What should I expect from my first massage treatment?
Your first massage treatment will begin with a detailed consultation being carried out which will involve discussion regarding your medical history and lifestyle and dietary questions being asked.
This is a very important part of your initial treatment as it helps your massage therapist to assess whether it is safe for a massage treatment to be performed but also allows the massage therapist to identify and plan the treatment that will best suit your needs. This consultation is an additional component of your treatment and therefore will not affect the duration of your massage. This consultation usually takes approx. 15mins. Therefore, if you’re booked in for a 60minute treatment or your first appointment please expect your appointment to last approximately 75 minutes.
What should I wear for my massage treatment?
This is very much dependant on the type of massage treatment you are receiving. For the majority of massage treatments such as full body massage, back, neck and shoulder etc it is advisable to undress down to your underwear to get the most out of your treatment, and helps to avoid the risk of oil transferring onto your clothes. However, you should undress to whatever is most comfortable for you and your therapist will work around what this is. You will be covered by towels for the duration of the treatment with only the area of the body being worked on being exposed.
Your massage therapist will leave the room to allow you privacy when you get changed before and after your massage treatment.For a sports massage treatment, it is sometimes advised to wear a pair of comfortable sports shorts and a sports bra for women. This is down to the fact that the treatment can often involve the client being moved into different positions during the treatment.
For a seated massage or Indian head massage treatment, the client usually remains fully clothed with the massage being performed over the top of their clothing. This works well when massage is performed in a corporate environment.
What oils are used?
The oils used during massage are selected by the therapist to best suit the needs and skin type of the client. It is important that the client discloses any allergies they have during the consultation to help prevent the risk of an adverse reaction occurring.
I do not use aromatherapy oils in my treatments as I do not hold a qualification in aromatherapy. Instead, a base carrier oil is used which is selected based on the clients skin care. Common base alls include grape seed oil which is great for all skin types, particularly combination skin, sweet almond oil which is good for dry skin, apricot kernel, which is suitable for all skin types, coconut oil which is great for all skin types and dehydrated skin, and rosehip oil which is good for more mature skin types.
I’m pregnant. Can I still receive a massage treatment?
Massage in pregnancy is contraindicated in the first trimester and therefore it is not possible to receive a massage at this time. This is due to the higher risk of miscarriage in the initial 12 weeks. Massage is allowed during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy but it is advised to use a therapist that is specifically qualified in pregnancy massage. These therapists are trained in understanding the different stages of pregnancy and will adapt the massage accordingly.
Why is it necessary to discuss my medical history?
It is important for a detailed consultation to be carried at the start of your first appointment to discuss your medical history, lifestyle and diet. This is a key part of your initial treatment as it helps your massage therapist to identify and plan the treatment that will best suit your needs but more importantly your therapist can assess whether it is safe for a massage treatment to be performed.
Massage treatments are perfectly safe for the majority of people, but there are some medical conditions which may restrict or prohibit a massage (this is known as a contraindication). If you have a medical condition that you think may be a contraindication to massage, please let me know in advance of your appointment so that I can help to advise whether GP consent will be required. All follow up appointments will begin with a brief discussion to update on any medical or lifestyle changes and check that the clients needs are being met.
How often should I have a massage?
This is quite a difficult question to answer as many different factors are involved. For example, your time, your budget, your general health etc. Therefore, it is important to look at this from a slightly different angle and first of all decide what the main purpose of the massage treatment is.
Relaxation – a number of clients come for a massage treatment for general relaxation and health maintenance. The benefits of massage in this instance is to release areas of tension, encourage good blood circulation.
Recommendation for treatment anywhere from every 4-6 weeks to every 12 weeks
Stress and Relief of muscular tension – a vast majority of people will experience periods of increased stress over their lifetime, particularly as a result of the jobs they do. Stress can cause a build up of muscular tension, particularly across the back, neck and shoulders. Clients who spend a lot of time sat in front of a desk, or clients who spend large amounts of time driving will commonly experience this increased tension which can often lead to feelings of pain and discomfort.
Recommendation for treatment every 2-4 weeks
Sports and Remedial Massage Treatment - individuals who frequently exercise and carry out intense physical activity on a regular basis, often benefit from more specialised sports massage and soft tissue treatments. These specialised treatments can help to prevent injuries occurring, can speed up the muscles natural repair and recovery and lead to enhanced performance. In summary, sports massage therapy can help to strengthen and condition muscles prior to exercise and activity and speed up healing of muscle tissue afterwards. The frequency of massage therapy is therefore very unique to the individual and their needs.
Recommendation for treatment 1-2 weekly and then gradually reducing the frequency depending on how your injury/condition improves.
Athletes and other individuals who engage in intense physical activity require specialized massage therapy to enhance performance, prevent injury, and speed up their muscles” recovery. Competitive sports, for example, puts a lot of stress on the body. Massage therapy helps to strengthen muscles before the activity, and to heal afterward.
The frequency of sessions may range from one to three times a week to three times a month.
Do sports massage or deep tissue massage treatments hurt? - Generally, massage treatments are relaxing and no pain is experienced. However, when the treatments are deeper and include more soft tissue work, such as during sports and remedial massage work, there are occasions when this form of massage therapy can cause some slight discomfort. During all massage treatments you will be regularly asked if the pressure is ok for you. A comfort scale will be established between yourself and the therapist to ensure that the soft tissue work is within the client’s tolerance levels. Particular care is always given if you are suffering with an injury. The client can ask for the treatment to stop or be adapted at any point during the massage and your massage therapist will adapt their techniques accordingly to meet the needs of their clients.
How do I book an appointment? - Appointments can be booked through the following means:
Through the website: https://www.andrelaxmassage.co.uk
By phone: 07902 001595
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is your cancellation policy? - & Relax Massage Therapies operates a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you would like to avoid having to pay for a session that you can no longer attend, please be considerate and provide a minimum of 24hrs notice.
Do you offer any discounts or loyalty schemes? - Yes. & Relax Massage Therapies offers a rewards scheme. At your first appointment you will be issued with a loyalty card which will be stamped at the end of your first treatment. Once you have received 5 stamps you will be entitled to enjoy a complimentary 30 minute of your choice (excluding hot stone massage). Don’t worry, once you have completed your 5 stamps and enjoyed your complimentary treatment, you will be issued with a new loyalty card to start collecting stamps again and continuing to enjoy the benefits.
If you have friends or family who you feel will benefit from a massage or facial treatment, then you can both share the benefits. Please speak to me to find out how you can both benefit from a 20% discount.
Are you a registered therapist? - Yes. I take training and qualifications very seriously. I am a fully trained and qualified ITEC therapist and registered member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) and fully insured by Holistic Insurance Services.
How do I pay for my treatment? - Payment can be made by cash, cheque or BACS payment. Unfortunately, I cannot take payment by debit or credit card.
Do you sell gift vouchers? - Yes. Gift vouchers are available in any denomination or can be purchased for a specific treatment. Please contact me for further information.