Please take the time to read the following information about what to expect from a treatment.
- Please keep any meals light
- Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any recreational drugs
- Ensure you drink plenty of water
- Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Reflexology is conducted clothed, however, I will need access to your lower leg (just past the knee), so please dress accordingly. Alternatively I can offer a suitable towel/blanket to cover the lower half of your body, exposing the lower legs and feet. During massage therapy I operate an appropriate draping policy. Only the part of the body I am working on will be uncovered at any time (the rest of your body being covered with towels/blankets). Indian Head Massage may be conducted either fully clothed or with the top removed and a blanket wrapped around your torso.
- Aromatherapy massage will require a phone consultation beforehand so I can ensure I have your blend ready for you when you arrive
An initial consultation will be conducted where questions about your lifestyle and medical history will be asked. You will be asked if you have any particular concerns or requirements. This is to help me ascertain the most appropriate treatment plan for you and also to help you be clear about the treatment taking place.
This can take a little time, but is necessary for building up a picture of your treatment needs and whether or not any treatment will be suitable.
Some health conditions are contra-indicated with certain therapies, or it may be necessary to consult with your GP or other health professional before treatment can take place. Please see the list further down the page. You will be required to either gain written endorsement from your GP/health professional or sign a disclaimer stating that you have taken appropriate medical advice. Please note that all information is kept in confidence as per the Privacy Notice.
If you are in your 2nd or 3rd trimester with a “normal” healthy pregnancy, you may enjoy a massage or other treatment, however, please check with your GP/midwife first that this will be ok. There will be some restrictions with regards to some of the oils used and which positions are most comfortable for you.
If you are considered “high risk” and under consultant/obstetric care, you may still be able to enjoy a treatment, but please gain written medical consent first.
As well as the usual contra-indications, the following will also apply for pregnant women, please seek further medical advice:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Diabetes (if taking medication)
- Heavy vaginal discharge or if it is bloody or watery
- Morning sickness or extreme nausea
The following may bring restrictions to, or may prevent, your treatment. Some conditions require that you have consulted your GP (or other suitable health professional) and that they are happy for the treatment to proceed. You can either bring written permission from said professional, or sign a disclaimer saying that you have taken appropriate advice from the relevant professional and are happy for the treatment to proceed (some exceptions to this, so please contact me to enquire). This list is not exhaustive and there may be other conditions that might affect treatment – please contact me if you have any questions.
Please consult a suitable health professional before treatment if any of the following apply:
- Bells Palsy
- Cardio-vascular conditions
- Endocrine discorders
- Fractures – if recent
- Gastric Ulcers
- High Blood Pressure (uncontrolled)
- Hormonal implants
- Hypersensitive skin
- Localised swelling
- Loss of skin sensation
- Medical Oedema
- Nervous system (other nervous system disorders & disease)
- Postural deformaties
- Prescribed medication – you may need to check that it is not for a condition that could be affected by the treatment
- Slipped disc
- Surgery (recent)
- Trapped nerve
- Undiagnosed lumps, bumps or pain
- Or any other condition being treated by GP
I need to be made aware of the following in advance. However, if minor, treatments can still proceed if you consent for them to do so and, depending on the restriction, the area may need to be avoided.
- Allergies – you may want to consult with a health professional regarding the suitability of certain oils or cosmetics (for example).
- Broken Capilliaries
- Varicose veins
The following contra-indications will prevent me from performing a treatment:
- Any form of infectious disease, infection or fever, e.g. diarrhoea and vomiting, or infectious skin diseases and disorders.
- Under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
Any inappropriate suggestions or physical behaviour will result in the treatment being terminated immediately.