Do I need to do anything to prepare before my appointment?
After you have booked your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation and if it is your first appointment, you will also receive a consultation form and GDPR form which must be completed prior to your appointment.
The day before your appointment, you will receive an email reminder which also includes a covid pre-treatment form, which must be completed prior to your appointment.
Covid issues aside, all I would advise is that you are well hydrated before your treatment, and that you don’t have anything too strenuous planned for afterwards.
Do you check my medical history?
Your consultation involves taking a medical and lifestyle history. Massage and Reflexology is perfectly safe for most people, but there are some medical conditions which may prohibit or restrict massage (contraindications).
As I am a holistic therapist, I also like to take a lifestyle history as this can be very telling about postural, dietary or stress related issues which may be affecting you. Massage and Reflexology treat the whole person, and by learning more about you, I can tailor your therapy accordingly, so it is important that you provide as much information as possible.
I follow up with my clients regularly to ensure that I am meeting their needs and keeping up to date with any medical or lifestyle changes.
If you have a medical condition that you think may be contraindicated to massage, please let me know so that I can advise you if you will need GP consent.
Do I need to fully undress?
For holistic, remedial hot stone and pregnancy massage, it is preferable that you undress to your underwear/shorts. However, you will at all times be covered, except for the area being massaged.
For Indian head massage and Natural Face Lift massage please wear a t-shirt/vest top which does not have a collar as these treatments also treat the neck/shoulder area. No oils are necessary with these treatments, however I can use oils in Indian Head Massage if you prefer, in which case you may prefer to have a towel wrapped round you to prevent oil stains on your clothes.
Do you use aromatherapy oils?
I am not a qualified Aromatherapist, however I do use pre-blended aromatherapy oils and waxes from Neals Yard Remedies, Flying Wild and Songbird. All the products I use are high grade quality and organic where possible and used appropriately to your requirements.
Do I have to listen to “whale music” during my massage?
No! Many clients prefer to listen to soothing music during their treatment and I have a selection of music available, but if you prefer silence then that is fine too!
Can I talk during my treatment?
If you want to, yes of course! However many clients are looking for an hour or so of peace and relaxation and many even drift off to sleep. This is your well-deserved “me” time!
Will my treatment hurt?
Therapeutic massage is designed to relax and soothe the mind and body, and your therapist should always check that you are happy with the pressure used. However if you have areas of tension and deep tissue or remedial techniques are being incorporated, you may find these areas to be tender and have some discomfort. Many people say this is a “good” pain, but everyone is different, so please say if you are suffering any unwanted discomfort.
Sports Massage has an unfortunate and outdated reputation of having to hurt but this is not necessarily the case. This type of massage works into the tissues more deeply, but that does not necessarily mean harder. If you have a new or chronic injury or very tense muscle tone then yes there may be some discomfort but I always try to treat my clients as gently as possible to gain maximum benefit. The old adage “No Pain, No Gain” is not true!
Reflexology also seems to have a reputation as being painful. However this is more aligned to TCM/eastern style Reflexology. Western style reflexology has many overlaps with traditional eastern reflexology in terms of foot mapping, but it does not require hard pressure or massage sticks to treat the client effectively. In fact most of my clients fall asleep during their treatment! At most, you may notice some sensitive areas during your treatment, but this may be due to an imbalance in that particular reflex and should not be painful with the pressure I use.
How often should I have treatments?
The decision is yours! Occasionally is better than not at all, and again, everyone is different but I would recommend monthly to be the most beneficial and realistic for the majority of clients. Massage and Reflexology have a cumulative effect on the body. If you are suffering from chronic tense muscles, more frequent massage will help to keep your muscles more supple and your body more mobile and regular reflexology may help to keep issues such as women’s health, chronic pain or digestive issues in check, to name but a few.
When treating soft tissue injuries, I will discuss and advise a treatment plan for you which may involve more frequent sessions until the injury has improved.