Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions about Sport and Remedial Massage do not hesitate to contact me. But here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Does sports massage hurt?
Sometimes sports massage can be uncomfortable. However the massage should not be so deep that it is painful everywhere. During the massage your muscles will be explored and you may discover areas of tenderness that you were unaware of. Any pain should only be in areas where there is a problem and it should feel like a good pain. However its your massage and if you are uncomfortable please say and I can try a different technique.After a deep tissue massage you may feel sore for a couple of days. This is normal and shows that your body is healing. Common advice after a sports massage includes warming the treated area with a hot water bottle or a hot bath, drinking plenty of water and undertaking gentle yet progressive stretching.
What should I wear?
For the massage you will usually be asked to disrobe to underwear. However you will then be covered by towels with only the part of your body which is being worked on being uncovered. Therefore you should wear underwear in which you feel comfortable. Some people prefer to wear shorts or a bikini.
How often should I have a massage?
How often you have a massage is your choice. Some people make it part of their weekly training schedule or find that a weekly massage helps to control their stress levels. Others find that a maintenance treatment every few weeks works well.
What should I do when I get an injury?
If you get a severe injury during your sport, such as concussion from a blow to the head, or a deep cut, you should go the Accident and Emergency Department at the hospital. If the injury does not require immediate medical attention, but causes severe pain, swelling or numbness you should go to your GP or NHS walk-in centre. For other injury you should follow the R.I.C.E procedure (Rest. Ice. Compression and Elevation) for the first 24-48hrs. Then book a sports massage.
I don’t do sport, is sports massage for me?
You don’t have to do a sport to benefit from sport and remedial massage. Whether your neck and shoulders hurt from sitting at a desk working over a computer or your back aches from gardening; you can benefit from sport and remedial massage as much as the runner who has injured themself in training.
What is the difference between remedial massage and physiotherapy?
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapist was initially formed by a group of remedial massage therapists, so about 100 years ago there was no difference. However today Physiotherapists are being trained to deal with more and more serious conditions and massage has became a smaller part of their training in some cases it hardly appears on their training curriculum. Consequently minor soft tissue problems may not be given the importance they deserve. Remedial massage, has been an effective treatment for minor soft tissue conditions for thousands of years. The equipment used, human hands and palpation skills, has not changed over the years, nor have the soft tissue conditions people suffer. So what was effective throughout history is still effective today. Remedial massage can deal quickly and effectively with many minor and chronic muscular problems. Many seem to respond better to remedial massage than anything else.
Generally physiotherapist use very little massage, but remedial massage therapists use nothing but massage, so the two are clearly very different now. However the two work very well together and there are many examples of remedial massage therapists working within physiotherapy clinics in the private sector.
What is your cancellation policy?
Missed appointments will be charged for unless 24 hours notice is given.
Can my child have treatment?
Clients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent who will be required to sign a consent form.
Are there Sports & Remedial massage regulators?
Yes. I am registered with the ISRM (Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage).The ISRM is approved by the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) to verify registration applications. All members trained through one of the validated/accredited schools are automatically eligible to register with CNHC.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
Yes. You can buy a voucher for a full hour treatment £40.00 or any number of treatments. Alternatively you can buy a voucher for given value e.g. £10.00 that the recipient can then put towards a treatment.
Contact me to purchase a voucher.
Phone: 01328 711563