Frequently Asked Questions about Massage Therapy

I have never had a massage treatment before, I don't know what to expect?

Having a massage treatment is one of the most comforting experiences any one can have.  Human touch is fundamental to growth, without it we can't function optimally.  The massage therapist will be sensitive and compassionate whilst be receptive and attentative to your needs.  Prior to starting the treatment if you have never had a massage with her before she will complete a consultation form with you before explaining the treatment and telling you how to get on the massage couch safely.  The therapist will then leave the room, allowing you to get ready privately.  A large towel will be provided which you can drape yourself with before the therapist comes back into the room. To ensure you are warm throughout the treatment the room will be heated at all times and you will be draped with towels, to ensure your modesty, if you get cold just ask the therapist for an extra towel or blanket. 

The massage therapist will start the treatment with a relaxation technique, before she applies warmed oil to your back, most massage treatments start with a back massage, however in some cases they can start wth the legs.  If you are having a full body massage the therapist will usually then progress onto your legs or back depending on where the starting point was, the therapist will then assit you with turning over before massaging the anterior appendages and abdomen.  The treatment will be brought to a close with a soothing face, neck, shoulder & scalp massage. 

Only the area that is being worked on will be exposed to ensure modesty and comfort at all times.  Once the treatment has been brought to a close the therapist will quietly leave the room, allowing you to relax and dress privately.  You may feel a little light headed and thirsty following treatment, take your time, rise slowly and drink a small glass of water, allow the blood flow to return slowly to your head before you get off the couch and get dressed. 

When you feel ready the therapist will make sure that you feel okay and check pressure and pace were to your satisfaction.  She may also recommend a treatment plan and offer personalised after care advice, depending on your reason for treatment. It is customary to pay for your treatment at this point in time.

What do I do during the massage treatment?

Nothing really, just lie there and relax.  The therapist may ask you every so often whether the pressure and pace is okay for you but she will not expect you to talk to her.  If you feel discomfort of any sort whether please do speak up, it be to do with the temperature of the room, the music that is playing, the technique being used or the pressure being too much or not enough do let your therapist know.  Your comfort is precident at all times.  The treatment is all about you, and the therapist has been trained to allow you to just drift away, she may guide you through a relaxation techique at the beginning of the treatment particularly if you have had a stressful day.  She may also ask you to take deep breaths and really exhale during the treatment, this is to help you to release the trapped muscle fibres that cause the knots.  But she will not ask you what your life story is, it is up to you if you want to divulge such information, some clients like to talk others prefer not to, every body is different, the bottom line is if you want to scream, shout, squeak, cry, yell or laugh go for it, it's all part of the release process that comes with having a holistic massage treatment.

What exactly are the health benefits of having holistic massage treatment?

The rhythmical movements and the soothing touch of Swedish Massage can literally turn on the parasympathetic nervous system, this basically deals with sending your body into a state of deep relaxation, whilst promoting the rate of digestion, which trust me is a good thing.  Essentially without it being switched on everyonce in a while we'd constantly be running around like mad men never sleeping or eating, running our selves into the ground, ending up totally exhausted. Hmmm...sounds familiar doesn't it?  These days this happens all to often, just when we're trying really hard to get on with our lives everything can suddenly seem like too much.  When you feel like you have a stressful day, week, month, year may be it's time to consider having a massage treatment and allowing yourself to get back to being you again.  Holistic massage therapy can help you to relax.  Having a Deep Tissue Massage can help you to be free from pain and tension allowing you to get on with the things you enjoy, the most, like gardening and playing tennis.  And Therapeutic Massage is administered in such a way that it brings together both of these of benefits.  If you've 'had it up to here' and feel really fed up, Therapeutic Massage is the one to go for. 

Are there any reasons why I may not be able to receive a holistic massage treatment?

Unfortunately there are. These are called Contra-Indications, some are local meaning you can still receive treatment but the affected area will need to be omitted, some are total meaning you can not receive treatment and some will require permission from GP.

Here's a list of Total Contra-Indications (reasons why you can not have massage)

  • Bacterial/Fungal Infection
  • Intoxication
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Just had a heavy meal
  • 1st Trimester
  • And this is very important Fungal Nail, Cold Sore, Shingles, Warts or Veruccas

If you have any of the above you will not under any cicumstances be able to receive a massage treatment.

If you have any of the following you may be able to obtain GP's consent

  • Diabetes
  • Severe Asthma
  • Very High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Heart Conditions of ANY kind including Thrombus
  • Whiplash / Slipped Disc
  • Kidney Infection
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Osteoporosis
  • 2nd & Third Trimester
  • Oedema
  • Cancer whether in remission or not many studies are being done to confirm whether it is safe so please ask your GP.
  • Epilepsy
  • Bell's Palsey
  • Gynealogical Infections

If you have any of the above you will be required to obtain authorisation from your GP before treatment.

Lastly the local contra-indications are:

  • Varicose veins (massage can be performed above but not below the varicose vein)
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Bruising/Cuts/Abrasions
  • Sunburn (v.important, really hurts, please tell me!)
  • Undiagnosed Pain

Are there any side effects that usually follow massage treatment?

