Massage - Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions can massage help to treat?

Massage can help treat the symptoms of a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Stress
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries, including frozen shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis (involving pain in the foot)
  • Sports injuries, including tennis elbow and golfer's elbow
  • Work-related overuse injuries, e.g. RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Accident injuries, e.g. whiplash
  • Pain associated with postural imbalances
  • Pain associated with pregnancy
  • Pain of joint and muscle disorders, e.g. arthritis
  • Pain of chronic illness and disability

What is the difference between Sports Massage and Physiotherapy?

Essentially physiotherapists tend to deal with the treatment and rehabilitation of more serious musculoskeletal conditions whereas sports massage therapists focus on the treatment of soft tissue problems (minor and chronic) and, through regular maintenance treatments, on the prevention of soft tissue injuries. The two disciplines work very well together and you often find sports massage therapists being recruited to work alongside physiotherapists in physiotherapy clinics.

Does Sports Massage hurt?

Sports Massage is remedial in nature in that it aims to relieve the pain and restrictions caused by muscular tension. Given that this necessarily involves deep massage techniques there will sometimes be what clients refer to as 'good pain' as the soft tissue is worked on. However, we always work slowly and only within the client's pain tolerance.

How often should I have a massage treatment?

If a specific injury or condition is being treated then this may require up to 6 treatments, initially weekly but increasing to fortnightly and up to monthly once the injury or condition is pain-free. Thereafter, a monthly maintenance treatment is recommended practice.

Do I need to be fully undressed for a massage treatment?

For a massage treatment it is advisable to wear as little as possible, depending on the areas of the body being treated. Normally this means undressing to undergarments but sometimes, for example, male clients prefer to be fully undressed for full body massage treatments. Whatever you wear, you will be draped with towels during the treatment to ensure you feel comfortable at all times.

What type of oils and lotions do you use?

For Sports Massage treatments we normally use NAQI massage lotion, a preservative- free lotion that hydrates and protects the skin and will leave you feeling dry after your massage treatment.

For Holistic Massage treatments we use grapeseed oil that is warmed before application for a more luxurious massage experience.

Can I book a massage appointment on the day?

Yes, though it is advisable to book appointments with as much notice as possible to secure your preferred day and time.

Do you offer home visits?

No, we are unable to offer home visits.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations can be made up to 24 hours before the appointment. Thereafter the full cost of the treatment is due and payable.

How can I pay for my massage treatment?

Payments are strictly CASH only. We are unable to accept cheques or credit/debit cards.

Are my personal details (including medical history) kept confidential?

Yes. All information collected at your pre-therapy assessment is for the purposes of your massage treatments only and is not shared with any third parties.

Are you qualified and insured to perform massage treatments?

Steve is a fully insured member of the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage, a requirement of which is to undertake ongoing CPD training.