About Me - Julie Onofrio, LMP

I accept Regence Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross. Both Companies require that you have a pain condition AND a loss of function. 

That means that you MUST also  have some degree of not being
able to sit, stand, walk, stair climb, lift, work, personal care, drive, or sleep because of or in addition to your pain.

Each has different requirements and benefits that you will need to know and be responsible for. Please read more at these pages: Regence Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross

ALL Plans require that massage therapy be medically necessary and each plan has their own specific definition of what that means. Check your policy.  Here are some sample definitions of medical necessity.

All insurance claims must have a prescription from your doctor with a diagnosis in order to be processed, no matter what the insurance company says. A prescription is different from a referral.  Some plans will say that you do not need a referral, but you still will need a prescription.  A prescription will provide a diagnosis code and a treatment plan stating the number of sessions the doctor is prescribing and the duration. (Example: 1x a week for 6 weeks)

You will be allowed 6 sessions to be completed without prior-authorization. After that, your insurance requires that I obtain a prior-authorization from a company they have hired called eviCore, before completing more sessions.

Insurance will only cover massage if there is an injury or condition that makes it medically necessary to get a massage.  Medically necessary massage therapy is done once or twice a week depending on the prescription and condition.

It does not cover massage just for stress, anxiety or depression.

It does not cover maintenance or preventative massage. Each insurance company has their own definition of maintenance massage.  I define it as massage therapy done once a month, every three weeks or every other week.  Massage must be done (time allowing) once a week for massage to give the best benefits. I have to show that there is improvement in your condition.

It does not cover soreness due to exercise.

Some of the conditions that massage can help and that your health insurance will cover are:

Use this handy insurance verification form (PDF) if you call your insurance to investigate your massage therapy benefits.

As your licensed massage therapist, my goal is to help you be your best and live life more fully by helping to reduce your pain and stress.

Somehow, people who have been in pain for a long time without any relief seem to find me because of the triggerpoint therapy that can help with that type of muscular pain.

Getting regular weekly massage can also help reduce the effects of stress which can reduce the effectiveness of the immune system and other systems of the body such as circulation and blood flow, hormones, and of course muscles and joints. In these uncertain and stressful times, now more than ever it is important to get regular massage to help you through these days. You can read some of the short articles I have written on many topics or find out more about my services and fees.

Each client is a gift and I learn so much from each person even after all of this time of being in the profession. I have been a massage therapist since 1989 in downtown Seattle and have extensive experience and training in massage and triggerpoint therapy.  I also have training in structural integration which is about postural alignment.  When your body is out of alignment, it can create pain. Often where the pain is - is not the problem.  I work to get to the source of the pain so you can feel better.

I also write for the massage profession in many of my websites because I want to give back to my community of massage therapists and share what I have learned after 31 years of being a massage therapist.  If you are interested in learning more about what I am doing, you can check out some of my sites.
www.massageschoolnotes.com, www.massagepracticebuilder.com ,   Please also join my local meetup.com group and get together with other massage therapists in the local Seattle area for coffee, low cost CE, and support.

I also am the author of a few books for the massage profession:  Insurance Billing 101 for Massage Therapists,  Websites that Work for Massage Therapists,  A Career in Massage - Is it for you? 

My work for the profession includes being a founding member of the WA State Massage Therapy Association and past Secretary.  Currently, I am the secretary of the Political Action Committee for Massage Therapists in WA State - WA Massage Alliance for Health

Please contact me with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by clicking the orange button below or use the contact form on this website to email me.

Thanks very much,

Julie Onofrio, L.M.P.

EMAIL me for best results!
Soothing touch, whether it be applied to a ruffled cat, a crying infant, or a frightened child, has a universally recognized power to ameliorate the signs of distress. How can it be that we overlook its usefulness on the jangled adult as well? What is it that leads us to assume that the stressed child merely needs "comforting," while the stressed adult needs "medicine"?-- from Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodywork by Deane Juhan

>> About!

Founding Member National Alliance of Medical Massage and Bodywork