I’m going to attempt to answer all your Massage Questions.
If I’ve missed anything, you can ask my specific massage questions on my contact me page.
What happens during a massage session?
On the day of your massage it would be really helpful to arrive five minutes before the session starts. It means I can make the most of your allocated time slot and it also gives you some time to fill out your written consultation form.
I’ll call you in from the waiting room and we’ll begin our session with a wee chat about what you want to gain from your massage treatment. This is also the time for you to talk over anything you’re unsure about and to let me know about any injuries, pain, operations…anything that may be related to your massage.
I’ll then give you a couple of minutes to get undressed and get comfortable under the covers before we begin. Each session is completely individual to you and depending on what you’re wanting to gain from the hour, we’ll run through a number of deep tissue techniques and gentle mobility work that specifically targets those areas in need of attention.
When your massage is finished, I’ll give you a couple of minutes to get dressed again and if you feel you’d like a drink of water, you are most welcome to have a glass.
Your feedback is of the upmost importance to your massage session. There may be times when you feel a slight discomfort, but if the discomfort becomes painful please let me know. Massage shouldn’t be painful! It is common to want varying pressure depending on the area being worked on so please let me know what feels optimal for you.
How much do I need to undress?
In order for me to work the soft tissues effectively, I need to be able to access the skin of the area being worked on. Therefore, it is best for you to undress down to your underwear: for women ideally working with bras off gives me more access to your back and shoulders.
You will be draped throughout your massage and only the area being worked on will be uncovered at any one time.
For all the men out there, briefs work best, especially when working lower limbs. Boxers can inhibit access to the upper leg and glutes which may need worked on if you have a lower back or hamstrings issue.
It’s a good idea to bring a pair of shorts with you, especially if it is a more treatment/injury oriented massage focused on your hip region. Sporty folks with tight hamstrings and sleepy glutes, take note!
It’s perfectly fine to keep clothing on in an area that won’t be worked on, or that you do not wish to have worked on. For example, it is perfectly fine to keep trousers on for a neck and upper back massage. We’ll discuss this before your massage anyways just to make sure you know what we’re working on.
If you feel uncomfortable about removing any items of clothing, it’s important to discuss this before the massage takes place. I want to you to feel relaxed and safe in your massage environment in order for you to get the most out of your session.
How will I feel after a massage?
Immediately after your massage treatment you can expect to feel more relaxed and the areas being worked on will tend to feel more loose.
You may be feeling a little drowsy and sleepy after your massage, this is perfectly normal! It is advised that you avoid high intensity activity straight after any deep tissue work. Instead, you may want to relax, drink plenty water and aim for a good night’s sleep.
3 days time – by this point the benefits of the massage should be under way. Any drowsiness will be gone and hopefully your muscles are feeling less tense. Perhaps psychologically you have become more aware of the postural habits that may alleviate your pain symptoms and you remind yourself to stand tall, slouch less or do your rehab exercises frequently to keep your aches and pains in check.
When shouldn’t I get a massage?
For most people massage therapy is completely safe. For a limited few, it could be a bad idea.
Getting massaged when you have any of the conditions listed below might be a bad idea. At the very least you need to discuss these conditions with me before booking your appointment.
- Berger’s Disease
- Oesophageal Varices
- Chronic Superficial Thrombus
- Portal Hypertension
- Unstable Hypertension / Hypotension
- Cardiac Bruit
- Advanced Respiratory Failure / Cardiopulmonary Disease
- Emboli – blood clot
- Heart Disease
- Thrombus / Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Varicose Veins
- Skin Graft
- Infectious Skin Disease
- Open or Healing Wounds
- Contagious Infection
- Fever / High Temperature
- Acutely Ill
- Recent Head Injury
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe thrombocytopenia
How long does a massage last?
I offer 1 hour and 2 hour massage appointments.
During a 1 hour massage appointment you can expect roughly 45 to 50 minutes of massage bodywork with a 2 hour massage you would get roughly 105 to 110 minutes of bodywork. The remainder of the time is split between consultations and undressing/dressing.
How much does a massage cost?
|1 hour Massage||£40.00|
|2 hour Massage||£75.00|
|Payment on the day is by Cash, Debit/Credit Card or massage gift voucher.|
Do you offer pregnancy massage?
No. I don’t offer pregnancy massage but my colleague Islay Innes does.
Do you do home/hotel visits?
No, I don’t offer any out of clinic appointments or visits.
Still have massage questions?
Send me your massage questions on my Contact Me page.