What to expect at your first appointment
If you have opted for a postural assessment, this is where we start.
Otherwise, depending on your reason for massage, I may start with some range of movement tests to assess the limitations of movement of your affected areas.
Before I start the massage treatment, I will explain how I plan to treat you and the areas I would like to work on. There will be a drape to cover you throughout the treatment, and I am conscious of your modesty at all times, only undraping the areas needing to be worked on.
As well as massage, I use various techniques in treating soft tissue. These may include, for example, neuromuscular technique, muscle energy technique, soft tissue release and positional release.
What to bring with you and wear
You will need to wear a face mask during your appointment, so please don't forget to bring one along. If you have forgotten one, I am able to provide you with a disposable one at a small charge to cover the cost. You will need to wear your mask at all times, apart from when lying face down on the couch when you may remove it if you prefer.
For the postural assessment, shorts, and a bra top for ladies, is ideal. If you are not comfortable in this and want to wear a t-shirt etc, I can work around that. Just let me know what you are most happy with.
I would advise attending the appointment in loose, comfortable clothing, maybe wearing your shorts underneath ready for the postural assessment.
When you dress again after your treatment, don't forget you will still have some massage oil on your skin. Any that gets on clothing does launder out, but if you are concerned then it's best to wear something you won't worry marks.
You will be lying directly on a plastic cover over the couch during your treatment (due to cleaning and disinfecting between clients this is necessary) so if you wish to bring a towel or sheet to lie on, please feel free. There is an heated electric blanket on the couch so it's not unbearable without a towel!
You may like to bring a bottle of water or other drink with you for after your treatment.
Depending on your reason for massage, I often finish our session by giving advise on stretches and exercises you can do at home.