Massage therapy is never supposed to hurt you. It can and should be uncomfortable. This means that the therapist is working on the areas that need work. It shouldn’t be uncomfortable the whole time, and if it is please discuss the pressure with your therapist. There are several ways to relax a muscle (usually), and just because one way is hurting you doesn’t mean that the other ways will too. So please talk to us.
2. Do I have to wear my underwear?
At Willow we prefer that all our clients wear their underwear. We drape the towels over the body and tuck it in around the underwear. We use this as a marker for some of the moves we do to prevent us going to high and hitting arteries and lymph vessels etc.
3. How much pressure is too much pressure?
This depends on your body. In this line of work it is literally 'different folks, different strokes'! If you feel particularly sensitive and sore you do not want a strong pressure as this will only cause pain. Equally if you are in pain there is clearly a problem that needs worked on and some pressure is required. I would recommend a medium pressure for your first massage, however please feel free to talk to your therapist and tell them if you want more or less. We won’t be offended!
4. Am I too fat for a massage?
Sometimes I can’t believe people ask me this! Massage therapy is a luxurious treatment no matter what size you are. Your muscles can be worked through a large number of layers. (To be blunt it does become slightly more difficult when you get to the morbidly obese level) but up to that point we can work on all shapes and sizes. Although I probably shouldn’t tell you this but massage therapists love it when you’re a bit heavier. It’s comfortable on our hands.
5. How will I feel after my treatment?
Massage therapy can have a number of different effects. It can make you feel nice and relaxed, or invigorated and energised! When your muscles are tight they take more energy to move, so after a massage you should feel lighter and have more energy. You can feel light headed after a treatment, this is normal. It means during your treatment your blood pressure has dropped slightly. Drinking water should help with this.
6. Do I need to shave my legs?
Please do not shave your legs before coming to a massage appointment! When massaging legs that have just been shaved it is like massaging sandpaper. We have seen people of all shapes and sizes, so if you have leg hair it will not bother us in the slightest.
7. Will I feel greasey after the treatment? We use a combination of grapeseed and coconut oils to massage with. These are some of the lightest oils available, so you should not leave feeling greasey. However we would recommend that you keep the oils on as long as possible. They are full of hydrating properties that are great for your skin.