What are the benefits of massage?
There are many physiological and chemical changes in the body that can result from massage, whether used to alleviate the stresses associated with a particular condition,injury or sport, or when used as a relaxing therapy.
Historically, regular massage has been used to:
- Enhance sleep quality
- Increase energy
- Improve concentration
- Reduce fatigue
- Alleviate lower-back pain and improve range of motion
- Ease dependence on over the counter medication
- Lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defence system
- Alleviate symptoms of RSI
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin
- Increase joint flexibility
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones
How often should I have a massage?
This will depend on individual preference and on the reason for seeking treatment. If you have an injury, one treatment per week may be necessary for a while so as to continue to promote healing and reduction in pain. If massage is part of your preventative care regime, or used to help manage stress, once or twice a month would be suitable, although you may like to increase the frequency at times of particular stress, or if you find that you get the most continuing benefit out of a weekly treatment.
Where will my massage take place?
Your treatment room will be warm and quiet, with a specially designed and comfortable massage table. We can provide soft music to help you relax, or you’re welcome to bring your own.
Do I have to be naked? Where will I get undressed?
I prefer you to keep your underwear on, but it is entirely up to you and what you are comfortable with. Once you’re in the treatment room, I will leave the room giving you plenty of time to undress, make yourself comfortable on the table, and cover yourself with the clean sheet or towel provided.
Will I be covered during my massage?
In order to keep you warm and comfortable, you will be covered at all times with a sheet or towel, which will only be moved to expose the part of the body that I will be is working on. Some treatments may require you to be more mobile and in this case I may suggest you bring loose fitting running shorts sports-type clothing to avoid any embarrassment and preserve your modesty. As well as being covered, I use a heated table which helps to quickly warms muscles, feels great and eases aches.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
This will depend on the discussion and consultation we have prior to treatment. Together we will discuss your desired outcome from treatment and this will inform the decision as to which areas of your body require particular work. In general, a typical full body treatment will mean work on your back, head, neck and shoulders, arms and legs, feet and hands. Genitals, breasts, and their surrounding areas are not touched. The particular techniques used will depend on the outcomes desired and will probably include broad, flowing strokes which release muscle tension and calm the nervous system, or rocking movements. Other techniques seek to re-educate movement and posture. Increased pressure can be used to relieve areas of particular muscle tension. I use a light hypo-allergenic, neutral fragranced lotion to aid a smooth movement over your muscles and to hydrate the skin. If you’re sensitive to skin products please let me know at the start of your treatment. If you experience discomfort you should let me know so that another technique can be used.
What if the pressure isn’t right for me?
Communication is a key element to any good treatment as each client is different. I will not be at all upset or offended if you ask for more, or less, pressure: It’s my aim is to deliver an individually tailored treatment and feedback is always welcome.
How long will the massage last? What should I do during the massage?
A standard booking is 60 minutes, which includes time spent discussing the kind of treatment you require. At this time, ask as many questions about their techniques as you like. During the treatment, just close your eyes, relax and be comfortable. You need only speak so as to indicate that you would like more, or less, pressure, or that another blanket is required. I will when necessary gently move parts of your body or ask you to, for instance, lift an arm or leg. In some cases, where more interactive techniques are required, you may need you to be more alert and responsive, however these types of techniques are usually employed at the beginning of the treatment and are then blended into a more relaxing treatment over the course of the session.
Which conditions would affect my massage? Are there any conditions which mean I shouldn’t have a massage?
If you are currently under the supervision of a medical practitioner or any of the following apply to you please make contact before booking:
- First trimester of pregnancy/Heart Conditions including pacemaker
- Psychosis/Inflammatory conditions
- Stroke or head injury/Lumps diagnosed or otherwise
- History of Haemorrhage/bleeding /Recent Surgery or hospitalisation
- Fractures/Dislocations/Sprains/Strains/Contagious diseases e.g. TB
- Back or neck injury Osteoporosis or brittle bones
- Skin conditions/Deep vein thrombosis
Do you Diagnose Problems?
To comply with UK Law and the Advertising Standards Authority guidelines on complementary therapy, I do not make any claims to cure or diagnose any medical condition. I strongly recommend that anyone who suffers an illness or injury should consult their GP in the first instance.
How will I feel after the massage? Are there any side-effects?
Many clients feel very relaxed and positive after a treatment. After continuing treatment they can find they are free from aches and pains that have become long-term, and feel more energetic and productive. It is always recommended that you drink plenty of water after your treatment, and avoid alcohol. You may feel a little dizzy or have a slight headache following treatment, and drinking water will help with these symptoms. You may experience a little soreness the following day but this is a result of the work done on your muscles and connective tissue during treatment, similar to the effect of a good work-out, and is nothing to worry about.