Things to know about having a massage

If you have not had a massage or holistic treatment before, or it has been a while since your last one, there is some information it is good to know (or be reminded of) before you arrive for your treatment/massage.  There are a few rules and legal bits that need to be mentioned along with some common sense things.

Consultations

A detailed consultation is done prior to your first treatment. All information provided is kept confidential. The information gathered enables the massage therapist to adapt the treatment especially to suit your needs. Some treatments are not suitable for some clients. The therapist should discuss all available options with you during the consultation. Each time you visit you will have a brief consultation to decide what treatment is best for that day. Generally, an appointment for a full hour massage will take approx. 90 minutes of your time.

Holistic therapies are not a substitute for proper medical diagnosis and treatment. At no time will you be encouraged to stop treatment or to reduce or change your prescription drugs without first talking to your GP or Consultant.

  • Please be on time. If you are late, your treatment will mostly likely be finished within the allocated time, so that the person following you is not kept waiting. The cost remains unchanged.
  • If you have to cancel, please give as much notice as possible, preferably a minimum of 12 hours. Each practitioner will have their own rules. Obviously, if there is an emergency then do the best you can.
  • Please shower or bathe before you go to the appointment. Coming straight from work is OK. Coming straight from the gym (without showering) is not!
  • A parent or guardian must accompany any child under the age of 18.

Contra-indications

Whilst massage is a safe treatment, there are certain conditions (contra-indications) which may require special attention or may prohibit the provision of a treatment. Please check the conditions listed below. If any of them apply to you, please contact your massage therapist prior to your appointment to discuss.

Conditions prohibiting treatment:

  • if you have a thrombosis or embolism
  • if you have a contagious skin condition e.g. scabies, impetigo, tinea, etc.
  • if you arrive for treatment under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Conditions that may require special attention or the permission of your GP:

  • recent head/neck injury
  • severe bruising over a large area of the body
  • recent operations – within the last 6 months. This will depend on the type of operation
  • if you have a history of thrombosis or embolism
  • if you are pregnant (2nd or 3rd trimester)
  • low blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Haemorrhage
  • Spastic conditions
  • Dysfuntion of the nervous system

In the interests of the safety of both client and therapist, the massage therapist reserves the right to refuse treatment if it is deemed inappropriate or inadvisable.