1) What should I expect on my first session?
On your first visit you will be asked to fill in a consultation form, which will give me an idea of your general health and level of discomfort or pain. We can then discuss any particular areas of concern that I should focus on to ensure you get the best out of the massage treatment. You will then receive a professional massage which you have chosen and you can be assured that even from the first session you will feel the improvement for your needs.
2) Do I need to be completely undressed?
No, you do not need to be completely undressed, you undress only to your comfort level and you have to leave your underwear on. In addition you will be covered with a towel as well.
3) Which area of my body will be massaged?
A full body treatment will focusing on back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet (excluding genital areas). You will be fully covered with a towel throughout the massage and will be only uncovered the area that going to be working on. Women should note that the breast area will not be massaged and will remain fully covered throughout the treatment to ensure your comfort and privacy.
4) Do I need to prepare anything for the massage?
Yes, please ensure that all jewellery is removed prior to your treatment and please prepare a big towel to cover yourself. If you don’t have a towel, do not worry as I will have a spare one just in case. I will bring everything required (such as massage table, best quality oil, oil gel or lotion, music) to provide you with a complete service at your home.
5) How long will a massage treatment last?
A massage treatment can last depend on your choice of duration. You will always receive the exact amount of time which you have wanted. For instance you chosen 60 minutes session and you will definitely receive at least 60 minutes of it. Unlike some places or therapist offer 60 minutes but you receive only 45 minutes. I am fair to everyone and you will receive what you have paid for.
6) Will the massage hurt?
Deep tissue or Sport massage treatment may cause a slight discomfort but it always has to be within your tolerance level. If you have areas of deep-rooted tension, there may be some discomfort as I will work to remove blockages using Neuromuscular Technique on the trigger point areas. I will discuss the level of pressure begins and during the treatment and I will always work within your own personal comfort zone. This important thing to focus on is how great you are going to fell afterwards. There are many treatments that don’t cause any discomfort at all like a Swedish Relaxing Massage, Body Brush and Scrub Massage or Anti-Stress Massage.
7) How will I feel after a massage?
Mostly people feel rejuvenated, flexible, pain and stress free. It is different for everyone as some people will feel instantly re-energised and lighter directly after the treatment, while others may feel relaxed and quite sleepy. After a Deep Tissue or Sport Massage treatment you will feel very relaxed and sometimes a little sore but it is part of the therapeutic reaction. If you have a relaxing kind of massage you will not be sore but just very relaxed, a bit tired with a feeling of having been much nurtured.
8) What should I do after a massage?
It is highly recommended to drink several glasses of fresh water after the treatment to re-hydrate your muscles and to help flush out the toxins of your system which has been released during the massage.
9) How often should I get a massage?
I would recommend receiving treatments once a week, but the more treatments you have the more relaxed and healthy you would be. If you have an acute problem it is best to have 1 or 2 treatments a week over 4 to 5 weeks to speed up the recovery until you feel better. Otherwise, depending on your needs and your financial position, you could have a massage once a week, every 2 or 3 weeks or even once a month. If you receive regular massages you can be assure that is helps to prevent many illnesses, injuries or even operations. Bear in mind that investing to your health is the best investment than ever.
10) When should I not get a massage?
Massage treatments are non invasive, relaxing and natural treatments and are therefore generally considered safe for most people.
Below are listed some contraindications when massage should not be performed at all:
- Contagious diseases including any cold or flu
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Recent operations
- Skin diseases
- Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
- Inflammation, arthritis
- Cardiovascular conditions like thrombosis, phlebitis, heart condition
- Infections, Disease
- Straight after an accident or recent bone fractures.
11) How do I know which massage therapy is good for me?
Please read the Massage Types which are offered on this website then you will have an idea what you looking for. Otherwise, you must not worry about choosing a massage treatment. During the consultation and after having discussed your needs and objectives, I will advise you on what would be the best type of treatment for you.
12) Can I book massages for more than one person?
Yes, certainly. Just make me aware that you want to book for massages for more people and I will make it for you. If you are organising a pamper party for your family, friends & yourself in the comfort of your own home or on an event, I will tailor made to suit your event needs.
13) Can anyone receive Massage Therapy?
Yes massage is appropriate for individual of all ages including babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly. However there are conditions that are contraindicated (see question 10 contraindication section).
14) Are you a registered Massage Therapist?
I am registered and a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) which is the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I am also a registered FHT co-coordinator for Local Support Group of South London.
15) How do I pay for the service?
You pay in cash (Pounds) direct to me after the treatment. At present I do not accept credit or debit cards as I do not have card facilities. However, you can pay online by PayPal in advance, or if you became a regular client you will able to pay me via bank transfer or cheque.
16) What if I need to cancel?
I understand that life can be unpredictable at times, so if you need to cancel your appointment, I do not charge any cancellation fees. All I ask of you is to please respect my time and give me as much notice as possible.
17) Can I get any extras apart from massage?
No, I do not offer sensual or sexual services of any kind. I am a licensed and qualified therapist and do not offer any extras. Please respect me and do not make any indecent proposals.
18) What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue (fascia), tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps alleviate soft tissue discomforts associated with every day and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic conditions. If massage being practised at reasonable short time after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
Having a massage will do your body wonders, and having one regularly can do much more. It may feel like indulgent pampering but that does not mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage a worthwhile part of your health and wellness regime, it’s a fantastic investment in your health.
Below are just some of the reasons why having regular therapy could be of great assistance to your health and well-being. These are the benefits of massage:
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow – the body’s natural defence system.
- Help your body prepare and recover from strenuous activities and work outs.
- Improve skin condition.
- Increase the flexibility of the body’s joints.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Reduce scar and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients around the body.
- Relax tired and injured muscles.
- Release endorphins – the body’s natural pain killer.
- Relieve migraine pain.
- Enhance the quality of sleep.
- Give the body increased energy.
- Improve concentration.
- Reduce fatigue.
Massage as Therapy: Massage therapy targets issues that are muscular in nature. Muscle spasms and overworked areas of tension can benefit from massage as well as pulled or strained muscles. Massage therapy isn’t just a pampering, luxury treatment. It has legitimate medical properties effective in aiding in pain management and recovery.
Massages also affect the nervous system through the manipulation of soft tissue. The top layers of muscles benefit directly from applied massage because it encourages the free flow of fluids and energy. Soft tissue treatment helps correct misalignment of the spine.
Unlike chiropractors, massage therapists are not licensed to adjust the spine or other joints, nor can they prescribe medication. They can, however, suggest holistic and homeopathic remedies in conjunction with massage therapy. There are many massage techniques used in healing including Swedish, deep-tissue, cranial sacral therapy, and trigger point therapy. Massage therapy boasts benefits ranging from:
- Boosts Immunity
- Improves Skin Condition
- Increases Blood Flow
- Reduces Anxiety
- Aids athletes, expectant mothers, and cancer patients with healing propertieses.