Before the treatment I will ask you a series of questions about your health to ensure that massage will be suitable for you. Massage is not recommended for people with some health conditions without prior reassurance from your GP. We will discuss this when you book your treatment.
During the treatment you will be laid down, either on your front or back, usually wearing underwear only. However, depending on the type of massage treatment you choose you may remain partially clothed. Either way, your whole body will be covered with towels and blankets (apart from the area being massaged) and your dignity preserved at all times. Before the treatment I will leave the room to allow you to get undressed and covered and likewise at the end of the massage you will have privacy whilst dressing.
Throughout the treatment you are not expected to make conversation but I will check regularly that you are comfortable and that the pressure of the massage is okay. I will try to tailor my massage treatments to your individual needs as much as possible so if you prefer lighter pressure in one area but firmer in another please let me know. Sometimes people enjoy having some music on in the background and/or having some scented candles or incense sticks lit within the room and we will discus your preferences when you book.
All that is expected of you during your treatment is that you try your best to relax! Many people will fall asleep during a massage and this is perfectly okay. I will invite you to gently bring yourself around when the treatment has finished.
How often you choose to have a massage will depend on your personal reasons for seeking this kind of treatment. Some people like to have a massage only a few times a year as a treat or when life is feeling particularly busy or stressful. However, it makes sense that you will experience greater benefit to your health and well being if you commit to looking after yourself on a regular basis - and having a massage is a great way to do this!
If you are looking to gain regular stress relief and maintain emotional well being then having a massage at least once a month would be advised. If you are looking to gain relief from muscle tension, stiffness and physical aches and pains, then treatment may be needed every week or fortnight initially. After these concerns have improved then a less frequnet massage may be enough to maintain these improvements.
Please contact me using the form below to check my availability and to book your treatment.
After you have booked an appointment you can pay by cash (at the start of our appointment) or card (minimum 48 hours before our appointment).
> 48 hours notice
You will be sent a full refund of any prior card payment.
< 48 hours notice
You will be sent a 50% refund of any prior card payment. If paying by cash the 50% cancellation charge will be taken by card over the phone or by bank transfer.
If I have to cancel your treatment for any unforeseeable reason you will receive a full refund of any monies paid. Please note that any refund given can take up to 10 working days to show in your bank account.
I can come to your home if you live within a 6 mile radius of Cheltenham city centre.
Please make sure you have a room big enough for me to comfortably set up my massage table.
Nearby parking required.
You can attend a quiet and cosy room at Oakwell Health Centre for your treatment.
Free onsite parking is available.
Oakwell Health, 45 Cirencester Road, Cheltenham, GL53 8EX
Why not hire me as your private massage therapist for a special event:
I can offer a 30 minute treatment for up to 8 individuals at your home, hotel or event venue.
Contact me to request a quote for your specific needs. Discounted rates available for group bookings.
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Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. After a massage the body is working hard to flush out toxins released from the muscles and staying hydrated will support this process.
Rest & relax
Avoid strenuous activity and vigorous exercise for 24-48 hours after treatment. If you feel the need to move around or get some fresh air, perhaps try a gentle walk outdoors or some simple stretching.
Keep your body wrapped up and warm to promote circulation and muscle recovery. Some people like to take a warm bath following a treatment.
Enjoy light meals on the day of your treatment. Avoid heavy or hard to digest foods to allow the body to concentrate its energy on repair and recovery.
Take care when driving
You might feel very tired after a massage. If driving within 2 hours of treatment make sure you feel alert. If driving home following a treatment, try having the window open to get plenty of fresh air.
When to seek advice from your GP / NHS 111
Sometimes people can experience fatigue, nausea, tenderness or cramping in the muscles, light-headedness and cold or flu-like symptoms in the first couple of hours following a massage. This is entirely normal as the body attempts to heal itself and remove toxins and restore balance. If you do experience any of these symptoms, they should resolve within a few hours and plenty of rest and water will help. If in rare cases these symptoms persist for longer periods, please contact your GP or the out of hours NHS 111 service for advice.