FAQ – About Massage

What should I expect during my first visit?

Upon arrival, every client is required to fill out a health history form, and sign a consent to treat form. On these forms you can choose how much or how little you wish to tell us, but remember that we use the health history form as a tool to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. It is also important to tell your therapist of any allergies you may have, especially nut allergies, as we may need to change our oils or products accordingly.

In the case of Remedial or Therapeutic Massage, your therapist will conduct a thorough assessment, and where appropriate will conduct specific tests to evaluate your condition in relation to presenting complaints.

Once this assessment is completed, your therapist will explain the treatment that they will perform and give you privacy to undress and get on the table. Please be assured that your privacy is of the utmost importance to us, and you will be fully draped at all times.
Once your treatment is complete, your therapist my run a few more tests, and prescribe some at home activities or stretches to help with your recovery.

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Do I have to be completely undressed?

For a full body massage we generally request that you undress down to your underwear, however as the client, you should only undress to your level of comfort. You will be appropriately draped at all times, and only the area being worked on will be exposed at any one time. If you do not wish to undress, let your therapist know and they will adapt their techniques to suit. There are some massages that do not require the client to undress. Thai Massage is usually performed fully clothed, as is chair massage. Reflexology only requires the removal of the clients shoes and socks.

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Do I have to be covered with a sheet or towel?

In short, yes. Appropriate draping is part of the AAMT code of conduct. Once you are undressed and on the table under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. Genitals and breasts will not be uncovered. If a therapist needs to work on a woman’s abdomen, a second towel will be used to cover her breasts before the abdomen is exposed.

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What do I do during my massage treatment?

It depends on the kind of massage you’re receiving. If you are having a relaxation, therapeutic or reflexology treatment, you’ll just have to make yourself comfortable, and we’ll do all the work. Remedial massage requires some testing to be performed, and during your treatment you may be required to activate muscles and perform some movements to get the most out of the technique.

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How long will my massage treatment last?

The average full body relaxation massage lasts 60 minutes, although we offer 90 and 120 minute options on our relaxation therapies. Remedial treatments generally last 60 minutes, including testing, although you may wish to book a 90 minute treatment for your first consultation.

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Will the massage hurt?

Once again, it depends on the kind of massage you get. A relaxation massage should not hurt at all, but you may get some discomfort for any massage that works the deep tissue. Remedial massage can cause a degree of pain as we are working with deep tissue, injury and dysfunction. It is important to note that any pain or discomfort that you feel should not be unbearable, and it is important to speak up if you are experiencing pain during your treatment. Our goal is to reduce your stress, not cause it.

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Can I eat or drink beforehand?

A large meal is not recommended before massage, nor is drinking too much liquid. Aside from making you uncomfortable if pressure is placed around you stomach or digestive tract, you may end up having to make an emergency dash to the toilet, which will interrupt your treatment. We recommend a light meal, no sooner than an hour prior to your treatment, and little water for hydration. After your massage we recommend you drink at least a litre of water to flush out the toxins released from the lymphatic system during your treatment.

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Can I train after my massage?

It is not recommended that you train after a relaxation or remedial treatment as your muscles are stretched and relaxed, and are not ready for training. If you must train that day, we recommend that you do so prior to the massage. If you book in for a pre-training sports massage, your therapist will use short brisk strokes aimed at waking the muscles up and getting them ready for movement.

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Will I be sore?

You may experience some muscles soreness for a day or two after a remedial or therapeutic treatment. This pain should be no worse than the soreness you experience the day after a heavy workout. Some clients may experience bruising, and the degree of which will depend on the client, as some people bruise more easily than others. If you have any concerns about post treatment soreness or bruising, please contact the clinic to discuss it.

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What is appropriate dress?

We recommend that you dress for comfort, in sweats or active wear, especially if you are getting Thai massage or another style of massage where the client remains fully clothed. Remember to bring a water bottle to hydrate after!

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