1. Why are Complementary Therapies good for maintaining health?

As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), health is a “State of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Health is a dynamic condition resulting from a body’s constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium called homeostasis.

Receiving Complementary Health Therapies will help to empower you to become more mindful for your own physical body and your state of mind, therefore encouraging self-awareness, relaxation and self-growth throughout your treatments.

2. What can I expect from my first treatment?

Elaine will have a chat with you and go through a consultation form before your first treatment. This will help her plan your treatment or course of treatments to meet your needs and goals. Elaine will explain the specific treatment and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please note: all information is strictly confidential.

3. What do I wear during the treatment?

Depending on the type of treatment you are receiving, you may or may not need to undress. For a reflexology treatment, you may only need to remove footwear. For a massage, clients will need to expose the area being worked on e.g. the back, neck and shoulders. If you have never had a treatment before, Elaine will explain treatment and answer any questions you may have before getting ready. You will be covered throughout the treatment, except for the area being worked on. At this point, make sure you are warm and comfortable.

4. How will a massage feel?

Massage is a very subjective treatment. One person may like or need a massage to relax or to help with anxiety or stress while another person may need some deeper techniques in order to work through past injuries or to release tension and toxin build up. Elaine will alter the massage treatment to each individual. This will be discussed during your consultation.

Please don’t hesitate to let Elaine know if you have any questions or concerns.

5. Are there times when I shouldn’t have a treament?

There are various contraindications or situations where a massage will not be appropriate e.g. inflammation, recent operations, consuming alcohol before a treatment or within the first 3 months of pregnancy, it is very important to discuss any concerns with Elaine during your consultation. For some contraindications, your massage treatment can be altered but for other medical conditions, under ITEC, a doctors’ consent is required.

6. What should I do during a massage?

Make sure you are comfortable and warm throughout your treatment. Most people like to close their eyes and relax while others like to talk during the treatment. This is completely up to you. It is ‘your treatment’ therefore Elaine encourages you to let her know if you need anything or would like to ask any questions during your session.

7. What should I expect at the end of the treatment?

As you may be sleepy and relaxed, Elaine will quietly let you know when your treatment is over. Elaine will advise you to relax a few more minutes before getting up. She will then leave the room and let you get dressed in your own time. You will be provided with a glass of water. Elaine will let you know what she found or felt throughout the treatment and will give you any advice she feels may help you before your next appointment. Your thoughts and feelings at this point are important feedback for your treatments.

8. How will I feel after the treatment?

Generally you may feel very relaxed and sleepy after your treatment while some people may feel more alert and energised. Ultimately, people feel lighter and find their aches and pains have improved significantly. As tight muscles, knots and tension have been worked out during your treatment, this will help release toxin build up in the body by increasing blood flow and oxygen around the body, therefore it is important to drink lots of water and keep warm.

9. How will I feel the day(s) after a treatment?

Due to the release of toxins and muscle realignment you may feel aches or tenderness in some areas after your treatment, this isn’t unusual. It is important to drink lots of water and within a day or two generally people find these feelings subside. After about 2 or 3 treatments generally people find a significant change in how the treatment feels. Elaine will alter the treatment to suit your needs. On-going treatments will maintain muscle health for longer.

10. How often should I receive a massage?

During your consultation Elaine will go through the reasons as to why you made the appointment for a treatment. Some people may have ailments that require a number of treatments. After your first session, Elaine will advise you on what would be appropriate follow up treatments. According to your response and progress during your treatment, it may be advised to come once a week for 3 or 4 weeks followed by once a month or every two months, to maintain progress. Elaine believes very much in the positive on-going health effects that regular massage therapy can have in our lives physically, mentally and emotionally and would receive treatments herself at least once a month and sometimes more according to how she is feeling.