What to expect

When you attend your first appointment, we will carry out a thorough questionnaire and assessment. This is nothing to worry about: it is to ensure that sports massage is the correct and safe course of action for you, and that we give you the appropriate tailored massage.  


We will examine your posture to build up a picture of what areas of your body we need to work on. Depending on your specific requirements, we may carry out passive, active and resisted muscle tests to identify where muscle tightness, weakness or imbalances exist. If we feel alternative treatment is required, either before or after the session, we will refer you to the relevant professional.


Your appointment will last 1 hour, unless previously arranged otherwise, so please make the most of your time by arriving promptly.


For the assessment and massage, clients should wear loose, comfortable clothing and underwear. Towels are used to cover you during the massage and will be moved to gain access to the area(s) that need treatment; so your modesty will be preserved at all times, and your clothing protected from the massage lotion used. To ensure your skin is cared for and you leave the massage grease free we use skin friendly lotion which has a neutral pH level and is hypoallergenic.


Sports massage may cause some discomfort as tight or injured muscles are treated. For the treatment to be effective you need to be relaxed and feel comfortable, so we will maintain communication with you during the session. This allows you to stay in control of your treatment.


You may feel some post-massage soreness in the muscles that have been treated, which is a good sign that the body is responding well to the treatment and is healing well.


After the massage, I may recommend you carry out specific exercises and stretches to assist the rehabilitation of injuries. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water, as this stimulates your body to get rid of the extra metabolic waste products that the massage has helped to drain from your muscles into your blood and lymphatic systems.

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