Therapist's advice for the treatment
First and foremost, I would like to tell you that taking care of your body is not a one-off thing. You might think that a therapist or a doctor can make a miracle and cure you in one session. The reality is that many year’s neglect and harmful habits can not be eliminated with one session but finding a knowledgeable therapist is definitely a good first step. You can learn how to take care of yourself as well as your pain will ease after a massage session.
To enjoy the most benefits of your treatment I will ask you to fill out the consultation form and be prepared to answer the therapist’s questions to the best of your knowledge. Those questions might cover the types, duration and intensity of your symptoms, your medical history, work, lifestyle and habits. These will help me to find the most effective treatment plan for your condition.
You might have your own questions and I strongly recommend you to ask anything that can be connected with your recovery or well-being. There is no mystery in the treatments and I would like you to feel safe and confident in what’s going to happen during the treatment and what kind of outcome you can expect.
Be sure to leave yourself enough time to arrive on time. For the first time you will be asked to fill out a form before you can join the class. Arriving 10 minutes before the start of the class will allow you enough time to fill out the form, relax, and use the restroom: just like before receiving a massage.
If you have any health concerns or medical conditions, please let me know before the class starts. If you feel any discomfort during any exercises, stop doing it and let me know. NMPT exercises are safe for everyone but you may have a specific condition that needs extra attention. In this case I can give you a modified version to practice until your body will be ready to return to the original exercise.
You can wear comfortable clothes (comfortable street clothes, gym or fitness clothing or anything that you feel comfortable in and doesn’t restrict you to do basic movements)
Bring a Yoga mat, Pilates mat or exercise mat (preferably a thick one), if you have one. If you haven’t got your own mat, you can purchase one at the class, for £10. For hygienic reasons, I can not lend you one for the class, but I recommend you to buy one, to be able to practice at home.
Don’t eat heavy meals. You will lay on your tummy for a while and it is very uncomfortable if it’s full.
Wear comfortable clothes and make sure you can easily take them off when you get on the massage coach. You will need to keep your underwear on, or if it’s more comfortable for you, you can bring a short for the treatment.
Don’t use oils, lotions moisturizer, cellulite cream, perfume, etc. I will use pure massage oil or massage cream, so your skin is sure to be hydrated during massage. In addition, you don’t want to put on a strong perfume that may counteract the soothing scents of any aromatherapy that may be part of your treatment.
Be sure to leave yourself enough time to arrive on time. The last thing you want to do is stress your muscles right before a massage by rushing into your treatment late. For the first time you will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire before treatment. Arriving 10 minutes before your appointment will allow you enough time to fill out the form, relax, and use the restroom: all of which are important preparations before receiving a massage.
Remove your jewellery (necklace, bracelet, watch) so that I can access your back, neck, arms and hands without causing any discomfort, injury or damage. You may want to bring a hairband if you have long hair.
During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc. Feel free to give feedback during the massage on the amount of pressure, local pain or sensitivity, etc.
An invigorating scalp and face massage is sure to leave you refreshed, but it can also leave your hair a bit wild. Bringing a hairbrush or hairband allows you to freshen up and tame your hair before leaving.
When the massage is completed, I will leave you alone in the treatment room for a few minutes. (Let me know if you need assistance with getting off the massage couch, getting dressed or coming out of the room.) You may use this time to slowly wake up your body and mind, carefully sit up and take a few breaths before standing up or getting dressed. After your massage, you’ll be feeling relaxed, your blood will be flowing and your muscles should feel like jelly. If you jump up after a long time of laying down you might feel dizzy or weak and you don’t want to destroy your massage experience with rushing out of the treatment room.
Please be considerate with the noise, there might me someone having a massage in the other treatment room, who would like to relax just as much as you did.
I have 30, 60 , 90 minutes slots available, and your combined treatment time can be even longer if you choose more than one treatment. I always make sure to leave a few minutes for you at the end of your session but if you need more than that, please let me know when you book. As you would like to start your session on time, so does the next client.
Your massage appointment should be as therapeutic as possible; by following these tips you will be well prepared to get the most out of this relaxing treatment.
After massage treatment your body might show some of the following reactions. These work in harmony with the body and aid healing, as the body must re-balance and throw off toxins:
- Headache, feeling light-headed – rest a few minutes and drink a few sips of water
- Frequent visits to the toilet – this allows your body to get rid of waste
- Runny nose, coughing – this allows your body to get rid of toxins
- Muscle pain, tiredness – after deep tissue massage. As I work out knots and stuck muscles, I will stimulate them to move freely and you may feel like after a workout in the gym.
- Dehydration – after a long massage session, you may feel dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water will help you rehydrate.
These symptoms usually develop in a few hours of the treatment and last for no longer than one-two days. They are a good sign, they show that the treatment was effective. The symptoms can be eliminated or reduced if you follow my after treatment advice.
- Rest and relax after treatment, let your body heal itself. It will make the massage last longer.
- Keep the areas treated warm, to avoid muscle cramps and tension building up that would undermine the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Drink plenty of water, juice or light herbal teas. Water will help flush all the toxins away and rehydrate your body.
- Pay attention to general posture. Sitting and walking up straight will balance and relax your core muscles and make the massage last longer.
Be prepared to schedule a few massage sessions. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. If you’re getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed.
Many people feel the benefit of regular massages and keep having them weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Regular massages strengthen the immune system, helps keeping the joint mobility and muscle strength and keeps the mind focused and calm. In general, it gives a healthy, active feeling and helps living a happy life.
- Have a heavy meal after treatment. Your body is in a healing process and uses energy for that. Digesting heavy food takes energy from the healing and you may feel more tired or nauseous after eating heavy meal.
- Drink caffeine or alcoholic drinks. They may dehydrate you and make the opposite effect than you except.
- Smoke – allow at least 12-24 hours. You are just detoxifying your body, don’t work against it.
- Exercise vigorously – this will limit the effectiveness of the massage.