FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage session will take place in a warm and comfortable room. Soft music will be played to help you to relax. You will lie on a specially designed massage table.

Do I need to do anything before my massage therapy?

Before any massage treatment, avoid large meals or alcohol.  It's also a good idea to give yourself plenty of time either side of the massage, so that you don't feel rushed.

Also make sure you drink plenty of water before and especially after your treatment, this will help your body to flush all the toxins, that had been released during the treatment, out of your body.

What do I wear during the massage?

Depending on the type of massage you choose, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress into their underwear. You will get privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a towel or blanket at all times - except the area being worked on. So you are never completely exposed. For foot and hand massage you can keep most of your clothes on if you wish to do so.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session, others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. If I will need to adjust your position, I will either move you myself or I will ask you to do so. Otherwise feel free to change your position any time to make yourself more comfortable.

Can I bring someone with me to my massage session?

Many of my clients have massages along with their partners, so you can have someone with you during your treatment. They can sit and relax or read a book or magazine until is their turn. They should be quiet and non-interfering as excessive talking, laughter, etc. may interfere with your treatment and may be stopping you from nice deep relaxation. You are most likely to get more from your treatment if the atmosphere is more quiet and relaxed so you can “switch off”.

What parts of my body will be massaged?

I will ask you during the consultation if you have any areas of your body that you would prefer not to be massaged. It is your massage so you should be relaxed. If anything during the massage causes you to tighten up, than the benefits won't be obtained. So for example; if having your buttocks or your belly massaged makes you to tighten every muscle in your body, then massaging these areas is a waste of time. On the other hand, whole body is interconnected and eventhough you may feel discomfort in one part of your body before a massage, the cause of the problem may rest in a different area of the body.There is another thing; if there is any particular area you really want me to massage please let me know, beacause if one area of the body takes a lot longer than expected, then I may skip other areas of the body to finish within the agreed time.

The only one area that you can be assured won't receive any massage/stimulation will be the genitals.

As I said before, it is your treatment, your time to relax so lets make sure that you get the most out of your session.

What if I’m not comfortable with something during my massage?

Often people are embarrassed to speak up if there is something they don’t like about the massage. While I may be the “expert” on massage, you are the expert on you, and it is your massage and your time to relax. I will never be offended if you make a request to turn up the heat, add a blanket, or adjust the pressure or music during your session etc.

Will a single massage help me feel better?

For relaxation and to work out the day to day aches and pains, massage can have an immediate impact. But it is not uncommon to get a massage and still feel the pain or soreness after, or even to feel a bit worse. You may walk out feeling that you still have the issue you came in with but the next day it may be gone. We all are different and the massage will have different effects on each of us. Also the effect of the massage may take some time .

While I try to give the best massage every time, sometimes it may take few session to really understand (for both of us) what works best for you.

How often should I come?

Most of us would get massages almost daily if we could afford the time and money.

The answer to this question depends on the reasons for receiving the massage. Many of the effects of massage are cumulative, adding up over time. If you come for treatment to relieve chronic tightness that has been interfering with your everyday life for a long time, weekly sessions may be necessary for a while to build up on each session's improvement and its healing power.

For those who want to make massage a regular part of their health maintenance, those clients that use massage as preventive care and managing the stress of their daily lives, once a month is about the norm. Although they may shorten the time between massages during stressful periods. Some people come more often just because they enjoy it and others just come in for treatment when they have the time and money.

I never pressure people to come more often than they want to – I believe that it is your responsibility and ability to determine your own needs. Usually once people realize the benefits it provides and the pleasure they receive from the treatment, they find a way to incorporate a regular session into their lives and into their budget.

What if I'm embarrassed about my body?

You wouldn't believe how many times I've heard people to say they'd get a massage if they lost weight first or didn't have that cellulite or..... Don't let this stop you. You're denying yourself quite a pleasurable experience.

