Can anyone have a massage?
Yes, massage therapy is suitable for all age groups from babies to the elderly. We massage children who play a lot of sport to the elderly who just want help with aches and pains associated with getting older. There is a massage suited to everyone. Discuss this with your therapist so they can develop a treatment to suit you.
What to expect at my first visit?
Arrive at least 15 minutes early if this is your first visit as you will be asked to fill out a health history form, It is important to list all health concerns and medical conditions so the therapist can tailor the treatment suitable for you. The therapist will then ask you some general questions in regard to what problem areas you have that need to be worked on.
During you session with the therapist it is important that you feel comfortable, so if you need anything changed such as the pressure of the massage or if you are feeling too hot or too cold please do not hesitate to tell your therapist. We want this to be a great experience for you and will be more than happy to comply with your request.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the technique your therapist is using, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage though most get undressed down to their underwear, you will be well covered with a towel, except the area that is being worked on. Your therapist will give you time to undress in private and to get comfortable onto the table.
What do I do during a massage?
Make yourself comfortable, some people like to close their eyes and relax during a massage and some people like to talk. The therapist will chat to you during your massage to check if you are Ok or to ask you to adjust your position or to work on a different area so let them know if you need the pressure changed or temperature of the room. Don’t hesitate to ask the therapist any questions that you may have.
How will a massage feel, will it be painful?
It will depend on the type of technique used. A relaxation massage will not hurt it will calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension, as your body becomes more relaxed pressure will be gradually increased to relieve areas of muscle tension. Where as a deep tissue or remedial massage more pressure is applied so it may feel a little sore or uncomfortable, pain can be an indication that the muscle is injured or inflamed so pressure can be adjusted accordingly to get deeper into the muscle for more benefit.
How often should I have a massage?
Between massages the length of time varies from person to person. If it is just for relaxation then monthly may be suitable for you, but if it is for a specific problem then more frequent sessions would be required at first until you achieve the level that you can go down to a maintenance schedule. Your therapist will also discuss exercises how often and may provide you with tips such as stretching, ice or heat packs, gels for easing inflammation to help speed up your recovery.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Most people will feel very relaxed, some will experience a decrease from aches and pains and have a greater mobility, while some will need some more treatments. If you have had a deep massage you may feel sore for a few days, an inflammatory gel will help with this, also a shower or a heat pack a hot Epson salts bath which encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.
It is very important to drink lots of water after your massage to help flush out any toxins and to keep your body hydrated and healthy.
Our therapists use a water based oil so as not to cause friction onto the skin surface.