Interview With Natasha

Who are your clients?

Our clients tend to be busy central London office workers, suffering with stiff and painful backs, shoulders and necks. They are generally fed up with having these niggling aches and pains and are looking for a straight forward solution. Some clients are also very sporty and want to do something practical to prevent injuries and deal with any twinges and issues that happen as a result of their sport or training.

Where are you based?

We are based in the building above Holborn station – when you come out of Holborn underground station, simply turn left and keep walking until you get to the front door! It’s in easy walking distance of Chancery Lane, Tottenham Court Road and Covent Garden.

What should I expect during my first session?

Your first free session is a chance for me to get to know you a bit, and understand where you’re feeling pain or discomfort. It’s also a chance for you to get to know me, your therapist, and how I work. We will look at your posture and the way you stand and may try some muscle testing to work out what areas of the body are restricted. You will receive a short massage taster to see if you enjoy the treatment and would like to have more.

How long are treatment sessions normally?

Your first free consultation and taster massage will last about 45 minutes. Any subsequent treatments will be one hour long, and will include a brief consultation at the start and time for you to change.

What do I need to wear?

For the initial session, you will need to wear something you can move easily in, such as a t-shirt and leggings or tracksuit bottoms, as you may undergo some muscle and movement testing. Otherwise, you can come straight from the office and go straight onto the couch.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

Not at all. Generally speaking, clients undress down to their underwear (ladies can leave bras on or remove them, whatever they feel more comfortable with) but are covered by a towel at all times; only the area being massaged is exposed. However, if you do not feel comfortable with this, you are welcome to leave your clothes on, as there are many techniques that can be carried out through a towel or through clothing. The important thing is that you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout.

Will the massage hurt?

Sports massage has had a bad press in the past for being very painful and leaving bruises. However, pain is NOT an indication of an effective massage. You may experience some discomfort if your muscles are feeling tight or you have some trigger points (knotty points in the muscle), but your treatment should not be excruciatingly painful. As the client, you will always be in charge of how much pressure you receive, so feel free to speak out if you are finding the massage a bit too intense or a bit too light.

I have a medical condition. How can I find out if massage therapy is safe for me?

Really good question – for certain medical conditions, massage is not suitable or necessarily safe. If in doubt, you can contact us, or we can discuss it at your initial free session.

How often should I get a massage?

This is something we can discuss at the end of your initial free consultation and massage taster, if you decide to have further treatment with us. It will mainly depend on why you have come in to see us, what problem you need solving and what results you would like to see.

I’m self-conscious about my body and don’t like certain muscle groups being massaged. Is that OK?

Absolutely. Some people don’t feel comfortable having certain muscle groups massaged such as their inner thigh muscles or pec muscles in the chest for example. You will be asked this before any treatment is carried out and you are completely free to say which areas you don’t want treated. Remember, treatment can also be carried out through a towel or clothing if that makes you more comfortable, or via a stretching technique without those particular muscles being touched at all!

I’m not sporty, can I still have a sports massage?

Yes! ‘Sports massage’ was given its name years ago when it was mainly used to provide pain relief for and increase the performance of athletes. Although sports massage is great for sporty people as it can speed up recovery after injury, alleviate aches and pains and prevent future injuries, it is also excellent for non-sporty people who want to get rid of their pain and move better.

There are so many different therapies out there – how do I know what is right for me?

There are quite a lot of different therapies out there all promising different things, which can be confusing. The best thing to do is pop in for a chat and possibly a taster massage in your first free session, where we can work out if massage is right for you. As a general rule, if your aches, pains and stiffness are caused by your soft tissue (muscles, tendons, connective tissue), then massage can be a great way to alleviate them. If it appears that there are other factors causing this pain, if your pain appeared for no apparent reason or you’re getting various neurological symptoms, you may need to see your GP or a different type of therapist.

Argh, what if I’ve forgotten to wax/shave my legs?

If I were remotely shocked or offended by body hair, cellulite, stretch marks or spots, I wouldn’t be doing this job – so just come as you are!

Sounds great. I’d love to come in for a free consultation and massage taster – how do I get started?

Simply fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch! Looking forward to meeting you.

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