FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your Questions, Answered
IS THIS GOING TO HURT?
Sports Massage has a bad wrap, some practitioners believe no pain-no gain. For me, pain is not helpful as it will make you tense up and your muscles won't let me in. I work closely with you, with lots of communication, to work within your pain limits.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST TREATMENT?
Wear something comfortable and easy to undress/dress from. Lounge wear or loose gym clothes work well. If you're at home, feel free to wrap up in your dressing gown - it will save you trying to put on clothes over oily skin! Underwear such as briefs, boxers or knickers should be worn as matter of hygiene and policy.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST SESSION?
First, we will discuss your medical history. Then I'll take a postural assessment, where I survey your stance to understand the imbalances behind an injury. We will discuss suitable treatment, then after the massage I'll give you a relevant exercise to help you on your healing journey.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS?
Muscle Soreness - This is because of the release of toxins, pressure to the muscle fibres and nerves responding to the massage.
Thirst - can be due to the increase of the bodily functions during and after the massage,
Tiredness - massage stimulates a lot of bodily responses which can cause tiredness, also the reduction of stress and tension on the body can make you feel relaxed and tired.
Dizziness - This can be dependent on the area massaged, position during treatment and individual response to treatment and can be due to an increase in blood pressure during treatment. This will ease shortly after treatment.
Erythema - is reddening of the skin this occurs when the skin is stimulated and blood flow is increased to superficial tissues.
Heightened emotions - due to release of tension and toxins in the body.
WHAT ARE THE COVID PRACTICES AT KERRY'S INJURY MASSAGE?
Therapists are no longer required to wear a mask, but if you would prefer me to wear a mask then this can be accommodated upon your request and you may continue to wear one if you feel more comfortable. I regularly perform LFT and sanitise my equipment between clients.
WHY CHOOSE SPORTS MASSAGE?
It's hard to know what flavour of manual practitioner to see. Between Sports Massage, Physiotherapist, Osteopath and Chiropractor, what is the right option? Ultimately it's down to personal preference or medical referral. Here I will break down the differences.
I am a Level 5 Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist. I can treat joint, muscle and some nerve entrapment issues through massage and supported movement and prescribe home care advice.
-Physiotherapists, traditionally, are less 'hands on' with their treatment of pain, using more exercise-based approaches. They sometimes refer to a Sports Massage therapist for massage work.
-Osteopaths (osteo - greek for 'relating to bone') are better suited to bone and nerve problems. I have had great success with some nerve issues, but best to call me first to check. I work closely with several osteopaths as we can often complement each other well.
-Chiropractors (from chiro- ‘hand’ + Greek praktikos ‘practical’) are known for adjusting joints to improve range of motion by swiftly moving a joint out of its usual range of motion (for a brief moment) to restore better function.
Hydration is very important following a massage so drink plenty of water and/or herbal tea. If you are visiting us for a massage, please bring a bottle of water to your appointment. Good hydration will help aid in the recovery of tissues, especially following any deeper work.
Mobile services: During the winter months, we recommend having your heating on slightly higher than usual. This will help you to stay cosy and warm during your massage. If you do tend to feel the cold more than most, you are welcome to have a spare blanket at hand for extra comfort!
CheltenhamHHC: An electric blanket is used during colder months to keep you nice a cosy during your massage. If you'd prefer not to have this feature just let us know.
Relaxation music is provided during treatments, but if you’d like to play your own music or prefer silence then that's no problem, just let me know at the beginning of your session. If you're at home and would like to burn incense or light a few candles then this is entirely your preference, whatever helps you to relax and soak up all the goodness from your session!
Kerry has a zero tolerance policy to inappropriate behaviour and reserves the right to terminate a treatment with immediate effect and without refund if the client demonstrates behaviour including but not limited to: intimidation, verbal aggression, physical violence, evidence of intoxication or sexual behaviour.
You may reschedule appointments up until 24 hours before. Cancellation after this time is 50% payment. No-show is 100% payment. Due on booking next session.