Before your massage

  • It is best to avoid heavy meals and alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage. 
  • If you are able to, take a shower before to begin warming up your muscles. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes; appropriate for your treatment if you are staying clothed or items that are easy to change from. 
  • Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your appointment, this allows you to start relaxing. If you arrive late you will feel rushed and take longer to switch off. 
  • Think ahead about any areas you want to focus on during your treatment. 
  • Remember how you felt after your last massage, it will help decide if any changes need to be made to your treatment

After your massage

  • Keep yourself warm and avoid anything strenuous. 
  • You are likely to feel relaxed, calm and feel better physically, mentally and emotionally than when you arrived. 
  • Stay well hydrated both before and after your massage. It helps flush out the toxins that have been disturbed during your treatment. 
  • Avoid alcohol. Your lymph and blood stream has been sped up and toxins are being encouraged out of your system, alcohol will contradict your massage and may cause headaches. 
  • Occasionally your massage can prompt a “healing crisis”, due to the increase in your circulation from your massage treatment. Do not feel concerned this is a positive healing process where you may feel temporarily worse but it will pass within a couple of days or less. This is part of the healing process and a sign that your body is changing and healing. Please do let me know if you have experienced this at your next treatment. 
  • Head to bed early! You are likely to sleep well after your massage which will extend the muscle repair. 

Contraindications:

  • Whilst massage is on the whole very safe there are a few exceptions. A consultation will be completed with you prior to your treatment, it is important to keep me updated with any changes to your health. 
  • Massage is not appropriate if you are suffering with skin infections, cuts or injuries. 
  • If you are receiving ongoing medical treatments you will need to consult with your GP/specialist prior to any massage treatments. 
  • Hot stone therapy is not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased pain sensitivity, tumours, metal implants, recent chemotherapy, radiation or surgery or are on medication that thins the blood.
  • If you think you may be pregnant, please let me know.