Are you qualified and insured? What is Swedish massage? What is Indian head massage? What can I expect in a massage session? What is the purpose of a consultation? What is the difference between various massage oils? What about creams, waxes and powders?
Are you qualified and insured? I trained at Fareham College in Swedish full body massage and also Indian head massage gaining City and Guilds Level 3 qualifications in each – with distinction. I am fully insured with Hiscox and a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. I am listed on the Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. See https://www.fht.org.uk/search-register What is Swedish massage? Swedish massage is also called classic massage. It is the most common type of massage and is based on an understanding of anatomy and physiology. Massage oil is used to lubricate the skin to facilitate various massage strokes including effleurage, kneading, friction, stretching and tapping. This releases tension as well as breaking up muscle knots called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits. It is a good place to start if you have not had a massage before and generally lasts 60 minutes. It can be light and gentle or firm and invigorating depending on the desired outcome. The Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) developed a system of movements performed by a therapist. It was a Dutch practitioner, however, Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909) that adopted the French names for massage strokes. As Ling pre-dated Mezger it became known as Swedish massage. Other types of massage such as therapeutic massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy are extensions of Swedish massage. Pain relief usually requires deeper work and a series of massage sessions to produce significant results. What is Indian head massage? Indian Head Massage as practised in the UK was developed by Norendra Mehta and as well as massaging the head and scalp incorporates upper back, shoulders, neck and upper arms and face. Indian Head Massage be performed either clothed without oils or with a towel round the torso and oils used to massage the head, shoulders, arms and upper back. It is generally performed with the client in a seated position. A variety of different massage pressures and techniques are used to massage the head, neck, upper back, shoulder area and face. An Indian head massage can last from as little as 10 minutes to 45 minutes with the typical in-home massage lasting 30 minutes. It provides relief from tension and stress and promotes calm and relaxation or alertness and concentration depending on whether a soothing or invigorating massage is provided. Specifically, it helps promote both a healthy scalp and hair, helps relieve eye strain and tension headaches and helps in managing disturbed sleep and insomnia. What can I expect in a massage session? In terms of what to expect there are a number of elements common to all massage and some that are specific to mobile massage. With mobile massage the session generally takes place in your own home. It is beneficial if the session is undisturbed so that you can benefit from a deeper relaxation. There needs to be sufficient space to put up a massage table and for the therapist to navigate around it to perform the massage. There will be an initial consultation – see the next item for the purpose of a consultation. After discussing your personal massage needs and having agreed what massage oil or medium is to be used, I will outline the tailor-made session plan in terms of areas of special need to which I will provide extra attention, the types of technique and pressure I will use and areas I will avoid due to, say, an existing injury. I will leave the room and you will change down to your underwear and get onto the massage table and drape yourself in the towelling and blanket provided. You will let me know you are ready and I will re-enter the room. The specific area to be worked on will be undraped, worked on and then draped again before moving to the next area. I will occasionally ask whether the pressure is too much or too light. Upon completion of the massage I will leave the room and you will be able to get dressed. There will then be a brief aftercare session. You can provide me with feedback as to whether there were aspects of the session you particularly liked or disliked – this will help provide an even more effective service on rebooking. I will provide some advice on what to expect afterwards and what you can do in the hours following to maximise the benefits of the massage received. What is the purpose of a Consultation? It ensures your welfare: This is the most important reason to carry out a consultation. Tailor-making the massage session to your needs produces better results for you. Some individuals have conditions where massage would be an inappropriate therapy at that point in time; consultation identifies these circumstances. Consultation demonstrates my concern for your health and wellbeing. Mutual assurance: Having your signature on the consultation form before a therapy begins demonstrates that we have discussed your personal circumstances and any change to your health. In some countries it is a legal requirement. Strengthens trust: The more I know about your lifestyle, health and wellbeing concerns, the more effectively I am able to you’re able to cater to your needs in a way that suits your lifestyle and provide outcomes that really make a difference. Hopefully this means that after a therapy you will notice the difference and therefore encourage you to rebook. I will also be able to provide you with advice that is appropriate to your lifestyle and needs. Building trust and loyalty: Hopefully it provides you with confidence about your therapy session and that I am taking your wellbeing seriously. How and when: Consultations can be done in different ways. I prefer that you complete and sign a consultation form and that we discuss this prior to your therapy – it should take no more than 10 minutes and will contribute to you experiencing more effective outcomes. What is the difference between various massage oils? Massage oil is used to lubricate the skin to reduce friction and provide a smoother glide while performing a massage. In addition, massage oil nourishes and moisturises the skin. The different oils have differing attributes in terms of how the oil spreads, how easily it is absorbed by the skin, its nourishing and moisturising properties and aroma. There are several basic oils that are popular for massage: Almond oil: the most widely used oil. It spreads easily, is nourishing and has a mild odour. The vitamin E content of the oil makes it good for nourishing the skin. Not to be used where there is a nut allergy. Grapeseed oil: this is also popular. It is easily absorbed by the skin and has a silky rich feel. It contains linoleic acid and vitamin E making it very nourishing to the skin. Sesame oil: Highly nourishing as it penetrates the skin very well. It contains linoleic acid making it very nourishing and an effective moisturiser. Coconut Oil: solidifies when cold, but melts with heat. It is colourless, very light and is easily absorbed by the skin and is anti-microbial. The vitamin E content of the oil makes it good for nourishing the skin. Jojoba Oil: is a light oil and is good for skin problems as it does not clog the skin pores and is a good moisturiser. Although referred to as an oil, jojoba is actually a liquid wax. What about creams, waxes and powders? Some people prefer a cream to oils as it is more readily absorbed by the skin and is very moisturising. It is good for dry to normal skin types and is also good to use on hairy areas. Waxes provide more grip than slip the for therapist and offer more control and therefore a better massage. It does not spill, has a good fragrance and lasts longer than oils. Powder should generally not be applied to the client but to the therapists hands – as too much powder can clog pores. The purpose of powder is to provide slip and can be useful to use on oily skin.