• What do I need to supply?
  • Absolutely nothing. I’ll bring everything we’ll need for a treatment. This includes a mobile massage table, towels for draping & lotions.
  • How much space do you need?
  • The table measures approximately 2ft x 6ft. If you can lie on the floor & have enough space for someone to walk around you, that’s all we need.
  • What shall I wear?
  • I advise clients to wear loose fitting clothes. Massage works best directly on the skin therefore some degree of undress may be required. I always use towels to drape over body parts that are not being treated. For back treatments on women, I’ll always leave the room to allow you to undress & make yourself comfortable on the table before we begin. Protecting your modesty & making you comfortable is of utmost importance. If you’re unsure of anything, please let me know & we’ll work around it.
  • What can I expect from my session?
  • This will depend on what we’re intending to treat & your issue. However, most sessions will have a pre-assessment, a discussion & agreement of the treatment plan, the treatment itself & a post-assessment. During the treatment you may be asked to lie on your back, front or side & may be asked to assist in moving your body part when instructed to help with some of the techniques (soft tissue release for example).
  • Does it hurt?
  • Sports massage can be uncomfortable but it shouldn’t be too painful. If working deep into your tissues you may feel some level of discomfort. Therefore, it’s important to keep communicating throughout the session. If at any time you feel it’s too much, just let me know.
  • What about afterwards?
  • You’ll be given aftercare tips & advice after each treatment. Typically, this will be to drink plenty of liquids (not alcohol), rest & gently stretch. If appropriate I’ll give you stretches to perform &/or what gym exercises to do to help.
  • Do you treat Juniors?
  • Yes. Soft tissue therapy can be very beneficial for young people, especially those suffering from “growing pains” & those involved in sporting activities. During adolescence bones develop at a faster rate than the surrounding soft tissue, potentially causing a weakness in muscles, inflammation in tendons & an increased likelihood of injuries to joints such as the knee. This is especially true for the more active & sporty & can lead to painful conditions such as Osgood Schlattler disease. The treatment will be the same as an adult’s, apart from one important difference. Any person under the age of 18 will need a parent / guardian to act as a chaperone during the whole treatment session. The adult may be asked to help with towel draping & to explain any points or instructions being given.
  • What do you do with my personal data?
  • During your initial consultation, I collect your name, address & contact numbers in order to locate where you live & to contact you about your appointment if necessary. The emergency contact details are required in case you have a medical issue during treatment. The medical history is important to collect as certain conditions & ailments should not receive massage therapy. I collect your email address to contact you with offers about my services, any discounts, special rates etc. I may also send you articles & links I think may interest you regarding therapy, self-help, stretching etc. As of the 25th May 2018, I will specifically ask your consent to do this on the registration form. Your form is kept in paper copy secured in a lockable filing cabinet. If you wish to view, amend or have your details removed, please use the contact form on this website to request. Under your “right to be forgotten” I will securely shred all data I hold on you, including any therapy notes I’ve made during the course of our relationship.
  • Where are you based?
  • I operate from a clinic space at Apex Ability Gym, Unit 4, Harelaw Ind Est, Stanley DH9 8UJ. I combine this with a mobile service around the North East. Come see me at the clinic or let me come to you.

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