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Appointments

Monday to Saturday: 0900 - 2000

Flexible hours are available for training and competitive needs during the weekend.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for my treatment?

It is important to drink plenty of water on the day of your appointment. Please refrain from drinking alcohol as you may experience adverse effects. Have a light snack a couple of hours before your appointment (nothing spicy or fatty) and consider taking a short walk beforehand to warm up the muscles.

What should I wear?

Be aware that massage requires the practitioner to be hands-on and you will need to be fully or partially undressed during the treatment. A patient will never be asked to remove all their clothing, you will be provided with towels during treatment for adivitional cover.

Men: A pair of shorts worn over conventional underwear

Women: A conventional bra and briefs with the adivition of a loose fitting T-shirt or blouse and Jogging bottoms

What happens during a session?

On your first visit a consultation and assessment will be undertaken to assess general health, current conditions and your past medical history. An assessment will then be made highlighting any muscle imbalances and postural problems you may have as a result. This initial consultation is essential to determine subsequent treatment and will be tailored to your personal requirements and goals.

A tailored treatment plan will occur be as a result of the findings during consultation, you may feel slightly sore or tired afterwards but this is normal. Massage can also dehydrate the body so it is advised to drink plenty of water after treatment and continue rehydrating the day after to flush your body of any toxins following treatment. Your treatment session and subsequent sessions will be discussed along with any recommended stretching exercises that must be undertaken between each appointment.

How often should I receive treatment?

Treatment should be reviewed on an on-going basis. The number of sessions you will require will depend on the nature of your condition and how committed you are with your stretching exercises given to you after each session.

As a sports professional undertaking regular competitions it is likely that you will need one or two sessions a week, incorporating your training schedule with treatment to eases pain brought on by intensive training and keeping muscles flexible and in good health for forthcoming competition.

Is there any reason why I shouldn't receive treatment?

If you have had a soft tissue injury and it is still in its acute phase (first 24 hours) massage therapy will be withheld as the action applied would be counterproductive, it is therefore recommended that during this period the R.I.C.E. regimen should be adopted to promote recovery.

Adivitionally if you are suffering from haemophilia, any communicable diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, chicken pox or have any severe widespread skin complaints such as psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis, massage therapy will be postponed.

Not all conditions are absolutely contraindicated. Diabetes mellitus, a history of, thrombosis tumours, post operative or post natal, heart conditions or significant blood pressure variations and serious localised skin complaints just require the approval of your family GP.

There are times when sports massage could be detrimental rather than beneficial to you. The contraindications to massage are:

  • A body temperature over 100°F, or feeling unwell
  • Acute Traumas - Open wounds, recent bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions, chilblains, burns
  • Tumours - Where there is swelling, which is inconsistent with recent bruising
  • Diseased blood vessels - Varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis
  • Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Haemophilia
  • Infectious skin disease - Bacterial infection, Lymphangitis, Fungal infection, Viral infections, Herpes