Massage FAQ

Massage FAQ 1– What should I expect from my first massage treatment?

For your first visit, I will ask questions about your health and will fill out a consultation form to determine any contra-indications and to obtain your consent for the treatment to be carried out.

A treatment plan will also be designed at this stage, I will take time to explain the course of the treatment and also check with the details you provided if your GP consent is required, depending on your medical personal history. If your health is good there should be no objection.

I will then leave the room while you are changing. If you are getting a full body massage only keep your underwear on as I will provide you with towels so that you are properly covered.

To proceed with the treatment, I will assist you on the massage table.

Massage FAQ 2 – What is a treatment plan?

The treatment plan determines which part of the body will be treated and any area in need of more attention due to pain and aches but also area to avoid due to local contra-indications e.g varicose veins – A full body massage consists of feet, back/front legs, back/neck/shoulders, abdomen, arms/hands, Scalp/face - But each treatment can be customized according to client needs and specifications, within an agreed length of time

Massage FAQ 3 – What does a full body massage involve?

The massage will start on the back, I will be using gentle effleurage and kneading strokes and concentrate on the shoulders and lower back muscles mainly, going deeper in the muscles and using cupping and hacking strokes when necessary, those are rythmic massage movements and more invigorating to the group muscles.

During a full body massage only the parts of the body being massaged are exposed. In order to protect client modesty, you will be drapped in towels during the entire session.

Next, I will proceed to the back of the legs moving from the ankle, including the feet to the tops of the thigh. Feet take our weight all day, so firm thumb pressure on the arches and balls of the foot feels good.

I will then assist you to turn over, put a pillow under your head and knees, and massage the front of the thighs, knees and feet, the same way as the back of the legs.

The same motion on the leg will then be used on the arms and hands. The thumbs, will be pressing very firmly when massaging the palms with long smooth strokes using fingers and palms to massage the arms, from wrist to shoulder.

I will then massage your abdomen to facilitate digestion, unless otherwise instructed. The abdomen area is a delicate part of the body and can hold strong emotions such as anger, so if you wish it can be left out.

Finally I will massage your face and scalp, beginning at the top of the head massaging the scalp, using firm circular motions with fingers, turning the head to one side and massage one side of the neck, then gently turning it to the other side.

Massage FAQ 5 – When should I avoid having a massage and what is a contra-indication?

It is important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to the session. I require written approval from your doctor for the following conditions.

  • After recent surgery
  • Cancer
  • Severe heart or circulation conditions
  • Diabetes with complication

The following conditions are absolute contraindications (cannot receive massage at all):

  • Cancer patients immediately after chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Infectious or contagious conditions
  • Fever
  • Under the influence of drug or alcohol
  • Phlebitis
  • Blood clots

It is important that you disclose health information and that you inform me of any changes, when unsure please talk to me.

Massage FAQ 6 – What is a referral procedure?

Depending on your medical condition and expectation from the massage, when unsure to proceed with the treatment, I may refer you to your own GP or recommend another therapist – I can only work within my own perimeters and professional boundaries.

Massage FAQ 7 – What is a home care advice for?

Giving appropriate home care advice after a treatment is part of a holistic approach to massage. It helps improve well-being and facilitate reviewing progress – It also allow clients to take a more pro-active responsibility in the healing process that follows each treatment. Some recommendations include:

  • Water intake
  • Sleeping pattern
  • Exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Reducing stress and improve relaxation
  • Breathing technique

Massage FAQ 8 – What is a healing crisis?

Where there are waste products or toxins to be cleared from the body you may experience a healing reaction that can take the form of a runny nose, increased perspiration or increase bowel movements.

Examples of contra-actions during a treatment or during first 24-48 hours:

  • Intensified emotional reactions
  • Tiredness
  • Aching muscles
  • Disturbed sleep
  • A healing crisis where symptoms become worse before beginning to improve

Those reactions represent a loosening of body tensions and can be evidence of improved functioning. In general, after getting a massage clients feel relaxed, rejuvinated and uplifted.

Massage FAQ 9 – Will I have to undress?

Some treatments like reflexology or Indian Head Massage can be performed fully dressed, however if you are getting a full body massage you will need to enrobe and only keep your underwear on -You will be provided with towels and I will be using appropriate draping technique to make sure that your modesty is protected at all time. Only the part of your body being massaged will be exposed during the treatment.

Blankets will also be available to keep you warm at all time.

Massage FAQ 10 – How do you ensure hygiene and cleanliness in your practice?

I take care of my own personal hygiene and health at all time and ensure that correct hygiene procedures for a massage treatment are respected.

- I wash my hands before and after each treatment and use anti-bacterial gel and wipes.

- I use clean towels for each client.

- Stones are washed and disinfected using surgical spirit after each use.

- Worktops and professional equipment are cleaned with the use of appropriate chemicals.

- Disposable items are opted for as often as possible.

Massage FAQ 11 – How can I book an appointment?

The best way to schedule an appointment is to book on  line on the link below or by visiting the   Contact & Booking page - You can also leave a message on my mobile stating clearly your name, phone number, the day and time you would like to book an appointment and also the best time to reach you. I return phone calls by the end of the business day.

You can also send me an email, I return email by the end of the next business day.

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