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1. What is therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic massage is a type of massage focused on relieving pain, reducing stress, and working on specific problem areas in the body. It involves various techniques like deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point therapy, and myo-fascial release.

2. What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic massage can help with:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Improved circulation
  • Enhanced flexibility
  • Stress reduction
  • Better sleep quality
  • Improved mental clarity and mood

3. Who can benefit from therapeutic massage?

Almost anyone can benefit from therapeutic massage, including those suffering from chronic pain, stress, anxiety, sports injuries, and repetitive strain injuries. It is also beneficial for people looking to maintain overall wellness.

4. Is therapeutic massage safe?

Yes, therapeutic massage is generally safe for most people. However, individuals with certain medical conditions (e.g., deep vein thrombosis, severe osteoporosis, open wounds) should consult with their healthcare provider before getting a massage.

Before the Massage

5. How should I prepare for a therapeutic massage?

  • Arrive a few minutes early to relax and fill out any necessary paperwork.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Communicate any specific issues or areas of discomfort to your therapist.
  • Avoid eating a heavy meal right before your session.

6. What should I expect during my first session?

During your first session, your therapist will ask about your medical history, current physical condition, and specific concerns. This information helps tailor the massage to your needs. The session will typically last 60-90 minutes.

7. Do I need to undress for a therapeutic massage?

You will be asked to undress to your comfort level. Therapists typically use a draping technique to cover the body and only expose the area being worked on.

During the Massage

8. What techniques are commonly used in therapeutic massage?

Common techniques include:

  • Swedish Massage: Long, gliding strokes for relaxation and circulation.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: Firm pressure to target deeper muscle layers and connective tissue.
  • Trigger Point Therapy: Focused pressure on specific points to alleviate pain.
  • Myofascial Release: Gentle stretching and massage of the fascia.

9. Will the massage be painful?

Therapeutic massage can sometimes involve deep pressure, which might be slightly uncomfortable but should not be painful. Always communicate with your therapist about your comfort level.

10. How do I communicate with my therapist during the session?

Feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much, if you’re feeling pain, or if you have any other concerns. Open communication ensures the massage meets your needs.

After the Massage

11. What should I do after my massage?

  • Drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins.
  • Rest if you feel the need.
  • Apply heat or ice to any areas that feel sore.
  • Avoid strenuous activities immediately after the massage.

12. How will I feel after the massage?

You might feel relaxed and rejuvenated, but it’s also normal to feel a bit sore or fatigued. These effects typically subside within a day or two.

13. How often should I get a therapeutic massage?

The frequency depends on your individual needs and goals. Some people benefit from weekly sessions, while others may find monthly or bi-monthly massages sufficient.

Additional Information

14. Can therapeutic massage help with chronic conditions?

Yes, regular therapeutic massage can help manage chronic conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic back pain by reducing pain and improving mobility.

15. Are there any side effects of therapeutic massage?

Side effects are generally mild and may include temporary soreness, fatigue, or slight bruising. Serious side effects are rare but can occur if pre-existing conditions are not communicated.

16. How do I choose a qualified massage therapist?

Massage therapy is unregulated in the UK. You should:

  • Ensure the therapist is certified, insured, and belongs to a recognised UK professional body (e.g. Federation of Holistic Therapists, Sports Massage Association). These professional bodies are self-regulating but have minimum standards of Professional Qualification, Insurance and Continuous Professional Development (C.P.D.)
  • Check reviews or ask for recommendations.
  • Discuss any medical conditions or concerns with the therapist before booking.

We hold FHT membership and insurance.

17. What should I do if I feel uncomfortable during the massage?

You should immediately inform your therapist if you feel uncomfortable for any reason. Your comfort and safety are the top priorities, and the therapist can adjust the technique or pressure as needed.

Feel free to reach out with any additional questions or concerns about therapeutic massage!