To be on the safe side please assume that you have to undress to your underwear (including your bra if you wear one). You will do so in total privacy, and I give you a towel to wrap around you. If you prefer not to do that please let me know asap, ideally when you make the appointment.
Depending on the treatment it may not be necessary to take off everything.
If your complaint is in the lower leg, chances are that you can keep your top on. If you need your shoulder treated it is highly unlikely that I will need to treat your legs as well. On the other hand, lower back pain can also be caused by tight hamstrings, in which case you would have to strip down to your undies for the treatment.
Any part of your body that is not currently being treated will be covered with a towel, and your decency will be observed at all times.
This depends on the type of massage you are getting, on how frequently you are treated, how prone your body is to feel sore or get bruised and on the feedback you provide during the massage. If soreness over the next days is a concern to you, then please let your massage therapist know about it beforehand.
Swedish/Relaxation massage will very unlikely give you any soreness or bruises. Pre- and post-event sports massage should not give you any soreness or bruises either, in fact the opposite is the goal.
Remedial massage, on the other hand, can lead to soreness or potentially even mild bruises over the next days. If it is your first treatment in that area, or you haven’t had one in a longer time, then this will increase the risk. Providing adequate feedback to the massage therapist is a key part of remedial massage. If you are feeling like your muscles had a good workout after the massage or you develop minor bruises after a day or two then this is part of the healing process, as long as the intensity of the massage does not exceed your limits.
Soreness and minor bruising is something that can happen after a remedial massage, however, most of the time this is not the case. At the most, clients may feel minor discomfort for some hours afterwards (similar to how you feel after a good workout), yet the dominant perception after the treatment is one of relaxation and improved well-being.
This is a bit of a trick question as pain is a subjective feeling, meaning what is very painful for one person may hardly raise an eyebrow with another.
Swedish/relaxation massage will mostly not be painful, however, some techniques can be done with a bit more pressure, and if this is at any point too much for you just let your therapist know. Pre- and post-event sports massage falls into the same category.
Remedial massage, on the other hand, can feel painful at times, as some techniques need to be more intensive to be effective. The pain you may experience shall never be too much though, as in this case the treatment can have the opposite effect. It is therefore very important that you talk to your massage therapist during the treatment. Some remedial massage techniques do not create any pain at all, e.g. manual lymphatic drainage, or elicit more of an uncomfortable feeling rather than pain, e.g. myofascial release techniques.
Finding the right level of intensity is something you and your therapist have to work out together, and this can also be different on a day to day basis.
Swedish/relaxation massage has a fairly fixed set of techniques, which are used in most of the treatments:
Classic techniques: Effleurages, kneading, frictions, tapotments, petrissage and passive joint movements
Advanced techniques: Vibrations, compressions, rocking, longitudinal and transverse glides, thumb pressures (to name a few)
Remedial massage uses a whole variety of techniques, some of which are very unique to the area they are applied to. Here are some commonly used techniques:
Direct and indirect myofascial release
Deep connective tissue massage
Soft tissue release
Trigger point therapy
Deep transverse frictions
Manual lymphatic drainage
Things always happen in life and you may not be able to attend your next session. If you let me know 24 hours or more beforehand you can either re-book or cancel without any issues. If it is less than 24 hours before the appointment the full fee will be due, however, this can be reduced or waived at the discretion of the therapist in lieu of individual circumstances.
If you are late for an appointment the session can still go ahead, however, it may not be possible to extend it beyond the booked end time and is up to the discretion of the massage therapist. The full fee for the whole session is payable. Please call as soon as you are aware that you are running late.
We accept all common debit and credit cards. A surcharge of 3% will apply.
It does not affect the treatment or benefits at all, the only difference is your experience.
If you have any medical conditions or take any medication you need to let me know at the beginning of the treatment, and any information you can provide will be helpful. Depending on the condition certain body parts may have to be excluded from the massage, or it may not be advisable to provide a treatment at all on that day. If you have any concerns please feel free to talk to me before the session.