Most of the treatments we do are in the privacy of your chosen environment. Some are done at the premises we share with the amazing hair dresser Chez Stephan on Lacy Road. The information below is relevant for most eventualities.
We have yet to find a client we cannot cater for. However, due to the bulky nature of the equipment, we can be limited in what we can provide. There might be occasions when we have to ask to borrow a pillow/cushion or two. We will provide everything else. The information below is useful for all environments.
First, make sure it is a good time for your massage. Make sure you reschedule if you have a fever or any skin irritations, or if you are trying to stabilise any medication.
Drink some water before hand as massage can make you thirsty! Do not eat close to you massage.
If possible, give yourself some time to arrive relaxed. If you are rushing or stressed it can take longer to get into a relaxed state.
Most appointments begin with an intake process, starting with health. We can e-mail it to you, you can download it from this website, or you can turn up a few minutes early and fill it in on arrival.
You will be asked about:
Medical conditions; Areas of concern; Levels of pain and discomfort; General health.
If you feel any questions are too personal, leave them blank and I will talk to you about them before the treatment,
You will also be asked to sign a form that explains your right to privacy. If you choose not to sign all information on you, apart from contact details will be deleted or destroyed as appropriate. We will never contact you without your consent.
I will review the questionnaire with you.This should be brief, however, have a good knowledge of your medical history will allow me to design a session that meets your needs and goals more effectively within the timeframe.
If you are concerned about undressing, now is an opportunity to raise it, as there are several options available. Never be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. I will then outline what will happen in the session and leave the room so you can undress in privacy.
When you are ready, lie face up on the massage table and drap yourself with the towel provided. I will knock before reentering.
The majority of treatments will be done prone on a massage table covered with towseling. Make sure you are comfortable and make sure to tell me if you are not. If you are cold, hot, don't want a part of your body tocuhed, or are experiencing discomfort witht he technique or how it is being applied, speak up. Remember, you are in charge, and can ask for changes or the session to stop at any time.
Be as open to the process as you can. This is your treament, not mine.
Relax and try to let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the tocuh or technique feels.
Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it.
In the same way, tightening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you are struggling to relax, let me know so I can adjust the technique.
At the end of the treatment, I will leave the room so you can dress in private. Wait a few minutes on the table as you get grounded, especially if you feel light-headed. Then take a few minutes to get ready. Don't rush.
You will also be offered a glass of water. It is a good idea to drink some to help flush any waste products.
If possible, allow some quiet time after the treatment and don't go straight back to your responsibilities immediately.
How you feel will vary depending upon the treatment you recieved, the length of session and the demands you place on yourself afterwards. Feelings range from being relaxed and centered, to invigorated, excited or experiencing clairty or insight. You might recognise you real level of fatigue and only want to rest.
Clinical forms of treament may leave you free from chronic tightness or acute pain patterns, but may be replaced with soreness from the treatment. It is definitely best to rest ofter these treatments.
The benefits of massage and many other types of treament are cumulative and you will feel better as you progress.