When booking your treatment, please inform us of any particular medical conditions, such as allergies or injuries, that may influence your choice of treatment.
Massage is a fantastic method of relieving stress, aches and pain, and can help in many ways. However, it is not suitable for everyone, in particular people with heart conditions, pregnant, or high blood pressure.
You should undress to your desired level of comfort. Many clients prefer to undress to underwear. This is completely up to you. If you are having a deep tissue with hot oil massage it may be appropriate to wear shorts if there is an element of stretching as part of your treatment. You will undress and dress in the privacy of the treatment room and will be securely covered by towels during the treatment.
You will be properly covered or draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. You should always let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable for any reason during your massage session.
It’s quite common for people to fall asleep during relaxing massages. Massage therapists typically take this as a compliment and a sign that they’re providing maximum relaxation to their clients. Enjoy your massage experience and don’t expect yourself to stay awake and alert at all times.
For those using massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, fortnightly or monthly massage is common. Weekly sessions are useful if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with daily life.
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day - much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.
After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy.
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.
A full-body massage doesn't have to include your sensitive areas. You can say which parts of your body you don't want to be touched.
A full-body massage usually includes your arms, legs, hands and feet, your neck, your head, your face and back, your stomach and buttocks. The area around the breasts is usually massaged but not the breasts themselves. You can always say you hate having your breast area or buttocks or whatever touched. If you're at all unsure, try booking for a "back, neck and shoulder" massage first to see how comfortable you are with being touched in those areas. If all goes well, then next time you can book a full-body massage.
Even with a full-body massage, most of you stays covered most of the time. Your therapist will unwrap your arm and shoulder, for instance, or uncover your leg while she massages that part of your body. When she needs you to turn over, she will hold the towel up as a screen so you can turn over in private. Simple when you know how!