What should I expect on the first appointment?
What might a I feel in the days following?
How often should I have a massage?
How do I know you’re qualified?
How do I know if it is working?
While I set up the massage table in your designated area, I will ask
you to complete a standard consultation form, which briefly outlines
your history and what you’d like to achieve with massage. We will then
have a chat about what you require and which techniques will be most
effective. If you require remedial treatment, then I will ask you more
in-depth questions and do some testing before starting the table work.
I will then leave the room for you to dress to your level of comfort and
cover yourself with the provided towels.
During the session I will ask other questions to make sure you’re com-
fortable with regards to pressure and warmth. At the end, I will ask how
you feel and if required, do retesting and may give you some personal-
ised stretches or strengthening ‘homework’ to maximise the treatment.
What you feel in the days following a massage depends on what
techniques are used to achieve your desired outcome. For a relaxation
massage you should feel relief and relaxed. For a remedial massage
you may experience some discomfort and soreness as a result of the
body generally re-setting the muscular parameters. Two to three days
following the massage you should feel relieved and more comfortable.
Doing the exercises recommended will assist your body ‘reset’ and
maximise the treatment.
It depends on what you want to achieve with massage. If the massage
is for relaxation then as you feel necessary is ideal, perhaps every
three to four weeks, depending on how stressed you are! For main-
tenance i.e. sports preparation, at least once per week or fortnight is
recommended. Frequency for post injury or surgical treatment is on a
case by case basis and can be from up to two or three times per week
for a few weeks then dropping back to once a week for a month or so.
I have formal qualifications in remedial massage therapies and am a
member of the Australian Association of Natural Therapists (member
number AN 5072R). You may go to their website and do a search for
me and it will list my qualifications. Upon your request, I will also hap-
pily bring my qualifications with me to your appointment. An enquiry
can also be made to your private health fund, as I am registered with a
range of providers for rebates.
To tell if massage is working for you we must look at what you wanted
to achieve and whether you notice a difference after a given time. For
example, after a massage or series of treatments you may experience
more movement, be pain free in a particular area or generally feel
relaxed and tension free. If you’re not sure that massage is working for
you, let’s talk about it!