Q. Is Sports Massage just for athletes and sporty people?
No. Sports Massage is fantastic for occupational pain from inactivity bought on by excessive hours behind the desk or in a car. I had a previous career in IT and I am fully aware of the discomfort. Sports Massage will help by releasing muscle tension and learning about posture and correct lifting techniques. In fact Sports Massage can help anyone with muscular pain relating to activities such as gardening, carrying babies and lifting boxes.
Q. How often should I have a Sports Massage?
As often as you like (provided that you are not suffering from any medical condition that may make you exempt – please ask). For optimum benefit, some people have weekly massages while others find a maintenance massage every few weeks works well for them.
Q. Is there a governing body?
Yes, the Sports Massage Association (SMA). Until January 2002 anyone could set up as a Sports Massage Practitioner whether they were qualified or not as there was no one single governing body to regulate Sports Massage courses and practitioners. Now the Sports Massage Association acts as a main governing body to help clients find qualified and approved Sports Massage practitioners.
REMEMBER – Always ask if your Sports Massage Therapist is a member of the SMA – if so they will have a current membership card, certificate and insurance provided by the SMA.
Q. What happens during a treatment?
On your first appointment, a brief history is taken prior to the massage and an optional postural analysis is available. Each treatment is tailored to the individual and the initial assessment helps me to provide you with a professional service specific to your needs.
During the massage, which may last for an hour, a hypoallergenic massage gel is used. This leaves minimal traces on the skin after the massage.
Q. Are there any after effects?
You may feel tired after the massage so it is recommended that you don’t go and do anything vigorous. If the massage has been very deep, some clients may experience some post-treatment soreness but this will normally disappear after a day or two. Don’t worry about this as it’s normally a sign that the treatment has had a positive effect.
It is recommended that you drink plenty of water after your treatment to help flush out any toxins that have been encouraged to move. If not, you may feel dehydrated.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
Please ensure you give 24 hours notice of cancelling your appointment else a full fee will be charged.