Q. Who is it for?
Everyone can benefit from any of the treatments offered at Stretch Sports
Massage. You don't have to be a top athlete to have a sports massage. Office
workers with stiff necks to people suffering from bad backs or runners with
knee problems, and not forgetting simple relaxation.
Q. How long is treatment?
The time will depend on the particular problem, but generally between
30 mins or 60 mins.
Q. What will I expect from a treatment?
A. On the first visit clients are asked
a number of questions concerning general well-being, injuries and medical
conditions that the therapist should know about, in order to determine
if there are any contra-indications (physical conditions that would prohibit
or limit a massage treatment). The client is asked to undress, to the client’s
level of comfort/modesty, and to lie on the treatment couch under a sheet
or large towel (draping). During the session, the therapist will utilise
the draping to expose only those parts of the body to which treatment is
being applied. No body part or area will be massaged without the client's
Q. Is it painful?
Sports Massage can be a little uncomfortable as the therapist
uses slow strokes with deep finger pressure, compression and friction applied
across the grain of the muscles. The massage should be on the threshold of
pleasure and pain and done in a way that you will instinctively know is beneficial.
At Stretch Massage you are never taken beyond your limit.
Q. Do I need a doctors permission?
Not usually, however certain medical
conditions could be adversely affected by massage, this will be discussed
at the initial consultation.
What Should I Wear?
As a rule and depending on treatment, shorts and t-shirt are usually handy.
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable.
Only the area being worked on will be exposed . Most massage techniques are
traditionally performed with the client unclothed, however you decide what
amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. The most important
thing is, that you will be able to relax. We will leave the room while you
undress, relax onto the table and cover yourself with a clean sheet.
Q. What are the side effects of massage?
A. These sessions can produce a profound feeling of well being. After a relaxation
massage, you may feel sleepy and light headed. We suggest you drink plenty
of water after your treatment and refrain from doing anything too energetic.
Regular massage promotes deeper and more restful sleep at night and produces
greater energy during the day. There are also benefits for circulation
and improvements in the efficiency of the lymphatic system, which helps
rid the body of toxins and general sluggishness.
Q. What about children?
A. If a client is under 18 they must be accompanied by an adult and a consent
form must be signed by an adult.
Q. Why do you charge more for a home visit?
A. There is an minimum charge of £5 for a home visit. This is to cover our extra time, fuel and parking. We will bring all the equipment needed with us, so make sure you have space, and if you are in a flat, please make sure that there is a working lift.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. This is not a question we can answer over the phone or on the internet, and nor should anyone else try to. The number of sessions will depend on many factors, including how long the symptoms have been present, the level of intensity of the pain and how complicated the injury is.