What are your consultation fees? Please see the therapists on the therapists page for their individual session times, fees and the health funds they are registered with.
I have a cold or maybe its flu should I have a massage? If you have a fever or flu symptoms you should not have a massage. Besides possibly infecting your therapist a massage will over stimulate your immune system in an attempt to detox and make you feel worse. If you only have a cold and don’t have aching muscles and joints and don’t feel feverish it is perfectly fine to have a massage. But be aware if you are coughing a lot, have a runny nose or a heavy head, lying face down could be uncomfortable so please call your therapist and have a chat about your symptoms first; if you’re still not sure it is best to err on the side of caution and cancel your appointment. Please let us know as soon as possible. There are other reasons not to have a massage if you are unsure please call us or consult your medical practitioner.
Do you have gift vouchers? Yes we do. Gift vouchers can be easily arranged by either calling or emailing the clinic. There are two types of gift vouchers. The gift card, this can be either posted or collected from the clinic or the gift voucher letter, this can be emailed to either the purchaser or the recipient. These vouchers can be processed quickly so if you are late in organising a gift nobody will ever know.
What is the difference between a swedish massage and deep tissue massage? Swedish Massage is a system of lighter long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles. Deep Tissue massage is a technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons, and fascia. For more information on our individual services please see the services page
Will the massage hurt? This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage doesn't probe very deep into the muscles and shouldn't hurt. A deeper remedial massage or a really deep tissue massage can sometimes be a little uncomfortable. With that being said, there is a 'thats a good hurt' pain and a 'stop it, it really hurts' pain and massage should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range. Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it. It is very important to let your therapist know if you are finding the massage too painful.
Should I be quiet during our massage, or can I talk? Whichever you prefer. There is no rule that says you have to remain quiet during a massage nor is there one that says you have to make small talk with your therapist. Some people find it impossible to relax while chatting and prefer to focus on the massage or possibly even drift off to sleep a little. Others are perfectly capable of relaxing while chatting and enjoy the conversation. Some people chat a little here and there and remain quiet for the rest of the session. All are perfectly acceptable. Our rule as a therapist is that we minimize conversation but if the client on our table wants to talk, we are happy to converse with you. You can usually tell when the person is done talking and wants to remain quiet for a bit. It is never rude to remain quiet the whole time.
I’ve had massage before and to be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed. Why should I make an appointment for another? Massage isn’t just about the kind of service you are receiving, more importantly is about whom you are receiving the service from. Every massage therapist has a different touch and a different way of perceiving your needs while you are on the table. Sometimes it takes a little while until you find the right therapist for you. It is very important to remember, however, that the therapist is not a mind reader and each client is different from the next. Things like room temperature, music, pressure and touch can make your experience either a positive or negative one but it is important to tell the therapist if there is something you are not happy with or something you would like. So speak up! Every client is different from the next. While one person may find the room temperature perfect, the very next person may find it too warm or cold. It is important to express your needs verbally in order to get the most out of your session.
How often should I get a massage? Ultimately this depends on what your lifestyle, schedule and budget will allow. You should come up with a schedule that realistically fits in to what your personal needs are. Everyone uses their bodies differently and therefore needs a different level of care. If you are dealing with chronic pain issues, are an avid athlete, or have high levels of stress in your life then weekly or bi-weekly sessions are most ideal. If you are in good health, experience very little pain and are just seeking wellness maintenance then monthly sessions would be fine. Sometimes a more frequent massage is required if the initial reason for a massage is pain or an injury . Once it is treated a maintenance massage, for example monthly sessions can be arranged. The important thing is to set up a regular schedule to maintain your body.
How will I feel after our session? Once again everyone is different but most people leave the session feeling somewhat disoriented and groggy. This will lift after a little while and you should be left feeling more relaxed and centered. Sometimes you will feel sleepy and relaxed for the rest of the day, other times you may feel energized and renewed. In the case of deep work and pain specific treatment you may feel a little sore the next day before you start to feel the real benefits of the work. This is completely normal and should not alarm you. It is part of the process of unwinding tension patterns and relieving chronic or acute pain. You should always be sure to drink plenty of water following a massage in order to keep your muscles hydrated and to flush out of your body toxins that were released during your massage.