What is massage?
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and relieve pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; helping to promote health and wellness.
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
On your first appointment, please arrive 10-15 mins earlier than the stated appointment time as I will need to ask few questions about your health and lifestyle. This will help me to evaluate your individual circumstances and tailor the session to your needs.
During the massage, please feel free to communicate as much or as little as you like – remember, this is all about you!
Please note – I have the right to refuse the treatment if you behave in an inappropriate way or if you are intoxicated with alcohol or drugs.
Where will my massage session take place?
Your treatment will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a padded massage table especially designed for your comfort or if you are having a chair massage, you will be seated on an adjustable, ergonomically designed massage chair.
What do I wear during the massage?
During the session you will be covered with towels to retain your modesty, which are removed only to allow access to the area of the body that is being worked on. Most people prefer to wear just underpants for the treatment.
For the chair massages you will remain fully clothed.
How will a massage feel?
Your session will start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes more relaxed and warmer, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that I can use another approach or technique.
What if I fall asleep?
It is quite common to fall asleep on the table during a massage. The warmth and release of tension relaxes many people right to sleep – especially after a long day at work. Enjoy it!
How will I feel after the treatment?
When the massage is over, I will leave the room so that you can get dressed in privacy. Having a massage can be extremely relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems so be sure to give yourself a several minutes to re-orient yourself before slowly getting up.
It is important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water after your treatment. Water helps to flush out any accumulated materials in the muscles which were released during the massage. A selection of herbal teas and mineral water are provided complimentary with your treatment.
After a session, most people feel extremely relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over weeks and months of tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, clients often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days.