What will happen at my first treatment?
When I arrive I will ask where you would like me to set up for you to receive your treatment. I will need enough space to put my massage table up and be able to walk all of the way around it. While I am setting up I will give you a health assessment questionnaire to complete. This form helps me to get to know you and your body and highlight any problem areas that you have. It will cover medical history as well as lifestyle and dietary related questions. Once completed we will discuss this form and agree on the treatment you would like. During your massage I will keep quiet so that you can relax your mind and your body and get the most out of your treatment. I will only check that the pressure applied is satisfactory and adjust this to your requirements. At the end of your treatment I will discuss any areas of concern that I have identified and give you some aftercare advice. Once I leave you are advised to follow the aftercare advice and relax to reap the most benefits from the treatment you have just received.
What should I wear for my treatment?
This is dependent on what treatment you have booked. For a full body massage I will ask you to undress to your underwear and lie on the massage table under a towel. I will leave the room while you do this and will knock and ask if you are ready before I re-enter the room. Towels will be used to keep you warm and covered while you are massaged. I will only uncover the area being worked on, and will re-cover this area once it has been treated. If you do not wish to fully re-dress after your treatment you may bring a dressing gown or similar garment into the room to put on after.
What is a Holistic Massage?
A holistic approach to massage means to treat the person as a whole; addressing their physical, mental and emotional health. I will take into account the person as a whole and not look at areas in isolation.
What are the benefits of Massage?
Receiving a massage is a very personal experience which brings many physical and psychological benefits. The physical benefits can include the following:
- Improves skin texture – the oil is very moisturising
- Increases waste removal via the lymphatic system
- Relaxing of tension in muscles
- Relieves fatigue in muscles by the removal of lactic acid
- Helps to keep joints more supple, increasing mobility through the increase of synovial fluid
- Increased blood flow – improved venous blood flow removes waste products and increased blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to the organs
- Detoxifies the body by increasing the flow of lymph
The psychological benefits include:
- Brings on a relaxed state due to slow, deep breathing
- The power of touch can bring on a deep sense of calm
- It can lead to a release of pent up emotions
What are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?
There are many physical benefits to include:
- Eases tight muscles, improves posture
- Aids lymphatic drainage to the face
- Increases blood supply to the head, neck, shoulders and face
- Decreases the sympathetic nervous system
- Activates the parasympathetic nervous system
There are also many psychological benefits to include:
- Can lead to an emotional release
- Can lead to a very relaxed state and sleep
- Helps to improve concentration
- Can help to lift a down mood
How do I receive a pregnancy Massage?
After the 1st trimester it is not safe to receive a massage lying down on your front due to your growing bump. As such, the position to receive a massage must be adjusted. There are a couple of options and both can be explored to see what you prefer. The first option is a side lying massage. Extra pillows and bolsters will be used to support your bump and hips to ensure you are extremely comfortable. The second option is a seated massage, leaning your head and shoulders forward onto the massage table for support. Both options are extremely comfortable and ensure you are able to receive your massage in the safest way possible for you and your baby.
Is it safe to receive a massage while pregnant?
Yes. I have completed additional training with Middlesex School of Complimentary Medicine to allow me to perform pregnancy massages.
While carrying a baby is an exciting time, it can also cause your body discomfort as it adjusts to your growing baby. A pregnancy massage is a great way to allow yourself some relaxation time and to relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing due to your changing body.
What is Indian Head Massage?
Indian Head Massage, as the name suggests, originates from India. It is an ancient therapeutic practice that has been used in India for over 5,000 years. The treatment requires no oils and is performed as a stand alone treatment over clothes in the seated position. This treatment focuses on massaging acupressure points along the face, head, neck and shoulders.
How often should I have a massage?
This depends entirely on your personal circumstances. However, for a massage to have long term benefits it needs to be received on a regular basis. This is especially true when you are looking to massage to release tension in a trouble area. In this instance, I would recommend a number of treatments in a shorter space of time followed by some maintenance treatments to keep your body in prime condition.
What aftercare advice do you give?
Massage can affect people in many different ways. As well as the benefits of massage that I have listed on my information page; there are a few other effects of massage you may experience. These include:
- 1) You may feel cold after your treatment. This is because your body has relaxed and your blood pressure will have dropped. You must ensure you have some warm clothing to put on after your treatment.
- 2) You may experience a healing crisis. Very occasionally a treatment can trigger a release of emotion that has been built up. This is a very natural response and after the release of emotion you will feel much better.
- 3) You may feel sleepy. This is because your body has become extremely relaxed and tensions have been released.
After your treatment you will be given a bottle of water. Is it important to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out the toxins and assist lymph drainage. You are advised to avoid alcohol and tobacco for at least 12 hours after a treatment. Your body is busy eliminating toxins so you don’t want to add more in. Take plenty of rest and have an early night if you feel like one.
Are you fully qualified to give a massage treatment?
Yes. I am a fully trained ITEC qualified and insured Massage Therapist. I gained my qualifications through the highly regarded Middlesex School of Complimentary Medicine.
Are you fully insured to give a massage treatment?
Yes. I am a member of the Complementary Therapy Association and am fully insured through Holistic Insurance services. I can provide cover documentation should this be necessary.
How do I book a treatment?
You can contact me via the Contact/Booking page on this website to request a treatment. Alternatively you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07825 091 759. If I am unable to answer the telephone when you call, please do leave me a voicemail message and I will return your call as soon as I can.
How do I pay for my treatment?
I accept cash, cheque and BACS payments. I am unfortunately unable to accept payment by credit or debit card at this time.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you are unable to keep an appointment please be considerate and give at least 24 hours notice.