Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to wear?
You will usually be asked to remove all your clothes except your underwear, but you will be covered at all times, except for areas that are being worked on, but if you are uncomfortable with this we can of course work around this. It is recommended that you have warm clothes and a scarf in colder weather so that you can keep warm after your treatment which will help keep your muscles warm and relaxed.
Is it ok to talk during a treatment?
You should always feel comfortable to express any discomfort throughout your treatment - after all, you are the only one who knows how something really feels - but you are encouraged to avoid chatting as it is likely to stop you completely relaxing into and focusing on your treatment. During a treatment, I may ask you certain questions and check in with you - part of the effectiveness of the treatment involves some feedback from you, but you will also be encouraged to relax!
Can I stop the treatment if I am feeling uncomfortable?
Absolutely! The treatment you are receiving is entirely for your benefit and so it is extremely important that you feel in control. I am always very understanding and will listen to any concerns you have and work with you to help you feel comfortable.
Are treatments confidential?
Every part of the treatment and consultation will be completely confidential. I do make notes for my records, but these are kept locked away in a secure place so there is no way that they can be seen by anyone else. It is absolutely paramount that you feel safe in the treatment room, particularly as sometimes it can be the only time when you can really unwind. There are times when you may have emotional releases - these are just the way in which your body works through things that can be held in the tissue but I am not going to be quizzing you to find out the reasons behind these releases, as actually that isn't important - what is important is that whatever it was is now being released. I am here to help your body heal and will always be completely non-judgemental, as it is important you feel happy to discuss anything with me.
Are there any times when a treatment would not be good for me?
All the treatments I offer are generally considered a very safe treatment, but sometimes it can be potentially detrimental to your health, so if you know you have any of the following medical issues then please mention these when booking so that I can be sure treatment will be safe for you, sometimes all I need to do is check with your GP/Specialist or just get a little more detail from you - it is very rare to have treatment declined:
Fever, or anything contagious like a cold or suspected Covid or Flu (this is more to protect others and not spread infection or viruses)
Contagious skin diseases (again to protect others)
Recent Blood Clots or Stroke (in the last year)
Cancer - it is often thought that massage can spread cancer but this is a MYTH! I am trained in Oncology as a specialism and it is now widely accepted that it can be hugely beneficial through every stage, from diagnosis, through treatment, after treatment and through palliative care, but usually a more detailed medical history will be needed
High or Low Blood Pressure
Mesh implants (e.g. hernia repair) - it is important that this is made clear before treatment.
I will always check your medical history in consultation before treatment anyway, but if there is anything else you are concerned could be an issue then please do feel free to ask and I will be happy to discuss it with you.