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This is YOUR session. Speak up!
Why is this so important? If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position, music or if you are too hot or too cold … speak up!
You will not hurt my feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable. I want this to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy.
Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it’s perfectly fine to ask.
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
At your first appointment you will be required to complete a ‘health history’ form. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to have time to complete this information thoroughly and without being rushed. Or Massage Intake Form | Reflexology Intake Form | Contraindications Checklist to complete the form online and send to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then spend some time discussing your current symptoms and goals for your massage therapy treatments. Some of the questions that I will ask you during our interview may seem unrelated to massage, however, please realize that the body is complex in its connections and that often something may seem unrelated when in actuality it is connected to the cause of your distress.
During our interview I will also be assessing your posture, the quality of your movements to help me clarify the potential causes of your pain and form the best plan for your treatment that day. It is my responsibility to modify your treatments in cases of contraindications or safety concerns, so a thorough inventory of your health is crucial in allowing me to provide you with the best care possible. As well, I will want to ensure that you are comfortable and that any questions you have can be addressed as needed.
About the treatment you can find some more guidance here
Once our treatment time on the table is complete, I will leave the room and ask you to please take a moment to re-orient yourself to the room before getting up too quickly. I will meet you back in the room for a final check-in and to go over any home care suggestions that may be useful for you.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss. In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation. And then it`s helpful to focus on your breathing – allowing slow, deep breaths will help your mind and body relax as you oxygenate your body tissues.
The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If I am doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let me know immediately. If something is not working for you – speak up! It’s OK!
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. But don’t expect that a one-time massage will solve a lifelong backache or other chronic pain. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day – much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.
After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body’s tissues hydrated and healthy. Here you can find some more Aftercare Advices.
As with exercise, the benefits of massage increase with regular treatments.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
You should undress to the level you are comfortable. I will undrape only the area being worked on and your modesty is maintained throughout your treatment.
For a full body massage, most client get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that’s fine. I will work around the clothes you left on as best as I can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session.
I will leave the room to give you privacy while you get yourself comfortable on the massage table, covering yourself with a towel. I will knock before I re-enter to the room.
Should my massage actually hurt?
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn’t probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn’t hurt. With that being said, there is a ‘feels good’ hurt and an ‘ouch, stop it’ hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the ‘feels good’ hurt range. Bruising after a Deep tissue massage?
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body’s natural response, not against it.
What if I fall asleep?
You may get drowsy during the massage, so don’t worry if you fall asleep.
Is this worth my time and money?
Before you decide this, consider some things.
Massage is more than a luxury for a special occasion. Is about self-care. Because of its many health benefits, massage should be an integral part of anyone’s wellness plan.
Some of them:
– It decreases acute and chronic pain
– It improves flexibility through stretching
– It increases feel-good hormones
– It decreases stress-related hormones
– It improves circulation
Will this fix my problems?
Massage may be helpful for a wide range of conditions. Some of these are listed below.
However, is not a therapy you can apply in all conditions. It is also important to understand its limitations and contraindications
Decreases pain and increases functioning in these conditions:
Back pain and other discomfort
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle injury (offers rehabilitation)
Sore or overused muscles (prevents and treats)
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Helps treat and manage symptoms or complications of:
Reduces risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases
Other psychological, emotional, and physical benefits:
Enhances immune system
Improved sleep patterns
Improves athletic performance and enhances recovery
Lessening of depression
Lower stress levels
Reduced anger and aggression
How long do the benefits last?
It depends on several factors. Everyone’s body responds differently to a massage, and everyone’s needs for a massage are different. Add to that the fact that everyone goes back to situations after a massage with various stressors and lifestyles, so it can be hard to know how long the benefits will last.
You may feel sore for a couple of days after the massage, which is normal. Beyond that, the benefits may last a couple of days to an entire week. There are some things you can do to help the relaxing, stress-relieving benefits last for as long as possible. You can download my Aftercare Advices.
It is worth remembering that massage has also longer-term effects: in fact, regular massage treatments can make you feel more focused, help you sleep better at night and deal with life’s big and small problems with a calmer attitude.
How long should my massage be?
As long as possible is the answer that many massage clients would give. Generally speaking, the only factors that limit how long a massage can go are the endurance of the therapist and how long the client can stand to be on the table.
