Before treatment, the practitioner will ask preliminary questions regarding your medical history, treatment goals and current physical health, in order to assess your needs for the treatment session. During this time, allergies, contraindications (issues that could prohibit treatment) and queries should be highlighted so that treatment can be optimal for you. If there are certain areas/muscles groups that you wish to be focused on during your treatment, please specify this to your practitioner so that the session can be structured to achieve optimal results for you.
Before the massage you may be asked to remove item/s of clothing in order to fully access body parts that require skin contact. We advise that suitable clothing is worn to be able to contain modesty during treatment. If you do not have shorts, or a sports bra/vest, you may be asked to remove or adjust tops, trousers and/or other items of clothing. If you feel uncomfortable doing so, a towel can be draped over you appropriately, or adjustments can be made, to make you feel most comfortable.
Our massage products range from oil, lotion or wax. The practitioner will ask before treatment if you have any allergies that might require an alternative medium to be applied to the skin.
Massage will involve the practitioner having hands on contact with specified areas of the body. If at any point you wish to stop the massage or there are areas that you do not want to be massaged, do not hesitate to inform your practitioner. The massage can be stopped at any time.
The practitioner will start the massage with a light/moderate pressure in order to warm up the soft tissue. The practitioner will ask if the pressure is comfortable and if you require it to be increased or reduced. Depending on the condition of your muscles, massage can sometimes be uncomfortable over tight, or overworked areas. If massage over these areas are too uncomfortable, or painful, inform your practitioner so the pressure can be adjusted, or the area can be avoided.
The practitioner will inform you if they are moving on to massage another body part/area and repeat the process as stated above.
At the end of your treatment, the practitioner will inform you that they are finished. They will allow you to take your time to sit up from the massage table and get dressed. Some patients after massage can feel sleepy and dizzy so it is important to take your time coming around and standing up after treatment. If at any point you feel unwell or require time to adjust, the practitioner will be present to help in the best way possible.
After treatment, sometimes muscle soreness can be felt if the session focused on deep tissue or tight muscles. This is not an adverse response to treatment and will subside. We would also like to point out that we are not a beauty therapy clinic or weekend spa so the massages we give may not always feel 'relaxing' but they will give you great results.
Our sports massage sessions are for straight forward tissue work and will not include a full examination to the extent that you would get in a physiotherapy session. If you require a diagnosis for an injury, or complaint, exercise plan or have complex presentations, please make a physiotherapy appointment instead. Massage appointments can only be made via email or phone.