Tips for your first session at Nottingham Massage and Bowen Therapy
Here are some tips to help your first session proceed more smoothly: Firsty, depending on the reason for your booking, i.e. whether you have a specific problem or condition or you are simply seeking relaxation, it may be necessary to take a detailed health history from you. So think about any accidents or illnesses you’ve had which might be a factor in your problem. Any surgery you may have had even if it was long ago, and also what medication you may be taking can also be important.
If you are coming to me for a massage then It’s not advisable to participate in any strenuous sporting event for 24 hours afterwards. Also, I recommend that you don't eat a full meal less than one hour before a massage.
Female clients sometimes prefer to wear light sports shorts to their first session to make it easier for me to carry out a postural assessment. (Some muscular and joint problems are caused by or related to structural imbalances in the hips and pelvis and these can often only be detected by a physical examination in the standing position.) A postural assessment can be done in a subsequent session.
Like most bodywork therapists, I prefer to work directly on the skin and so you will be asked to undress while I leave the treatment room. Of course, you need only remove as much clothing as you feel comfortable with, and in any case only that part of your body that is being worked on needs to be exposed. Careful draping with a towel or sheet is done to ensure that your privacy is respected at all times. Treatments can be adapted to be done through clothing if required. Bowen Therapy is usually carried out through light clothing.
You will be asked to lie on a padded couch during your treatment. Clients who find it difficult to do this will be assisted or the treatment will be modified so that it can be carried out in a sitting or standing position if necessary.
During the treatment itself you should always let me know if you are uncomfortable for any reason. I will stop and make appropriate adjustments. It's your session and you are in control.