FAQ

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. 

 

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