Massage Questions

What type of massage do you do?

I've had the good fortune to study with some exceptional teachers over the years all of whom have influenced, in some way or other, how I massage.

I describe my style of massage as Slow Release, Sports & Deep Tissue Massage with Stretching and Movement, although it is constantly evolving and no two sessions are ever the same.

I incorporate many massage techniques and styles into my treatments:

  • Kinetic Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trigger Point Techniques
  • Myofascial Release Techniques
  • DermoNeuroModulation
  • NeuroDynamics
  • Precision Kinematic Techniques
  • Harmonic Release Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Table Thai Massage
  • Traditional Chinese Massage
  • Hawaiian Massage
  • CranioSacral Techniques
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Active Isolated Stretching

Read what my clients say about my style of massage.

Is massage OK for me?

For the vast majority of people massage therapy is a completely safe treatment option. For a limited few, it may be a bad idea.

It's often suggested massage therapy is unsafe for anyone with Cancer as it could spread the tumor. This is untrue and outdated information. Massage therapy can be very beneficial for people living with Cancer and certainly shouldn't be avoided unless on the advise of your medical practitioner.

Another massage myth is, getting a massage therapy during the first trimester of pregnancy should be avoided. Fortunately for all expectant mothers, there is no evidence or scientific base to support this claim.

There are some instances when massage could complicate or aggravate an illness or condition. In other words, getting massaged when you have any of the conditions listed below could be a bad idea. At the very least you need to discuss these conditions with your therapist before booking an appointment.

Don't be put off from getting a massage by this list. I know it seems long but if you read it you'll notice it contains simple, commonsense contra-indications such as "open bleeding wounds", frostbite and broken bones, all the way up to very specific illnesses such as "Esophageal Varicose" and "Berger's Disease".

  • Anemia
  • Berger's Disease
  • Oesophageal Varices
  • Chronic Superficial Thrombus
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Unstable Hypertension / Hypotension
  • Cardiac Bruit
  • Advanced Respiratory Failure / Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Emboli - blood clot
  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart Disease
  • Phlebitis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Thrombus / Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Varicose Veins
  • Frostbite
  • Skin Graft
  • Burns
  • Infectious Skin Disease
  • Open or Healing Wounds
  • Bleeding
  • Fractures
  • Contagious Infection
  • Fever / High Temperature
  • Acutely Ill
  • Immunosuppressed
  • Tuberculosis
  • Recent Head Injury
  • Coma
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia

Do you diagnose?

No, massage therapists are not suitably qualified or trained to diagnose any condition unless they are also a medically trained doctor.

During you massage treatment, I will usually assess your movement, posture and pain. This is to help me decide on the best treatment plan and shouldn't be seen as a diagnoses of any illness or disease.

Will massage therapy work for me?

Many people find massage therapy to be highly effective in helping them feel less pain and move more efficiently. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean it will work for you, there are also plenty of people for whom massage therapy hasn't made any noticeable improvements. I would recommend you try an initial massage to see if you like it and if it produces positive results for you.

What happens during a massage?

First off, when you arrive, I'll give you a short consultation form to complete. This gives me simple information about your current lifestyle and health, and your past medical history. Along with a quick chat, and some visual and/or movement assessments, I can judge if massage is appropriate for you and if so start building a picture as to why you may be feeling the way you do.

I always discuss the treatment plan I have to make sure you're OK with everything and I'll then give you a few minutes to yourself to prepare before we begin.

Remember to let me know if you're feeling uncomfortable, too hot or cold or need to move during the session.

I'll let you know once the massage is finished and again, give you time to yourself to get up and dressed.

I offer everyone a glass of water at the end of the session just incase you're feeling thirsty. Don't feel obliged to take it, I'm not going to launch into a crazy speech about flushing out toxins after your massage.

I usually finish off with suggestions about improving your movement habits between massages, what I call 'Movement Improvement' exercises.

How long does a massage last?

I currently offer 60 minute, 90 minute or 120 minute massage appointments.

