Some important and useful information about massage and what you can expect from my treatments.
What massage oils do you use?
My preferred oil is refined Grapeseed oil because it is a natural, light oil that moisturises the skin and does not clog pores. For deep tissue massage, I also use Tui balms containing Almond oil, beeswax, vitamin E and Arnica oil. Please let me know if you have allergies to particular products and I can adapt what I use accordingly. Alternatively, you are very welcome to bring along your favourite oil if you like.
How cold/warm is the treatment room?
I find that 24-25 degrees is an ideal ambient temperature for massage. If this is too cold for you, I can use a heater and/or an electric fleece blanket on the massage table.
What will happen in my first session?
Please aim to arrive about 10 minutes early to complete a form about your health history. Let me know if I need to adjust the room temperature or music. I’ll give you a sheet to cover yourself and leave the room while you undress. You are welcome to partially undress if you prefer – it’s important that you feel comfortable.
What about after the massage?
Deep tissue massage can sometimes leave your muscles feeling sore for about 24-72 hrs afterwards. This is a normal part of the body’s process of repairing muscle fibres. If it bothers you, you can try and ice the sore area or relax it with a warm bath/shower. It’s important to drink plenty of water after a massage. Not having to rush anywhere afterwards is a bonus (but not always possible!).
What if I have a chronic illness?
Massage therapy cannot cure chronic illness but it can be very helpful in managing a range of symptoms. If you suffer from a chronic illness, I recommend you let your doctor know that you are planning to get a massage. It’s also best to talk to me before your first massage so I can maximise the benefits of the treatment for you.