You might have questions if you’re thinking of booking with me, or you’ve booked and want to clarify something… Have a look through the questions and answers below and if you don’t find what you’re looking for then get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
What should I wear for my massage?
You can wear whatever you like! Something that’s easy to take off and put back on once you’ve been on the table, and that you don’t mind getting a little massage oil on, is probably easiest though.
Do I need to have a shower before I come for a massage?
You don’t have to have had a shower, if you’re coming from work you’ll be fine to go straight onto the table. If you’ve been playing sport or are particularly sweaty then yes, please have a shower – it’s better for both of us!
Do I need to take my underwear off?
You undress to the level you’re comfortable with, I won’t ever ask you to do anything you don’t want to do. If you need work in a particular area I will advise you if the massage will be easier if you take your underwear off, but the decision will always be yours.
What’s your draping policy?
Your body is always covered apart from the area I’m working on. Once I’ve finished an area I will cover it up and uncover the next area.
Is there a toilet at the studio?
Yes, there is a toilet here, it’s just down the corridor from the studio and you pass it on the way in.
What if I need to go to the toilet during the massage?
Let me know! It’s fine to get up and go to the loo and much better than lying there being uncomfortable.
What should I ask for?
Your massage is about you and what you want on the day you come to see me. If that means you’d like me to massage your left ankle, right knee and left shoulder then that’s absolutely fine. Let me know at the beginning of the session and I will tailor the massage to you.
Why do you only offer times and not specific massages?
I don’t follow a specific routine and work with exactly what you want, so rather than offering ‘back, neck and shoulders’ or ‘full body’ I offer you a time slot and you can ask for exactly what you want.
How long should I book?
If you want a general massage on one or two areas then 60 minutes is ok. If you have a few areas you would like massaging then 90 minutes or 120 minutes is much better. Sometimes an area that has been ‘stuck’ for a while may take a whole session to relax and release. I would recommend 90 minutes as the best length of time for your massage at the beginning of a series so that you can really benefit from quality, focussed treatment.
How often should I come?
This depends on what you want treating. Once a month is good for maintenance, but if you have had an injury or are suffering chronic discomfort then weekly or every other week means you’ll be able to capitalise on the benefits made in each session.
I’m under medical care, can I come for massage?
It depends on what your condition is. The best thing to do is give me a call and discuss your situation with me. I’m happy to work with you if you have a medical condition as long as you have your doctor’s approval for massage and your condition isn’t contagious.
Do you offer any discounts?
At the moment I offer a referral scheme – if you refer someone who receives a massage you both get £10 off. I also have a loyalty card where you get your 9th massage free, which works out as an 11% discount across the massages, or £35.55 for each massage.
I do believe in the benefit of massage for all, so if you are in need of regular massage to manage pain then please get in touch and we can discuss what’s possible.
Do you find massage tiring or does it hurt your hands?
No I don’t find massage tiring, and it doesn’t often hurt my hands. Because of the way I’ve been trained, the pressure and power comes from my legs and core rather than my hands. Unless I really use my thumbs in a massage (which is a bad habit I’m working on removing!), my hands don’t often hurt.
What do you think about when you massage?
When I’m massaging I’m completely focussed on what I’m feeling. I tend not to look at the body or what I’m doing, rather feeling for anything unusual which needs some attention. When I’m working on an area I’m thinking what the muscle is, where it attaches to the body, what it’s action is and where else might be affected. Sometimes I tune in to a noisy exhaust going past, but mostly, I’m totally tuned in to the massage.