FAQS

Appointments are available:

  • Monday 9.30 – 14.30
  • Tuesday 9.30 – 14.30
  • Wednesday 9.30 – 14.30
  • Friday 9.30 – 19.00
  • Sunday 9.30 – 14.30

Please contact me to book.

Before attending

  • Keep any meals light
  • Avoid drinking alcohol beforehand
  • Ensure you drink plenty of water
  • Aromatherapy massage will require a phone consultation beforehand so I can ensure I have your blend ready for you when you arrive

The consultation & during the treatment

A 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.

You will be required to sign to say that you consent to the treatment and understand what it entails.  There are times where a treatment may not be appropriate and these contra-indications and restrictions are listed below.

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).

After attending

  • Try to rest and relax as much as possible – it isn’t a time to be hitting the gym!
  • Ensure you drink plenty of water
  • Keep any meals light for the next 24 hours
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours post massage/reflexology
  • If you have had a massage using oil, please avoid sunbeds/direct sunlight to the area for 24 hours

With all treatments please allow additional time for aftercare. You will need a little time to rest and just “be” after a treatment.  Please allow at least 10 minutes if you are expecting to drive afterwards. You’re not expected to bounce straight up and be out of the door and will benefit from taking a little time to rest and enjoy a warming cup of herbal tea or Blackthorn Elixir.

Most people feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a treatment, however, so people may find they feel more “emotional” than usual, or may experience a temporary worsening of symptoms as the body works to eliminate any waste.  These symptoms should be short-lived and not last longer than 24 hours or so.

Pregnancy

If more than 16 weeks pregnant 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.

Contra-indications and Restrictions

There are various contra-indications or restrictions that might effect you being able to have a massage or other treatment.  You are required to sign a consultation form confirming that you are safe, and consent to, the treatment requested.

The following may bring restrictions to, or may prevent, your treatment. However, if your GP (or other suitable health professional) is happy for the treatment to proceed, you can either bring written permission from said professional, or write a disclaimer saying that you have spoken to the relevant professional and are happy for the treatment to proceed.  This list is not exhaustive and there may be other conditions that might affect treatment.

  • Allergies – obviously I will need to be made aware of these in order to plan a suitable treatment for you
  • Arthritis
  • Bells Palsy
  • Broken Capilliaries
  • Cancer
  • Cardio-vascular conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine discorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastric Ulcers
  • Haemophilia
  • Hairy moles
  • Hormonal implants
  • Hypersensitive skin
  • Inflammation
  • IUD (coil)
  • Localised swelling
  • Loss of skin sensation
  • Medical Oedema
  • Nervous conditions
  • Neuralgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Postural deformaties
  • Prescribed medication – you may need to check that it is not for a condition that could be affected by the treatment
  • Recent fractures
  • Recent operations – i.e. within the past 2 years for a major operation, or the past 6 months for minor.
  • Scar tissue
  • Sinusitis
  • Slipped disc
  • Trapped nerve
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Varicose veins
  • Whiplash
  • 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.

  • Abrasions
  • Bruises
  • Cuts
  • Hyper pigmentation
  • Keloid scars
  • Menstruation (first few days) – can effect/increase blood flow (be uncomfortable)
  • Sunburn
  • Verrucas
  • Warts

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. 

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