Frequently asked questions

How does Soft Tissue Therapy and Remedial Massage differ from normal massage?

Soft Tissue Therapy and Remedial Massage is applied with your goals in mind, meaning we look at what you need and then apply the relevant technique(s) to help you reach your goals. These techniques vary from: finding muscle imbalances which may be the cause of your current issue and offering remedial exercises to correct them; questions about your sports equipment or mechanism of injury; along with treating the tissues which are crying out for attention. Your goals may vary depending on whether you are carrying an injury or are just needing to bring your legs back to life for your next training session

What is your cancellation policy?

It's quite simple, you need to give me 24 hours notice if you want to avoid paying for a session you can't make. Why do I do this? For two reasons, firstly there are others who may be desperate to get in to see us, this period allows me to get them in for a session. The second is our livelihood, when I can't fill a slot I still have overheads to pay, we lose money and other potential new clients. This notice period is an industry standard for doctors, physios and most other medical practices

When should I receive a treatment?

There is no "best" time to receive a treatment from me. Everyone differs in their needs and responds differently to treatment.

My general rule of thumb is this: if you have an injury which needs treating, it is best to leave it a 2 or 3 days for any inflammation to subside. In that time before treatment, following the R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) protocol is normally advisable. Please contact me if you wish to discuss a recent injury.

If you are not injured and your muscles are sore post a hard session, then this is a good time to have a recovery treatment to keep you on track with your training plan.

If you are treating yourself to a massage for the first time before an event, give yourself a few days for your muscles to settle after the treatment. Regular massage goers know how their bodies respond to a treatment, some bounce off the couch ready for the 100m, others take a few days to bounce back. Err on the side of caution and give yourself a few days to recover, it would be a shame to ruin all that good training.

How often should I have treatment from you?

If time and budget were not an issue, every week. But the reality is they are. So, with an injury, try and visit before the injury becomes severe. The sooner we can help solve the problem the better. If you are on a budget and treating yourself to a massage, then (if you are a sports person) I would suggest having the treament prior to your event so you are ready to compete. If you receive regular massages, then keep your goals in mind, if you are unsure, read the answer above, if that doesn't help pleasecontact me for a chat.

Is Soft Tissue Therapy what I need?

Soft tissue therapists treat musculoskeletal injury, pain and dysfunction from all walks of life, so if you have any of these, the answer is yes! Although sport can be a common factor with many of my patients, this is far from being the main issue I deal with. Soft tissue work is appropriate regardless of age, gender or level of fitness – there’s no need to own a tracksuit! The benefits of soft tissue therapy for all patients whether elite athletes or stressed-out office workers include:

  • Improved posture & flexibility
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved recovery & enhanced rehabilitation
  • Increased sporting performance
  • Injury prevention & improved muscle balance
  • Increased circulation & removal of metabolic waste
  • Psychological and physical relaxation
If you think a sport massage or soft tissue therapy might benefit you, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How many treatments will I need?

This is completely dependent on the condition of your soft tissue and the length of time it has been troubling you. The number of treatments can be reduced by your own input by following post treatment advice.

How do I pay for my treatments?

You will have the option to pay online when you book a treatment or you can pay cash on the day.

What should I wear for my treatment?

For full body treatments, I will leave the room and ask you to undress to underwear (briefs, boxers or stretch-shorts are practical & provide comfort for most clients. A back fastening bra is best, as sports bras cover too much of the muscle). You will be provided with pillows for support and constantly covered by towels effectively throughout the treatment to keep the muscles warm & protect modesty. Only the area that is being worked on is uncovered at any time. Area specific treatments Treatments involving the shoulders, upper back & arms just upper body garments need to be removed (trousers can remain), ladies can keep bras on if they prefer but will need their arms out of the straps. I may also ask to undo your bra when treating your back. As always modesty will be covered at all times.

Do you provide a mobile service?

I am able to offer a mobile service for an additional cost. This extra cost will be based on your location. I will also need a relatively large area to set up my couch and move around it during the treatment and assessment. Please contact me for more details.