I have never had a massage treatment before. I am a bit nervous. What do I have to do?

When you arrive, after the initial consultation to agree your treatment objectives, I will leave the room so that you can get ready for the treatment and get on to the couch. You will cover yourself with the towels that are on the couch. How much clothing you remove is up to you and it should be what you are comfortable with. I will keep you covered at all times during the treatment apart from the areas I am working on.

I cannot stand it when I want a relaxing massage and the therapist keeps chatting to me. Are you going to do that?

No. I will work quietly so that you can switch off. Unless you ask me something, or I am asking you to turn over, you will not hear from me! This is your time to relax. The exception is during a sports massage, when I will need to ask you for feedback on pressure and to give you instructions for certain movements and positions for stretching.

I have mobility issues. Can I still have a treatment?

You can certainly still have a massage or reflexology treatment if you have mobility issues as treatments can be adapted. The treatment room is on the ground floor next to the front door. I can help you on and off a massage couch and ensure that it is not too high for you. There is also a step up to the couch. If you are unable to lie on a massage table for very long, for example, I can treat you sitting in a chair. If you are unable to leave your home, please contact me to talk about a mobile appointment.

I have cancer or a chronic illness. Can I still have massage or reflexology?

I am happy to provide treatments to clients with cancer or other health conditions, as long as there are no contraindications and that you bring a letter from your GP stating that he or she is happy for you to have massage, aromatherapy or reflexology treatments.

What should I wear for a massage?

I may need to assess your posture and movement in your first appointment, so it would be good if you could come with leggings, shorts, or clothes that are easy to see your posture in. Wear clothes that are quick and easy to change in and out of for your massage. If you are having a back massage or a full body massage it is better if you undress to your underpants, but it is really up to you. I will keep you covered at all times during the massage apart from where I am working. I will leave the room for you to change.

What should I wear for reflexology?

For reflexology you should wear a skirt or trousers that are looser, so they can be rolled up. This is so that I can access the ankle area and also for you to enjoy your foot bath.

What should I expect from my first visit?

During your first appointment, I will need to ask you some questions about your lifestyle and health as part of your consultation. This is a requirement of my professional body, but it will also help to inform me to give you the best treatment for you. I will check that there are no contraindications of medication and that it is safe for you to proceed with the treatment.

Are treatments painful?

Treatments should not be painful; even in deep tissue massage, the aim is always to lengthen and relax the muscle and if you are tensed up in pain this would be completely going against the objective of the treatment! At times you may feel discomfort in deep tissue massage, but we will work together using a pain threshold scale of 1-5, checking your comfort levels at all times. In reflexology, some parts of the feet may be tender. Just tell me if anything at all feels uncomfortable.

What about my smelly feet?

An experienced therapist will have touched a LOT of feet in their time! Your feet will be placed in a foot bath before reflexology and sanitized with spray and hot towels before a massage. You can then relax and be reassured that I will not smell…… a thing!

I am self-conscious about my body and weight. How much of me will you see?

You only have to remove as much clothing as you are comfortable with. I will keep you covered, even when you need to turn over on the couch. I will only see the part of your body that I am working on. We all come in different shapes and sizes and as a massage therapist I see many different body shapes daily.

What if I am late for my appointment?

Obviously lateness cannot always be avoided, but where possible, please try to arrive a few minutes before your treatment time. If you are very late, I will not always be able to accommodate you as I may have clients to see shortly after you. I want you to enjoy your full treatment time, so it is helpful if you arrive punctually.

What if I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel, please do so 24 hours in advance. Cancellations within 24 hours of the treatment will incur a cancellation fee of the treatment cost.

Where can I park?

You can park your car right in front of the treatment room on the main Station Road in Fladbury.

How do I pay you?

I accept bank transfer prior to the treatment, cash or cheques.

Why may I need a letter from GP / Consultant giving permission for me to have a treatment?

It is rare that someone will be refused a treatment, however to ensure that we are working safely and according to the guidelines set out by the FHT, written consent from a GP is required before a treatment for people with the following conditions: cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, circulatory disorders, high blood pressure, thrombosis, recent surgery.