I hope this section answers any questions you might have. If not, don't hesitate to get in touch, I'm always happy to answer anything I can prior to you booking in.
What makes clinical massage different from holistic or relaxation massage?
The main difference is the way in which clinical massage treats pain. Jing Method™ advanced clinical massage therapists have an excellent understanding of acute and chronic pain, as well as an in depth knowledge of anatomy and musculoskeletal pathologies. This understanding and knowledge means we treat pain in a specific way to get great results. When I first qualified in massage, as a holistic massage therapist, I could treat people in a general way, which would often make people feel better in the short term, but wouldn't resolve their pain. I realised quite early on that if I wanted to help people really get better, I needed to learn much more.
Are you a sports massage therapist?
I'm a Jing Method™ advanced clinical massage therapist. I'm trained in sports massage techniques and I use these where clinically appropriate in my treatments. I find that when people request a sports massage what they mean is they prefer a deeper treatment and that they are coming for a specific reason rather than for a relaxation massage. If this is the case, then clinical massage is an excellent choice.
I've never had a professional massage before, how will I know what to expect?
We'll talk everything through during the online consultation. Or you can ring me and ask me questions before you book in. The online consultation means you'll know exactly what to expect and I'll know any particular needs or worries you might have beforehand so I can accommodate these. A treatment with me is YOUR treatment, there is no such thing as one size fits all, we'll plan together during the consultation to ensure it is everything you want and need it to be.
How many treatments will I need?
This really depends on why you are coming for treatment, your overall health and wellbeing, and how things currently are in your life. These are the biosychosocial factors that modern neuroscience now recognises as contributing to why some people get better more quickly than others. During your consultation, and after your first treatment with me, I will suggest a treatment plan. For most people, it is often necessary to come several times, and for the first few treatments to be between 1 - 2 weeks apart, working towards treatments being 1 month apart, or thereabouts, depending upon your particular needs, how much you want to come, and your budget.
Does clinical massage hurt?
I treat trigger points in the myofascia. These are the hyper irritable 'knots' in the muscles that can cause pain, tension and restrict range of motion. Treating these can feel mildly uncomfortable. People often describe this feeling as "good pain" but it should never feel actually painful. I'll explain more about trigger points during your consultation and how it might feel when I treat and release them. The notion of "no pain, no gain" is outdated and untrue, it's now known that massage doesn't need to hurt to be effective.
How will I feel afterwards?
Most people feel good and very relaxed after a treatment with me. Sometimes, people feel a bit groggy, spaced out or tired. Clinical massage works at a very deep level and people can also sometimes feel quite emotional after treatment. It's important, if possible, to take things slowly after your massage. I plan plenty of time between my appointments so you should never feel rushed and can take the time you need to get on your way safely. Occasionally, people can feel pain after treatment. Usually, this is a nervous system response to the body feeling different. If this happens you are very welcome to get in touch with me so I can support you.
Do I need to wear a mask?
This is up to you. I'm 100% happy to wear a mask for the duration of your visit. I'll ask if this is preferable for you during your consultation.
Is there parking?
Yes, there are are parking spaces on the streets adjacent to and near Toronto Terrace which you can pay to park in with the Pay by Phone parking app.
Do you have disability access?
Unfortunately not. My house is a small terrace and my treatment room is upstairs.