What is soft tissue therapy?
Soft tissue therapy is the term used within elite sport for massage work. Most soft tissue therapists are trained to a high level in sports and remedial massage and want to get away from calling themselves a 'sports massage therapist' because it puts off people who aren't sporty. It also gets you away from the seedier connotations of 'massage'. It does, however, emphasise that you work with muscle, tendon, ligament and fascia (the soft tissues) with a view to helping people feel better.
What's the difference between this and a massage?
Massage is great, I love going for a massage and I love giving massage. I pride myself on my hands-on ability and am as happy doing the relaxing stuff as the more clinical side. Soft tissue therapists learn general and deep tissue massage skills as part of their qualification. The difference comes in the ability to personalise a treatment. I work with your imbalances, sore spots and an awareness of what you need your body to do from day to day to create a treatment that is personal to you, your needs and your goals. There is no set routine here. This holds true for everyone, regardless of what you're coming for - even if what you really want is to lay down and have someone else look after you for an hour.
Why do you charge what you do?
I want this to be available to everyone, not just those who see it as a luxury. I've heard too many stories from people who have been in pain for years before seeking help, partly because they haven't known where to turn after exhausting other modes of treatment and partly because going private is seen as unaffordable. I've been one of them. You hear all sorts of marketing gumph about charging what you're worth, not undercutting the market for the sake of creating a splash, people being suspicious of those who offer something of high quality for a low price as if it might be too good to be true... and it makes me really cross. I know exactly what I'm worth and what I could charge for this and I choose to offer what I do at a price that makes it more accessible but still earns me a living.
What do I need to do before treatment?
If I'm coming to you you need to make sure you have enough space to accommodate my treatment table in your house - the table measures 180cm x 70cm (5'11" x 28") - and for me to comfortably move around it. I will e-mail you a general medical questionnaire (or you can fill it in now by clicking here) prior to treatment so that we don't have to spend too much time talking. You needn't worry about wearing anything special either - I will always try to preserve your decency with good towel control so you don't need to worry about extra clothing (unless you really want to). It's much easier for me to work directly on skin but I'm happy to be guided by you - I have plenty of techniques I can apply through clothing so I won't force the issue either way.
What do you need to know if I'm pregnant?
If you're pregnant you should avoid massage during the first trimester. There's no evidence to suggest it's particularly dangerous but your body is undergoing so many changes that it's best not to add a further one into the mix, particularly if you've never had massage before. From the second trimester onwards massage is absolutely fine provided you have no medical complications with your pregnancy. Seek advice from your midwife or GP if you're worried, or drop me a message and I'll do my best to help.
What is your cancellation policy?
I will try to be as accommodating as possible because I know that sometimes things happen and there's nothing you can do about it. I will not charge for missed treatments, however if you cancel with less than 24 hours' notice I reserve the right to offer the slot to other clients at a discounted rate (you will not be eligible to book in to a cancelled slot until a month after your original cancellation). The exception to this is treatments on the recurring monthly payment plan, which must be re-booked before the next payment is due or the money already paid will be kept.
Anything I've not covered?
Drop me a message to ask. I'll get back to you as soon as possible, however I tend to switch off all electrical kit at 9 of an evening to preserve my sanity so don't worry about a non-immediate response.