dfn massage - David Nutter

VTCT Level3 in Reflexology, Swedish Massage and Sports Massage Therapy

Phone: 07784776823


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Frequently asked questions

You will doubtless have some questions about massage therapy and I have endeavoured to answer the most common ones here. If there is something you would like to know that is not listed here please feel very welcome to contact me.

Can anyone have a massage?
Massage is suitable for most people but does have some contra-indications (cautions). Before your first massage I will take a short medical history which rules out certain medical conditions that require GP permission. If there are any medical conditions which you think may be questionable as to whether or not you should undertake a treatment, please seek advice from your doctor before making an appointment.

What should I expect during my first visit?
When you arrive for your appointment, I will begin by asking you some general health and lifestyle. After familiarizing myself with your health history, we will discuss which therapy would be best to achieve the results you want.
Depending on the primary massage technique I use, you may or may not need to undress. I will leave you in privacy to undress. When you are ready, I will return and position cushions under your knees, ankles, or neck and place you in a more natural position. The room will be warm and quiet. During the massage, I will use a lubricant or scented oil, which is good for your skin and absorbs well. For some kinds of bodywork, no lotion is used.
When the massage is over, I will leave the room so that you can get dressed in privacy. Massage and bodywork can be extremely relaxing, affecting all your body's systems so be sure to give yourself a several minutes to re-orient yourself before slowly getting up.

Do I have to be completely undressed?  Will I be covered up during my massage?
Generally speaking if you are having a full body massage you will need to undress to your briefs, some people like to undress completely and either is fine. Most importantly, you must feel safe and comfortable, so undress to your personal comfort level. I will use a technique called draping, which is a way of folding the towels covering you to only expose the body part that is being worked on, this preserves your modesty as much as possible. I will also leave the room for a few minutes while you undress and cover yourself with towels on the massage table. Once you are undressed and on the table under the towel, I will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered and your modesty will be respected and protected at all times.

Will the massage hurt?
Generally speaking your massage treatment should not cause you to feel pain. Although sometimes sports massage therapy can give some brief discomfort. Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.

Can I talk during my session?
It is YOUR session so if you'd like to talk that’s fine and if you don’t want to that’s fine as well. The treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience.

The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If you have any questions of if I am doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let me know immediately. Also, let me know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you - speak up!
Remember that you have the right to end the massage at any time if you feel unhappy.

What if I fall asleep?
It is not uncommon for many clients to fall asleep on the table during a massage. The warmth and release of tension relaxes them right to sleep - especially after a long day at work.

Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?
No. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
You can choose to have different music or no music at all. If you want to, you can bring your own music with you.

How much does it cost?
Prices vary and are based on the type and length of a massage received. Please see my pricing page for a list of current charges for therapeutic massage and bodywork services.