What should I expect during my first massage visit?

You will be asked to fill in a Client Case History Form so that any health concerns you have can be discussed prior to beginning your massage treatment and so that I can adapt the session to your specific needs

Can I walk there from Burleigh Beach?

No, you will need to drive here. It is about a 10-15 min drive from Burleigh Beach.

What lotion do you use?

I use Premax Massage Lotion suitable for sensitive skin. I do not add any aromatherapy oils so that it is safe to use on all my clients including expecting Mums.
If you wish to bring your own special oil I am more than happy to use that instead.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

No, for most massages I will ask you to leave your undies on. If we are only working on head/neck and shoulders then it will only be necessary to remove your tops.

Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?

Yes, towels are provided  to cover yourself with. This is called draping. Once you are lying on the table under the draping the therapist will uncover the area that is to be worked on. Your breasts and genitals will not be uncovered. Proper covering helps both you the client and me the therapist to feel comfortable.

What do I do during a massage treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. You will be asked to change positions throughout your massage however you can adjust your position to make yourself comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and relax and some like to talk, it’s up to you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions at any time

How long should I book a treatment for?

Generally 1 hour is enough for most treatments, although I do offer 30min and 90min treatments also.
I recommend an hour for either an upper body treatment or a lower body treatment.
If your treatment needs to include both then 90mins is recommended. (Full body)

Will the massage hurt?

This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes and whether it is your very first treatment or a regular treatment.  Initially all muscles need to be handled reasonable gently to obtain relaxation of the superficial muscles before deeper strokes can be achieved to get in to the deeper muscles.
You are welcome to give feedback on what you are feeling. Pain is your muscles indication that there is either a problem or a potential injury there. Muscles tend to tighten up when in pain which will be harmful to the muscle if the  pressure is not adjusted and relaxation to the muscle is not restored.
The most effective massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it

How often should I get a massage?

It is different for everybody. The frequency of visits can be discussed with your therapist after your first treatment and the therapist has a better understanding of your particular needs.

If you are training or going to the gym on a regular basis then massage should be a regular part of your health regime to maintain optimal muscle restoration, even if it’s once a month.

How will I feel after my massage treatment?

You may feel a little sleepy for a short time but you will feel more relaxed and that your discomfort has eased. Your body will be in need of a few extra glasses of water that day to help restore and rehydrate. Generally a massage is a bit like a workout for your muscles which are susceptible to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This soreness is usually felt the day following your massage treatment and can last up to two days. Sometimes a soak in a hot bath or Spa can help. The third day after your massage is the best time to reassess how you feel and how much good the massage has done for you.

When should I not get a massage?

There are not many conditions that would prevent you from enjoying a massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection.

There are conditions where your therapist needs to adapt techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). You may like to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage for conditions such as cancer, or certain heart conditions. This doesn't mean you can't get massage. But it’s always better to err on the side of caution.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.