For your first massage I will ask you to fill in a confidential health history form to assess whether or not massage is appropriate for you and which areas you may have injured or had problems with in the past.
It will also identify what medications you are on and any health problems you have that may be relevant.
I will then perform a postural assessment, range of motion tests and muscle testing to identify what treatment will be best for you.
We will then decide and agree upon a treatment plan for the massage.
Next I will ask you to undress while I leave the room to give you privacy. I will instruct you to cover yourself with a soft fleece blanket.
When I return I will begin to palpate through the blanket to warm up the muscles.
Your massage will take place in a quiet room with some relaxing music playing and dimmed lights for relaxation.
Usually I use almond oil as is it is one of the closest oils to the sebum in the skin and is non-allergenic.
Please advise me if you have any allergies.
Each of the Massage therapies will feel differently:
While I am trained to work within each client’s comfort zone, communication is the key factor to ensure the treatment is right for you.
Please do tell me if you are feeling uncomfortable or wish the treatment to stop this is your right it is your massage.
For long-term problems a treatment plan of once a week for 4 weeks then once a month is very effective.
Alternatively a series of treatments may be recommended: E.G. A series of 6 may be needed to alleviate your problems.
However, if you’re just after a relaxing massage, then how often is up to you.
Is Massage right for you? There are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate.
That is why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session.
It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking.
If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session.
I may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
Always let your Doctor know you have regular massages.
Make yourself comfortable.
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk.
It’s up to you.
It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax.
Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Most people feel very relaxed.
Your speaking voice may be lower than normal.
Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.
After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for days.
Do not perform immediately after a massage – wait a day.
Your voice might not respond as it usually does as changes have occurred on a cellular level.
Most people have had the experience of speaking much lower post-massage for this reason and because of the deep relaxation achieved.
Professional athletes only have deep remedial work post-competition because of this.
They have quick, stimulating massage before competing to stimulate circulation and warm up the muscles – achieved by singers with vocal and body warm-ups.
Drink plenty of water to help flush out the debris and toxins that have been broken up.
It is good to walk for five minutes after a massage so the body stays in balance.
I recommend having a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.
Rest and relax, try not to drink alcohol; it could have a stronger effect after massage.
You may feel sore the next day if you’ve had some deep work but should feel the benefits of a more relaxed body by the second day.
Always contact me if you have any concerns.
Learn techniques including self-massage (I can teach you some techniques), breathing, relaxing, stretching and gentle exercise. This will help relieve tension between treatments.
Stay in-tune with your body and note differences in singing and posture until your next massage. Work with a mirror to establish if any negative body patterns are present.
Enjoy feeling relaxed, more peaceful and know you’ve helped your body, mind and voice!