Do you always use oil and will I need to remove my clothing?
Massage can be done with or without oils, depending on the type of massage therapy you need. If you are comfortable with it, I will ask you to remove your clothing down to your underwear. You will always remain draped with warm towels; only that part of the body to be worked on will be revealed.
Do you offer early morning or late evening sessions?
Yes – provided these are booked in advance. Evening appointments are most popular, with the 6.00pm – 8.00pm slots being taken quickly. BUT – it is always worth phoning as I may occasionally have a cancellation or a free slot. Weekend sessions are available on Saturday at 9.00 – 12.00.
Are there conditions where massage is not recommended?
There are very few conditions where massage is not recommended at all: conditions that are infectious and that are potentially life-threatening and carry a high risk of reoccurring (eg. in the weeks following a heart attack or stroke, or in the early stage of a deep vein thrombosis).
There are also conditions where massage may be OK, but these areas should be avoided: open, weeping or cut skin; fungal infections, eg. Athlete’s foot; inflammation, bruising or fractures. But it is possible, and beneficial, to work with them. So an area of inflammation would benefit from massage in adjoining areas that improves the circulation, removing waste products or excess fluid, while improving the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the damaged tissues.
Aftercare – what should I do after a treatment?
You may experience some of the following symptoms after a treatment:
- Tired or sore muscles, similar to how you would feel after a workout;
- Thirst and frequent visits to the toilet;
- Tiredness or light-headedness;
- Feeling emotional, particularly if you've been under a lot of stress.
These symptoms are completely normal and don't usually last any longer than 24 hours. They are positive signs that your body is responding to treatment (the healing crisis), and they become less likely as your body gets used to massage.
To make sure you make the most of the benefits of your treatment and help your body regain its balance, there are a few things you can do after your treatment:
- Avoid exercise, heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol.
- Drink plenty of water to help your body to flush out any waste products.
- Take 10-15 minutes immediately after a massage to rest and allow your body to recover.