FAQ’s

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During treatment I want a deeper or lighter pressure, what should I do?

During the massage your therapist will check in with you from time to time, to see how you are doing and make sure that the pressure is right, so it’s important to communicate openly in order to receive the best treatment. It is a myth that massage therapy should hurt to be effective and some of the most effective types of massage therapy are gentle and do not involve deep pressure or pain.

A rule of thumb we use — on a scale of one to 10 where one is no pain and 10 is extremely painful, the pressure should always be less than seven.

Is there anything I should know before coming for my first massage session?

Here are a few guidelines: If your therapist has advised you to bring comfortable/sports clothes don’t forget these. Don’t eat a heavy meal before your treatment. If you have been playing sports or perspiring a lot, it would be polite if you could freshen-up/shower before arriving, out of courtesy to the therapist. Wear comfortable underwear. Leave plenty of time either side of your appointment so you can relax and enjoy your treatment fully!

Do you have a Code of Ethics?

Yes, examples are as follows;

  • We provide the best quality care to anyone that seeks our professional help.
  • We accept all clients without discrimination.
  • We acknowledge the confidential nature of the professional relationship with a client and respect each client’s right to privacy.
  • We practice only the modalities in which we have been professionally trained and certified.
  • We in no way participate or engage in any type of sexual activities with clients.
  • We maintain a safe, clean and professional environment.
What is your cancellation policy?

We request 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel an appointment.

Any cancellations within 24 hours prior to your treatment will incur a cancellation fee of 25% of your treatment price.

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Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do after my treatment?

DO drink plenty of water after the session, to flush out toxins.

DO try to continue to relax, to enable you enhance the effects of treatment.

DONT exercise for several hours afterwards and if possible till the next day.

For further information, please see the answer on – What should I expect afterwards.

What should I expect afterwards?

When the massage is over, your therapist will leave the room so that you can get dressed in privacy. Massage can be extremely relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems so be sure to give yourself several minutes to re-orient yourself before slowly getting up. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over weeks or months of tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, clients often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary and are based on the type and length of a massage received, so it’s up to you to decide what type of treatment you would like. Why not try them all… Please see the individual treatments page for a list of treatments and prices. (Link to treatments page)

We also offer 25% off your first massage, spread the word!

What is massage?

about_1aMassage refers to various techniques applied to the soft tissues and muscles of the body this can include applying fixed moving pressure – holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using the hands. Some massage therapists also use other areas of the body, such as the forearms or elbows. Techniques used can benefit the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body, positively influencing overall health and well-being.
There are numerous types and categories of massage, a few of which are Sports Massage, Swedish, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Thai, Reflexology, Indian Head, and Hot Stone.

What types of massage does Limberlife provide?

LimberLife offers Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Muscle Therapy, Hot & Cold Stone, Lymphatic Drainage, Indian Head, Chair Massage and Onsite Massage – Please see the treatments page for more information.

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What are the benefits of massage?

There are numerous benefits to having regular massage. It can relieve pain, headaches
and muscle tension, reduces stress, increase blood and lymph circulation, detox, improve
flexibility, identify and improve problem areas and help the body to relax, rejuvenate and heal.

What should I expect during my first visit?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form and ask you general and lifestyle questions also establish what areas you would like to be worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform further assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting problems.

It is important to list all health concerns and medications so your therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if they need to use a different oil or lotion during the session.  For more information please see the what to expect page.

Do I have to be completely undressed and will I be covered?

For a full body massage you should undress down to your knickers/boxers. If having just the upper body massaged you can leave your bottom half on. If having sports massage your therapist may ask you to come in with loose fitting or sports clothing, in order to comfortably carry out any assessments/treatment.

You will have complete privacy when getting disrobed, dressed and getting on and off the massage table/chair. You will be covered throughout treatment, this is known as draping and the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.

(Women) Breasts will not be uncovered and if your therapist is going to work on the abdomen, a second towel will be used to cover the breasts, so the main towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.

Note – If you prefer to stay fully clothed, you can opt for chair massage, though this is designed for the upper body, head neck and shoulders and you remain fully clothed during the session.

