Below are some of the most frequently asked questions. I want to help you feel as comfortable as possible. So, I thought I would post them in case you have any concerns. Of course if you want to have a chat with me first just let me know.
So here we go…
1. Will I have to strip off?
The honest answer is, it is up to you. I will suggest that you remove the clothes that you feel comfortable to. If you prefer to remain clothes, I can certainly work with you. Instead of an oil based massage I could use lots of techniques that introduce natural movement into your joints. Gentle pulsing and rocking can be a great alternative and deeply nurturing.
When we think of massage most often we might conjure up an image of a person laying on the massage table draped with towels to maintain their dignity. If you want to remove your underwear that is fine, I will make sure that you remain covered with towels and only the area that I am working on will be uncovered.
2. How often should I get a massage?
Let’s take the should out of the sentence! Regular massage is beneficial and the effects are cumulative. When you receive regular massage, it helps your body remember how it feels to feel relaxed and content. So then when various things begin to trigger the stress reaction in your body, you notice it more quickly and hopefully will be more equipped to take steps to reduce your stress levels through self care. Massage can help bring us awareness of our bodies, which can help in all areas of our lives.
In short – as often as your budget and diary will allow.
Self massage and selfcare is an excellent way to get that massage melt feeling in between your appointments.
3. Do you play music?
It is up to you as it is your session. Some people find that music adds to their experience. I have a selection of different types of music for you to choose from.
4. Will massage help my condition?
Research has shown that massage can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation and lymph flow. It also relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increases endorphins, which all can enhance medical treatment
5. What massage oil do you use?
Sweet Almond Oil
10. What are your qualifications & are you insured?
I am qualified with the Massage Training Institute and insured with Balens.
11. Do I have my whole body massaged or can I focus on one area.
12. What do we talk about in the pre-massage consultation?
Holistic massage is all about getting to know you and find a way of working with you to aid your well being.
At the start of the session, I will ask questions to help me understand why you have booked the massage. These might be about your health and what symptoms you’re experiencing to determine how to plan the massage.
I can use my range of skills to adapt the massage session to help relieve pain and discomfort. This may be by helping you feel comfortable on the table by using supports and bolsters or suggesting positions that could be easier for you. This will help your body feel comfortable and enjoy the massage.
Please let let me know of any health problems you have and medications you’re taking. Massage is a collaborative experience so please tell me about your expectations and reasons for seeking massage.
Throughout the massage I will check in with you, to see if we are on the right track or if I can make any adjustments to help you have a better experience.
13. Are there any reasons that would prevent me having a massage?
There are very few conditions that are when massage is not recommended at all. They can be summarised into two groups.
Infectious conditions and potentially serious health conditions, which have a high risk of reoccurring e.g after a recent heart attack, DVT, or stroke.
In these cases massage is a total contraindication and for a time it won’t be possible to offer massage. As it important to stabilise your condition first. If you would like massage after the high risk time has elapsed, I can work with your doctor to see if they would recommend massage for you.
Infectious diseases like Scabies, impetigo are also contraindication until they have been resolved.
If you have a fever or sickness, you probably won’t feel like coming for a massage. Massage wouldn’t be helpful. You are far better to manage the fever symptoms with plenty of fluid and keeping warm. Please let me know as soon as you can if you need to cancel your appointment.
If you have sustained an injury in the past twenty-four hours like an ankle sprain or hurt something in your back, self care and using the first aid principle of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is probably the most helpful. Once the acute phase is over massage can be incredibly helpful during recovery by helping your injury to heal.
14. What improvements will I see after a massage?
Massage is a highly personal experience and we are all unique and experience things in different ways.
We will spend some time at the end of the massage talking about your session . Often having a chat and a glass of water can help you become grounded in the here and now which. Massage helps the body be in a rest and digest mode, so hopefully you will feel good and ready for the rest of your day.
Sometimes, (during or) after a massage session people may feel emotional, especially if you have been under a lot of stress or are dealing with chronic pain. This is completely normal, allow these emotions to surface during or after the massage. Embrace them it can be deeply healing to let them go.