happily on my journey and completing my goal every week. Feeling aches and pains, working through it and noticing some changes to my abilities and body. Having hands on work 2 times a week is simply amazing. All was well.
Approximately, at the 6 month mark I found myself feeling a bit achy. Fatigued. Kind of stumped. I thought well maybe I need to be doing something different. Maybe this is too much work? Too much body work? Then, I started to look at it different. Moving the body and challenging it is always a good idea. Having body work and allowing the heart and mind to join... it's hard work. It's difficult to allow, let go, give, give in... know how to and when to do these things. So, I just kept going... allowing all of my person to work together. Sometimes my mind would want to take over, sometimes my body wanted to power through and other times my heart just wanted other things. It's amazing how much we try to separate all these parts, when they work so much better together!
I'm currently 2 months past the 1 year goal. It's been a wonderful journey. I've never felt stronger... more grounded and as a whole... whole!
I stand firm in my belief that we must MOVE and allow ourselves to be MOVED. Body, Mind and Heart.
Hope to see you all very soon at the Studio!
While attending Boulder College of Massage Therapy I created a business project called 2 Hands Studio. It was a vision of a small massage therapy Studio that could integrate a variety of massage therapy modalities to be used for specialized rehabilitative purposes in a relaxed and beautiful environment. Community oriented and patient focused. Upon moving to Tacoma, I put that business plan to use and started a company that has been warmly welcomed by the people of Tacoma. The past 10 years has been filled with building amazing relationships in the community and businesses of Tacoma. One to One Physical Therapy, who allows us to share office space, has been a huge influence on my practice. I am grateful to work closely with a group of PT's who are all well respected, as well as many other professional healthcare providers who proudly refer and rely on my services. Three years ago
2 Hands Studio was been able to hire Dana Burke, who has added immense knowledge and skill to the practice.
My life has been blessed by parents, teachers, friends and colleagues who always taught me to follow my heart and encouraged me to fulfill my dreams. Who would have known that a small class project would turn into a life that is absolutely wonderful and amazing!
Please join me at the Studio on January 1, 2016 12-3 for a small celebration, some "deals" and lots of memories and laughter!
Have a safe Holiday Season and I'll see you all soon! Thank you!
It's that time of year! The holidays are approaching and life can get a little stressful.
Get a massage. Give a massage.
As of October 1, 2015 the old ICD-9 codes will be replaced with ICD-10 codes.
What does that mean for you?
It means that the Referrals or Rx's you get from your doctor will now have a different coding system.
At 2 Hands Studio we have faxed all current insurance clients referrals to their doctors for new orders. We have also been handing out new referral forms. We will also be sending a letter with all claims to insurance companies to help prevent any lapse in payments.
So much is changing with insurance and coverage. It is always a great idea to give your insurance company a call and find out the current status of coverage and deductibles.
As always, please call with any questions.
Have a wonderful Autumn....
Unbelievable. It's that time of year. Back to school.
I always find this time of year a good time to "re schedule" myself. Students and teachers are starting a whole new year, so I find myself cleaning out my desk and organizing and even going through my clothes and shopping a little bit. I am also a big believer in changing things up... what have my physical activities been for the past few months? Do I need to add anything? Do I need to change anything? Have I been to the doctor this year? Getting regular massage? Chiropractic visits?
It's a great time to access where we are and maybe put ourselves on a bit of a different schedule.
Maybe it's time to check your benefits! Have you used your deductible?
I hope everyone has had an awesome summer! This sunshine has been simply amazing!
See you soon,
Today is the 4th of July! I'm sitting in my living room as I write watching tons of cars and people making their way down to Ruston Way! Lots of Laughter and silliness ensues. Oh and firecrackers and bottle rockets, too!
We have had the hottest June in the history of recorded Junes in the Pacific Northwest and July if off to a hot start!
Most people are not used to hot weather and run the risk of heat stroke, exhaustion and cramps. I am posting a link that defines each of these and what you can do to help. HOT WEATHER LINK
I do hope everyone is drinking plenty of water. My yoga teachers always say "remember to drink half your weight in ounces"!
Please have a safe holiday weekend and summer... we are so lucky to live in this beautiful place! I'll see you all soon!
Insurance is a great thing to have, but creates a lot of confusion!
Let's have some definition!
Personal Health Insurance - What you personally have for health insurance because you pay for it yourself, or your employer offers it to you. You usually have to meet a deductible. Deductibles can be anywhere from $400-$10,000. But, once met, you only pay a certain percentage of the total expense. Frequently, you will have a copay at the time of service. This is a minimal fee, usually $5-$30.
PIP - Personal Injury Protection. If you have car insurance you most likely have this! $10,000-$35,000 in covered medical expenses.
L&I - Labor and Industry. Or an injury that happened at work. L&I requires a separate authorization for massage therapy.
It's important to know what benefits you have and how much your deductible is. If you have any questions, call the number on the back of your personal health insurance, or your car insurance or L&I. They will answer all your questions. If you need further help, give me a call!
And remember to have a Referral! A referral for massage therapy is best coming from your primary care physician or chiropractor!
Hope this helped! See you all very soon!
The Seahawks are doing well again! It's so exciting to see the team go so far and also see the community excited. It's amazing when it all comes together!
I am not a huge football fan. In fact, I was at the symphony last weekend during the game. I know this may disappoint some people. However, I've had the privilege of working on some NFL players and learn from their injuries.
But, what I think is more important to share is that I have endured and recovered from one of the most common injuries in the NFL. Twice! That's right. Both of my knees have been reconstructed due to torn ACL's and meniscus tears. The surgery is easy, the recovery is awful. But, with Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy I was up and raring to go within a year. You see, massage is much more than just a "feel good" place to "relax". First of all, surgery is scary! Massage was able to help reduce that stress and it helped me find ways to calm my mind. Massage therapy was able to reduce swelling pre surgery, which made my knees feel much more mobile and comfortable. It also helped circulation to the pre surgery leg and manipulate muscles that were not being used. Post surgery massage therapy helped reduce swelling again, as well as breaking up scar tissue and delicate help with range of motion. It offered a safe place to allow my body to relax. Let go in ways that are not possible when you are working so hard at PT and in regular life to balance on the crutches, walk and deal with the cracks in the sidewalks and people rushing by. You can really be heavy on the massage table and that is a relief. Probably the most important aspect of massage therapy post operative is the attention paid to the other parts of my body. Shoulders, arms and hands that have been supporting full weight from crutching around. The opposite leg that has to hold up the entire body because pressure was not possible on the surgery leg. Stomach and anterior leg/hip muscles holding up the surgery leg while crutching. Sometimes, I would forget that my surgery knee hurt, because the rest of my body was so achy. Massage therapy considers the whole body and I am ever grateful for this aspect of the work. I am even happy that I experienced knee surgery twice, because I certainly do not forget how it feels and I do take all aspects of my client into consideration.
Most of you know that 2 Hands Studio works closely with One to One Physical Therapy, so injury and pre and post surgery clients are a continuos part of our practice. We have lots of experience with many types of injury and surgeries. Hopefully you will never have to endure an injury or surgery, but if you do you will want to recovery to the best of your abilities at 2 Hands Studio!