I’m going to attempt to answer any massage questions that you might have prior to your appointment.
If I’ve missed anything, and there’s a burning question or query to have for me, please do get in touch with me on my contact me page.
**This page will be updated frequently as I adapt my practices in according with COVID-19 guidelines set out by the Scottish Government**
What happens during a massage session?
On the day of your massage it would be really helpful to arrive a couple of minutes before the session starts. It means I can make the most of your allocated time slot.
When you arrive at 34 West George Street, come to the Second Floor, and take a seat. Waiting area seats are a 2m distance apart, and appointments for therapists have been staggered to ensure there is no over-crowding. You are also welcome to stand outside in the corridor if you feel more comfortable there.
Our buzzer system is currently out-of-use to reduce contact points between clients. No need to press anything, just take a seat!
If you have yet to fill out your online consultation (for any client new or existing yet to fill out an online consultation in the updated system) and COVID-19 screening form (I’ll send this out to you 24 hours before your appointment), please complete both of these forms prior to your visit.
** I will be unable to perform massage therapy on you without them**
You are welcome to add in as much relevant information that you feel will help me optimise your massage treatment.
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. Please bring your own bottle of water as I’m unable to offer any during this time.
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.
You do not have to completely undress if we’re only working on sections of the body. Should you wish to keep trousers on during a neck and upper back massage, that’s all good! We’ll discuss this before your massage anyways just to make sure you know what I’ll be working on.
And 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.
Contra-indications for 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. ** At present (July 2020) I am unable to offer 2 hour appointments, but will update this page when I can do so again**
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||£45.00|
|2 hour Massage||£85.00|
|You can pay in advance via Stripe when making your booking online. You may also pay on the day in Cash, Debit/Credit Card, via Apple/Google/Android pay or massage gift voucher.|
Do you offer pregnancy massage?
No. I don’t offer pregnancy massage.
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.