November 23, 2016

Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy FAQ

During treatment I want a deeper or lighter pressure, what should I do?

During the massage, your therapist will check in with you from time to time, to see how you are doing and make sure that the pressure is right, so it’s important to communicate openly in order to receive the best treatment. It is a myth that massage therapy should hurt to be effective and some of the most effective types of massage therapy are gentle and do not involve deep pressure or pain. A rule of thumb we use — on a scale of one to 10 where one is no pain and 10 is extremely painful, the pressure should always be less than seven.

Is there anything I should know before coming for my first massage session?

Here are a few guidelines: If your therapist has advised you to bring comfortable/sports clothes don’t forget these. Do not eat a heavy meal before your treatment. If you have been playing sports or perspiring a lot, it would be polite if you could freshen-up/shower before arriving, out of courtesy to the therapist. Wear comfortable underwear. Leave plenty of time either side of your appointment so you can relax and enjoy your treatment fully!

Is there anything I should or should not do after my treatment?
  • DO drink plenty of water after the session, to flush out toxins.
  • DO try to continue to relax, to enable you enhance the effects of treatment.
  • DONT exercise for several hours afterwards and if possible till the next day.

For further information, please see the answer on – What should I expect afterwards.

What should I expect afterwards?

When the massage is over, your therapist will leave the room so that you can get dressed in privacy. Massage can be extremely relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems so be sure to give yourself several minutes to re-orient yourself before slowly getting up. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over weeks or months of tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, clients often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary and are based on the type and length of a massage received, so it’s up to you to decide what type of treatment you would like. Why not try them all… Please see the individual treatments page for a list of treatments and prices. 

What is massage?

Massage refers to various techniques applied to the soft tissues and muscles of the body this can include applying fixed moving pressure – holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using the hands. Some massage therapists also use other areas of the body, such as the forearms or elbows. Techniques used can benefit the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body, positively influencing overall health and well-being.
There are numerous types and categories of massage, a few of which are Sports Massage, Swedish, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Thai, Reflexology, Indian Head, and Hot Stone.

What are the benefits of massage?

There are numerous benefits to having regular massage. It can relieve pain, headaches
and muscle tension, reduces stress, increase blood and lymph circulation, detox, improve
flexibility, identify and improve problem areas and help the body to relax, rejuvenate and heal.

What should I expect during my first visit?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form and ask you general and lifestyle questions establish what areas you would like to be worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform further assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting problems.

It is important to list all health concerns and medications so your therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if they need to use a different oil or lotion during the session.

Do I have to be completely undressed and will I be covered?

For a full body massage, you should undress down to your knickers/boxers. If having just the upper body massaged you can leave your bottom half on. If having sports massage your therapist may ask you to come in with loose fitting or sports clothing, in order to comfortably carry out any assessments/treatment.

You will have complete privacy when getting disrobed, dressed and getting on and off the massage table/chair. You will be covered throughout treatment, this is known as draping and the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.

(Women) Breasts will not be uncovered and if your therapist is going to work on the abdomen, a second towel will be used to cover the breasts, so the main towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.

Note – If you prefer to stay fully clothed, you can opt for chair massage, though this is designed for the upper body, head neck and shoulders and you remain fully clothed during the session.

If I am self-conscious about my body and don’t want the therapist to see me. What can I do?

People are self-conscious for various reasons. Some of the more common concerns are: I’m overweight – I have excessive hair growth on my body – I’ve got acne on my face or back – My feet are ugly – I have scars. Being self-conscious should never keep you from seeking professional health care. If you’re self-conscious about a certain part of your body, you can ask the therapist to avoid that area.

Alternatively, you can opt for chair massage, though this is designed for the upper body, head neck and shoulders and you remain fully clothed during the session.

Remember to provide complete and accurate information on your health history form, so that the massage therapist is aware of any precautions or areas to avoid.