July 2020 – Update on mat. leave & the pandemic

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Firstly I would like to apologise for being very quiet on my website, social media etc. With lockdown, a husband working away much of the time and two little people to keep entertained it’s been a bit of a roller coaster!

I just want to update everyone with what is happening with HM Health & Well-being at the minute and what my plans are going forward from here.

In line with my maternity allowance I could stay off work until October should I wish (or need) to. I still have Keeping In Touch days that I can use during this time on leave – these days allow me to come into work and complete up to 10 full days of regular working activities. As there are still restrictions on the sector; sports massage therapists are yet to be allowed back to work (insurance won’t cover it either). HM Health & Well-being is situated within a gym therefore it is most like we will not only need massage to be allowed but also for the gyms to open.

I will shortly be looking at going into the clinic and making all of the necessary changes to work inline with the guidance for whenever it is we get give the green light to go back. I will be removing any sort furnishing – thinks like the extra blankets, heated couch cover, any additional towels etc above what is absolutely necessary. I will be putting additional cleaning and sanitising procedures in place, this means I will require additional time between clients; Upon being given the go ahead to get back to the clinic it will be just that, very clinical. I will also only be offering appointments of around 45 minutes (tbc).

I will be limiting my treatments upon reopening with sports massage being my main focus.

Many clients have already been in touch expressing interest in getting booked in for an appointment as soon as possible. I thank you all for your patience at this time and, although we may be in very different boats, we are all in the same sea.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch please visit the contact page.

FAQs of a Sports Massage Therapist

FAQs

During my day-to-day life as a SMT (Sports Massage Therapist) I have been asked many questions both about myself and about general elements of massage so I thought I would answer a few of the most common questions in this post. Here we go…

“How long have you been doing this?”

I started out in Sports Massage in summer 2016. Having previously trained in fitness instruction, personal training and pre and post natal fitness, sports massage seemed like the next natural step for me.

I set up the clinic in Oasis Health Club in September of 2017 after having my little girl in the May of that year and choosing not to go back to my full time job as a Regional Trainer for Apprenticeships in Fitness & PT.

I am hoping to get into teaching sports massage in the near future.

“What should I wear for the treatment?”

This is all down to your own personal comfort. Some clients like to wear shorts, others are happy to have treatment in their underwear. I would generally recommend that if you are coming for sports massage where I may be assisting you in stretching the muscles, particularly the legs, you may want to make sure you have a pair of shorts with you. If you are attending for more of a general purpose deep tissue massage (to reduce everyday aches and pains) then coming along in your regular clothes and stripping down to your underwear for the treatment is absolutely fine. I give you privacy to get changed/undressed and onto the couch, I also provide towels so that you remain as covered up as possible throughout treatment, to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

“Do you ever get clients that make a lot of noise?”

Sometimes, yes. Sometimes there are elements of treatment that are unavoidably painful (more in sports massage that deep tissue) and clients can’t help but let out a little yelp, though 9 times out of 10 I would say it’s more a swear word than a noise, lol.

I have some clients who love to chat all the way through a treatment and others that like to be silent – I follow your lead as far as conversation is concerned. There may be times that I have to talk to you in order to monitor pressure and your response to the treatment, if you chose to be quiet throughout then a quick yes or no may be all I ask.

“How often should I get a massage?”

There are no hard and fast rules for this but as a general guideline I would always recommend regular massage of around every 4 weeks to stay on top of any tension, aches or pains. If I feel that you would benefit from a follow up treatment sooner than this I will recommend it at the end of your session explaining the reasons why.

I hope this has covered some of the information you would like to know about me and the services I offer. If there is ever anything you would like to ask please don’t hesitate to drop me an email, text or message on my Facebook page.