Frequently Asked Questions
What to expect on your first visit
During your first visit there will be a FREE 15-minute consultation at the beginning to discuss your main reason for visiting, be it lifestyle, health, medical conditions, or anything else you consider relevant. This will then be used by me to produce your own personal treatment plan. Each massage is invidividually tailored - I do not have a set routine.
What should I expect during the massage?
Every client is different, which is why I enjoy it so much. If you would like some music, I can arrange that - just ask. Some clients like to talk during massage, some don't so I will just let you lead the way. If you would like more or less pressure on certain areas, feedback is always great and never worry about speaking up, I won't get offended! Keep in mind however that it's a myth that massage therapy has to hurt to be effective.
Equipment set-up and space requirements
The room where I will be performing massage must be large enough to fit a massage table and allow me to be able to move around the whole table so that I can get to all areas of the body. I do not perform massage on beds or floors.
Are there circumstances where a massage would not be a good idea?
Recent injury, illness and certain medical conditions are just some of the reasons why a massage might not be wise and this will be discussed at the consultation. Please note that it is not possible to cover all prohibitive conditions with each client. If you are aware of any conditions that might contraindicate a massage, it is the client's responsibility to bring these to the attention of the massage therapist before the session is conducted.
Is there anything you should do before receiving a massage?
Like any physical activity, massage therapy will cause the release of toxins accumulated in the muscles, and will initiate a healing process associated with this release. It is best to have a light meal and drink water before a massage as will provide the body with fluids necessary to remove the released toxins.
If I enjoy my massage, can I extend the session?
Subject to availability, this may be possible although if you decide you wish to add a further treatment this will depend on whether I have the right products and equipment with me to do this so it is always best to schedule in the treatment you want at the time of booking.
How much should I undress for my massage?
I think one of the questions that gets asked the most is regarding what to wear or not wear during your massage and what type of draping is used. I will let you in on a secret, most therapists prefer their clients to be completely disrobed for a full body massage and then use the appropriate draping to keep their client’s modesty level respected. I guess that is not a very big secret, at least among therapists, but it can be news to clients who are unsure what the norms are. My opinion: the bottom line for me is that you need to be as comfortable as possible for your massage, so you should only disrobe to the point you still feel reasonably modest and you should make sure that you communicate with me about any draping concerns that you might have. If you are worried about what might be covered or uncovered next you are going to have a hard time relaxing. If you do want to wear underwear/bikini - please make sure it is old as oil and mud can get messy!
Is there anything you should do after receiving a massage?
Drinking plenty of water afterwards is recommended as the body continues to release accumulated toxins after the session. This will also promote a feeling of improved focus and alertness normally experienced after a massage. I will provide aftercare advice to you and issue you with an aftercare leaflet which I will encourage you to read and follow.
How do I pay for my treatment?
Payment will be taken at the end of the treatment time. Cash only please.
Life is busy, things happen - I know this. 24 hours for cancellation please or 50% of the session cost will be charged.
Any other questions?
Just ask! Treatments are there as a guide and I can always adapt where necessary - for example, if you have a special occasion coming up or a holiday, I can put together a treatment specifically designed for you.