Allow an hour-and-a-half in total for your first appointment.
To start with we’ll have a conversation so I can find out why you’ve come for treatment, check your medical history and cover some admin details. I will need to know about any past injuries, your regular activities and details of the pain or restricted movement you’re experiencing.
I’ll then want to have a look at your posture, the way you move and check out areas of restriction and pain. I’m likely to use some widely recognised tests to help establish the cause of the problem and assess the best way of treating you.
This may take a little time but is important to make sure we get the best results from your treatment. We will spend about an hour on the treatment itself, to get you feeling better.
What you should wear
Ideally, arrive in loose clothing (t-shirt & shorts/yoga pants). For at least part of the treatment you will be in your underwear (please wear some!), 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.
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 most treatments. For this there is no oil or lotion and you’ll experience gentle pressure or pulling and a releasing of the tissues. An unscented specialist massage gel or apricot kernel oil is used for massage. This is non-allergenic and washes out of clothing. Have a look at my pages on myofascial release and deep tissue massage for more details.
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.
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 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 two and six sessions for your body to learn that it’s safe to let go of the pain and restriction that have developed.