Not to be confused

Not to be confused

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10:00am - 9:00pm

Fridays:
10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturdays:
10:00 - 3:00pm

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01822   618994

Not to be confused
Do we offer Physiotherapy?

Sorry but no; we are not physiotherapists.

Physiotherapy is a completely different discipline that is often referred by GPs or Surgeons and often funded by the NHS to aid musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders.

It's a fact that physiotherapists are actually trained in massage techniques but, probably because of time constraints placed upon them, it seems that these skills are rarely applied.

Ultrasound is more often used, where we would most definitely be hands-on, and we may both suggest exercises for patients to carry out in their own homes.

If you would like to read more about physiotherapy, you may wish to follow the link to the physiotherapy section of NHS Choices, which will open in a new tab but please don't forget to come back.

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What are contraindications?

Basically, when referring to massage, a contraindication is anything that would make it inadvisable to employ a particular procedure or treatment.

There aren't too many reasons why a client cannot have some kind of massage but there are certain medical conditions which may prevent or restrict what we would normally do.  Sometimes, we may need to modify a treatment to avoid an area which may cause discomfort e.g. localised bruising and, rarely, we may even need to seek a GPs approval before a treatment can take place.

Having said all of that, we have a comprehensive list of questions that we ask everyone before undertaking a course of treatment, which is designed to highlight any potential problems.

Reiki
has no known contraindications.

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Do we practice Chiropractic or Osteopathy?

As with Physiotherapy, these are another two professions that stand alone but if you are considering a consultation with either a Chiropractor or an Osteopath, you should be clear on the differences between the two.

Chiropractors are often referred to, and very often refer to themselves, as  'Bone Crunchers'. Chiropractic is essentially a manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column.  All Chiropractors in the UK are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council, (GCC) and it is against the law to call themselves a Chiropractor unless they are registered.

Osteopathy is totally different and shares the same principals as a good Holistic Therapist.  It is a system of diagnosis and treatment focusing on the whole body, which works by restoring the body's structural and functional balance.  All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, (GOsC) and it is against the law to call themselves an Osteopath unless they are registered.

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Is it normal to develop a bad headache after a massage treatment?

Normal?... It's certainly quite common but we wouldn't agree that it's normal.

1) On a strictly physical level, dehydration is probably the most common contributory factor for a post massage headache. It's caused by the body's need to use more water than usual to flush away the additional toxins that are released during a massage treatment session. Hence, we always ask you to drink at least one glass of water, before you leave, and several glasses more before you sleep.

2) We also advise you to avoid alcohol for the remainder of the day of your treatment. If you choose to ignore this advice, a headache is pretty much guaranteed by the following morning.

3) Your body continues with the processes that are started in your treatment session for many hours after your treatment has actually finished so carrying out anything too physical after your treatment is not a good idea either; your body will need to rest.

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Is Reiki Healing the same as Faith Healing?

The definition of Faith Healing varies slightly between dictionaries but essentially it means healing achieved by religious belief and prayer, rather than by physical/medical treatment, and is predominantly associated with Christian denominations. It requires the receiver to believe in a deity and that deity is believed to be the source of the healing; Reiki has no such requirement.

Some prefer to avoid the suggestion that Reiki practitioners have healing power at their disposal and argue that it is not the practitioner personally who affects the healing, but that the healing energy is being directed by divine consciousness.

The essence of Reiki healing is technique that is passed on to students by their Reiki Masters, so we do not personally liken Reiki to Faith Healing but accept that everyone has the right of both opinion and choice.

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Will I be pain free after my massage?

It would be fantastic if we could honestly answer YES to this question but when muscular pain has evolved over quite a long period of time, it follows that it may take some time to get the muscles back to normal.

Some of our clients experience pain relief almost immediately but others need two, three and sometimes more treatments before measurable relief can be felt; nothing is carved in stone, it purely depends on the individual set of circumstances.

It should also be noted that sometimes the pain actually seems to worsen for twelve hours or so before it levels out and a marked improvement may then be apparent.

We can usually assess the degree of pain and expected recovery time during our treatments so we can give you a much better idea at the time.

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Will I need to undress completely?

With regard to pants, shorts, knickers, boxers, thongs and the like, if you would like to have your massage 'au naturel', then that's fine, but it really depends on how you feel most comfortable. Some of our clients prefer to remove all of their clothing and others choose to retain their lower underwear.

With or without, our skill with the wraps guarantees that your dignity will NEVER be compromised so it really makes no difference to us whatsoever but if you intend to retain your underwear, you can help us greatly by choosing something that is is not too tight.

We know that some therapists try to massage their female clients without first asking them to remove their bra. For the record, we always request that bra's are removed before a body massage. Essentially, your bra would need to be unfastened and constantly moved around during the treatment. That in itself could make you feel awkward and uncomfortable and potentially result in oil staining.

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Is it safe to have a treatment during pregnancy?

Although there is no scientific evidence that supports massage as being harmful to mother or baby, most of our professions' regulatory bodies discourage massage during the first trimester. It is of course evidential that massage releases toxins but a myth that those toxins will pass over the placenta and harm the baby.  There is an almost endless list of benefits but as 97% of miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, our insurance cover only permits massage from the second trimester.

So, we'd love for you to enjoy our massage from week fourteen but with no deep work on your legs and we also tend to avoid the acupressure points around the feet, wrists and thenar eminence. It is usually quite okay for you to have your massage in the prone position, lying on your tummy, until you reach the stage that is no longer comfortable.  We will then massage you in the sideline position.

If you would like to partake of Reiki whilst you are pregnant, there is no restriction whatsoever and your baby can share and enjoy the loving energy too.

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What does FULL body massage actually mean?

A full body massage consists of massage to the scalp, face, neck, arms, hands, back, buttocks, abdomen, front and back of legs, ankles and feet but not usually in that order.

You can see from the shaded areas in the diagram, the areas that we will definitely NOT massage but you can specify other areas that you would prefer us to avoid.  Some of our clients for instance prefer us not to touch their feet, others tummy etc.

If you are specifically looking for someone to massage the areas of your body that we have shaded, we can only apologise for you having probably wasted your time looking at our site;  our service and efforts are unlikely to be of any use.

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How often should I have a massage?

This question should really be split into two.

If you require massage because of a physical condition i.e. Muscle problems, injury etc. we believe that anything less than one week intervals can actually be counterproductive. It can take up to four days for your body to re-stabilise itself after an intensive treatment and we are most definitely not of the school that would have you coming back to see us every couple of days just to take your money. We suggest that weekly or fortnightly treatments are good until the acute symptoms subside. Then, the duration between treatments can be stretched out to a four to six weekly maintenance programme.

For those of you with stress related conditions, pending exams or in high pressure jobs, weekly or fortnightly sessions are good.  And, if you are considering massage purely for pleasure, (recreational massage), there is absolutely no restriction; you can come along just as often as you wish.

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Do we offer Physiotherapy?
What are contra indications?
Do we practice Chiropractic or Osteopathy?
Is it normal to develop a bad headache after a massage treatment?
Is Reiki Healing the same as Faith Healing?
Will I be pain free after my massage?
Will I need to undress completely?
Is it safe to have a treatment during pregnancy?
What does FULL body massage actually mean?
How often should I have a massage?

We know that some aspects of our work can be just a little bit confusing.
We certainly don't have ALL the answers but we hope this page
might help to clarify at least some of the questions.

We've listed ten of the most frequently asked questions
and you just need to click on each of them to read the answer or explanation.