Frequently Asked Questions
How will I feel following my massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed with an improved sense of wellbeing, enjoying a significant reduction in any aches and pains, improved flexibility and functional movements. Immediately after your treatment, take a few minutes to relax as you may feel a little lightheaded or sleepy.
This is perfectly normal and will pass quickly once on your feet. Your practitioner will have asked about your plans for the rest of the day and will tailor your treatment so that you leave ready to accomplish any tasks you have planned. Over the next seven days you should feel more energised, enjoy greater flexibility, experience heightened awareness which should mean improved productivity in your everyday tasks or performance in a sporting competition. If you received a deep tissue massage, sports or structural work you may feel slightly sore for the next day or so, similar to a gym workout or exercise routine.
Taking a hot shower, or a soak in the bath can help ease any residual muscle soreness. Following a session do increase your water intake by an extra glass or two, this will help cleanse your system and hydrate tissues.
Do I have to be completely undressed to receive a treatment?
You should undress to the level you are comfortable with and your practitioner will give you privacy to do so. Some practitioners insist on a full body assessment in order to provide the best treatment for you and this will certainly be part of any Sports and Structural Bodywork session. In these cases, if you prefer, it’s a good idea to bring shorts and a t-shirt and for women a sports bra and t-shirt. For a full body massage, most undress down to their underwear or may prefer to be completely undressed. Practitioners will work around any clothes you leave on and will ensure any areas not being currently worked on are covered with towels or a sheet.
Some treatments can be conducted fully clothed without oil or lotion. Discuss this option with your practitioner.
Will I be covered by a drape, sheet or towel?
Your practitioner will recommend the use of towels or sheets known as draping. Once you are undressed and on the table under the drape, your practitioner will only uncover the part of your body to be worked on and will recover before moving on. The genitals, both for men and women and breasts (women) will always be covered. When working on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.
What should I expect on my first massage session visit?
Your massage practitioner will conduct a full consultation, recording a complete health and medical history, work, lifestyle and personal contact details. This enables the practitioner to decide whether treatment is safe and appropriate for you. All information provided is confidential and kept in accordance with the Clinic’s Data Protection Policy.
A treatment plan and objectives for the session will be discussed and approved with you before treatment; including what areas you would like to be worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and the likely outcome of the treatment. It is usual for a full body and functional movement assessment / testing to be completed to evaluate any condition or identify any other issues not apparent during the initial part of the consultation.
Do bring a list of all health concerns and medications so the session can be adapted to your specific needs. It is also important to make your practitioner aware of any allergies, so the correct lotion or oil can be selected to meet your needs.