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Questions & Answers

How does massage work?

Massage is a bodywork therapy that uses stroking, kneading and friction techniques to manipulate the muscles, tissue and ligaments of the body. This helps the muscles relax while stimulating the circulation. It also allows oxygen to circulate more freely leaving you feeling energised and refreshed. Massage also helps to clear toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system, which can help boost your immune system.


Recent studies have shown that massage helps to increase the release of serotonin - the feel good chemical - as well as endorphins, this helps relieve pain and improve mood.

Massage has an accumulative affect: the more often you have a treatment the longer the benefit lasts. Ideally, a session once a month will help maintain the body's balance and prevent problems such as shoulder tension, repetitive strain injury, back and joint pain and general stress.

What does a massage session involve?

A typical session takes place in a warm room with subtle lighting and relaxing music. At your first appointment I will ask you about your medical history, lifestyle and your general state of health. You should mention any recent health problems or prescribed medication you may be taking.


The Seated Acupressure Massage is performed clothed, so wear whatever feels comfortable for you. For the Natural Lift Facial Massage I need access to your head, neck and shoulders only. For a whole body massage it is usual to undress, although you may prefer to keep your underwear on.


Towels are folded over you, both for privacy and to keep you warm.  I will only remove towels from the part of the body being massaged, replacing them before moving onto the next part. I use massage oils to enable a smooth and comfortable treatment.


You don't have talk, apart from making any comments about tender areas, discomfort or levels of pressure. Depending on your requirements, I will focus on your whole body, or specific areas such as your head, neck and shoulders.


You should feel warm and relaxed after a massage, but some people may feel lightheaded or ache a little the next day. All these reactions are normal.

What conditions can massage help?

In general massage can help reduce pain, restore normal muscle activity and aid relaxation. Recent demand for complementary therapies - including massage - has led to nearly 40% of GP partnerships in England providing access for NHS patients. The most common ailment referred for was back pain. Sports, work and stress related conditions featuring strongly. Massage can help with insomnia, menopausal symptoms, back pain, emotional problems, arthritis, headaches and joint pain. It relieves stress related issues such as high blood pressure.

Is it safe to have a massage treatment at any time?

In general, massage is a safe and relaxing treatment, but there are guidelines you should follow. If you have an ongoing health condition or could be in the early stages of pregnancy, check with your GP before booking an appointment.

Do not have a massage:

  • Within two hours of eating a heavy meal or if you have not eaten for a considerable length of time;
  • If you are suffering from a high temperature;
  • If you are feeling weak or exhausted, including recovering from recent flu or viral infections;
  • Within six months of minor surgery, or 12 months of major surgery;
  • If having radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment (unless you have the consent/agreement of your consultant);
  • On the site of a recent fracture, strain or sprain - however work can be done above and below the joint concerned;
  • Shortly after drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs.


If you are unsure whether or not to book a treatment, please call me and we can discuss whether massage would be right for you at this time.

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Still unsure...?

Never had a massage or are you still unsure if massage therapy is for you? Then why not book one of my taster sessions. You can find out more about the treatments available whilst relaxing with a hand or foot massage. In addition, you will receive £5 off your first full treatment.