Your treatment & other massage questions

How long does a treatment last?

I offer half hour, hour and hour-and-a-half appointments

Treatment timings do not include the conversation period before hand - between 10 and 20 minutes - or your relaxation period afterwards: for a half hour session you need to allow yourself at least an hour, for a one hour session at least an hour and a half, and for a full body session two hours.

A half hour appointment is ideal as an introduction to massage, for a neck and shoulder massage or for a foot massage. Remember your feet are the foundation for your entire body and need special attention as the joints, ligaments and muscles are under constant pressure.

A one hour appointment is appropriate if you want to have a specific area treated, for example, tension and stiffness in the neck and shoulders or tightness and restriction in your legs. A full body treatment can be done within a one hour session but it does mean that I'm unable to give many areas the full attention they might need.

A one and a half hour appointment is recommended for those wanting an in-depth full body massage. The additional time enables me to work thoroughly through the whole body addressing any problem areas and releasing tensions across the whole muscular and fascial system. A one and a half hour appointment is not recommended for people who haven't previously had some form of sports or deep tissue massage.

What happens during a treatment?

For initial treatments a full Client Consultation will be carried out before treatment commences. I will collect your personal details, discuss any constant or recurring conditions, injuries or serious ailments you may have and note any relevant health and medical history including medications you may be taking. All information given will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with any third party.

Included in this conversation will be questions around your lifestyle, how you are feeling on the day and what you want from the massage. Please donít be afraid of expressing yourself - this is YOUR TREATMENT and your requirements, comfort and wellbeing are paramount! This information will help me give you the best massage I can.

Subsequent treatments will always include a review of your current health status. The length of these conversations will depend on how you are and what you need.

You can ask any question you have about the massage. If this is your first massage I will talk you through exactly what will happen and everything you need to know.

You will be given time to yourself to undress for the treatment and settle on the table. You will be covered with drapes, a sheet or towels for the entire treatment and only the body part being massaged will be uncovered at any time. I may ask questions about how different areas are feeling and check with you that the pressure is OK whilst I am working to ensure that I am on track. You can be as actively engaged in the process as you want to be by asking any questions you might have, providing feedback and talking about what youíre experiencing, or you may prefer to simply sink into silence.

At the end of your session I'll leave you some space and time to come to. Once you have dressed and had a rehydrating drink of water, we will chat about the session. I will talk through any action that might be useful for you to take to maximise the benefits of the massage and may suggest beneficial lifestyle changes if necessary and how best for you to move forward with any future treatment or maintenance work.

Clothing and privacy?

As massage is performed directly on the skin, you will be asked to remove clothing covering the area/areas to be treated. However, it is important that you are comfortable and relaxed during the treatment so it is absolutely fine if you wish to be fully undressed, fully clothed or something in between. You will undress in privacy and be invited to lie on the table, covering yourself with the drapes, sheets or towels provided. I will continue to use the draping carefully throughout the treatment, maintaining your modesty and only uncovering the body part being massaged at any time. As a professional massage therapist I am concerned with your care and well being. Please let me know if you are uncomfortable undressing. There are many techniques which can be used over clothing and still allow the session to be effective.

Will the massage be painful?

During the course of the massage it is likely that some areas of tension, muscle adhesion and trigger points will be discovered. When working with these areas it can sometimes be a little uncomfortable or tender but I always work within your tolerance levels. You are always in control during a treatment and if any pressure is too deep, just say so. It is important you are relaxed throughout the massage for me to be able to get the muscles to release.

You may feel some tenderness for a day or so after the treatment, particularly if this is your first treatment, but this should only be a slight tenderness and will ease over 24 to 48 hours.

What massage oil do you use?

I use specialist massage gel which is unscented, lighter, and more easily washed out of hair and clothes than many traditional massage oils. It is also non greasy and great for the skin.

Do you play music?

During my treatments, I want you to relax and connect with your body, and if this is achieved by having music playing in the background then absolutely, yes. If you would like to bring a CD of your choice with you, please do. If you prefer tuning into your bodyís own natural rhythm in silence then that is fine too. I will always ask you what your preference is before we begin.

Do you do home visits?

I do offer sessions in your own home or holiday accommodation but due to travelling and the time required to set up and pack away it is a more expensive option. This supplement will depend on the distance I will need to travel. I will bring my massage table, sheets, towels and oil - all you need to provide is enough space for me to set up and move around the table, and sufficient heating for you to be comfortable.

If you are interested in home visits please contact me for prices.

Do you do Gift vouchers?

If you would like to offer a massage to someone as a gift, I'm very happy to send you a personalised gift voucher as detailed here

If you have any unanswered questions please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer them for you