frequently asked questions

What to expect during the first appointment?
On your first visit, I will undertake an initial assessment, record your medical and health history, review your current problem and if needed undertake some movement tests. Together we locate the cause of your pain or dysfunction and define what kind of treatment will be best for you. This will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes; the first treatment will follow right afterwards lasting around 50 minutes.

What’s the difference between Soft Tissue Therapy and Sport or Deep Tissue Massage?
All massage treatments focus on the soft tissues as they include your muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, fat, fluids, and fascia. Essentially, they are all treatment of the soft tissue. Sports massage is the application of different massage techniques to athletes, used to help them to stay in top form and injury free. Soft Tissue Therapy is on a much higher clinical level and sports massage is just one part of it. The target is to treat all minor and chronic injuries whether caused through sport or day-to-day life, using massage and other more advanced techniques.

Who can benefit from Soft Tissue Therapy?
It’s a great treatment for athletes of all kinds, in training, recovering from injury/overuse, or working on enhancing their performance. But you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from Soft Tissue Therapy. Often our work and lifestyle alone place increased demands on our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Soft Tissue Therapy will have a positive impact on your performance whether in sport, at work or at home. 

Does Soft Tissue Therapy hurt?
No (and yes), soft tissue therapy should not cause severe pain. Because the body’s natural reaction to undue pain is to tense up and that would diminish the aim of the treatment (to release tension). However, when treating areas of pain some discomfort may be caused as particular techniques are applied. Some clients refer to it as “good pain”, knowing that beneficial work is done on tight muscles. Either way, it’s your session, let me know if you would like any changes in pressure or when you’re not comfortable with a certain technique. 

How will I feel afterwards?
Most clients feel extremely relaxed at the end of the session and don’t have any side effects. Depending on techniques used and intensity you can feel a bit sore, and you may even feel cold, thirsty and/or lightheaded. Because the soft tissues have been manipulated, your immune system is stimulated and your body starts actively to repair and strengthen. None of these effects are serious. Like a good workout session, your soft tissue feels the effect of the treatment and needs some time to recover. But this will fade quickly, and you will experience the full benefits afterwards. Taking a hot bath, avoiding exercise, and staying hydrated can help to speed up recovery.

What should I wear?
Some treatments require the removal of clothing to achieve the best results. Towels are at hand to cover up your body apart from the area that is being treated. For men: wear comfortable sport shorts, for women: again shorts and a bra with strap (no sport bra) or a loose-fitting top. In the end it’s up to you, it’s your session and you need to feel comfortable and relaxed. 

Is there any reason why I might not be able to have a treatment?
Soft Tissue Therapy is a very safe form of physical therapy. However, there are a few conditions where caution is required, where approval of your GP is needed or where Soft Tissue Therapy should be avoided. Conditions were soft tissue therapy should be avoided: acute soft tissue injury, contagious virus or bacteria infections, transmittable skin disease, thrombosis, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Concerns and areas to avoid: varicose veins, cancer, long-term medical condition, diabetes, pregnancy, osteoporosis, high and low blood pressure. Please contact me if you’re unsure or talk with your GP beforehand. 

Do you treat children?
Yes, I do treat adolescents if they are willing to be treated. Any clients under the age of 16 must be accompanied to the appointment by a parent or guardian and they need to remain in the room for the duration of the treatment.