If I am self-conscious about a certain part of my body and don’t want the therapist to see me. What can I do?

People are self-conscious for various reasons. Some of the more common concerns are: I’m overweight – I have excessive hair growth on my body – I’ve got acne on my face or back – My feet are ugly – I have scars. Being self-conscious should never keep you from seeking professional health care. If you’re self-conscious about a certain part of your body, you can ask the therapist to avoid that area.

Or you can opt for chair massage, though this is designed for the upper body, head neck and shoulders and you remain fully clothed during the session.

Remember to provide complete and accurate information on your health history form, so that the massage therapist is aware of any precautions or areas to avoid.

What if I am ticklish?

This is not an unusual thing, we can vary the pressure, depth, and pace of the massage technique so that you won’t feel tickled.

What if my body does something embarrassing?

Your body may occasionally do things that embarrass you (passing gas, being ticklish, snoring, etc.) Rest assured that the normal functions of the body are understood and accepted in this setting. It is also not uncommon for many clients to fall asleep on the bed during a massage. The warmth and release of tension relaxes them to sleep – especially after a long day at work.

Can anyone have massage therapy?

Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for people of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate.  Our qualified massage therapists are trained to recognize these cases. For more information please see contraindications page.

When should I not have a massage?

Massage is non-invasive, relaxing and natural and is generally a safe treatment for most people. However there are health factors known as contraindications, which may affect the type of treatment or areas massage is carried out upon. Your therapist can advise you further about your specific needs. For further information please see the contraindications page.

A recommendation/approval from your doctor may be required. Massage therapy is not intended to take the place of any current medical treatments from a licensed physician/medical specialist and we do not suggest you discontinue any medical treatment you are currently receiving, which benefits your condition.

What do I do during a massage treatment and is it ok to talk?

It is totally up to you, some people unwind by talking, and others prefer to be quiet. Often, people will start off chatting and then quiet down as they become more relaxed. Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. The important thing is that you are comfortable, so let your therapist know at any point if you need to readjust. Feel free to ask any questions about massage in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

Your therapist will either gently move you, or ask you to move something depending on what techniques are being used within the session (such as lifting your arm or leg)

During the massage we your therapist will check in with you from time to time to see how you are doing, make sure that the pressure is right and that you are at a comfortable temperature.

Does massage hurt?

There are times when massage therapy comes across areas of tenderness or pain and can cause some light-moderate discomfort, but it is not harmful and discomfort usually diminishes. A comfort scale will be established and your therapist will work within your tolerance level.

A rule of thumb we use — on a scale of one to 10 where one is no pain and 10 is extremely painful, the pressure should always be less than seven.

Some massage techniques involve deep pressure that can be very painful, yet have long-term benefits, that outweigh short-term discomfort and afterwards described as “good pain” Your therapist will always ask permission before carrying out these techniques. You can ask the therapist to stop, decrease pressure or try a different technique at any time.

Where will my massage session take place?

Environment is key to any massage experience – I offer treatments within my therapy room. It is warm and comfortable with soft lighting and a relaxing ambience. I can also visit your premises. Please ensure there is a decent space for a massage bed/chair and it is warm and quiet with privacy.

For more information please see the answer to – What do I need if a therapist is visiting my home or premises for treatment.

What do I need if a therapist is visiting my home or premises for treatment?

Find a room that is private, quiet and spacious enough for the massage bed/chair. The more space the therapist has to move around the table the more fluid your massage will become. Preferably a room that is warm or has a radiator would be ideal. The therapist will provide any candles, oils and towels or equipment needed for the treatment.

How long is a session?

An hour is a common length of time. This allows for a really deeply relaxing massage, or more in-depth work on a particular area. A half-hour can be an excellent introduction to massage, with plenty of time for working on a specific area such as the back, neck, and shoulders or just legs. An hour and a half is usually enough time to carry out a full body massage.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on what problems are present and what you want to achieve. If treating an injury or specific problem, the best course of action is to have a few treatments close together (once a week for 2 or 3 weeks) and afterwards, when you start getting better, you can start coming less often. Your therapist will talk more specifically about any further treatments after assessment, from your first session.