What To Expect
When visiting for the first time, you will be asked to fill in a medical history form to check for any contra-indications. Any concerns you have will be discussed including relevant hobbies and occupation. Then we will talk about your condition, where you feel the pain, how it occurred and how long you have had it. I will then visually observe the area causing you concern, comparing it to other areas of your body. Range of movement and comparisons of strength will also be checked. This will enable me to formulate your individualised treatment plan using the appropriate massage techniques.
In most cases I will ask you to undress to your underwear, ladies will be asked to remove their bra for shoulder and back treatments. You will lie on a comfortable, padded couch and will be covered with towels. I may need you to change position several times during treatment. Only the area that I am working on need be exposed. Oil or lotion is used as a lubricant but so as I may reach the deeper soft tissue, not too much is needed. Depending on your condition, I will use various techniques to release tension and tightness in the muscles and break down painful adhesions. Some techniques may be a little uncomfortable but most people describe it as a welcoming pain'. Throughout I will work within your pain threshold. Of course, your massage will be interspersed with pleasant and relaxing strokes.
I am happy to give you an idea of how much time I will need to spend on the massage during the consultation. However, to include a full consultation and advice on exercises to strengthen and rehabilitate your problem area, I like to allow 90 minutes for the first treatment. Subsequent visits can range from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on you schedule. It is not uncommon to feel a little sore immediately after treatment but you should feel increased mobility around your problem area and also a sense of well being. Sleep should be particularly pleasant after a massage. I always advise you to drink plenty of water, refrain from alcohol for the rest of the day and not to eat too heavy a meal. A warm shower or bath is also recommended. For best results you may need more than one treatment.