What to expect at an appointment
I have a beautiful bespoke therapy room in my home in New Alresford, Hampshire. I want you feel welcome and comfortable. I have children and a cat, although neither are allowed in the therapy room ever, if you have allergies to either, we need to consider me visiting you at your home!
For your first appointment, I need to run though a detailed health and lifestyle assessment to ensure that I provide the safest and most effective body work session for you. It is also an opportunity to identify potential areas where a different therapy may be beneficial, and I can make professional recommendation to a variety of local therapists (links to these can also be found on the links page of this site).
The assessment takes different forms depending on why you are seeing me. For pure pampering relaxation, I don't need much in depth detail, Just enough to know that I can treat you safely without contraindications.
But if we are addressing an issue, be that physical pain, restricted mobility, mental or emotional turmoil and distress, the assessment requires as much information as we can gather, taking into account your whole life where apropriate. It may seem long, taking between 20 and 30 minutes for most people, but up to an hour for complex cases, but accepting the simple fact, your mind and body are just one person and can not be separated, and to resolve an issue means to understand the root cause, then you can understand the detail required. The human system is the most wonderful complete and self healing design - the problem is we live in a world where stress, medication and disharmony mean that our bodies can no longer self heal because we no longer work with our bodies enough. If you know that your history or your present state of wellbeing is complicated, it may well be worth booking a 90 minute session so that we can do our homework and bodywork!
Once we have talked about your health situation, we can discuss what you are hoping to achieve from your sessions with me. You may want a simple pampering relaxation session; or rejuvenation of tired and fatigued legs; to address sore or painful muscles and joints; or you may battle with depression or suffer low mood or anxiety; have digestive or bladder discomfort, brain fog and poor concentration of memory; or not know exactly until we talk. I will come up with a plan for each session, and we can discuss how that feels to you. You are the boss! I am the expert in my therapies, but you are the expert in your body, and unless we work together, we are not going to get the best possible results.
I will then leave you to get undressed, comfortable and covered in soft towels on the massage table. I keep my therapy room very warm with soft lighting and candles. Ideally, clients will need to be naked, but if you prefer to keep underpants or socks on, your relaxation and comfort is paramount so thats fine too. When you are ready, I will re-enter the room and commence the session.
If you are having a Jikiden Reiki session, you remain fully clothed on the couch, with supported head and legs, and a warm blanket.
If lying down is an issue in itself, or if you just prefer seated massage, I have a massage chair thats really comfortable too. It works great for those who just want a back, neck and shoulder, or a head massage.
During the session, it is vitally important that you let me know if you feel chilly or too warm, and what the massage feels like to you. I know exactly what pressure feels like to my hands, but I have no idea how that pressure feels to your body. What one person feels as deep pressure, another may consider a tickle! If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any moment, tell me immediately because invariably, we can adjust the session to suit you better.
After your massage, I will leave you to rest and "set" the relaxation for a few moments until you are ready to get up. Some clients feel "spaced out", or light headed after the session, so it is important to get up slowly and get dressed gently. For this reason, please do not have to rush off immediately after your session.
Once you are ready, I will come back into the room and we can discuss how you felt the session went, and I can let you know of any issues I have discovered that may need more work. We can make a plan for future sessions, which may be weekly if there is an acute problem, or it may be monthly or longer. It is important to me that you are comfortable with the frequency of the sessions, as well as ensuring that optimal benefit is achieved.
It is widely accepted that the more massage you have, the greater the benefit from each session is possible. You may come to me for an acute problem, but do consider that having a regular massage, even if it is just twice a year, may prevent that acute problem becoming painful and impinging on your life in the future.
After your massage, ideally you can take it easy for the rest of the day. Do not drink excessively, but take a good 1 to 2 pints more pure water to help flush out the toxins that the massage has released from your muscle fibres. If you do not help your body get rid of these toxins, you may feel groggy, and ultimately, the toxins will end up back in exactly the same place as before the session and there will be little benefit gained. With this in mind, if you suffer bladder weakness, it may be better to book a morning appointment so that you can finish the extra water well before bedtime! I will also talk to you about aftercare specific to our session at this point.
If you have any concerns or worries at any time before or after your session, do not hesitate to contact me by phone on 07780953143, or email using [email protected]
Deep Tissue Massage as a unique therapy is relatively modern, although it draws from massage styles of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians as well as Far Eastern techniques. The basic practise is similar to Swedish Massage, but has a much deeper action and uses more pressure to treat the muscles and connective tissues right to their core.
Myofascial Release Technique
Myofascial Release Technique (MFT), does not use oils. It is a very gentle and slow therapy - it is astoundingly effective fro those who do not like deep pressure, and surprisingly perhaps, for those who can not get hard enough pressure - it sounds like an oxymoron, but unless you wish to train in MFT, you will have to take my word for it until you have tried it for yourself. That is not to say that discomfort is never felt - indeed, where it is needed most it can be painful, but I will always work with you and within your boundaries and comfort zones. If it is too uncomfortable, I can lower the intensity of the session, and we can schedule more sessions to ensure the same end point of freedom of pain, tension, and restriction are met - it may just take longer to achieve, which is logical. Search youtube for talks by John F Barnes for a deeper understanding of this amazing technique.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
This is almost non-massage! The pressure is just a few g/cm2. The movement is gentle and pumping, following a strict pattern through your body to facilitate a negative pressure pump, drawing excess fluid away from congested areas to gently re-enter your main circulation system. It is very good for swelling, bloating and general health detoxing and re-balancing. It can also create a tranquil state of relaxation, so has a broad mind/body effect.
Head, Hand & Foot Massage
Your head, hands and feet are not totally distinct and separate from your torso and limbs. Each have muscles surrounding or connected to them, tendons and ligaments working with those muscles and each benefit from massage therapy, both to support and complete a massage treatment or as stand-alone treatments to address joint-locking of the extremities, cramps and general pampering.
Hot & Cold Stone Massage
A treatment that combines the benefits of thermotherapy, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, vibrational therapy and massage therapy. The use of warmed stones both placed on the body and used in the therapists hands during massage induces a deep state of relaxation and incredible penetration of tension.