With a 1 hour massage appointment you can expect roughly 45 to 50 minutes of time on the table. With a 1.5 hour session expect around 75 minutes on the table and for a 2 hour massage appointment you'd expect roughly 105 minutes on the table. The rest of the time is taken up by consultation/updating, undressing/dressing and 'Movement Improvement' homework.

How much does a massage cost?

Duration Cost
1 Hr Massage Appointment £48.00
1.5 Hr Massage Appointment £70.00
2 Hr Massage Appointment £88.00

What should I wear for a massage?

It's important to me that you feel comfortable during your massage. With this in mind, I like you to undress to your comfort level, remember you are always fully draped during your massage and only the areas being worked are uncovered at any time.

The absolute best thing to wear for a massage is a swimming costume. For men, Speedo style swimming briefs and for women a bikini style swimming costume briefs.

Failing that, Men please wear briefs instead of boxers, trunks or shorts. Women, dark coloured, simple cotton or stretch nylon underwear is best.

Read more on undressing for massage in my blog

Will the massage be painful?

Massage therapy should not be painful. If you're experiencing aches and pains then sports or deep tissue massage techniques might be a little uncomfortable but they shouldn't ever be painful.

Many clients believe the more pressure and pain they can tolerate during a massage the better the outcome will be: this isn't true! It's important that the pressure and any discomfort you might feel during a massage also feels satisfying. This is what clients often refer to as pleasant or good pain, and is an indicator your system is accepting the pressure and responding positively. If however, it's just feeling painful and you find yourself catching your breath, clenching your teeth, or squeezing you fingers, it's unlikely you'll feel any lasting, positive results from the massage.

It's really important you tell me if you're feeling any pain during the session. It's easy for me to adjust how I'm working and in the long-term you'll get better results. Remember, massage therapy is about making you feel better, not worse.

How often should I get a massage?

That all depends on your personal health goals, there's no definitive answer. Some people feel having a regular massage each month keeps them feeling and functioning at their best, whilst others may only have one or two massages in their whole life.

If you're experiencing low-grade nagging aches and pains, one massage might be all you need to feel better. If on the other hand, you're trying to combat a chronic or more severe issue, you may find a series of massage treatments is required to get you back on track.

If you're looking to lead a healthy, happy and pain-free life, it's worth incorporating regular massage into your health routine. I offer special massage discounts for those clients booking regular massage treatments.

What massage oils do you use?

I don't use conventional massage oils like Almond oil or Grapeseed oil. I use Tui Massage Waxes and Biotone Massage lotion exclusively. All the massage waxes and lotions are un-fragranced or only lightly fragranced, and I always keep a special Tui massage balm suitable for anyone with sensitive skin or nut allergies.

Why do you use sheets instead of towels?

Sheets are lighter and easier to manoeuvre during a massage than towels. I often use limb and joint movements during treatments and with sheets I can quickly shift and adjust the draping whilst I work, making sure you remain appropriately covered throughout the massage. I still use towels as blankets on top of the sheets occasionally, for your warmth and comfort.

Do you play music?

I've been massaging for over 20 years, but only started playing music in the last couple of years.

I don't play the usual panpipes, running water and whale song type music you might have heard previously, I play real music. My playlist consists of slow-tempo, relaxing and mellow music from a wide range of genres including: Soul, R&B, Reggae, HipHop, Country and Lounge.

If you'd prefer to listen to your own tunes during your massage, just let me know and I'll plug your mp3/smartphone/music device into my stereo.

If on the other hand, you'd prefer no music at all, that's fine too. Just tell me when you arrive and I'll switch it off.

Do you offer pregnancy massage?

No. I don't offer pregnancy massage and I don't take on new clients whilst they are pregnant.

I will continue to work with existing clients whilst they are pregnant and am happy to massage throughout the pregnancy including the first trimester.

Do you do home/hotel visits?

No, I don't offer any out of clinic appointments or visits.

Still have questions?

You can send me a question on my Contact Me page. I'll get back to you with an answer as soon as my schedule allows.