FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are some of the questions I am often asked.
If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please do contact me.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS AND INSURANCE DO YOU HOLD?
I hold qualifications in and actively practice:
WILL YOU DIAGNOSE MY CAUSE FOR CONCERN?
I am not medically qualified to diagnose conditions and recommend that you visit a medical health professional if you are seeking a diagnosis.
Prior to commencing a massage, we will talk through a consultation to ensure I understand your concerns and needs. During the massage, I will be noting how your body is reacting the therapy, and will use this to advise on future therapies, however this is not a diagnosis of a condition.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY MASSAGE?
I will arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointment time to set up the room for your massage.
Choose a room where you will be comfortable and I can create a suitable environment.
I kindly ask that you choose a ground floor room as I carry a large amount of equipment!
Please adjust the heating so that you will be comfortable under linens and a blanket for your massage and ensure that there is enough space to allow me to move easily around the mobile massage table - at least 2 metres wide, and 3.25 metres long. I will need access to a power plug for the couch warmer. I provide all the necessary equipment.
Please dress in lounge clothes or dressing gown, or have them close to hand so you don't have to fully re-dress after the treatment and can continue to relax.
If you have selected a sports massage and wish to include stretching and muscle energy techniques, please wear shorts and a vest top for females.
If you have selected manual lymphatic drainage, this treatment can be completed clothed or draped with towels. If you prefer clothed, please wear either leggings, or thin trousers, and a vest top or t-shirt.
Due to the Covid situation, I would ask please that you kindly shower prior to the massage, and wash your hands again before the massage.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FOR MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
The first appointment will last approximately 15 minutes longer than the massage time booked.
We will fill out a consultation form, talking through your wants and needs, any medical matters, and discuss the treatment that has been chosen. We will decide on any areas you would like to focus on, or avoid, and ensure that you are happy with the suggestions.
The massage will then be completed and afterwards we will have a brief discussion on aftercare and any recommendations.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY MASSAGE?
I provide a discreet and professional service, draping the body with linens and towels as appropriate, and only uncovering the area being massaged at the time. When I leave the room to allow you to make yourself comfy on the massage table, I will advise what clothing is best removed. Underpants will always be worn. I suggest wearing dark colours as massage oils may stain. Please remove jewellery prior to your massage and if you hair is longer than shoulder length please tie it up.
Should you prefer not to remove any clothing, please contact me and I can talk you through the massage options which are designed to be completed clothed.
For Sports massage, I recommend wearing bra/vest top and shorts if it is likely that stretches will be required.
Lymphatic drainage may be completed fully dressed in loose clothing.
WHAT DO I DO DURING A MASSAGE?
Make yourself comfortable and relax. Some people like to have a chat, others prefer to switch off or even fall asleep. I would be very happy to talk you through what I am doing if you would like, and answer any questions you may have.
For full body massage, it will be necessary to turn over. I will assist you with this whilst maintaining your privacy with the linens and towels.
Should you have any questions or want changes during the massage treatment, or lymphatic drainage, just ask.
CAN I STOP A MASSAGE DURING AN APPOINTMENT TIME?
Absolutely. You can ask to pause or stop the massage at any time.
Please bear in mind that it is unlikely to be possible to extend the massage time from the appointment booked due to following appointments.
I highly recommend not having your phone with you during a massage!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A MASSAGE?
There is no prescribed frequency for massage. Each person has their own massage needs whether it be to ease a chronic matter, to assist with a current issue, maintain health and wellbeing, or to enjoy some pampering time.
Whilst massage often provides relief after the initial session, this is not always the case for long term concerns. I will advise my recommendation after the treatment and if a course of treatments is suggested, then we can make the necessary arrangements.
For those undergoing manual lymphatic drainage, pre and post surgery, we will work to the guidance of your surgeon.
ARE MALE CLIENTS ACCEPTED?
New male clients are by personal referral only or when booked as a joint booking with a female client. Please contact me via phone or email to arrange a referral.
WHAT MEDICAL CONDITIONS PREVENT MASSAGE?
Massage therapies are non invasive treatments that are considered safe for most people. However here are conditions where massage must be avoided. This is usually for reasons presented by the client and for both client and therapist safety and protection. If you have a condition you are unsure about, I am happy to discuss this with you.
Below are listed some contraindications when massage should not be performed:
WHAT PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
Payment can be made in advance online using the booking site and the Secured Paypal site.
AUTUMN 2021 COVID EXPLANATION
The health and wellbeing of my clients is of utmost importance to me, and therefore I have strict Health and Safety policies in place.
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