How I Work
The massage I offer is client-centred, which means that I work with you to find the most appropriate treatment for you on the day.
When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be asked to sit in the waiting area at Healing Thyme or Weaver House.
Do feel free to arrive a few minutes early and browse the magazines. The staff will let me know you are here and I’ll come down and fetch you when it’s time for your appointment to start. I’ll then welcome you into the treatment room and ask you to take a seat. There will be a glass of water for you on table.
If you haven’t already filled in a consultation form, we’ll fill that in together. I’ll take details such as your address and date of birth, then ask you about your experience of massage, what you’d like to get out of the session today and take a brief medical history. I’ll ask you to read the client consent and privacy information if you haven’t already, and sign to agree to the treatment.
If you have filled in a consultation form, we’ll go through it and I’ll ask follow up questions. Once we have completed the form, I’ll suggest a treatment plan and ask for your agreement to it. I’ll also let you know that you can change your mind at any point, ask me to do something different, or help you adjust your comfort, such as asking for extra pillows, or turning the radiator down.
The right level of pressure
As we go through the session, I will check in with you about how you feel, the level of pressure and if you feel any particular sore spots. Do let me know at any time if you feel a sharp pain or discomfort. You can feel sore during a massage and this is part of the healing process, especially for remedial massage. However, you shouldn’t feel acute pain. If the soreness is more than 7 out of 10 for you, or you feel yourself tensing up because of the pressure, then it is too much and you can let me know that.
While I can feel sore spots and tension in the body, I don’t know how it feels to you, so do let me know if anything feels too much, or if you would like more pressure.
Listen and respond
My main aim during the session is to listen and respond to your body. This means that if I find tension, I will gradually ease into it, work around it and check in with you about how you feel. If I feel the tissues soften, I’ll apply more pressure. If the tension remains solid, I’ll move away from it, work on another area, and come back to it later. Often sore spots will release over the course of a massage when I’m working somewhere else. This is because as your nervous system relaxes, so do your muscles, and many tensions release without needing to work directly on an area.
Wrap up and aftercare
I will let you know when the session is complete, leave the room to give you time to get dressed, then when I return I’ll ask you how you are and if there is anything you want to ask me about. I will suggest aftercare for you and give you your new client Welcome Pack that contains relaxation tips, a recommendation voucher, information about my practice and a scented tealight. You then pay and book further sessions if required. I will suggest a treatment plan, for example 4 weekly sessions, then go to monthly, or once a month maintenance, depending on what we have discovered during the session. If you haven’t booked another session, I’ll ask if it’s okay to send you a follow up email in 2 weeks time.
After your session, if you can, take a hour or two to relax. This allows your nervous system to fully let go and absorb the effects of the massage. Avoid caffeine and alcohol and drink plenty of water if you can.
If you have questions in the hours and days after the massage, do feel free to contact me. If you are able to practise the aftercare I suggest, your issue will resolve faster and you will feel the benefits of the massage even more.