Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Treatments
What should I expect on a first Massage session?
For Initial appointments I carry out a free consultation with my clients. This can last between 20 - 30 minutes. I will go through with you some questions and fill in the medical questionnaire. You will then be required sign and date the form to say you are happy to proceed with the treatment. This is important as there are some medical conditions that will require careful consideration before you can receive a massage, please see contraindications. We will also have an informal chat to discuss if you have any areas that need particular work, ie, tense shoulders, tight hamstrings. I use quality, professionally pre-blended aromatherapy oils chosen for your particular needs, i.e an oil blend for fatigued muscles, or for muscular aches and pains, for stress and tension, for relaxation, etc...For those of you who prefer no fragrance, or who have allergies, I have good quality base oils that I use like Grape seed oil, Almond oil, Sunflower and Jojoba. After consultation the massage treatment will take place.
What should I wear for a massage?
For a full body massage, you will need to remove your clothing, keeping only your lower underwear on. You will be able to undress in your own time and in complete privacy. I will either leave the room whilst you remove your clothes, or I will lift a large towel up for you to undress behind. After undressing you will lie on the couch under the towel provided. You will be covered by a towel throughout the massage and your modesty will be preserved at all times. Only the area being massaged is uncovered and the rest of your body will remain covered with the towel. Clients having an Indian head massage will remain fully clothed, only needing to expose their mid back or bra line, up to the neck and shoulders.
What do I do during a massage treatment?
Some people who have never had a massage before worry about what they will do during the massage. The answer is to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the experience. Many people close their eyes and relax totally during a session; others prefer to talk - itís up to you. Throughout the session please feel free to ask questions at any time. If there is anything you like or dislike please tell me and I will adapt the massage to suit you.
What are the benefits from massage?
Please see benefits of massage -click here
Will massage hurt me?
Massage is a lovely and relaxing experience and will not hurt you, however depending on your reason for treatment - i.e if you have any specific problems that need special attention i.e nodules within muscles that are tight and tense thus causing pain and restriction of movement, I will need to carry out some deeper tissue work, which may feel slightly tender at the time. Most people comment on it being "a hurt that feels good!" Just breathe normally and keep relaxed.
What if I feel self-conscious about my body?
Just about everyone feels self-conscious about their body in some way or another. Donít let this stop you having a massage! Massage is a pleasurable experience and can really help to soothe both aches and pains and to relieve stress. Massage therapists have seen all kinds of bodies in all shape and sizes and are not there to make judgments. Please donít allow any feelings of self-consciousness about your weight or other body issues be a reason not to have a massage.
You may feel relaxed and tired after a massage. Take care if you are driving or working. Drink plenty of water after the treatment to replace lost fluids and avoid dehydration. This will help eliminate the toxins from your body. Avoid alcohol, smoking and excessive tea or coffee drinking as this can have a dehydrating effect and will re-introduce toxins back into your body. Avoid eating a heavy meal after the treatment. Eat lightly for the rest of the day, this will allow your body to concentrate on natural healing and encourage detoxification.