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Where Will My Massage Treatment Take Place?

Your massage will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a massage table/bed especially designed for your comfort. The massage room may be in your own home, at our massage clinic or at one of our many venues around Oxford.

Must I Be Completely Undressed?

Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. We have a choice of professional massage chair treatments too.

Will the Therapist Be Present When I Disrobe?

Your therapist will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean towel sheet and or cotton blanket.

Will I Be Covered During the Session?

You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?

You and your therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body treatment will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).

What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Classic massage, which is often a baseline for therapists. In a general Classic massage, your treatment may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are There Different Kinds of Massage?

There are numerous types of massage; various techniques utilise different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Please see our treatment list for further information. 

How Long Will the Session Last?

The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage treatment, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute treatment for optimal relaxation and work to be done. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the treatment. Hot tubs, steam baths and saunas can assist in the relaxation process.

What Should I Do During the Massage?

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask your therapist any questions about the technique or the upcoming treatment. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. Your therapist will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the treatment (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the treatment. If you have any questions regarding the treatment or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How Will I Feel After the Massage?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

What Are the Benefits of Massage?

Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being. Click here for more details on the benefits of massage.

Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Inadvisable?

Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your treatment, you complete the Client Information Form. It is very important that you inform your therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a recommendation for massage prior to any session.

When you need to be kneaded

Ferhat Durmusoglu

Qualified & Certified Massage Therapist since 1999

Turkish Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Registered member of CNHC / Qualification verified by MTI, UK

(accredited as the leading bodies in complimentary & natural healthcare,

enforcing quality standards & regulations in the UK)

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