I am a massage therapist and I have seen bodies in every shape and size. And remember I am not here to judge you, I am here to “make you feel good” and I think that everybody deserves to receive this wonderful gift of massage and relaxation regardless of their age, size or any cosmetic imperfections. And remember nobody is perfect.

When should I not get a massage?

There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage:
  • Fever
  • Any type of infectious disease
  • Systemic infections
  • Severe cold
  • Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
  • Liver and kidney diseases
  • Blood clot
  • Pregnancy-induced diabetes, preeclampsia/eclampsia etc.
  • High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Open skin lesions or sores (therapist may work around them if localized)

Basically you don't want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse, and you don't want to pass anything contagious to the massage therapist. If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor (with some medical conditions you will be required to get permission from your GP).

What if I need to cancel?

To avoid being charged for the full amount of your session, please let me know at least 24 hours before your session if you will be unable to make your appointment. If your appointment is booked the same day you call, please be sure that you can make it before you book, as you may be ask to pay for cancelling if other client had to be turned down for that time. This is done in fairness to clients who would otherwise have wanted the appointment, as well as the therapist who is not paid if they do not perform the session.

Lateness

If you are late to your session you are welcome to receive whatever time is left in your appointment. Depending on the schedule I may be unable to extend your session beyond your original appointment time.

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy uses food and supplements to improve your health. It is a holistic treatment that looks at your personal history, lifestyle and eating habits in order to determine the right treatment for you. Nutritional therapy also looks at the root cause of your concern as well as treating the symptoms that may be present. The aim of nutritional therapy is to detoxify the body, correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies or overloads and restore healthy digestion which is a key to a good health and vitality.

What conditions can Nutritional Therapy help with?

Nutritional Therapy works by treating the whole person, rather than just the presenting symptoms. As a result of this process, clients may see an improvement in disorders such as PMS, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, eczema, acne, fatigue and many more.

How long before I feel better?

By following your personal treatment plan you should start to feel better quite quickly. Some clients notice improvement straight away but it may also take three or four months for any effect to take place. This all depends on the initial concern/condition, as ill health is usually accumulated over a longer period of time and may again take longer to improve.

I recommend a minimum of 2 consultations and find that most clients need a total of 3 or 4 consultations.

What happens during the consultation?

You will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire and food diary and return it to Vitality at least 3 days prior to your appointment. This enables some research to be completed prior to your visit and ensures you receive maximum value from the session.

Your initial appointment will last approximately 1½ hour. The exact duration depends on complexity of your case. This provides an opportunity for you to tell “your story”.

We would also go through your consultation form and food diary again to answer and clarify any questions arising. The consultation will help us to build a complete picture of your medical and family history, lifestyle, eating habits, etc.

This is very important and should help us to identify any underlying problems and to devise a personalised programme to suit your needs.

Follow up consultations are generally recommended between 4 and 6 weeks after the initial consultation, depending on the individual case and your state of health. Here we can asses your progress and address any concerns you have as well as change or adjust your programme to suit your and your bodies needs. This should help or even speed up the healing process.

How difficult it is to follow?

Even small changes to your nutrition and lifestyle can bring great improvement to your health and quality of life. But people are creatures of habit and even small changes may bring on a great challenges. The journey is not always easy and may require some level of dedication and determination, but the final result will definitely worth it.

Many people find it actually much easier then they initially thought, but we are all different and our bodies and minds will respond differently. So I suggest that you give it a go and see for yourself :-)

What is the difference between Dietician and Nutritional Therapist? Dieticians mostly work within the NHS and may be consulted where a specific condition needs to be controlled, such as diabetes or high cholesterol levels or in the intensive care unit of a hospital, where special feeding is needed. Dietician may only occasionally prescribe food supplements if there is a case of an obvious deficiency.

Nutritional Therapist looks at the root cause of your concern and nutritional therapy works by treating the whole person, rather than just the presenting symptoms. Nutritional Therapist will aim to determine individual levels of optimal nutrition, using supplements where appropriate.