Yes, most commonly clients report a little pain or discomfort that persists for up to 48 hours following the massage treatment. This usually only occurs in the areas where a particularly deep pressure or trigger point therapy has been applied.  Furthermore many clients report being thirsty immediately after treatment and some need to use the toilet almost instantly, this can also be something of persistance that can keep occuring more regularly than usually for up to 24 hours.  Most clients find they sleep peacefully and are able to wake with more ease than usual, they find themselves feeling hungrier and having a larger appetite whilst feeling jolly for at least a few days afterwards.  Most side effects are useful to your body like needing to go to the toilet more often and feeling thirstier than usual, others can be a little less useful like headaches, and lethargy but these are signs that your body is undergoing a renewal process and its getting rid of the toxins that have been stored in your muscle fibres so it's always to book your massage at a time when you can rest for at least an hour or two after your treatment.

Do I have to remove my clothes?

No, not if you feel uncomfortable, the massage therapist is able to give massage through clothing if you so choose. It really is up to you, remember this is your time that you are paying and you comfort is of the utmost priority.  If you don't want to get undressed please remember to wear something that is comfortable, leggins and a tee-shirt are optimal for females, men are best off wearing flimsy loose trousers, like Thai Yoga pants or something similar, and a tee-shirt.

How often should I have a massage?

Well this is the thing everybody is different, often it can be hard to say until you have had a few treatments however some cases are easier to judge than others.  As a general rule I'd say once every 4-6 weeks for relaxation and once every 2-4 weeks for pain relief. However if you are in agony once or twice a week for the frst week or two would probably be better. Once you have had two or three treatments you may be able to start spreading them out so that you are having less on a monthly basis with an aim to may be only have one a month to make sure the pain doesn't return once it has gone away. If you have been traumatised start slowly with a monthly treatment and see how you feel, it's good to keep a support network around you and your therapist can be a part of that if you need her to be, if you feel after a few weeks that you'd like to return more frequently because of how helpful it was please do let your therapist know. 

I don't really have a medical reason for wanting treatment is that okay?

Of course, if you just want some me time please pamper yourself you deserve it!

When is the best time of day to have a massage?

I'd say whenever you have some time to relax afterward your massage, most people choose to have a their treatment after work, on their day off and when the kids aren't around.  All the above are ideal but we don't live in an ideal world, this is why I offer massage treatment at home, at least that way you can cut out the hassle of having to travel, saving yourself time to make dinner, feed the kids and get to bed at a reasonable hour.  Where ever and when ever you choose to have a massage treatment try to make sure that you can have at least 1 hours peace and quiet afterwards to allow your body to adjust to these new feelings.

Do you play music?

Yes, I have an extensive collection of relaxation music: classical, chill out, waterfalls, bird song, euphoric, ethereal, pentatonic & chanting.  If you prefer you listen something of your own that is okay, just let me know when I arrive.

What makes a massage holistic?

What makes a massage holistic is the fact that it treats you as a whole. Mind, body and soul.  Completing the consultation will allow your therapist to ascertain your physical, emotional and mental state, this enables her to tailor the treatment to your specific needs, in other words if you complain of neck pain she will spend more time focusing on this area when completing the back massage.  The treatment itself calms your mind by putting you into a deep state of relaxation which in turn allows you to feel a true connection with yourself and the person you were born to be.

How will I feel after the massage treatment?

You may feel a little light headed or thirsty immediately after treatment.  Some clients report feeling sore or achy, others report feeling a reduction in pain and increased flexability.  In some cases clients report feelings of euphoria, joy, happiness, others may cry because they've been able to let go of something that they've been holding on to for a very long time.  Everybody is different and everyone reacts in different ways, I have yet to have a client cry after a treatment, but having done it myself I know it can happen.  What you feel after your treatment if it makes you feel uncomfortable or you want to talk about your feelings please don't hesitate to talk to me before you leave.

How do I make an appointment?

You can call, text or email me. If you have any queries prior to making a booking please do not hesitate to ask.

Should I see my GP if I have any health concerns?

Yes, please, even if you have had a massage before, especially if you have received a recent diagnosis that is a contra indication to having a massage.  I am not a doctor and can not step outside the realms of my knowledge if you suspect that you have a condition that is yet to be diagnosed please contact your GP to confirm that it is safe for you to receive treatment. 

Do I need to have a consultation?

Yes, the massage therapist needs to know why you have sought massage therapy, she also needs to know your medical history and will ask you a series of questions in relation to your lifestyle to help her to ascertain whether you need if there are any underlying causes which may have caused your symptoms.  Without knowing about you and who you are the therapist will not be able to give you a massage treatment that is tailored to your needs.  She will also use the form to keep a record of each massage treatment that you have along with a record of personalised aftercare advice in order to see whether progress being made.

If I am feeling unwell can I still have treatment?

I am sorry but if you feel under the weather with either a cold or flu or have a tummy bug it's best to call your therapist to let her know. You can always rebook for another time. 

What is your cancellation policy?

Where possible please provide at least 24 hours notice.  Thank you.

If you do not contact me you will be liable to pay 50% of the treatment cost.