The most common questions asked about massage therapy

  • ”What

    The initial session will include a consultation in order to better recognize your current health and fitness along with areas of pain or stiffness. I will then carry out specific assessments and testing to examine your issue and to determine if you have any presenting complaints and no doubt will review your posture.

    Following your session I will create a customised plan incorporating follow-up sessions, ideas for changes in your lifestyle, and remedial workout routines you can conduct in your own home or at the gym. These self-management exercises will not just give pain relief in between appointments, but in addition help in protecting against further injury.

  • ”What

    During our session I always use towels and would require that you keep your underwear on or a pair of shorts. Once you are on the table under the drape, I will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.

  • ”How

    “Some is better than none.”

    This depends on the extent of the problem and it can vary from person to person. If you are simply looking for some occasional muscular tension and stress relief, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you.

    However, if you would like to treat a particular condition, then it is recommended to have more frequent sessions initially and after that slowly and gradually taper down to a maintenance schedule.

    Regular treatments can be hugely effective in keeping the results, which include increased muscle elasticity and flexibility and a reduction in pains and aches! I have many regular clients who have their appointments on either a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

    See here for more information on Importance of Maintenance your Body.

  • ”Is

    Sports massage is a part of deep tissue massage and thus often substantial pressure is applied to the muscles and other soft tissues. Sometimes this may be unpleasant, however I always make sure the pressure is OK and encourage my clients to tell me when they are uncomfortable.

    Having said that, we have a ‘feels good’ hurt and an ‘ouch, stop it’ hurt. A good therapeutic massage, even a really deep one, should generally be in the ‘feels good’ hurt range.

    Pain and discomfort is usually an indication that the muscle is likely to be injured or inflamed and pressure should be modified.

  • ”How

    The average massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. Many people however prefer longer 75 to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation.

  • ”Where

    My treatments are carried out at in the comfort and privacy of your own home at a time to suit you. Please contact me to find out if I’m are able to reach your area. Further details on my contact page

  • ”How

    The majority of people feel totally relaxed. Some experience a considerable decrease or freedom from long-term pains and aches. Many feel a bit slowed down for a short period after which notice a boost of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which may last for days.

    When you received a deep massage, you may be a bit sore the following day – a lot like a superb workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or bath can alleviate this soreness.

    Following your treatment it is best to increase your water intake slightly. Just a glass or two greater than normal is generally fine. This can help maintain your body’s tissues hydrated and healthy. Read More…

  • ”How

    After your treatment you have the ability to pay for your massage by cash or card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express.

  • ”What

    It’s fairly simple, you have to give me 24 hours notice in order to avoid paying for a treatment you can’t make. Why do I do this? For two main reasons, first of all there are other people who may be desperate to get in to see me, this period allows me to have them in for a session. The second reason is our livelihood, when I can’t fill a slot I still have overheads to pay, I lose money and other potential new customers. This notice period is an industry standard for doctors, physios and many other medical practices.

  • ”When

    In my opinion there are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. That’s it.

    There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn’t mean you can’t get massage. But its always better to err on the side of caution.
    Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.

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