Frequently asked questions:
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A MASSAGE OR CRANIOSACRAL TREATMENT
Some sample common questions clients have asked me………
“What happens when I book an appointment?”
If you use the online booking system by pressing the ‘book an appointment’ button, you will be taken to a form to fill out with your details and the type of appointment you would like to book. If you are coming here as a ‘new client’, please choose this option. You also have the option to pay online at this time. If you prefer to make an appointment over the phone, then I can book you in myself. I will still need you to fill out your details online at the time of booking. If you are not yet ready to make a booking and would like to have a no obligation chat on the phone to ask questions, then do please message me and we can arrange a mutually convenient time for this.
“What happens at my first appointment?”
When you arrive at my door I will come and greet you. I will show you into the treatment room and show you where to put your belongings. During these COVID times I require you to wear a facemask. I will also be wearing one. The facilities are thoroughly deep cleaned in betweeen clients, ventilated, all linens are fresh and there is plenty of hand gel available for you. If this is your first treatment we will spend a few minutes going over your treatment needs prior to the hands on time. Please allow an extra 10 minutes or so on to your treatment time for this. I will leave you to get on to the treament table and when you are ready we can begin the session.
“Do I have to take my clothes off?”
During a massage treatment you would normally remove your outer clothing, but keep your underwear on. If you prefer to wear some kind of sports shorts, this is also a good option. However if someone prefers to remain clothed then a treatment can still be given. Every part of your body, except for the area I am working on, will be covered by towels at all times. I will leave the room to allow you complete privacy when getting dressed and undressed.
During a craniosacral treatment you remain fully clothed and would normally lie down on the treatment table.
“Will it hurt?”
The treatment should not be painful. You should leave at the end of the session feeling relaxed with a better range of movement. If there are areas of restriction which can feel uncomfortable when touched, I will work with you to your own individual level of tolerance in an effort to treat the restrictions. I try and avoid situations where the treatment ‘hurts’ as the muscle guarding which takes place will be working against what I am trying to achieve. When restrictions release people often descibe it as a ‘good’ pain and frequently feel immediate relief.
A craniosacral treatment will not hurt. It is a very light touch treatment which enables your body to relax sufficiently for deeper restrictions and tensions to be addressed.
“What if I have a medical condition?”
There are some medical conditions that are contraindicated. When making your booking it is best to let me know of any condition you may have. It may be necessary to get the permission of your GP before starting any course of massage treatment. However massage or craniosacral therapy can help many medical conditions.
“Will I experience any adverse reactions after the treatment”
The treatment will continue to take effect for 24-48 hours after the event. Changes can happen during this time, which are interesting to notice. Occasionally you may notice something like a headache, increased urination, increased or decreased energy. As the body rebalances and settles over 48 hours you should feel a sense of calm and relaxation.
“How many sessions will I need to stop my pain?”
The number of sessions required for a clinical massage to work really depends upon how long you have had your symptoms. For example if you have had back pain or a sporting injury for years, then one treatment is unlikely to change very much long term. You could see an improvement in one sesson, however I normally expect a change to start occurring on the third or fourth session. I will always advise and help with contributing postural issues and suggest any relevant stretches or exercises which may help you. Treatments tend to work best when used alongside appropriate self-help at home.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) can bring about a change in just one or two sessions. For long standing issues further sessions may be needed. Some people find they benefit from regular treatments, noticing an improvement in physical and/or emotional symptoms and increased self-awareness. Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s, even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own.