Frequently Asked Questions
What is massage therapy -
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the body's soft tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health, well-being and improve mobility. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). Please see my Therapies page for more information on the modalities I currently offer. You may also be interested in reading more about the Benefits of massage.
What is the most suitable massage for me -
If you are looking for a more relaxing experience, then either a Hot Stones massage or a therapeutic Swedish massage is for you. If you have a specific issue you would like addressed, then a Remedial session may help, or for a more invigorating massage you may be looking for a Sports massage. If you are in any doubt as to which type to pick, we can discuss this prior to booking.
How much does a massage cost -
This can vary depending on which type of massage you book but is generally based on the length of time of the session. Please see Prices for my current list or check out my Deals Of The month page for this month's special offers.
Why do you need to take a medical history -
In order that I can safely carry out the massage I need to be aware of any underlying medical conditions you have. I also require a note of your current medication as some medicines cause side effects that may effect the outcome of the massage. Massage, or a particular type of massage, may be unsuitable for you and in some cases a doctor's permission will be asked for before the massage is carried out. If you have any doubts or questions these can be discussed beforehand to avoid any disappointment on the day.
What Is your cancellation/amendment policy -
Should you need to cancel or amend an appointment, please call 24 hours before your session is due to begin. If cancellations are not received 24 hours before your appointment, you may be billed for 50% of the cost of the session.
When should I not book in for a massage -
Outwith any medical conditions there may be some other occasions when you should avoid a massage
for example -
Suffering from cold or flu symptoms
Infectious skin conditions
Broken skin, skin graft or open wounds
Under the influence of alcohol
Deep vein thrombosis
Some of the above are more localised, so a massage may be able to be carried out but with restrictions and limitations. This can be discussed before booking.
How will I feel after the massage -
Most people feel very relaxed after a massage session. However you may also feel a little sluggish for a time and experience a slight headache. This will pass and you may experience more energy, be more productive and more aware for several days after. If this your first massage, or first for a while, or you have opted for deeper pressure you may be slightly sore or experience a post workout stiffness feeling the following day. A warm bath may help to ease this. A massage can cause some dehydration so you will be offered water, and also advised to drink more, following the massage.