How often should I receive a massage?
The frequency of massage depends upon the specific goals of the receiver. If you have an injury, or regularly over/under use an area of the body, then you may want to begin receiving massage once weekly for a period of a month or so. For regular maintenance and prevention of injury,we recommend once or twice per month for maximum benefit.

How do I know what type of massage is right for me?
We encourage trying out different modalities (massage techniques), and letting your body determine which works best for you. Often our bodies are already letting us know what will work best for us. Tightness in the jaw and neck may lead us to try Cranio Sacral Therapy or Reiki which both operate on a more gentle, subtle level. Having a sense that our overall flexibility has diminished might encourage us to try Myofascial Release or Thai Bodywork. At Source Bodywork, our therapists value each individual’s needs at the time they come in for a session, and encourage an open dialogue to offer them the type of work that is necessary.

How fully should I undress?
This is one of the most common questions we hear. We recommend undressing to your comfort level. The more undergarments you remove, the more easily we may access the full length of your muscles and connective tissue. For example: if you would like your glutes worked on in detail, we recommend either wearing a thong or fully removing your undergarments. If you are less concerned with work on this area, you may keep your undergarments on.

Is tipping required?
This is another question we hear frequently. In the massage industry, tipping is always appreciated. If your massage therapist is the proprietor (they own their own business), then tipping is not required. However, if your massage therapist is an employee of a business, then tipping is customary. A 15-20% tip is the norm for a quality service experience.

Is parking available?
Our offices are located in center city Philadelphia. There is on street parking available, as well as several lots and garages. We recommend allowing extra time for finding parking in our neighborhood. We are also easily accessible via public transportation.

What is your Cancellation Policy?
We currently have a 24 Hour Cancellation Policy. For all non-emergency cancelations less than 24 hours prior to your appointment, you are responsible for half (50%) the amount of the service fees. If you do not attend your scheduled appointment and do not notify us of your cancellation prior to the appointment, you will be charged for the full amount of the service.

Do you accept Health Insurance?

We do not currently accept health insurance. Generally massage therapy is not covered by health insurance in the state of Pennsylvania. The exception to this is when massage is offered in a chiropractor or physical therapist’s office. Those massages are generally limited to 15 minute increments.

We do, however, accept FSA and HSA cards. If your doctor has determined that you have a condition for which massage is a recommended therapy, they may write you a prescription for massage. This usually enables you to use your FSA or HSA card to pay for massages.

We recommend checking with the HR department of your organization to be sure you’re covered.

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We’re sad to announce that Source Bodywork is closing permanently due to Covid-19. You’re welcome to schedule a massage with these former team members:


Mamapalo is seeing clients in our old office (1601 Walnut.) We recommend scheduling with her soon as her book is filling up quickly. It’s easy to schedule with her online at or by emailing



Grace is currently doing a limited number of house calls to provide massage services. She’ll be moving to Maine in mid-September, so reach out to her soon. To schedule, please contact her directly:




Ellen is not currently massaging clients, but is preparing to launch her new online business, details coming soon. If you’d like to keep in touch with her, please email