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Top Questions

What should I wear?

For personal training, wear something that's comfortable and allows you to move.  Lycra leggings or shorts with a t'shirt is fine.
Massage is a hands-on treatment and therefore some degree of undress is required. It’s a good idea to wear some shorts, and suitable underwear. Towels will be used for your comfort and dignity throughout the treatment. I advise removing necklaces and bracelets if possible.

Will it hurt and are there any adverse effects?

If you have never engaged in strength training, or it's been a long time, then you may experience some mild muscle pain after your first sessions.  This should not be severe and we work to try to ensure that you are always ready to train again without discomfort.
Although some aspects of sports massage can be uncomfortable and lead to soreness, it shouldn’t be painful, your comfort will always be a priority. Different clients respond differently to massage and its important during the consultation that you are open about any previous reactions you have had to massage and feedback after your session. Some clients can feel tired for a day or so afterwards, this is quite normal. Its advisable to drink water after the session to rehydrate the body and avoid alcohol.

What is the cost and how do i pay?  What about cancellation?

The cost of a personal training session is £50 for an hour and for sports massage it is £60 for an hour. 
Payment can be made by cash or by bank transfer.  For new clients payment must be made up front, before your session. 
Please give us as much notice of cancelation as you can.  If you cancel within 24 hours you will be required to pay in full.

What about insurance?

I am fully qualified and accredited massage therapist and have full professional and public indemnity insurance for the services provided.

What is the difference between spa massage and sports massage?

Sports massage practitioners who hold a level 5 qualification in sports and remedial massage and will use a variety of assessments, treatments and rehabilitation skills to work with you. The aim is to address each of these issues and to enable and promote healthy functioning throughout your whole musculoskeletal system. Elements of the massage will be relaxing but aromatherapy oils aren’t used, and I don’t know anyone yet who has fallen asleep in a sports massage. Spa Style Massage therapists are generally qualified to a different level and are focussed, mostly, on relaxation.

Level 5 Practitioner’s have an advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology and it’s likely that you may be given some “homework” and after care guidance in the form of exercises and lifestyle advice. This is to help you to help yourself to prevent future problems occurring and to take an active role in your recovery.

How should I prepare for my first training session or treatment?

Ensure you are dressed appropriately (see above) and bring some water with you.  There will be some initial paperwork to fill out which will cover your readiness to train and/or your current physical state alongside any injury or illness history.

Can you train with chronic or terminal illness?

Much recent evidence shows that both training and massage can be beneficial for a whole range of conditions.  It is important to be open and honest with your trainer/therapist and get the go ahead from your medical team if you are in any doubt.

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