We know there are often lots of questions people have before having a massage. Hopefully this page will answer your questions, if not please contact me and I will be happy to answer specific questions.
You are coming to a hen party or event, do I need to supply anything?
As an event planner, you don’t want the stress of supplying anything extra. All you need is a big enough room for all of your guests and something comfortable for your guests to sit on – this could be chairs, sofas, pillows, or cushions.
Towels will be supplied for each guest, a small bottle of oil and diagrams for your guests to take away with them should they want to practice more massage at home.
I will need a room at least 8ft by 8ft space to massage; I will bring my portable massage table and all supplies needed for this.
You are coming to my home, should I provide towels or sheets?
Everything needed for the massage will be supplied, including clean towels and sheets, a massage table and oil. All I need from you is a room big enough to massage in – a space of at least 8ft by 8ft.
How do I cancel my appointment?
Contact me if you need to cancel your appointment. Please note that late cancellation (less than 24 hrs notice) will result in the full fee still being charged. If you cancel with less than 48 hrs notice then half the fee will be charged. Cancelling with more than 48 hrs notice will result in no fee being charged.
How do I pay?
For first appointments, payment will be taken once the treatment has finished. Payments can be made in cash or online via GoCardless. If you would like regular massage treatments, for subsequent payments I recommend paying monthly via GoCardless. We will discuss this at your first appointment.
Should I eat before or after a massage?
It is not recommend to have a big meal straight before or straight after a massage. Light meals or snacks that your body will find easy to digest will be most beneficial.
Should I avoid alcohol or caffeine after a massage?
If you can, yes. Alcohol and coffee dehydrate the body so should be avoided. You might feel slightly lightheaded after your massage so adding alcohol into the equation won’t help! The best thing is to drink lots of water to help flush out toxins and waste materials, herbal teas are also beneficial, especially if they help to relax you.
I think I might be pregnant, can I still have a massage?
Yes you can! I will not be giving you an abdominal massage but all other massage is A-ok to have when you’re pregnant! You may not be able to lie on your front for a long time so we can negotiate the use of supports to make sure you’re comfortable at all times. Please contact me if you would like to discuss this more.
When is the best time to have a massage?
To enjoy the full benefit of having a massage, I suggest that you try to continue to relax in whatever way relaxes you the most. Sometimes life doesn’t allow for that and must go on. That is fine, but you might not feel the full benefit of a massage if you run a marathon straight afterwards!
Do you offer a sexual service?
No. The massage I offer is therapeutic massage and not sexual in any way.
What if I get an erection during my massage?
Sometimes, men avoid massage for fear that they will get an erection. Or, they come for a massage but are unable to relax because they are afraid it will happen.
There is no reason to be embarrassed.
Touch to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection. Because of this, men might get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, massage.
I understand that this happens and that it can be uncontrollable, it is not an issue for me and I will not make a big deal out of it. If you are concerned and it is putting you off having a massage, then please don’t let it! To help prevent it from happening, you could wear more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers.
Please note: If I feel that the session has turned sexual for you, whether you are male or female, I will stop the session to clarify your intent, and may decide to end the session immediately.
When can’t I have a massage?
If your doctor has told you not to get a massage, then do not have a massage, no matter how nice a treat it would be! If you have a medical condition that you think means you shouldn’t have a massage then contact me and we can discuss possible options.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
You will probably feel quite sleepy and relaxed – this is a good sign! You might feel a bit thirsty and light headed – take it easy and drink lots of water. If we have worked deeper into your tissues then you might feel slightly bruised the next day, this is normal. The day after that you should feel a whole lot better!
Do I have to listen to music during my massage?
Yes and no. If music helps you to relax then music is played, if not, then it will not be played. If you would like a particular type of music to be played during the session then just let me know and I will try my best to find it!
How often should I get a massage?
A one off massage can really help to relax you and make you feel better about yourself. Lots of studies suggest, however, that to get the full benefits of massage, it is best to have them regularly.
Depending on the severity of tension in your body, I would normally suggest you come for a course of about four massages in a fairly short space of time – once every one to two weeks. After this, once your body is in a healthier state, I would suggest one massage per month. During your first treatment consultation we will discuss a treatment plan that will suit you and it can be changed at any time in line with the progress that you are making.
Will the massage hurt?
Lots of people associate a good, deep massage as one that causes them pain – this is not the case. The massage should not hurt. If your body needs it, I may do some deep tissue work which might be slightly tender but I should not be causing you any pain. If you feel pain during the massage then you must tell me.
Can I talk during my session?
Experience tells me that people are most relaxed during and post massage when they don’t talk. Usually, people end up talking about work or family problems which certainly doesn’t help them to relax! However, if talking does help you to relax then I am all ears!
Can I ask you what you are doing?
Please do! Do not hesitate to ask me questions at any point during the treatment.
What do I do during a massage treatment? Is there a protocol?
Make yourself comfortable. If you’re not comfortable to begin with then please tell me, there is nothing worse than an uncomfortable massage! If you need to change your position during the massage then that is absolutely fine. I may need you to move and/or change position during the massage but I will ask you to move when needed. If you do move then make sure you’re back into a comfortable position, if not, tell me.
During a session, I suggest that you close your eyes to help you relax. It normally helps people the most if they don’t talk but if you find talking relaxing then you can talk too.
Once the massage has finished, I will leave the room to wash my hands. This gives you time to get changed and take a seat and we will have a chat about how you felt the massage went.
What should I expect from subsequent treatments?
Subsequent massage consultations will be much shorter than your initial appointment, giving you more time to be massaged. There will be a few minutes before your massage for us to discuss what massage is most suitable based on progress made. After this, I will leave the room to wash my hands whilst you get changed. On my return, the massage will begin.
What should I expect during my first treatment?
Your first session will include a consultation both before and after the massage. 15 minutes will be allocated for this part of your first treatment.
Before the massage, I will ask details about your general health and wellbeing and about any illnesses that you might have. It is important that you do not withhold information to avoid any harm towards your body. I will also ask about your lifestyle and activity levels. This will give me all of the information I need to know to give you the best possible massage tailored specifically to your needs. After the massage, we will discuss the best options for you to continue to improve your health and wellbeing.
Do you use scented oils?
I always give my clients a choice about which oil they would like me to use when I give them a massage – coconut, sweet almond or grapeseed oil. I also ask my clients whether they would like essential oils diffused during their massage or whether they would like to use Young Living’s massage oils designed to specifically help with what they need. The two Young Living oils I use for massage are the Relaxation massage oil and the Ortho Sports massage oil.
I don’t think I will be able to lie on the massage table, can I still have a massage?
Of course! I am able to give seated massages.
Do I need to take all of my clothes off during the massage?
The massage is tailored to you so whatever makes you feel comfortable and most likely to enjoy the massage is the best option. I am able to offer clothed massages and unclothed massages. If you choose to take your clothes off during the massage, you will be covered with towels and there will be no indecent exposure.