Q: I’ve never had a massage, what can I expect?

A: You should expect to complete a consultation with the therapist to ensure there is nothing which may prevent a therapy and enable the therapist to provide the correct treatment. The therapist should be able to explain what the aims of each type of treatment are allowing you to make an informed decision. If using oils you will be asked to remove clothing from the area to be massaged. You will be provided with towels to cover yourself and to keep you warm. During the massage the therapist should regularly check your comfort.

Q: Does it hurt?

A: Massage should never hurt although there are times when a certain amount of discomfort may be experienced. This is usually with some of the deeper massages such as deep tissue or sports massage and is part of the process to relax tension or stretch tight muscles. Your therapist should always talk you through any discomfort and explain what they are doing, and why, thus ensuring any discomfort is well within your pain threshold. Any feelings of pinching or friction burn are not acceptable and if excessive pressure is applied you will tense up against the pain and the goal of relaxing tension will never be achieved.

Q: How can I tell who is a reputable therapist?

A: A therapist should be able to show you their insurance and qualification certificates and will probably be a member of a professional body or association. Ask around, ask friends about their experiences.

Q: How many sessions do I need?

A: If you are trying to achieve a specific result (e.g. relax a tense muscle) then 4 or 5 sessions of deep tissue massage spread over as many weeks, with additional, self-help, exercises may be required. More than this would suggest that an alternative therapy may be more suitable.

Contact Details

Telephone: 07947 497654

Chiltern Therapies


Buckinghamshire SL7 3RL