Massage

What kind of massage do I offer?

The massage that I offer is a blend of the following techniques. Swedish, which uses long flowing strokes, squeezing and percussive movements to encourage the circulation of blood and lymph. Acupressure, which is applying concentrated pressure on specific points to release blockages of energy along the meridian lines of the body. Deep tissue massage, which is firm pressure applied to knots in the superficial musculature. McTimney chiropractic techniques for the neck and shoulders, which are gentle but highly effective methods of releasing deeply-held tension. Reflexology on the feet is used at the end for a deeper level of relaxation and to work out any remaining energy blocks. Depending on what you need, I may use some of these techniques more than others.


 

What are the benefits of massage?

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
  • Assist with shorter, easier labour for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defence system
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
  • Reduce spasms and cramping
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
  • Relieve migraine pain

 

What do I wear during the massage?

You have the choice to wear underwear or undress completely, but you will at all times be covered by a towel or a light wrap for modesty.


 

Do I need to do anything before the massage?

Before the first massage, I will allow a little extra time (approx. 15 minutes) to hold a short consultation about any problems, contraindications, allergies and what you are looking for out of your massage. Please shower before a massage. It is advisable not to be either too hungry or too full before a massage, and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


 

Do I have to do anything during the massage?

Less is more. Try not to help me if, for example, I am moving your arm around. The more passive you are, the more relaxed your muscles will be. You will begin by lying face down with your head in the cradle or face hole as I will begin the massage with your back and neck. Half-way through the massage you will turn over on to your back. I will encourage you to pay attention to your breathing, and focus on relaxing on the exhalation. When I am working on releasing any knots in the muscles, breathing deeply will speed the process of release and deepen your sense of relaxation.


 

What oils do you use?

I use the highest quality oils that I can find, including organic oils. The base oil chosen depends on your skin type. I may use organic sweet almond, apricot, grapeseed or jojoba oil, to which I add a blend of essential oils, for example, lavender or rose – especially mixed for you – taking into consideration your personality, mood, and condition.


 

Can I have a massage if I am pregnant?

Massage is wonderful during pregnancy. Just make sure to say if you are, or could be pregnant, as certain essential oils and pressure points should not be used. From about 16 weeks, you sit on a stool for the back to be massaged, and then lie on the table on your side or back, propped up with plenty of pillows. I do not massage the abdomen in pregnancy.


 

When should I not have a massage?

If you are suffering from any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Any type of infectious disease
  • Systemic infections
  • Severe cold
  • Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
  • Liver and kidney diseases
  • Blood clot
  • Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia
  • High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Open skin lesions or sores (I can work around them if localized)

 

Do I have to drive straight home after my massage?

As you will be feeling so relaxed, it takes a few minutes to be able to function at your normal speed. You are invited to spend a little while relaxing after your massage. Try not to have an appointment or anything too demanding to do soon after!


 

What is your cancellation policy?

If for any reason, you know that you cannot make your appointment, please give me notice as early as possible. If you have to cancel less than 24 hours before, unless due to sickness or an emergency, then you will be charged half of your fee.