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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.

Your prices seem higher than other massage therapists, why is this?

I charge for my time, which is why all my 60 minute treatments are the same price at £75. I also charge for my skills and expertise. When I first qualified at ITEC Level 3 I charged £50. Since then, I’ve trained with the very best at the Jing Institute of Advanced Clinical Massage and Complimentary Medicine and achieved the BTEC Level 6 in Advanced Clinical and Sports Massage, the highest qualification there is for massage therapists in the UK. In addition, I treat only a fixed number of clients per day. I look after myself well which means you will always get the very best of me when you come for treatment.

I've never had a professional massage before, how will I know what to expect?

If you're unsure of what to expect, and it would help you to know before you come, we can plan for your consultation to take place over zoom, or you can book a free 15 minute Discovery Call and ask me questions before you book in. Each of these options means you'll know exactly what to expect, you'll get to talk to me before your treatment, and I'll know any particular needs or worries you might have 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. 

My approach is trauma informed and I work in collaboration with the people who choose me as their therapist. This means, as well as taking a detailed case history, carrying out range of motion assessment and special orthopaedic testing where clinically appropriate, during your consultation we will also discuss and plan together exactly how you would like your treatment to be, whether there are any parts of your body you do not want to have touched or parts of your body you would like to keep covered for the duration of the massage. We'll talk about positioning, making sure you are comfortable on the massage table and anything else you may be concerned about. All of this is relevant and is so important to you having a good experience. 

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 are now widely recognised by Western science and medicine 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 some people can sometimes feel a little 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 you treat under 16 year olds?

Yes, with a parent or other carer present. Follow the standard booking process and let me know when you're asked to give information about why you're coming that the booking is for a child. Make sure you can be present for the duration of the consultation and massage and that the person you're booking for is happy with this.

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. Please let me know when you book if you would like me to do this.

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.

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