Your first appointment

….happens in two stages

Your first treatment is an important time for you and it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous.  To start with I need to understand why you want treatment, check your medical history and cover some admin details.  I will want to know about any past injuries and surgery, your regular activities and details of the pain or restricted movement you’re experiencing.

To do this I ask you to complete a consultation form (online form here, or other formats here) and return it to me prior to an initial consultation by video-link using Zoom, WhatsApp or Skype.  It’s important that this takes place a day or so in advance of your first treatment and is also a chance for you to ask any questions.   If you book your appointment online, please make sure you also email, text or WhatsApp me (07748 637555) so we can set a time for this session.  It will take about 30 minutes and there is no charge for it, even if you change your mind about receiving treatment.

Your treatment appointment itself will take an hour and start with a check of your posture to identify areas of restriction and tension.  Together with the information from the video session this helps me establish what’s going on and assess the best approach to help you achieve the best outcome.

This sounds complicated but really isn’t. It’s simply an important step to ensuring we get the best results right from the start of your treatment programme, whether that involves one or many appointments.   Afterwards we may well decide to do another video session as follow-up but this will depend on how you feel and whether you decide to go ahead with more treatment.  See this page for more information about treatment and how I ensure we are both Covid-secure.

What  you should wear

Ideally, arrive in loose clothing that’s quick and easy to remove and put back on.  For at least part of the treatment you will be in your underwear (please wear some! – pants plus your normal bra if you wear one, but not an all-in-one body), covered with towels/blankets apart from the area of your body I’m working on.  There will be times when it’s better for you to be clothed but I will still need to get to your waist/neck/hip or whatever, so loose clothing is really helpful.  Please avoid using moisturisers on the day of your appointment.

How you’ll be treated

Treatment is hands-on, skin-on-skin. But it’s your body and you need to tell me if you feel uncomfortable at any point. You’ll be in a comfortable position, usually lying down or seated, sometimes standing and I’ll ask you to alter your position during the treatment.   Myofascial release is used in all treatments.  For this there is no oil or lotion and you’ll experience gentle pressure or pulling and a releasing of the tissues.   If oil is needed (usually not) I use apricot kernel oil  with a little clary sage or lavender essential oil added – this is non-allergenic and washes easily out of clothing.   Please try not to use moisturisers and definitely not self-tanning products in the hours before your treatment, as this affects the ability to carry out myofascial therapy.  I also have sensitive skin and have been known to react to products used by my clients!

The treatment itself should make you feel nurtured and cared for. It shouldn’t be painful although you may experience some discomfort, particularly if we’re dealing with a long-term problem. There are no sudden movements or unexplained crunches. You decide how you feel about your treatment as we go along (I’ll usually ask you anyway).  Tell me if you’re not happy and we’ll work out together how to proceed.

Afterwards

You can expect to have less pain, better movement and leave feeling lighter and more mobile.  You need to go easy on yourself for the rest of the day, especially after the first treatment, and drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated while your body adjusts.  You may feel a bit ‘zonked out’ or a little emotional and you will almost certainly sleep well.  Download a copy of my Treatment guidelines and privacy notice to refer to and contact me if you have any concerns.

Don’t worry if your symptoms come back over a few days.  This is normal – most problems have built up over many years and it will take between four and six sessions for your body to learn that it’s safe to let go of the pain and restrictions that have developed.  You will probably find that a regular treatment every month or so will then keep things improving.