What to expect from first treatment
When you attend your first treatment there will be a consultation and then massage. During the consultation you will be asked your current and relevant medical history, your muscle and body alignment is checked for muscle imbalances and postural problems through special tests.
The sports massage treatment may involve a firmer massage compared to aromatherapy massage depending on the problem, with often other techniques in addition to massage such as PNF stretches, resisted movements and Acupuncture which is optional. This will help promote flexibility and a greater range of movement for the muscles. Deep static pressure may be used to target localised tension.
Does sports massage hurt?
Some forms of massage are very superfical and can be very relaxing. A sports massage is applied deeper to manipulate muscle tissue more effectively. This can induce a deeper relaxation although at the time some techniques may border on the uncomfortable. However during the treatment the sports massage therapist will ask how the pressure is and gauge how the client reacts to deeper techniques in certain areas.
What if I am unsuitable for massage?
If the therapist believes that you have a contrainication then you will be given advice dependent upon the contrainication. This may mean a referral to another healthcare professional for future treatment or advice before representing for a sports massage. The therapist reserves the right to refuse massage if they believe it is unsafe to do so.
Does medical acupuncture hurt?
The location of the point selected, the nature of the problem, the patient's size and age will determine how deep the needles go. The needle size ranges from 1 inch to 1 and a half inches. When having the acupuncture you may feel some cramping, heaviness, tingling or electical sensation either around the needle or travelling along the energy pathway. However the pain level is considered mild.
What should I wear for massage?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing (shorts) and underwear. Your modesty will be covered at all times and you will be draped with a towel to protect any clothes from oils used.
Veronica Mowatt csm
Veronica Mowatt has been in the Health and Fitness industry for 16 years working as a gym instructor, personal trainer, fitness class instructor, swimming coach and now as a sports massage therapist. She studied sports massage and obtained her diploma through premier training and has recently qualified in medical acupuncture.
As a therapist she deals with injuries, muscle imbalances and postural body alignment problems. Through massage, PNF stretching and with a resistance programme to get clients back to full fitness.
Because of her long involvement in the fitness industry she has a deep understanding of all aspects of physical training and will implement the best remedial programme for you to get you back to the gym as soon as possible!