Is it suitable for you?
Especially before your first massage, check whether you understand and feel comfortable with the following:
During a treatment I use techniques applied through the hands onto the soft tissues (skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons) of my client's body. No bones are manipulated. Other than for a chair or Thai massage, you will undress to your underwear but during the massage you will be covered by towels, apart from the area being worked. In the body the muscles overlap and different techniques may go deeper than others. A massage can range from being very gentle and relaxing, working on soothing nerves in the top layers of the soft tissues, to a deeper tissue massage, which as it suggests is firmer, reaches the underlying tissues and can be more painful (but good pain) if there is scar tissue or other adhesions.
Massage can be a complementary treatment used in conjunction with orthodox medicine or one or more therapies.
Almost anybody can have a massage, at any stage of life and if they have disabilities.
Check with your doctor if you are in any doubt whether you should receive this treatment or phone me 07900957393 to discuss.
Some of those conditions (called contraindications) which need consideration are:
- Disease of Blood Vessels eg clots or Thrombosis
- Heart diseases
- Cancer (depending on the stage).
- If you have skin conditions such as burns, sores, large bruises, herpes, open wounds, these areas should be avoided during the massage.
- People with bad colds, high fevers or flu should not get a massage. The body is coping with enough, it may be the sign of a more serious illness and it avoids the risk of passing on viruses.
- Pregnancy – it is up to the individual but many people prefer not to have a massage in the first 3 months, especially if they have not had a massage before.
- Possible bone fractures or torn tendons or ligaments
Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Baby massage is taught through courses to parents; look for courses on the internet in your local area.