Will a massage hurt?
That depends on the type of massage and the depth of strokes. A light massage that doesn't probe very deep into your muscles shouldn't hurt. At the same time, a light massage won't be able to work out any stress deep within those muscles. A muscle that is relaxed will be supple and soft and won't hurt when rubbed. Muscles that are tight, and in many cases have been chronically tight for a long time, may have that "good hurt" feeling with a deeper massage. Think of that "good hurt" as the feeling of release that you get when you stretch a sore muscle during exercise. Muscles can be very sore from tightness, overuse or stress, and that good hurt can become painful. A sharp pain may indicate a muscle that has been injured and has some sort of inflammation. In this case, you don't want the deep work to continue in this area and should let me know if the pain increases instead of decreasing right away. A deep massage with tight muscles may leave some residual soreness the next day, which can be resolved easily with light stretches and rest.
Everybody has different thresholds of pain. The depth of a stroke may not be deep enough for one person's liking and may cause pain for another. Some people want the massage as deep as possible regardless of the soreness. Others want something much lighter, more sensual and pleasing, to help them relax rather than deeper work that might be sore. So make your preference known to me, and give feedback at any time during a massage that the depth of the strokes is more than you'd like.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
Any muscles that you select on your personal form, before the massage begins. I have developed a selection process on my iPad so you can colour in a chart to indicate the areas that need the most attention.
When should I get a massage?
Any time is a good time to get a massage. You don't need to wait until you're stressed or injured. Too often I see clients who wait until they reach this state to see me. Massage works wonders as preventive care for a person's body and mind.
When Should I NOT get a massage?
If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage:
- Any type of infectious disease
- Systemic infections
- Severe cold
- Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Blood clot
- Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia
- High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
- Heart disease
- Open skin lesions or sores (I might be able to work around them if localized)
The guidelines here are pretty straightforward. You don't want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse, and you don't want to pass anything contagious to me, the massage therapist.
If you're unsure about whether a minor condition should prohibit you from getting a massage, don’t hesitate to call me for a chat before your appointment.
What types/styles of massages do you do?
Is Peter going to be chatting to me the entire time? Can I talk during a massage?
If you feel like it; of course you can, I won’t be talking much so that you can focus on relaxing. However, if we are doing a specific injury or remedial massage I will be asking for a lot of feedback. I find that if people are a little nervous or overly excited they like to chat and that’s completely normal and fine to disperse the feelings. Eventually I will want you to just focus on your breathing and bring an awareness to your body as it relaxes.
How often should I receive a massage?
The answer here depends on the reasons for receiving the massage. If a client comes for some injury relief, and to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with their daily lives in some way, weekly sessions may be necessary for a while to build on each session's improvement in their relief and healing. For those who use massage as preventive care and managing the daily stress in their lives, once a month is about the norm. They may shorten the time between massages during stressful periods. Some come more often just because they enjoy it that much.
What should I do after a massage?
Especially for that day: Drink water, stretch and take it easy. Do NOT exercise till you have had a full sleep cycle. Your massage has made changes to your body that your body needs to make note of. Your checklist is processed when you sleep. If you go directly from a massage to the gym you risk injuring yourself. Your muscles have been told to relax and repair, allow them this time to do so.
What is aromatherapy? Does it cost extra?
Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant oils for psychological and physical wellbeing. All of my aromatherapy oils have been blended by specialists. You can choose your blend (if you would like aromatherapy) just before we start the massage. There are no additional costs for this service. It’s purely a choice of aroma or neutral products for your skin.
What is draping?
“To cover or wrap loosely with folds of cloth.” In this case it would be towels, sheets or blankets, to keep you warm and to keep you covered where it’s needed.
What’s a seated chair massage?
The term "Chair Massage" describes the type of massage that is performed while the client sits fully clothed in a specially designed chair. The head and body is supported, so the client can relax fully and it is great for massage in an office environment or if there’s not a lot of time to do a full body massage. (Upper body only)
What is a hot stone massage?
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where I use smooth, heated stones, either as
an extension of my own hands, or by placing them on key points on
the body while I massage other muscles. The heat can be both deeply
relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so I can work more deeply,
Add on to your massage with optional heat therapy: Because massage can be a fine line between blissful release and over-worked aggravation for sore muscles, I can do all the deep work necessary first and then you can continue to relax the muscles with hot stones or hot steam towels. The steam towels are a pleasant way to remove the oil after your massage and the stones are brilliant for releasing heat for much longer.
“Basalt Stones are placed into a purpose-built Stone heater, which is filled with water. The water is typically
heated to 40-70 degrees Celsius. Once the stones have heated sufficiently, some are placed onto specific points
on the body (such as the back, hands, etc.) and others are held by the massage therapist and used to work the
- Hot Stones sampler (4-8 stones) $5
- Hot Stone “Full set” (20+ stones) $15 – or as many as I can smoothly use in your session as I have
over 60 pieces. I can massage the entire time with hot stones but normally I use them after I have
worked with just my hands and elbows.
How can I update my digital form details?
Your digital form will be displayed on the wall for me, every session to see so that if I forget any of
your preferences I can check your form without stopping the massage or repeating a question while
you are trying to relax - and feel free to add or change to the form; it will appear as a different
coloured mark to the older form (if you have been before) so I will see any updates easily. If a
dramatic event changes things please be sure to let me know before the massage begins
Can you explain the colour coded Massage Style choices in detail?
REMEDIAL MASSAGE is green:
Remedial massage is for specific problems, that will require a posture/muscle
assessment, testing, treatment and then retesting to make sure it’s resolved.
This may require you getting up off the table from time to time to do functional
exercises/ movements, to figure out which muscles are dysfunctional, lots of
feed back and I will be talking you through everything during your session
SENSUAL MASSAGE is red:
To be clear, all of the massage styles are NON-SEXUAL. Sensual massage means that the
massage will be flow in time with the music, I will not talk during your massage and will not
break contact so that your nervous system will know where I am at all times, allowing you
to drift into deeper levels of relaxation.
CLINICAL MASSAGE is blue:
Clinical Massage, with minimal discussion from me, so you can relax, is
economical with the massage strokes and will address just the points that are
needed. This may interrupt the ‘massage flow’ to do so, which just means you
will be a bit more alert during the massage.