Commonly asked questions and answers. If there are any queries or questions and you do not see it here in the list, do not hesitate to ask and I will answer any queries you have.
What if the massage is too rough?
This is YOUR session. Speak up!
Remember, the therapist is not a mind reader and you will not hurt any feelings by asking for something that will make your treatment more comfortable. This can be anything from a change in pressure, areas worked on, too hot or cold etc It is perfectly fine to ask and you will enjoy your session so much more!
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
You will be shown to the treatment room upstairs where you will be asked to fill out a consultation form. This will give the therapist the chance to assess you for any conditions that need to be addressed, make sure the treatment is appropriate for you and for you to give consent. It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if they need to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
For most of the treatments available at Tommytherapy, you can undress to the level that you are comfortable with. The majority of clients get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session. The therapist leaves the room and lets you undress. You will also be left a large towel which you can drape over yourself once you have positioned yourself upon the treatment table.
Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?
Generally this decision is completely up to the client. Most cases, clients will have a towel to cover their body The therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered. If the therapist is going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.
What do I do during a massage treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If the therapist wants you to adjust your position, they will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. If you have been relaxing during the treatment, the therapist will gently brush your earlobe to gently arouse you from relaxation. This is generally either for turning you round on the table or to indicate the end of the treatment
How long are the treatments?
Remember that time will include consultation and dressing/undressing. Most treatments like the full body massage are approximately one hour long, some are a little longer like the body scrubs. If you are at all curious, feel free to ask.
Will the massage hurt?
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range. Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.
Some of the other treatments like waxing will cause discomfort and/or pain for some. In this case, the more you get the treatment you can take pain killers before hand
How often should I get a massage?
"Some is better than none."
What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place. Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues
I can not have a man touch me due to religious reasons, can I see a female therapist?
The answer unfortunately is no. Only one male works at Tommytherapy.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss. In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation. The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you - speak up! It's OK!
Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?
No. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
While many therapists play slower, quieter, 'new age' type music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience. There is a range of music which you choose before the treatment begins so that you get the best experience out of your treatment. However, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to while you get a massage. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it at home, why wouldn't it do the same during your treatment? Ask your therapist what music he/she has to offer or if it is ok to bring your own from home.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Some people feel a little light headed or dizzy after a treatment. Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days. If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day - much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness. After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy.
How many sessions will I need?
Honestly, its hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he has had a chance to evaluate your body's tissues.
When should I not get a massage?
In my opinion there are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. That's it. There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn't mean you can't get massage. But its always better to err on the side of caution.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.
What if I get an erection during my massage?
Sometimes it happens. Yet, most men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed. Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection. If an erection occurs, the massage will continue as normal. If you are still concerned, I recommend wearing more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers.
How do I prepare for my massage?
Having a shower or bath before coming is ideal. If you plan to have a facial, not having make-up is also preferred. Do not worry about your body or appearance. Therapists have seen many bodies, all shapes and sizes. You will not be judged.
Can I bring someone with me if I am feeling nervous?
Sometimes, clients feel a little nervous about getting a massage, especially if it is a female receiving a treatment from a male therapist. There is a comfy chair in the treatment room where a friend or family member can sit while you receive a treatment.
How do I make an appointment?
Ideally text the mobile number letting the therapist know what treatment you want and the sort of availability you have. Due to a very busy schedule, I rarely get to answer calls. If you need to cancel an appointment, please give 24hr notice. Understandably life can sometimes throw you a curve ball and unforeseen circumstances can be unavoidable. However it is courtesy to have the manners to alert the therapist if you are unable to make the appointment.
Am I expected to tip?
You are not expected to tip, but it is most appreciated if you do.
Do you do home visits?
Tommytherapy does not have the facilities to make home visits.
Will my personal details be kept safe?
Yes. No one other than the therapist gets to view your consultation form, which is kept out of sight and is never shared with any third parties.