There are a few guidelines to help you determine the best length of session to meet your needs:
– The First Thing you’ll need to consider what you want to accomplish. For most people, their purpose falls into one of two broad categories: specific pain relief or general relaxation. If relaxation is your goal, then a 60 minutes massage (back, shoulders, neck, arms, legs and glutes) is generally appropriate. You can certainly do a longer session of 90 minutes if you like.
– A Common Compromise might be 60 minutes with specific work in the neck, but reduced time in the legs or glutes. In the context of a 60 minutes massage, for each area of specific work that you want to add, you can generally assume you will deduct time from another body area. If it is important to you that you receive a full body massage and specific work in one or two areas, then you will want to consider a 90 minutes massage.
– Working Along the Guidelines established above shorter and longer sessions also have their advantages/disadvantages. The 30 minutes time frame is best for specific work into two or three areas, or for a relaxation massage through only half the body (either upper/lower or front/back). The 120 minutes time frame is most appropriate if you have multiple (more than four or five) areas requiring specific work or if you have three or four areas that require specific work and you still want a full body relaxation massage in addition to the specific work.
How often should I get a massage?
– General Wellness:
For general wellness aim for a frequency of about once or twice a month. This allows people in generally good health to receive all the health benefits, and allows each massage to build upon the last so that you are not essentially starting over from scratch each time.
– Treatment of Chronic Conditions:
If you want a massage for the treatment of a chronic condition such as migraines, backaches, you’ll need to receive one more frequently to see relief. It is recommended to start off with twice weekly massages for the first four to six weeks, and then gradually increase the time between sessions as symptoms improve. While chronic conditions are generally not solved in a single session, can be well managed by regular massages.
– Stress Relief:
Studies conducted on the benefits of massage have demonstrated that massage helps combat stress, anxiety and insomnia related to stress. People going through a particularly stressful situation or those leading high stress lives should aim to get a massage every one to two weeks.
– If You Sit at a Desk for 40+ Hours per Week:
Committing to a massage schedule gives you a reason to lengthen the appendages you spend all day scrunching up (AKA your T-Rex arms). There are issues that you develop over time that you’re not even aware of until you get on a table and a therapist starts to work on you.
– If You’re a Workout Warrior:
Those who get sweaty on the reg can reap major recovery rewards from sports massage, deep stretching, and deep tissue options that will loosen tight muscle bundles that have formed after hours on the treadmill. And with weekly sessions, you can target specific muscle groups.
The bottom line is that people who wish to treat specific medical conditions will need to have massages more frequently than people who want massages strictly for enjoyment and relaxation.
When should I schedule a massage?
Think about your day’s schedule before you set up your massage. For example, don’t eat right before or exercise immediately after your massage. It’s best to keep the meal light and eat at least 2 hours before your massage, to allow the food to get digested beforehand. It’s best if you can try to chill out after your session.
How do I book an appointment?
For your convenience, You may enquire your appointment online here: Book An Appointment
If you prefer, you are welcome to call me at 07542292056. Do leave a message, I will return your call as soon as I am able and will be happy to find a date and time that suits you for your appointment.
If I am sick with a cold or flu, should I still come to my appointment?
If you are in the early and most contagious stage (first 48-72 hours) of a cold or flu, please do NOT come in for your session.
Please phone or email me to cancel with as much notice as possible, so that I may be able to fill the spot with a client on my wait-list. Thank you! I appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this matter.
Is it OK to get a Massage if I'm Really Sore?
Just like foam rolling, post-workout massage is a great way to flush out the toxic waste your muscles produce during a workout.
Just keep the following tips in mind:
– If you’re recovering from an injury:
Back away from the massage table if you’re injured. There is a difference between being *super* sore and recovering from a musculoskeletal injury. If you’ve injured yourself (e.g., a pulled hamstring) then you should wait 24 to 48 hours before receiving a massage. In fact, something like a deep tissue massage could make matters worse. Instead, simply ice the tender areas and take a rest day to reduce the inflammation.
– If you’re just really sore:
Hold off on a strong, heavy-handed deep tissue massage. If your muscles are very tender to the touch, a traditional Swedish massage (or relaxation massage) is best because it stimulates blood and lymph circulation, bringing newly oxygenated blood to tender areas. This oxygenated blood helps to “flush out” toxic waste (in the form of lactic acid) in your muscles, which is the cause of typical soreness.
If you do feel pain mid-massage, ask me to stop ASAP to avoid irritating the muscles further. Every body, every ache and pain, and every sore muscle will react differently to massage. Whatever you’re feeling, as long as it’s not worsening or acute pain, you’re all good.