What to expect

Preparing for your treatment

Before you visit please click here to see the list of conditions for which massage is not recommended. If you have any of the health conditions mentioned please contact me prior to your visit to check that the treatment you chose is suitable for you. In some cases I may require you to gain consent from your GP or other healthcare professional prior to treatment. You may also wish to read my frequently asked questions or please contact me directly if you have any questions. Please ensure you have not had a heavy meal at least 1 hour before your treatment.

 

When you arrive

Before you arrive, you would have completed my consultation form, which asks about your past and current health (this is emailed to you when you book an appointment). This consultation is confidential and will ensure that there are no medical conditions that may make massage unsuitable. Please see my Privacy Policy for details on the medical data I collect and how it is stored and used. I will explain your treatment fully and give you a chance to ask any questions. I will then leave the room, giving you privacy to undress (keeping your pants or boxer shorts on) and make yourself comfortable on the massage couch. Large towels and blankets are used to cover your body to ensure you are warm and comfortable, although you can choose not to have these. I will explain what you need to do and provide appropriate robes or towels to ensure your comfort throughout your treatment.

 

During your treatment

I will help you to get comfortable on the couch using some support cushions. Depending on your skin type and allergies I may use avocado, sweet almond, grapeseed and apricot kernel oils. All oils used are organic and non-GMO. Relaxing music will be played during the treatment to help you to relax and sink into the massage. Please feel free to ask for silence if you prefer or tell me if you have a preference for the music that you want played. I will also check-in with you to make sure the pressure I apply is correct for you. 

 

After your treatment

​I will leave the room and allow you time and privacy to get up slowly, enjoy a fresh drink of water and get dressed. I also have showering facilities in my therapy room so please let me know when you book your treatment whether you’d like to have a shower after your appointment. This is important so as to ensure you have time to shower before the next client arrives. After leaving try and keep yourself warm and avoid extraneous exercise for as long as possible to feel the full benefit of the treatment. Fore more information on aftercare advice, please see the bottom of this page.

Both card and cash payments are accepted.

If you're having an aromatherapy massage

As a qualified aromatherapist, I will do a detailed consultation with you first. I will ask questions about your medical history, lifestyle, general health and if you have any health problems. You can ask questions too. It’s important to remember I cannot make a medical diagnosis as I am not trained to do so. However, I can give you advice on a course of aromatherapy treatment. 

I will select and blend different essential oils, dilute them in a carrier oil, then massage them into your skin. A carrier oil is usually an oil extracted from nuts and/or seeds. I may also prepare products for you to use at home, such as oils to put in a diffuser, a cream, etc. 

You might find that one aromatherapy session is enough or you may want to continue with regular treatments. Most people will do a course of 6 treatments in order to benefit from the cumulative effects of receiving an aromatherapy massage treatment. Do get in touch if you'd like to know more information or see the frequently asked questions section of the website.

If you're having a deep tissue massage

Like any other type of massage, I will take the time to do a consultation with you and understand your medical history and current symptoms, if any. During a deep tissue massage, the pressure is stronger and concentrated on the problematic area which might lead to a little bit of discomfort. It is worth it though as it helps alleviate the pain in the long term. If the pain is too much to bear, clients should tell me without any hesitation. For more information, see the frequently asked questions section.

The benefits of massage

There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a registered and fully qualified massage therapist. Whether for relaxation, reduction of muscle tension or the attaining of relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance the overall sense of emotional and physical wellbeing, especially when done over a period of time giving the body and mind time to heal. 

Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions and is safe for work with a variety of clients of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury, rehabilitation and disability. 

General benefits of therapeutic massage:

  • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation

  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness

  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue

  • Reduces muscle spasms

  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion

  • Enhances athletic performance; treats injuries caused during sport or work

  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids

  • Helps relieve tension headaches and effects of eye-strain

  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin

  • Assists and improves posture

  • Helps strengthen the immune system

  • Treats musculoskeletal problems

  • Rehabilitation post-surgery and after injury 

 

Psychological benefits of massage therapy:

  • Fosters peace of mind

  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness

  • Helps relieve mental stress

  • Improves the ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately

  • Enhances the capacity for calm thinking and creativity 

 

Emotional benefits:

  • Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch

  • Fosters a feeling of wellbeing

  • Reduces levels of anxiety

  • Creates body awareness

  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection

 

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

 

Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

Medical conditions that prevent or restrict massage therapy (also known as contraindications)

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people.

However, there are three types of contraindications:

  • TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all

  • MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted

  • LOCAL, when massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas

 

Total contraindications

If you have any of the below conditions, please do not book a massage:

  • Cancer in the early stages

  • Fever

  • Contagious and infectious diseases, septic areas and wounds

  • Diarrhea and vomiting

  • When under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • Following a heavy meal

  • Recent operations (less than 6 months)

  • When feeling dizzy or very exhausted

 

Medical Contraindications

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your GP (this is to safeguard your health and well-being as well as my practice as I am not covered by insurance if I don’t have GP permission):

  • Cardiovascular conditions such as high and low blood pressure and blood vessel diseases such as atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, angina, ischemia, heart valve defects, thrombosis, phlebitis

  • Muscular and skeletal disorders, for example: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, whiplash injuries and pinched nerves. Also gout and ankylosing spondylitis 

  • Nervous system disorders and diseases such as cerebral palsy, parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, neuritis

  • Very high or low emotional states

  • Areas of undiagnosed pain, lumps and bumps

  • Major surgery within 18 months to 2 years

  • Minor surgery within 6 months

  • Respiratory disorders such as asthma, emphysema or acute bronchitis 

  • Digestive disorders such as diabetes, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis 

  • Cancer in the later stages

  • Endocrine disorders such as thyroiditis, hyper or hypo thyroid

 

Local Contraindications

The therapist can massage but not over any areas affected by:

  • Skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, athletes foot

  • Localised infections

  • Cuts, bruises and abrasions

  • Varicose veins

  • Localised swellings

  • Inflammation of any kind

  • Recent injection sites, tattoos and hormonal implants

  • Conditions affecting the neck (trauma)

 

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?

Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some of the above cases it is best to get advice from your GP. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

 

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact your GP.

Aftercare advice

Following a treatment, it is highly advisable to allow your body to respond to the effects of a massage in order to maximise its benefits.

 

I recommend that clients:

  • Drink plenty of water. This will help the lymph and circulatory system to remove waste products from your body and keep you hydrated

  • Avoid eating a heavy meal after the treatment 

  • Avoid fast-food and unhealthy foods

  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for 24 hours (if possible)

  • Avoid sunbeds and artificial UV lights      

  • Avoid exercise for 12 hours

  • Dress in loose fitted clothing 

  • Avoid showering straight away so as to allow the massage oil to nourish the skin and hair

  • Do take time for yourself, eat well, relax and practice mindfulness

 

Sometimes people may experience the following effects after a massage. These are not serious and are responses to the body flushing out toxins/healing. Also sometimes referred to as a 'healing crisis', as your body readjusts.

  • Some redness/soreness on some muscles, especially where nodule work was carried out. This should ease after a day

  • Headaches. It is important to make sure you keep hydrated during this time

  • Flu/cold like symptoms. These again will pass and are your body's reaction to the flushing out of toxins/metabolic waste

  • A sense of elation/hyperactivity - this is your body’s reaction to nerve senses being activated by the massage

  • Increased urination. Again, this will be due to toxins/metabolic waste being flushed out, and the increase in your intake of water

 

If you are concerned about any of these effects after your massage, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 
 

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