If you are unsure about any aspect of your massage, please ask. There are no “silly” questions when it comes to your wellbeing.
Here are a few frequently asked questions:
How can massage therapy help me?
Many books have been written dedicated to describing the benefits of massage. Beyond general relaxation and enjoyment, a few conditions that massage could have beneficial effects on include:
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis
- Stress and anxiety
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Back pain
- Circulatory and respiratory problems
- Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation
What should I expect for my first appointment?
A first session will include completing a confidential consultation form together. This form includes your personal details, medical history and details regarding the massage you would like. This takes about 10 to 20 minutes, but may be longer if you have a complex health history. Your first session will include a free half hour of time to complete this.
We will also discuss options including music, oils, sensitive areas that you wish avoided or areas that you wish to focus on.
You will get undressed either behind a towel or while I am out of the room. People either keep their underwear on or remove them. If you are uncomfortable with removing items of clothing like shirts etc, please say. We can work around this: it is your massage and your comfort is paramount.
There will be a towel covering your genitals and female breasts at all times. Usually there will be a towel covering all of you except the parts being massaged for both modesty and to keep you warm.
I will usually use oil or cream to help prevent friction during a massage. The towels may be moved to uncover areas that need worked on.
I will usually help you sit up, as you may feel light headed. Once you have recovered, I will usually leave the room and allow you to get dressed.
Do I need to be undressed?
No. It is helpful for the area being massaged to be uncovered, and for most people it feels better during the massage. However, if you do not wish to be undressed or for a part of you not to be uncovered, its better for you to be relaxed and dressed than anxious, uncomfortable and undressed.
How often should I get a massage?
This would depend on the massage, any conditions you may have and on what you want. Indian Head massages were a daily occurrence but if the massage is to assist with an injury, its beneficial to wait at least a few days between two sessions. For a general relaxing massage, you may prefer a weekly, fortnightly or monthly massage.
Can I talk during a session?
I’ve heard of people passing wind…….
Yes, everything relaxes. passing wind happens, falling asleep happens, moans, groans and other noises happen. There is no reason to be worried or embarrassed.
When should I not get a massage?
Usually when there is something that is going to prevent you enjoying a massage like a cold, flu, fever or a contagious skin infection.
Some conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis may need an adaptation in technique. Other conditions may just require avoiding an area completely like cuts or burns.
Speaking to your doctors and getting approval regarding some conditions is a good idea, this includes cancer, certain heart conditions and pregnancy.
Do you provide “happy endings”?
No. There is a strict no tolerance policy and this is a professional business. There are no intimate services provided and if we observe any inappropriate behaviour, you will be asked to leave and no refund will be given.