MASSAGE - WHAT TO EXPECT

 

I always take a detailed history before treatment begins, so I am aware of your medical history and can make sure that the right treatment can be used. If you are under a doctor's care please advise your doctor first to see if massage is suitable for your particular condition. We will then discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on the heated table especially designed for your comfort. Most massages are traditionally performed with the client unclothed down to underwear; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. I will leave the room while you undress, so you can relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean towel. You will be properly draped during the entire session to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

I will be using the finest massage oil, created by using pure essential oils blended in organic cold pressed sweet almond base oil. I could also use pure coconut oil or grape seed oil if you wish.

 

 What to expect after massage?

  • You could feel very sleepy, tired and a bit out of it - this is completely normal.  Try to take it easy and relax for the rest of the day. This will continue the treatment and allow the body to settle and rebalance. Listen to your body, take a nap or get in bed early if you feel like it.
  • You may feel sore the next day - this could last for a few days. Why? It all depends on your fitness level, condition of your muscles and depth of the massage. Massage is a sort of passive exercise - I am moving your muscles and this is why you may feel sore -   a bit like after a gym session. The best results are 48 hours after massage.

 

Diet advice after treatment:

  • Drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins that have just have been released from the tissues. Drinking extra water helps reduce soreness and fatigue after massage and improves energy levels preventing dehydration and headaches. No, water in tea, coffee and soft drinks doesn't count!
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking and excessive tea or coffee drinking as these dehydrate you.
  • Avoid eating a heavy, spicy meal after the treatment, this will allow your body to concentrate on natural healing and encourage detoxification.

 

Lifestyle advice:

  • Exercise - Try and carry out a few gentle stretches and breathing exercises in the days following your massage to encourage your muscles to stay supple and relaxed.
  • Take a bath - A nice warm bath with salt is very soothing the day after a massage. Please note that I said warm and not scalding hot! 
  • Book regular massages - take care of yourself and your body will love you back. Regular massages not only make you feel great but they  are a good way to keep your body healthy and prevent injuries
  • Have a look at your lifestyle. Are you trying to fit in too much? Can you find some ‘me’ time. Try to allocate some time every day for yourself, doing something you enjoy. Is there something you have always wanted to try, but never got around to? Why don’t you think about taking it up now?
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