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FAQ’s about Massage Therapy

Who should get a massage?

A number of different conditions and ailments can receive numerous benefits from relaxing, healing massage therapy.

Stress

We want people to learn how to control their stressors and develop their personal relaxation methods. In the interim, though, we are here to help alleviate the fallout from ongoing stress – commonly a tired, knotted and sore body. Come for a breather while you figure out how to work out your stress. Our Irrefutable Health therapists work on the specific points to reflexively lift the stress, increase circulation and relieve tension, which helps to promote the natural functions of the body. Anti-stress massage leaves you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and more balanced. Contact us for an appointment today.

Pregnancy

Massage therapy feels wonderful and is beneficial during any stage of pregnancy. There are so many things you cannot do or have to stop doing as the pregnancy goes to term. Massage is available the whole way through and can be that delightful window of enjoyment when the weight of the pregnancy bears down. We have vouchers available for expectant m ums – give a massage as a special treat for her. Ask for the voucher information today.

Cancer

Cancer is a life-changer. Worries and concerns can hit all-time highs. The human touch is especially nice at these times, and when it has therapeutic qualities, it is even nicer. Gentle massage is acceptable for cancer patients when administered to the face, neck, head and scalp. Softly touching pressure points and using varied movements are wonderful for relieving sinus pressure, headaches, tired eyes, sleeplessness and fatigue. For a good number of cancer patients, a very gentle form of the classical European Massage technique can be used away from the cancer sites that concentrates on total wellbeing by increasing the circulation, relieving tense muscles, aiding the body in detoxification and promoting total relaxation and tranquility. We would want to know that your oncologist has control of your situation and is happy for us to proceed.

Brittle Bones

Swedish Massage can be both relaxing and energizing. It is beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle tension, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension, all of which are good for keeping bone healthier longer. The gentle yet profoundly relaxing treatment is with instant benefits. We use soft, long kneading strokes as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes tone muscle and relieve tension,

Chronic or Sports Injury

Significant injuries and many surgeries have a good likelihood of having a history of blood escaping into the muscle and surrounding tissues. There, the blood creates an intensely inflammatory response which is generally followed by scarring – good for the site of the wound, but not good in the long term. Adhesions or scar tissue can be the origin of acute or chronic pain. Targeted deep tissue or sports massage combines pressure points and various therapeutic techniques to reduce pain, muscle soreness, aid in increased circulation and provide deep relaxation. Perfect for healed but grumpy surgical sites, athletes or active people with a history of blunt injury or sore and tired muscles.

Swelling

Swelling in the extremities can be due to many things. Your therapist will discuss the source of swelling. We will determine how or if massage plays a role in reducing it and which other practitioners you may need to work with to address the issue. When lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, is used, the aim is to eliminate bacteria, toxins, viruses, wastes and excess water and address blocks in lymphatic circulation, which may cause congestion and swelling (peripheral oedema).

Most Everyone can enjoy the massage of their preference though special care and not all techniques will be available for people who have bleeding disorders, low platelet counts or are taking blood thinner medication. There are few serious risks or injuries associated with massage therapy when performed by a knowledgeable and thoroughly trained therapist.

Can I see a massage therapist without a referral?

Massage therapy is a complementary treatment to allopathic care.

Your health care provider may be able to advise you of any contraindications to massage. You do not need a referral; however, some extended health insurance plans may require a referral for reimbursement. Check your policy before making an appointment. You’ll also need to check with your insurance company to see if they require a referral for you to be reimbursed for the treatments.

Give us a call today to book your appointment.

What are the educational and regulation requirements?

The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies (GCMT) is the governing body for massage and soft tissue therapies. It sets the standards for the profession.

Our therapists are qualified by one of the following examination bodies:

  • Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
  • International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)
  • CIBTAC (internationally recognized)

The therapist who provides a particular form of therapy such as infant or sports massage will have additional training. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) is the regulatory body for massage therapists in the UK. It is a voluntary system, supported by the Department of Health.

What can I expect when I go for a massage appointment?

Before your first visit, you will complete a digital confidential health history form. Your therapist will assess and subsequently create a treatment plan for you. At this time, it is important to inform your therapist if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.

To fully understand your position, your massage therapist listens to your concerns and your individual needs and other factors that may be contributing to your situation. With your health history information, your therapist will develop a treatment plan with you so that you receive the appropriate treatment.

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