WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
I set up my practice in 1999; during this time I have treated people from many different occupations and activities, such as sports persons including weight lifters and body builders, office workers, hairdressers, students, pregnant women and children.
I am trained in many different aspects of massage ranging from DEEP TISSUE, SPORTS & REMEDIAL MASSAGE which includes HOT & COLD STONES, BELLABACCI CUPS, SOFT TISSUE RELEASE, MUSCLE ENERGY and NEUROMUSCULAR TECHNIQUES to RELAXING, STRESS RELIEF MASSAGE.
My treatments are tailored to each person’s specific needs, which can often change between appointments. I like to take time to fully assess what is going on in your life in order to adapt the session accordingly so as to give you the best possible outcome. I also like to take time after the session to allow you to adjust to the changes that will have taken place, it is quite common to feel a little light headed for a short while.
On your first visit a confidential account of your medical history and current symptoms will be taken in order to assess the type of therapies or combination of therapies that will meet your needs, I will also ask you to sign a consent form. I take an holistic approach to my work; for instance you may want a deep tissue massage but are feeling very stressed and unable to relax, therefore I would offer to start and finish the treatment with a longer time given to relaxation, which could include relaxing massage, foot massage or perhaps some Reiki which is a wonderful way to finish off the treatment.
The consultation usually takes about 20 minutes and a further 10 minutes will be needed for dressing after the treatment; I do not make a charge for this extra time
I work in a fully equipped and tranquil treatment room which encourages relaxation and helps you to unwind.
SPORTS MASSAGE at the Holistic Academy with Camilla Davies.
REFLEXOLOGY at The Holistic School of Reflexology, a course accredited by The Association of Reflexologists.
My training in Reiki was with Debbie McDougall based on the original teachings of Mikao Usui - Reiki's Founder - which is now being introduced to the West by renowned Reiki Master, Taggart King
Also trained in Hot Stone Massage, Bellabaci Cupping, Vertical Reflexology, Cranio-Sacral Reflexology and Aromatherapy.
Massage and Reflexology are natural, but due to the increase in circulation that is achieved, there are certain situations when treatment should not be performed, these are called contraindications, which means that the treatment might be detrimental rather than beneficial. There are three types of contraindication:-
TOTAL – when treatment should not be given at all.
Such as:- Any disease that is infectious, recent operations or injuries, anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fever, during the first three months of pregnancy.
MEDICAL – when treatment can only go ahead once permission has been given by a medical practitioner.
Such as:- high dose medication, any Cardio-vascular disorder, Oedema, Osteoporosis, Cancer, Psychotic disorders, Epilepsy, Diabetes.
LOCAL – this is when treatment can be given providing the affected area is avoided.
Such as:- Cuts and bruises, Varicose veins, Inflammation.
It is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE that you inform your therapist of any conditions that you have or that may occur during your course of treatment.
ABOUT THE TREATMENTS
Before we commence with your treatment, I will explain what is going to happen and the effects that you can expect, after this you will be left alone to get changed and a towel will be provided to cover you. Men are expected to wear underwear at all times. You will be offered further coverings, a heated pad and/or hot stones for added warmth in order to help warm muscles and for relaxation.
RESPONSES TO THE TREATMENT
Due to this type of therapy’s ability to stimulate the body’s own healing power, there may be some sort of response as the body rids itself of toxins. A common response is an increase in the excretory systems as the body cleanses itself. Sometimes the body is unable to excrete the toxins quickly enough which can lead to nausea, headache, fatigue and cold symptoms, this is often referred to as a 'healing crises', however these symptoms are temporary and will usually disappear within a few days. More often there is a deep feeling of relaxation after a treatment followed by an increase in energy and a feeling of well being.
After a deep tissue massage you may experience delayed onset muscle soreness which feels similar to what we experience after intense exercise. This is due to the knots having been broken down and the muscles being stretched but should quickly disappear. It is of important that you tell your therapist if the pressure is too deep as each person has a different pain threshold, if you are finding the massage uncomfortable then you will be unable to relax which will prevent you from getting the full benefit.
You may feel a little drowsy after your treatment which is quite normal, it is helpful to rest if you can in order to allow yourself time to adjust to the changes brought about by the treatment and to give the body the opportunity to cleanse itself.
Therefore for the rest of the day:-
Eat only light meals
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Avoid strenuous exercise
Drink water to help flush out the toxins
Rest, if possible.